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1/15/17 6:54 P

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If you do any kind of traveling the C-Pap machine goes too. It does help a lot with daytime sleepiness.

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1/13/17 9:26 A

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Less daytime sleepiness is definitely something that I'm noticing.

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1/12/17 8:50 P

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I too have a cpap machine. Dreamstation. I got it over a month ago. There has been some changes. I went from 47 apena events to 6 (the last time we check)...less day time sleepiness. I have never gotten much sleep and that is slowly changing. Still averaging around 4 to 5 hours of sleep per night but a lot of that is due to my sedentary life. Working on it. I like this thread and reading what others think about the machine. Thanks for starting it.


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1/9/17 10:43 P

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Ugh, I really should be using mine but its just so awkward. It took me 4 masks to finally get a clothlike sac to pillow my nose. But the headgear straps are odd fitting. Maybe i need a new supplier company n rep to work with.

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1/9/17 9:58 P

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PS my CPAP machine has a humidifier. It truly makes a difference.

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1/9/17 9:57 P

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When I am a little congested due to cold or whatever I put a little Vick's vapor rub on my nose and under my nose and I am able to put my CPAP mask on and sleep comfortably. Remember to wash your mask in the morning. Hope this helps.

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1/9/17 7:45 P

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it is interesting how some nights the C-pap machine works fine and other nights....well the newer models tell you of you had a air leak or all systems go.

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1/9/17 5:21 P

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Mine has a humidifier; I can't imagine one without it!

Last night was the first time I had a problem with waking myself up, mouth breathing. Turns out I had pushed the nasal cushion off my nose. Oops! I do already sleep better.

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1/9/17 1:23 P

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I have used a CPAP machine for over 10 years now. I also find it very difficult to sleep without it. I started out with a nasal mask when they first put me on the machine. My wife would wake several times a night and close my mouth because of the noise that was being made. After about 6 months of using a nasal mask, I was having many problems with runny nose, sneezing all the time, and general allergy issues, the problem was I had never had allergies before. I bought my first full facemask on my own since I was a mouth breather . I started using it and the sinus problems started to diminish. The amount of good sleep I was able to get each night increased. The sneezing became less often, the runny nose stopped. My next visit with my doctor, I advised of the change I had made. The doctor did some checking, and decided that I could more than likely benefit from a CPAP machine with a humidifier. The doctor prescribed a new machine. Within a month of the change in masks, and the upgrade to CPAP with humidifier all the issues that had developed since the beginning, had totally disappeared. I would recommend that anyone that suspects that they may suffer from sleep apnea to consult their doctor and see about getting a sleep study done. I am sure that mine has added time back to my life.


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1/8/17 12:23 P

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Last night was my first rough night with the CPAP, because I had a severe allergic reaction to something--thought I was getting a terrible cold, but it's pretty much gone this morning. I was around a lot of paint and other materials yesterday, so I think that's what did me in. Tough to use a CPAP when you can only breath through your mouth, though! LOL!

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1/8/17 11:13 A

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Thanks for the info!

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1/8/17 11:07 A

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I have sleep apnea and use a CPAP as well. I'm still tired (but other issues are at play there), but I can drive without falling asleep - kind of a big deal!

I've had the machine a few years now and it feels weird to sleep without it. I wake up with a sore throats and stuffy nose from all the snoring if for some reason I can't use my CPAP. It wasn't that hard to get used to - I highly recommend getting a sleep study done if you think you have sleep apnea!!

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1/7/17 9:06 P

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Do it, Catiam. It's made a real difference for me already.

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1/7/17 4:28 P

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I think I have sleep apnea and need to do a sleep study to see if I need a CPAP. It seems odious, but I'm so tired of ... being tired.

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1/3/17 8:55 P

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Becky, mine is virtually silent! I was amazed. DH confessed that for the first couple nights I was so quiet that he was tempted to poke me, just to make sure I was still alive.

If it's making noise, I know that I need to readjust the breathing apparatus, so that's a nice clue.

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1/3/17 4:57 P

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I had one years ago but after I lost weight I didn't need it any longer. I was lucky. The machines us to be very loud. I hope they have improved them.

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1/3/17 4:51 P

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It was the same with me. The change was immediate. I slept through the night and day time sleepiness went away. I haven't missed a night since I got it except for once when the electricity was out. Another time the electricity was out, we actually rented a generator - mostly for my CPAP.

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I have been a snorer for a long time. And I resisted for a long time. But when a bout of pneumonia in October led to my doc discovering I have tachycardia and a-fib, the cardiologist made a sleep study one of the to priorities.

Sure enough, I have moderate sleep apnea. And am now on a CPAP machine. It's taken a little getting used to--including a hose system that comes out atop my head so that there is less junk in my face but I feel like a Teletubby! But I am astounded at how much less daytime sleepiness I have. I'm staying asleep in the night, and feeling better.

So I want to urge everyone who hasn't had a sleep study to talk to their doctor about it. It's only been two weeks and I already feel like it's making a difference in my life.

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