Sleep Study Part 2
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Had the second part of my sleep study Friday night. The C-PAP did help my sleep apnea, according to the information they collected. The first part of the night (about 11:00 PM - 3:00 AM) was difficult because the "nose pillows" didn't fit quite right. It was comfortable enough, but it began leaking more and more as I slept and changed position. At 3 AM it began making a hissing noise that continued unless I kept my head perfectly still in one position. I called the person on staff and she tried me with several other face mask options. The first was a cup that fit over my nose. I hated it. The second was a full mask that fit over my mouth and nose. I thought I'd like it because I tend to breathe through both my nose and mouth, but I hated it even more. Finally we tried one that looked a lot like the original one, but was a different brand, and it seemed okay. I went to sleep and slept soundly and deeply (REM sleep, according to the data) until 7 AM, when I woke up--refreshed and ready for my day.
They are going to call me Monday to set up a time I can go to the sleep center to learn how to use and care for the C-PAP. Then I'll start using one on a regular basis.
Although I spent a rather uncomfortable night at the sleep center, a lot of the discomfort was due to the electrodes attached to my scalp, face, legs, and body and to the oxygen monitor clipped on my index finger. All the wires made it difficult to find a comfortable position in bed, and the pain from my frozen shoulder didn't help. Without all the monitoring devices, I think getting used to the C-PAP should be a breeze... especially since it will help me breathe!