The positive effects are well worth it if I can ever get the hang of it again. I went the first 3 years and never went without it and now I fight it tooth and nail. I'll do it for several nights and then no do it for a couple or so weeks. I will win this battle and learn to use it again. You loose weight and sleep better if you can learn to wear the darn thing all the time.
Jul 28, 2010
Advice & Tips
It has been very difficult for me to find a mask that I will keep on and that I can't snore through. I also will sleep with my mouth open with any kind of mask or candula even with a strap around my head. I get tangled in the hose and it makes me cough a choke worse than I tipically do during the night. I wind up just pulling it off and not wearing it or not putting it on to begin with. I have promised my husband I would try again to use it. I used it for 3 years with no problem and this started after I quit smoking and got sick and had allergies worse.
It's not really difficult at all - I just hate the whole mask on my face idea.
< $25 monthly
Apr 30, 2010
Advice & Tips
When you first get your machine, don't be afraid to try on different masks. Move your head around, lay it on your hands (to simulate laying on a pillow) to get an idea how much slippage and air leakage there might be. Find one that is comfortable for you from the beginning, and you will have a MUCH better experience, and will be much more likely to start out compliant and stay compliant with using your CPAP machine.
I'm seeing benefits already. I fall asleep faster, and wake up more easily. It's easier for me to stay awake during the day. I seem to manage my fibromyalgia pain more easily. I still hurt, I still struggle, and I still have a long way to go, but I definitely see improvement.
I've only been using this equipment for a week but I have already had a quantum leap in my quality of life. I wake up feeling energised and refreshed and don't have any hung over feelings anymore. Best single treatment I have ever undertaken.