@JnKL@mike808@PocketBrain@Pony@therealjrn Sleeping better, yes. Sleeping well, still no.
Before being diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and getting on a CPAP machine, I could barely function and would feel like I had a major hangover most days, without even having enjoyed being drunk the night before.
(A friend said, “might as well start drinking, then”. Hard to argue with that logic. )
With CPAP, I am definitely far more functional, but the mask itself frequently disrupts my sleep and I’m still constantly tired during the day.
It’s a love/hate relationship. Very grateful I’m not a zombie anymore, but I really hate wearing the thing.
I’ve never been an ‘easy’ sleeper and, as a strictly side-sleeper, I’ve never found a mask that didn’t wake me up almost every time I roll over, and I’ve tried plenty.
The most comfortable one I ever tried was called Sleepweaver, made by Circadiance. It’s made of fabric rather than silicone and basically inflates like a balloon to create a seal. Very lightweight and comfy. Unfortunately, the slightest movement would break the seal, so as comfortable as it was, it just didn’t work.
Currently using the Philips Dreamwear nasal mask, which works really well and has an arrangement where the hose connects at the top of your head, which is much less obtrusive, but the mask still mashes against my nose while I sleep on my side and too often gets pushed out of position when I roll over. It does maintain a seal better than anything else I’ve tried though.
Those nasal “pillow” masks are a special form of torture and one of the most deceptively named products ever. These are the ones with the prongs that go up your nose. It’s like the marketing folks tried it and said, “my God, this is the most horribly uncomfortable thing ever. Let’s call it a ‘pillow’.” Would be more aptly called nasal destroyer or some-such.
I’ve actually never been to a sleep doc. When I first went to my primary doc to address the issue, the sleep specialist he referred me to had like a 4 month wait for an appointment. I told my doc I’d never make it that long, so I skipped the specialist and went straight to the overnight clinic and came out w/ diagnosis and prescription.
I don’t believe I was properly titrated and, since I wake up tired even when I’m not aware of the mask disturbing my sleep, I don’t think I’m getting the proper therapy. My bro has a sleep doc he likes, and I’ll make an appointment with him ‘soon’ - been saying that for at least a year now, gotta get on it.
@JnKL@mike808@PocketBrain@Pony@tinamarie1974 The SoClean 2 has a consumable Cartridge Filter and a Check Valve. I have yet to replace them though but I bought a generic two-pack of each to have on hand for about $18 total on AMZN.
@JnKL@mike808@PocketBrain@therealjrn@tinamarie1974 I didn’t even know maintenance machines were a thing. I’m very fortunate in that my CPAP stuff is covered by my insurance, and the mask, hose and reservoir will be replaced by them every few months. I do clean them, of course, but I don’t think I want to spend the money for a machine to do it for me, though it is kind of tempting… heh.
@JT954 Try a buckwheat pillow (aka “Sobikawa” As Seen on TV). You don’t need a normal sized pillow, a much smaller one works fine. Adjust the amount of buckwheat hulls for firmness, replace every year or so when it doesn’t cool as much - it means the hulls have flattened out from use. All natural, gluten-free, organic, etc. and you compost the old buckwheat.
How old is your new furball? I’ve found they start to calm down sometime after turning one and usually before they turn two. I have a 10 or so month old who still thinks its time to get up when it is 4-5am. I am hoping as it get darker earlier and lighter later he will stay asleep longer.
Maybe gather up all the toys that are loud when played with each night?
Good luck keeping your sanity through this stage of their life.
@Kidsandliz oh, he’s about 10 weeks old. The dog found him out in our backyard and I felt sorry for him. My 1 year old female loves having him here. It isn’t always toys, lol. Sometimes they knock pens off a desk and chase it all over. Good thing he’s cute.
Want to sleep when I’m supposed to be awake and am awake when I’m supposed to be asleep, it’s a vicious cycle that I can’t seem to break currently. I’m sure after next week when I get to travel and see my kids for the one week of the year the court actually let’s me I will be better…at least a little anyway. Not even that can fix the constant pain I’m in from my two hurneated discs in my back or from my spinal column narrowing because I don’t know why…
I left my job for health reasons a few months back (with my wife’s encouragement), and am now getting the best sleep of my adult life.
I realize now that I hated my job so much that I was staying up late just to maximize the amount of time I was both awake and not there. Now my job is to take care of the property (15 acres and a rental house), which I absolutely love doing. So now I look forward to going to bed so I can get back to it that much sooner.
@readnj Story of my life except its my husband. Between his insane snoring n my herniated discs, ive been on the couch for a little over 10yrs. He didnt snore when we were younger & it wasnt as loud when it first started. I dont work. He works ATLEAST 13hrs a day. He refuses to try ANYTHING!!! I ve never been a Sleeper!! About 3hrs a day. 5 hrs a day when i worked. Jus wanna add that i DID work12-16hrs a day for 20yrs. Im not lazy!!! Lol
I can just about sleep on command if I decide to (or not at all if I don’t). 3-4 minutes tops and I’m out till responsibilities allow. Without an alarm I can sleep for a good 9 hours in one blink.
My problem is there’s always so much interesting stuff to read and learn about, plus general stuff that needs to be done, that I never get a lot total, so despite enjoying sleep, I only wind up getting about 3-5 hours average (about 6 last night though!). Lately I keep thinking that I’m probably causing myself a ton of damage by not sleeping enough, so I hope to finally get to the point where I value sleep as much as learning/doing stuff. One convincing tidbit is that supposedly memory retains information better when you sleep well, so staying awake beyond a certain amount intending to acquire knowledge is counter-productive.
@jester747 I saw research that staying up all night and you perform, cognitively, as if you are legally drunk. I ask my students if they’d want to take an exam drunk. They say no. I tell them about that study, of what sleep does with respect to remembering things, research also shows they’d be better off going to bed before midnight and getting up early rather than vise versa (research again), etc. Don’t know if they listen but nice to know this information.
I am sure I’d sleep better/longer at night if meh posted their daily deal at 8pm central; didn’t have all night 24 hour mehathons (or whatever they are called) and never sold anything I wanted to buy instead of most of the time selling things I never wanted to buy :snicker: