My name is Ashlyn, and I was diagnosed with sleep apena a month ago. I finally got a CPAP machine last Wednesday and since have been having a lot of difficulty getting used to it. I joined this group hoping that your knowledge will help me get through this difficult point so I can actually sleep again.
I am 25 years old, am overweight, have asthma and haven’t slept well since I was teenager, but it has gotten much worse in the last year. I went to a pulmonologist when I was having difficulty controling my asthma on my current medications. During my consultation, he recommended a sleep study based on my symptoms. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea with 42 episodes per minute, with my oxgen concentration dropping to 80%. After doing some reasearch on sleep apnea and realizing that a CPAP could imporove my quality of life, I was happy to finally have an answer.
However, since using the machine, I will wake up almost every hour in a panic when the pressure reaches the maximum level. (My pressure setting is 20 cmH20), and have to take it off, and restart the machine from the beginning of its RAMP setting, which I have on auto. The other problem I am having is dry mouth. I have a full face mask because I am a major mouth breather and actually find it difficult to breath through my nose. I have the humidity level turned to its maximum level of 8, but it doesn’t help. I chew sugar free gum, drink water, and use dry mouth wash before going to bed but nothing helps.
I am so stressed, and feel as though nothing is going to work for me. I would love to hear any advice anyone would have.