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Old 10-20-2019, 01:18 AM   #1
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Did not want to hijack the so clean thread so I started a new one once i saw how many people replied to it. My wife has been begging me for the last 3 years to have a sleep study bc I gasp in the middle of the night and never wake up rested. Can sleep 10 hours and wake up tired. I kind of fear they will prescribe me a machine which is not necessarily a bad thing but I would hate to become dependent on it. My FIL swears by his and goes nowhere with out it, if he forgets it he fills like crap til he gets home. Do those of you who use one experience the same?
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Old 10-20-2019, 01:41 AM   #2
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Well, with the inarguable serious health dangers associated with apnea it makes no sense to go another day untested.....IMOP

If you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea I'll guarantee you'll feel much better post treatment. It's not a joking matter....read up on all the health destroying issues associated with apnea.

Lastly, would you rather feel consistently better using a cpap and risk feeling worse on the rare occasion you can't.....or.....almost guarantee that you'll have long term serious health issues by not using one at all???

Btw, there is a more than fair probability that you'll feel better than you have in years, maybe decades, by using one.

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Old 10-20-2019, 02:25 AM   #3
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Do the study, What do you have to lose? Nothing bad will come out of it.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:12 AM   #4
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If you have apnea, you will be dependent on the cpap. Willingly dependent I promise.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:28 AM   #5
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Did not want to hijack the so clean thread so I started a new one once i saw how many people replied to it. My wife has been begging me for the last 3 years to have a sleep study bc I gasp in the middle of the night and never wake up rested. Can sleep 10 hours and wake up tired. I kind of fear they will prescribe me a machine which is not necessarily a bad thing but I would hate to become dependent on it. My FIL swears by his and goes nowhere with out it, if he forgets it he fills like crap til he gets home. Do those of you who use one experience the same?
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:28 AM   #6
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Been on CPAP for 15 Years. Should have been longer but I was hard headed. I will never sleep without in now. There is serious health dangers associated with sleep apnea. Go in with an Open Mind and Get a Sleep Study.
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:57 AM   #7
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I was very skeptical originally because it seemed that virtually everyone I knew or heard of that was tested, did have apnea, and required a cpap. No one ever came back negative. However, my nap time has decreased and energy level increased since I've been on it.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:13 AM   #8
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I guess they take some time to get use to. I've had mine for about 4 weeks and I'm still not use to wearing it. Maybe I toss and turn too much while I sleep but I get tangled in the hose and that wakes me up.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:16 AM   #9
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I guess they take some time to get use to. I've had mine for about 4 weeks and I'm still not use to wearing it. Maybe I toss and turn too much while I sleep but I get tangled in the hose and that wakes me up.
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I did the same when I got mine. Took me almost 6 months before I really slept all night with it. But, now, I won't go anywhere without it.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:24 AM   #10
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My HS best friend died from apnea. I've been on CPAP ever since. Been about 25 years now. I don't sleep worth a crap without it. It does make a difference.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:26 AM   #11
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I guess they take some time to get use to. I've had mine for about 4 weeks and I'm still not use to wearing it. Maybe I toss and turn too much while I sleep but I get tangled in the hose and that wakes me up.
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Run your hose up over the head board. I used to get wrapped up in the hose, but with it hanging down from above, it hasn't happened again.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:41 AM   #12
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I credit mine with saving my life and marriage. I go nowhere without mine. Like others have said "willingly dependent ".

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Old 10-20-2019, 10:48 AM   #13
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I guess they take some time to get use to. I've had mine for about 4 weeks and I'm still not use to wearing it. Maybe I toss and turn too much while I sleep but I get tangled in the hose and that wakes me up.
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I'm the same. I'm coming up on a year. I'll put it on at bedtime, sleep anywhere between 2 and 4 hours with it (according to the machine), and when I wake up in the morning, its sitting on my nightstand.

I never remember taking it off.
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Old 10-20-2019, 10:52 AM   #14
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I've had mine since 2006. Love the **** thing. Never could I imagine forgetting mine. NEVER!! It gets packed first before my clothes! I was happy that I was prescribed a machine because I knew something was bad wrong with all the headaches and the waking up choking that was going on. It was almost a sigh of relief....for me and my wife. I woke up feeling like a new man.

Bottom line....I'd rather be dependent on a machine that helps me stay alive than DEAD! Do a search on Reggie White former Packers DE. I bet he'd rather have had the machine now. Better yet ask his widow.

It took me just a couple of days to get fully used to it, but I also went in with the total mindset that this would extend/save my life and help my marriage as far as sleeping arrangements. That mindset got me used to it quick instead of a using the hardheaded easily annoyed impatient crotchity ol fart drama mentality fighting it I see so prevalent on here..

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Old 10-20-2019, 11:01 AM   #15
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My HS best friend died from apnea. I've been on CPAP ever since. Been about 25 years now. I don't sleep worth a crap without it. It does make a difference.
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Run your hose up over the head board. I used to get wrapped up in the hose, but with it hanging down from above, it hasn't happened again.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:04 AM   #16
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The only difference between you and I, OP, is you don’t have a CPAP. We’re both dependent on it for a good nights sleep, you just don’t know it yet. Get one and live better and most importantly, longer !
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:16 AM   #17
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Getting a CPAP machine was the best thing I ever did. I had extremely bad apnea and was a 10 on the loud snoring scale according to the sleep doctor. Tired all the time regardless of how many hours I “slept” at night. I slept on the couch at home for years and in my truck at the lease to keep from disturbing everyone around me.

The first time I tried it about 20 years ago, I couldn’t get use to the mask and elected to have the uvuloplasty surgery, had the “hanger-downer” in the back of my throat cut out. Extremely painful recovery (surgery combined with a nasal roto-rooter and deviated septum repair. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SURGERY. This only worked for a few years until I gained some weight and was back to snoring again.

I had another sleep study, diagnosed again with apnea and was prescribed another CPAP machine. There’s been a lot of advancements in the masks I. The last 20 years and I was able to get use to it almost immediately. I get good rest now, get to sleep in my bed and am much happier/healthier/rested, etc. I won’t go anywhere without my CPAP again. Absolutely the best decision I ever made

My advice is to get one now,you won’t be disappointed.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:20 AM   #18
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Getting a CPAP machine was the best thing I ever did. I had extremely bad apnea and was a 10 on the loud snoring scale according to the sleep doctor. Tired all the time regardless of how many hours I “slept” at night. I slept on the couch at home for years and in my truck at the lease to keep from disturbing everyone around me.

The first time I tried it about 20 years ago, I couldn’t get use to the mask and elected to have the uvuloplasty surgery, had the “hanger-downer” in the back of my throat cut out. Extremely painful recovery (surgery combined with a nasal roto-rooter and deviated septum repair. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SURGERY. This only worked for a few years until I gained some weight and was back to snoring again.

I had another sleep study, diagnosed again with apnea and was prescribed another CPAP machine. There’s been a lot of advancements in the masks I. The last 20 years and I was able to get use to it almost immediately. I get good rest now, get to sleep in my bed and am much happier/healthier/rested, etc. I won’t go anywhere without my CPAP again. Absolutely the best decision I ever made

My advice is to get one now,you won’t be disappointed.
The only problem I had was fairly regular sinus infections. Most likely caused by not frequent enough cleanings. I got a So Clean and I don’t have that problem anymore. It seemed to work for me.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:57 AM   #19
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Here is a thread I started on 6/6/19. Lots of good info in it.

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=733631
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Old 10-20-2019, 01:47 PM   #20
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I advise everyone to try different masks. When you find the right mask you will wear it all night without tossing and turning. The one I use comes over the top of my head, and has small soft tubes that run down the side of my head, with a small silicon tube with a slit in it that fits under my nose. Allows me to be on my back or either side, though I sleep on my back since all the surgery. I will get the brand and model.

If you buy at cpap.com and buy insurance, you can return a mask if you don't like it.
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:22 PM   #21
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Getting my Apap 7 years ago was a game changer (life saver) for me and I have not slept once without it in that time.
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Old 10-20-2019, 04:56 PM   #22
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Has anyone heard anything on this new device from Inspire? Suppose to be a deal inserted under the skin and activated by a remote just before you go to bed. If a legit option, it could be a game changer for those of us that like to do pack in hunts out west.
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Old 10-20-2019, 05:38 PM   #23
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I've had mine for about 25 years. Even take it hunting and used it when I was clmbing. I've tried mouthpieces but they don't work for me. The setup I have weighs about 19oz and can fit in my pack easily. I have a fold up solar that will extend the battery from two nights to four and even longer if I have good sunny days. I dont have the 12 volt charging cord but it would be very handy for car camping. I've even used mine on my kayak after setting up early for ducks.

You will miss it when you don't have one. Get the test. Get the CPAP and start sleeping better.
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Old 10-20-2019, 07:54 PM   #24
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Guess this is hard to argue with..... Gonna get the wife give the doc a call tomorrow. One more graveyard and headed to the hill country for a few days!
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:03 PM   #25
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Put it this way, if I have 30 mins for a nap, Ill go up stairs and put on the mask . It makes that much of a difference for me.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:05 PM   #26
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6 hrs with the machine is like 9 hours without it!
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Old 10-20-2019, 09:15 PM   #27
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6 hrs with the machine is like 9 hours without it!
Amen.....i can get 4 hours sometimes and feel a MILLION times better than I use to feel on 8+.....best thing is I have zero memories of waking up in the night..... Common occurrence years ago
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:09 PM   #28
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Best thing I ever did. Never realized how terrible I was sleeping and exactly how tired I had been until I got a CPAP.

It absolutely changed my life.
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Old 10-20-2019, 11:15 PM   #29
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Mine is considered severe, can’t nap without it but it’s good to be able to sleep. Takes getting used to but by all means keep at it till you do. You’ll never look back


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Old 10-21-2019, 12:30 AM   #30
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CPAP probably saved my life and my marriage.
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:39 AM   #31
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I advise everyone to try different masks. When you find the right mask you will wear it all night without tossing and turning. The one I use comes over the top of my head, and has small soft tubes that run down the side of my head, with a small silicon tube with a slit in it that fits under my nose. Allows me to be on my back or either side, though I sleep on my back since all the surgery. I will get the brand and model.

If you buy at cpap.com and buy insurance, you can return a mask if you don't like it.
This sounds like the same one I use.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:22 AM   #32
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The thing with CPAP is finding the right provider that will work for you and not push their companies equipment on you. The mask must fit right, PERIOD! The mask must be comfortable to wear, PERIOD! If these two items are not right you will never be happy with the CPAP. Most companies that sell the mask have no one working for them that wears the mask. I had found a sleep doctor, (now retired) that wore a CPAP and he helped me more than anyone. The companies you go to get the equipment, (mask, tubing, CPAP machine) don't know about wearing the CPAP so they don't know what you really need. Keep looking or network folks on hear that are CPAP users to get good info...
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:59 AM   #33
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Get the CPAP! I needed one cause my wife couldn't sleep with my snoring and apnea. She once counted how long between gasps I took and counted 10 seconds between...she had to shake me awake cause she freaked out! Now I don't go anywhere over night without it! She lost an uncle to sleep apnea after he had a heart attack while on a fishing trip with a couple of his sons. Very sad to think that a CPAP might have saved his life.
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