CPAP - any experiences?
So, I've had a CPAP since last Tuesday. This thing is frustrating.
Here is where the rant starts, if you want to skip it and just get to the part where I ask for advice.
The first night, I guess I had the mask too tight because I ended up with sore spots on my nose and forehead. The next night, I loosened it, but I was so sore from the first night that it still hurt and was awful. I didn't sleep at all and was miserable the next day. The third night was much better, as long as I slept on my back. I move around in my sleep and typically sleep on my side, so that wasn't easy. If I turned onto my side, the air pressure would leak out of the mask. The only way to avoid that and still sleep on my side is to tighten the mask, which ends up hurting. Friday and Saturday I took Ambien and slept pretty well with the CPAP. I didn't notice the air leaks or the discomfort from having to stay on my back because I was drugged and didn't care. But staying on my back when I'm not used to it did give me a kink in my neck. Last night, I did not take Ambien because I don't like going to work with the groggy drugged feeling the next day. I should have taken it. I barely slept. The mask was determined to leak even if I stayed on my back and I couldn't get comfortable on my back anyway. My back and neck just hurt too much. So, today I was just tired and cranky all day. I don't want to be tired and cranky all day. I got this thing so I could sleep better and NOT be tired and cranky.
Anyway, ranting done. Do any of you have experience with CPAP? Any advice on fitting the mask and avoiding leaks? I am thinking that I will give it another night and then call the DME people tomorrow to schedule another fitting and see if maybe I'm doing something wrong or if I need a different mask. I am thinking it must be ok if it didn't give me trouble when I took the Ambien on the weekend. If it had leaked enough to be a problem, I don't think even the medication would have kept me from noticing. So, it must be me? How long should it really take to get used to this? If I am stuck having to sleep on my back, any tips to keep my neck and back more comfortable after a lifetime of sleeping on my side? I'll take any advice I can get. I just want to get a good night's sleep!