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Not slept thru the night since March, I'm miserable and frustrated, help!

Hi I was diagnosed to sleep apnea in March that's when I got my CPAP machine. I use a ResMed airsense 11 and an f30 mask. I've adjusted the settings with the doctor looked at my medications etc. I have not slept through the night since March and I am absolutely miserable. I wake up almost every night around 2:00 a.m. and I'm up until 5:00 usually.

We've done everything with the pressure. We've done it changing it from 5 to 15 then 8 to 20 then continuously 11. Nothing works I still wake up every night. I'm exhausted and I'm crabby and I am barely functioning.

My sleep study that I did at home which diagnosed me with the apnea showed I had only Central events and hypo apneas. There was Zero obstructive events. So I don't even know if this is the right treatment. The doctors I worked with except for the most recent one have not been great. Finally I have someone who is going to at least get me into a sleep study at a clinic in a few weeks.

Everybody says it takes a little while for the CPAP to work. It's been almost 10 months and I keep waiting for the day when I will wake up refreshed and have this be the best thing ever and I don't know if the day will ever come.

Has anyone else gone through this? Like only having the central apnea and hypo apnea and not being able to sleep? I've tried melatonin sleeping meds from the doctors like nothing works. I would love some support and encouragement. Thank you so much!

  1. My advice…go to a competent sleep lab and get retested. If most of your apnea is central, CPAP will never work. CPAP is always pushed but is the wrong therapy in some cases. Look up REMEDE and CSA and possibly try another path.

    Good luck and GOD bless

    1. Good advice, . Thanks for chiming in! - Lori (Team Member)

  2. Hi . You must be far beyond frustrated. My heart goes out to you. You mention changing the pressure, but have you ever tried different brands or types of masks? Many people work with medical supply stores to try out different combinations before they hit on one that is comfortable. Here is an article about troubleshooting mask issues that might interest you: It does sound like there might be more going on than sleep apnea though. Many people who have uncomfortable masks wake up multiple times during the night, but you stay away for several hours. Do you take the mask off when you try to go back to sleep or keep it on? Do you think anxiety about the mask might be contributing? Here is an article from our insomnia community about treatments: You might find something in the article that helps you get back to sleep. I am glad you are getting a new sleep study done elsewhere, regardless. You need to feel confident in your diagnosis and you are not confident now. I hope the specialist at this clinic are better and that you get some answers and relief. Please keep us posted, if you don't mind. I will be thinking of you. - Lori (Team Member)

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