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originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: Domo1
I tried a CPAP for two months and hated it.
Had the worse sleep of my life and I'm a chronic insomniac.
Just can't stand anything on my face.
I hear people swear by these and I hope it works for you. My doc just said, "Well, instead lose some weight fatso".
Pro Tip: Never take a large cheese pizza to a doctors visit.
originally posted by: Domo1
Pretty much every young lady that I've spent the night with in the last ten years (the number is higher than 0 smartasses) has told me I stop breathing in the middle of the night, that I snore pretty loud, and I wake up pretty often gasping in air. One time I woke up and I couldn't breathe in for almost 30 seconds. Scared the CRAP out of me. Wake myself up snoring pretty often. Mid snore.
I remember living in a top unit condo. I was good friends with the couple downstairs, mentioned I had woke myself up snoring, and said something about my snoring too loud. The woman goes "I know.".
I can fall asleep on my back really fast, but inevitably end up gasping for air and waking myself up within probably seconds. WAY harder to fall asleep on my stomach or side, but that's how I have to do it. I can't remember the last time I slept without taking diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or drinking (and I know these make symptoms worse).
I've always had a hard time sleeping, but these symptoms have gotten way worse recently. My blood pressure also went through the roof recently. I wake up and am aware of it at least 5 times a night, and I've been feeling like I haven't slept.
I went to the doctor today because my allergies were killing me, and I wasn't entirely sure what I should take and had a weird rash I've never had before on my forearm. I mentioned the sleep thing, and she told me I definitely need a sleep study, and that it may have a huge impact on my blood pressure. The more I read up on it, the more I think this could be a life changing thing.
I talked with a few people I know that had the study done, both at home and in a lab. One person told me it changed his life completely after he got a CPAP machine.
-What was the study like? I'd much rather do an at home study, and my doctor indicated it was likely my issue is severe enough that this is an option. Even if I stayed awake for two nights, I almost guarantee I wouldn't fall asleep in a clinic environment. I know everyone says that, but I can stay awake for a bizarre amount of time when I'm uncomfortable. I went 3 nights once.
-If you have a CPAP machine, how long did it take you to get used to? I hate wearing a shirt to sleep, so having a face mask/nose mask seems like it would be a problem. I can't even wear a watch. My hope is that being able to lay on my back without gasping for air would negate my issues. Anyone else have these problems?
-If you have a CPAP machine, did it change your life? I'm so sick of being tired when I get up.
-Were you offered an option between at home or clinic? I have insurance, but it appears it's still going to be way cheaper to do an at home thing. I'm not nervous about doing the clinic thing, I just highly doubt I would sleep. I'm fine with paying for it too, but if I can save $1,000 I would prefer it.
-Do you feel like a weirdo? I'm single right now, and feel like having a lady over would get weird if I had to go all Vader. I suppose any woman worth being with wouldn't care, but I'm not always looking for Mrs. Right. I feel like it sucks to have your normal be reliant on a machine.
From my doctor visit to my Googling, it seems like I probably need a CPAP machine. Looks like it could lower my blood pressure, help me to feel like less of a zombie in the morning, elevate my mood, and one thing I saw said something about extending life ten years not to mention not waking up 10 times a night. What was your experience with CPAP?
Really appreciate replies. I'm 30ish, about 15 pounds overweight, fairly active, eat pretty well, and just want a good sleep.