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I saw my sleep dr again today and agreed to try a CPAP. My insurance will cover it over a dental appliance. Those are quite costly and can be as much as $6,000 she said.

She said it was mild and I'm going to start with a low pressure.

I am going to try a full mask that covers mouth and nose.

I slept 13 hours and was so freaking tired today. I just took a 2.5 hour nap and missed day treatment CBT group.

I hope this CPAP works.

How long do I have to wait until I see results? I hope it works fast. I am waiting on a call from the local CPAP store. It can take a while to see what my insurance covers, I was told.

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My husband had results within a few days.  I could literally -see- a difference.  He was more alert, better rested, his posture was better, and he was in a much better mood.  It was actually really cool.

 

I'd say give it a week, and if you have to, take a sleep-aid to initially get to sleep.  This is worth it.

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IT took me a while to adjust to my cpap machine at first.  I had trouble finding a mask I could tolerate.  I really used the warranty on my first mask, and got 3 replacements all under warranty!  Once I was able to sleep with it on all night long, it seemed to help my energy level within like a week or so. 

 

I got my new CPAP yesterday, and noticed that I slept better last night. 

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Often your body will think you have a sleep debt and you will sleep and sleep and sleep and want to sleep more. Then after a few days you will become less tired and, as others have said, more alert. The tiredness will go away over the course of a few days. Hang in there!

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  • 2 weeks later...

I started my cpap with the chin strap.  i kept waking up, feeling like I couldn't breathe, and then i started procrastinating and not starting back.

Five nights ago, i tried it without the chin strap and it was so much better.  i have to do 21 nights in a row for at least four hours, and then it's mine.

i'm lucky because it is covered 100% by my insurance, as long as i do that within 90 days.  Does anyone else find all the cleaning and upkeep you're supposed to do a pain in the neck?  I do.  But it's worth it.  I know it's really good for me, but when I do take a nap, which I do much less frequently, and i don't use the cpap, it feels so good!!!

Oh well.  I'm glad people know how serious sleep apnea is  and don't think it's just snoring!

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I'm not either.  And last night when I put it on it was like airplane jets blowing into my nose!!  I couldn't use it.  I had taken it apart and ran the parts through the dishwasher like they say to do.  I wonder if I somehow changed the setting.  I don't know if that is even possible, but I can't use it when it's this strong and that's the only explanation I can think of as to why it changed.  So I'll call the company tomorrow and see what is going on.

Frustrating!!

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