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2019-03-14 09:28:22 PM  
He's right. Apnea is nothing to fark around with. Much easier (financially) for me, my insurance covers the equipment. What I don't like is having a beard or even heavy stubble because it interferes with the mask's silicone seal.
 
2019-03-14 11:49:31 PM  
Fully agree, I never sleep without it now and I even have a inverter to run it off my truck battery while camping.
 
2019-03-15 01:00:16 AM  
I've roomed with several people with sleep apnea, one real bad.  And both, yea, if they weren't on their feet, then they were dozing off.  They were miserable.

The guy who had it bad would snore like a bulldozer for about 60 seconds, and then just stop breathing for another 20 or 30... then wake with a snort and a gasp.   And then contribute to a conversation like he'd been conscious the whole time.  Sorta...

I bet the guy seldom got past the hypnogogic, drifting off half-dream state.
 
2019-03-15 01:04:18 AM  

gopher321: He's right. Apnea is nothing to fark around with. Much easier (financially) for me, my insurance covers the equipment. What I don't like is having a beard or even heavy stubble because it interferes with the mask's silicone seal.


What do you think of the whole "CPAP Phone Home" privacy thing?

(Also, one of the above friends now uses CPAP and looks just like Yukon Cornelius.  Causality uncertain.)
 
2019-03-15 01:24:47 AM  
He ain't wrong in any way here. Just a bit tough to keep clean
 
2019-03-15 01:38:01 AM  
I know a couple people that love theirs, but I can't do it.  I have a damn expensive pillow now that seems to keep my airway straight enough that I can wake up and remember dreams again.
 
2019-03-15 01:52:07 AM  
I suppose if I ever really tried, I might like them.  Or, at least, like its results.

That said, I have apparently some form of anxiety issue with things on my face, and wearing a CPAP makes it damned near impossible to fall asleep. I normally fall asleep in like 15 minutes, but unless I am dead tired and pass out as soon as I hit the pillow, wearing the CPAP I'm awake for hours before finally taking it off (and then falling asleep almost immediately).

Thinking back, I can't recall the last time I remembered having had a dream.

Aside: I have to use one those full alien facehugger versions, as the nose-only version winds up with me just having the air go in ... and then right out my mouth.
 
2019-03-15 02:06:09 AM  

gopher321: He's right. Apnea is nothing to fark around with. Much easier (financially) for me, my insurance covers the equipment. What I don't like is having a beard or even heavy stubble because it interferes with the mask's silicone seal.


Try the nasal pillow style, I have a face full of hair, and have no problems
 
2019-03-15 02:11:34 AM  
FedExing troublesome luggage to your hotel is just about the most posh thing I've heard of.
 
2019-03-15 02:14:15 AM  

wildcardjack: FedExing troublesome luggage to your hotel is just about the most posh thing I've heard of.


How else are you going to travel by air with an abundance of weed these days?
 
2019-03-15 02:45:03 AM  

bughunter: gopher321: He's right. Apnea is nothing to fark around with. Much easier (financially) for me, my insurance covers the equipment. What I don't like is having a beard or even heavy stubble because it interferes with the mask's silicone seal.

What do you think of the whole "CPAP Phone Home" privacy thing?


Explain.
 
2019-03-15 03:06:41 AM  
Brown chicken, brown cow, subby.
 
2019-03-15 04:30:12 AM  
It's national sleep month? WTF am I doing awake? I now have a reason to sleep this whole month!
 
2019-03-15 04:44:45 AM  

BafflerMeal: bughunter: gopher321: He's right. Apnea is nothing to fark around with. Much easier (financially) for me, my insurance covers the equipment. What I don't like is having a beard or even heavy stubble because it interferes with the mask's silicone seal.

What do you think of the whole "CPAP Phone Home" privacy thing?

Explain.


Some CPAP machines will record and send your readings to your doctor.  That means they have a copy of it.
How that is bad, I don't really know.
Every 6 months, I take mine in to the provider so insurance will pay for our, so I don't see the difference.
Mine has an optional app I never downloaded.
 
2019-03-15 04:51:53 AM  

wildcardjack: FedExing troublesome luggage to your hotel is just about the most posh thing I've heard of.


Why?  That's what I do when I visit my mother in Florida (assuming I fly, rather than drive).  I UPS my stuff to her, and then back.  It's cheaper than checking it in (I fly a lot of Allegiant: their fares are dirt cheap but they then nickel and dime you for things like luggage), and you don't have to worry about them sending your luggage to another city.

Now, having someone else do that for you, yeah, that's a bit posh.
 
2019-03-15 07:12:18 AM  
I got tested for sleep apnea, doctor said I didn't have it. Did the sleep study where the nurse said I fell asleep anomaly quickly. So it seems I'm border line narcoleptic, but not quite, I don't understand.

Wife has poked me in the ribs for snoring sometimes, but I swear I was still awake and had just closed my eyes.

So now I just fight falling asleep at work and how I sleep at night.
 
2019-03-15 08:27:21 AM  
I've been using a CPAP for over 2 years now.  According to the nurse at the sleep study place, there is a threshold number of "breathing pauses" per hour over 4 hours that are required for insurance to cover the CPAP unit.  I blew that number away 20 minutes into my first hour. Apparently I set a new "high score" in a game where high score is not good at all.  I then got put on a CPAP machine and over the next 4 hours got the best sleep I'd had in years.  With my unit at home (and taking it with me traveling) My sleep is now great, I remember dreaming and can even at times change the direction of my dreams.  I sleep with my mouth open, so I need a full mask, but even when I don't shave for a week, there is no problems with the seal on my face.
If you snore like a chain saw, or in my case it was described to me as a chain saw symphony, get tested, and get the CPAP.  You will feel MUCH better rested in the morning, and potentially have more fun in your dreams, if you know what I mean.
 
2019-03-15 08:35:00 AM  
CPAP use turned my life from night to day.  Before the CPAP I  was always tired, always had a headache, threw up sometimes when I woke up, and every said it was like I always had my head in a fog.  I play a large number of board games, I recently have gone back to a couple I had deemed too difficult to wrap my head around a few years ago; things just click now.
 
2019-03-15 09:14:21 AM  
When in for insomnia, got "treated" for a very mild case of apnea. I've got an oral appliance which displaces my jaw, dries out my mouth and makes my gums hurt.  My jaw hurts all day, even without the appliance.  I also wake up 6-7 times a night, instead of 3-4 times without the appliance.  Have to go in for a retest on the apnea, then MAYBE they'll work on the insomnia.
 
2019-03-15 10:18:06 AM  

wildsnowllama: CPAP use turned my life from night to day.  Before the CPAP I  was always tired, always had a headache, threw up sometimes when I woke up, and every said it was like I always had my head in a fog.  I play a large number of board games, I recently have gone back to a couple I had deemed too difficult to wrap my head around a few years ago; things just click now.


So much this!

Pretty much my exact story.  Been using mine 15+ years.  Saved my life.
 
2019-03-15 10:54:09 AM  
I went on CPAP because my wife couldn't sleep in the same room as me because of my snoring. I HATED the hard plastic mask and would take it off in my sleep and not remember doing it. Then I discovered soft fabric nasal mask which I could tolerate.

After my wife passed away, I thought I could finally get off the CPAP, but my sleep quality was shiate.

While searching for a sleep monitoring device that I didn't have to wear, I found this company Withings makes a system that records duration and depth of sleep, and even detects snoring. It's really kind of amazing how it works. It's a fabric pad that goes under the mattress and connects to my home wifi.

Without the CPAP, I was getting almost no deep sleep. With it, I got 3 to 4 cycles of deep sleep every night. Duration is still an issue, but at least i know when I'm sleeping well and when I'm not.

I'm not a shill for Withings, but that sleep monitor and the bathroom scale I got from them, are really impressive. Both connect to my home wifi send data to their app on my phone. It's valuable information and about as simple and unobtrusive as I could hope for.
 
2019-03-15 11:18:56 AM  

gopher321: He's right. Apnea is nothing to fark around with. Much easier (financially) for me, my insurance covers the equipment. What I don't like is having a beard or even heavy stubble because it interferes with the mask's silicone seal.


I got one with memory foam on the perimeter instead of plain silicone, works great with the beard
 
2019-03-15 12:44:47 PM  
Amazing, but not surprising, that an article about sleep apnea includes a political comment.
 
2019-03-15 03:29:42 PM  
I just got a new CPAP machine. It connects to my phone and I can post my sleep numbers to all sorts of social media places. Ya me. Old smelled vaguely like melted plastic after I tried unplugging and plugging it back in a few times. In the beginning, CPAP did work for me. I got more sleep and stopped snoring. After my last machine died, I went almost a week without it while my doctor and insurance sorted it out. During this down week, I didn't snore (so my wife says) and I felt OK waking up. But the weird thing is I really don't remember dreaming with or without the mask. This is the only thing that bothers me, granted Freddy Kruger can't get me, but everything I've read suggests I should have something to remember....
 
2019-03-15 04:00:15 PM  
I do not know how any of my former girlfriends managed to ever sleep over prior to my CPAP.

Furthermore, I do not know WHY any of my former girlfriends ever even wanted to, because now my boners are so much more boneriffic.

Add to that knocking off smoking and eating better, and I'm essentially a much more bonery person.

Boner.
 
2019-03-15 05:28:38 PM  

Slide10000: wildsnowllama: CPAP use turned my life from night to day.  Before the CPAP I  was always tired, always had a headache, threw up sometimes when I woke up, and every said it was like I always had my head in a fog.  I play a large number of board games, I recently have gone back to a couple I had deemed too difficult to wrap my head around a few years ago; things just click now.

So much this!

Pretty much my exact story.  Been using mine 15+ years.  Saved my life.


ditto. i was 34 when I got my CPAP.  i asked my doctor to get a sleep test done, and he resisted because he wasn't that good.  did the sleep test - as I was leaving, they told me that they'd take a look at the results and get back to me in a few days to see if I needed to come back for a followup.  three hours later they called and wanted me to come back that night to sleep with a CPAP because of the number of breathing interruptions I had.

after I started using the CPAP - I dropped 50 pounds and my blood pressure went way down.  I felt awake for the first time in years.  if you snore or have any sleeping issues that you think might be apnea - go get a sleep test done
 
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