Suggestions For Dealing With Sleep Apnea

I have Sleep Apnea. I use a CPAP machine every night, but I think I still snore. I wake up talking and I hear myself, so I think I am snoring. Do you have any ideas for how I can sleep better? I don't have money to buy a new mask but that is really what I need. I already keep a window open. I am not hot or cold. My back hurts though through the night and that is because I am overweight. Thank you.

Sandy from Baltimore, MD

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May 22, 20080 found this helpful

Hi. I have sleep apnea also. I'm wondering if maybe you need the dr to adjust the setting on your cpap. I hope you figure it out!

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May 22, 20080 found this helpful

I recently heard on the Rachael Ray show that using a humidifier while sleeping helps.

Alhtough I don't have sleep apnea, I use Calmes Forte on occasion to help me sleep.

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May 22, 20080 found this helpful

Don't delay in getting help with this because if your pressure is not right then you are effecting your heart and causing damage. I let mine go to long and have damage to my heart that cannot be repaired. Check out and see if you can get state aid or something to get a new study done. If you have gained weight since your study you might need higher pressure.

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

The very best thing you could do for your sleep apnea is to lose weight!

You also might try elevating the head of your bed with blocks, along with having your settings re-evaluated.

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

Your doctor probably needs to adjust the pressure on your machine. I don't know if they will need to do another sleep study before they change, but they might. My cousin recently had hers changed from 7 to 14. I started out with 16. You might just take in the "smart" card. They might be able to tell from just that. I know I went down from 68 non-breathing episodes to 4 per hour.

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

Please do not adjust your pressure without a doctors supervision. My husband just got one and the instructor said to never adjust the pressure yourself, it can cause a brain hemorrage if it is not the right pressure. He also told us that there are chin straps available to stop snoring. BUT, he said snoring with the cpap means something is not right with your pressure. He told us that if you have a weight gain or loss of 20 pounds, you should be retested. P.S. After only one week, my husband's blood pressure lower enought that after asking the doctor, he discontinued one of his prescriptions! I am impressed with what the right oxygen level in your blood does for your body. Please get professional help with this. It is your life!

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May 23, 20080 found this helpful

Oh, Sandy, God bless you. You might discuss this with the manufacturer of your CPAP and try to increase the pressure slightly. I know that a CPAP machine can make so much difference. You need your rest and your oxygen! Let us know that you are okay -

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

I've been in healthcare for over 15 years. I can definitely tell you that something isn't quite right. While losing weight helps, you need a solution immediately. First thing to do is call your doctor. They may need to adjust the pressure,which is what it sounds like - never do this yourself!! If needed, they can do another sleep study for you. If your CPAP is being rented from an oxygen company, call them to come over to your home to check the machine. You can also call your doctor's office and ask for a prescription for a humidifier if you don't already have one. Best of luck to you - I'll be thinking of you, hoping you feel better real soon.

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May 29, 20080 found this helpful

sandy the snorer here. thank you all for the advice. i am in the process now of getting a company to supply me with a new mask etc. i am sure that is what is wrong.

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