My first attempt to use a CPAP was in the late 90’s and with the CPAP technology at that time, my personal experience made me feel like I was trying to go to sleep with a leaf blower in my mouth. I struggled with the air pressure and the full face mask. I then tried the nose pillows only to realize I was more of a mouth breather. I gave up on the whole thing after about 6 months of frustration.
Go forward 20’ish years and I am now trying this again. After complaining to my doctor about fatigue, being out of breath constantly, and often having to sleep sitting up to feel like I get enough air, he decided to run the full gamut of tests. I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy which explained all of the previously mentioned issues. In addition, I requested a sleep study as I know my apnea has only gotten worse. I completed the sleep study last week which included sleeping half the night using a CPAP and the mask that fits only over the nose. WOW, technology has changed so much. Adjusting to the CPAP wasn’t nearly as difficult as trying to adjust to breathing through my nose.
The dilemma I face is now upon me. I go soon to get my CPAP and mask and am so afraid that I will not be able to adjust to either and blow this off again. With my heart issues, it is imperative that I get my apnea under control as having it only puts more stress on a weakened heart. The full mask seems to make the most sense as I am a mouth breather and struggle to get air at night as it is. Changing too much along with the other health issues makes it all seem monumental. But then the bulkiness of the full mask also concerns me as I am afraid I won’t get used to.
Looking for any suggestions or life experiences. I definitely don’t want to fail at the CPAP this second time Yes, I quite possibly have more concerns than I actually should…but I know my health and increased life expectancy rides quite a bit on this being successful.