For just over 2 weeks I have been using a CPAP machine to help me breathe while I sleep. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks, that’s for sure. I’ve learned a few things about my breathing and my sleeping habits.
I had no idea whether I breath out of my nose or my mouth.
Do you know, without thinking about it, whether you breathe out of your nose or your mouth? I had no idea, hence why I have a full mask.
It makes you really aware of your breathing.
I am so glad that I have sleep medication. I found myself laying in bed trying to regulate my breathing on my own, because it was so much more aware of it while I had the mask on. It turns out that I breathe in through my nose and keep my mouth open when I am sleeping.
Make sure you let your child know you will be wearing it.
I was woken from a deep sleep by a child poking me in the arm to ask what was on my face. Let’s just say I wasn’t impressed and it took me ages to fall asleep again!
If you leave the machine plugged in all day, the water for the humidifying part will be super hot.
I wish that I hadn’t learned this one the hard way. Having hot, heavy air blown in your face as the mask suctions on your face is really not conducive to good sleep. Thankfully the initial heat didn’t last long because it felt like I was suffocating!
Make sure you wake up a few hours before you need to go somewhere.
I’m not sure if it’s my skin, but I have angry looking red marks across my cheeks when I first wake up and they take about an hour to go away. The mask isn’t uncomfortable so I think that maybe my skin is sensitive. Not to mention on a good nights sleep, I have it pressed against my cheeks for 8-9 hours.
Regularly cleanse your face.
Again, I wish I hadn’t learned this one the hard way. I think a mix of hot nights, mask on my face all night and oily skin really played havoc with my face. Day 4 and I had a giant blind pimple right where the mask sat on my nose. Now pimples near your nose are bad enough, without having a mask suctioned to it as well. Also I make sure to wash the mask every second day to help with any build up.
I really wasn’t getting quality sleep before.
Now that I am two weeks in, I have noticed a few things starting to get better. I’ve never been a morning person, but it doesn’t take me as long to be human in the mornings now. I’m also waking up less during the night and the panic attacks have stopped. Although the nurse at the sleep centre did say that it was likely that my panic attacks were my bodies way of waking me when I had stopped breathing for too long.
Do you know if you breathe through your mouth or your nose?
Have you ever had a sleep test done?