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    Snoring/Sleep Apnea?

    I didn't know where to place this thread,so I put it here in this forum....

    I know that some of you guys have been fitted with those masks to prevent sleep apnea. I've been in denial about this sleep apnea thing for a while, but it's become a real problem lately. I don't ever sleep more than one hour at a time!!! I'm 56 yrs old, and my wife tells me that I snore real loud. I don't know if I can ever use a mask because I always sleep on my stomach since I was a kid. And I also have a full beard. Wouldn't either of those two prevent a mask from being used?

    Don't they perform surgery to correct this problem? If so, have any of you had relief from surgery? Would be advantageous to see an ear nose and throat doctor for this, or do other types of docs handle this type of thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tall Deck View Post
    I didn't know where to place this thread,so I put it here in this forum....

    I know that some of you guys have been fitted with those masks to prevent sleep apnea. I've been in denial about this sleep apnea thing for a while, but it's become a real problem lately. I don't ever sleep more than one hour at a time!!! I'm 56 yrs old, and my wife tells me that I snore real loud. I don't know if I can ever use a mask because I always sleep on my stomach since I was a kid. And I also have a full beard. Wouldn't either of those two prevent a mask from being used?

    Don't they perform surgery to correct this problem? If so, have any of you had relief from surgery? Would be advantageous to see an ear nose and throat doctor for this, or do other types of docs handle this type of thing?
    Sleep apnea is deadly.

    Get a sleep study prescribed by a sleep apnea specialist. Just Google sleep apnea specialist in your area.

    If you have sleep apnea you will need to find a way to use a CPAP machine. Either use the nose pillow attachment.....if it works for you, or shave the beard and learn to sleep on your side or back.

    You need to make the changes so you can wear a CPAP machine or suffer the health consequences that go with sleep apnea.

    I not only wear the full face mask because it works best for me, but I also wear the lower mandible adjuster to open up my airway more so there is less air pressure on my face from the CPAP machine.

    Sleep apnea comes on slowly and over time, you do not realize how bad it was until you start using the CPAP. I now sleep like when I was a teenager.

    Surgery is rare and expensive with no guarantees. I think I was quoted 75k and my insurance would not cover because CPAP would cure me so it was a no brainer.

    Plus surgery will put you down for weeks.

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    Great answer!

    I wear just the nose mask, the big clunky looking one. I finally trained myself somehow to keep my mouth shut without a chin strap. I sometimes sleep on my stomach but the use of the mask sort of forces my sleeping self to not do so as much, which is a blessing as sleeping on my stomach trashes my lower back. Until a few weeks ago I had a massive beard and it didn't affect me one bit.

    There's more to all this than stopping breathing and snoring. Although I stop breathing throughout the night, my big concern turned out to be that my O2 was dropping into the low 80%. A sure way to throw clots.

    Life is much better with that fucking machine. I hate that I NEED to use it but my overall quality of life has increased as well as my wife's, who no longer is disturbed by me snoring.

    Go get the study done and get a machine if needed. This shit is no joke.

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    Yeah I think I suffer from this. I wake up continually throughout the night every couple hours and sometimes cant breath. I bought a cpap machine from a friend of mine who sells medical gear and need to get a full face mask. I had it for like 6 months and never used it. I may have to give it a try. I know you have to calibrate the machine, but was going to try it on the setting it was calibrated initially for and see if it makes things any better. Its a resmed new machine with built in humidifier brand new but have been reluctant to use it..

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    My dad wears a CPAP with a big bushy beard so I'm sure that's not a barrier. You'll learn to sleep on your side or back. Don't fuck around with sleep apnea, man.

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    CPAP was the best thing I could have ever done. I now sleep all the way through the night and feel refreshed in the morning. I use the mask that just covers my nose.

    What do you guys do when you have a cold and canít breathe through your nose? Iím having that issue now. I feel like Iím suffocating at night so I havenít worn it in a few days and am miserable.

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    My suggestion is to suck it up get the sleep study and if diagnosed get on board with getting used to the nose pillow.

    I speak from experience after first being diagnosed never gave the mask a chance gave my machine away. Shit ten years later realized how foolish and deadly apnea is. Another study new machine commited to using it took about 1 to 2 months to get used to it. Now cant imagine sleeping without it plus the quality of sleep is so much better lots more energy and way less strain on the ticker. By the way i still cant use the full face mask nose pillow is much easier plus dont think the beard would be an issue with it. Good luck hope you give it a chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doncoyote View Post
    My suggestion is to suck it up get the sleep study and if diagnosed get on board with getting used to the nose pillow.

    I speak from experience after first being diagnosed never gave the mask a chance gave my machine away. Shit ten years later realized how foolish and deadly apnea is. Another study new machine commited to using it took about 1 to 2 months to get used to it. Now cant imagine sleeping without it plus the quality of sleep is so much better lots more energy and way less strain on the ticker. By the way i still cant use the full face mask nose pillow is much easier plus dont think the beard would be an issue with it. Good luck hope you give it a chance
    What is funny when I first wore the CPAP mask I would wake up in the middle of the night with the mask on the floor and I had no memory of taking it off. That happened on and off for a couple of months.

    I have to wear the full face mask as I cannot pull enough air through my nostrils.

    Big lungs

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    Talldeck:
    Get the CPAP.

    The colostomy bag will soon follow!
    SCIENCE TO PRACTICE

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    There is a dental mouth peace thatís available. It apparently pulls your bottom jaw forward to open the airway.
    But the sleep study is no big deal. I think you have to have 5 episodes an hour for insurance to cover the machine.

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    Forgot to mention had the uvuloplatoplasty where they chop off your ugala and yarded out my tonsils.

    Didnt fix the snoring or apnea but did improve my
    Breathing as my airway was narrow.

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    Thanks to everyone for chiming in here. I'm tired of it taking 12 hours just to get about 6 or 7 hours of sleep. It's gotten to a a point where I'm practically doing nothing but sleeping, and going to work, and whenever I do wake up, I rarely feel refreshed at all. In fact, I feel tired after I sleep. And it's very difficult to muster up the energy and enthusiasm to work out. But right now it's worse than ever because I've had nasal/sinus congestion for the past three months. I'm going to an ear nose and throat doctor this week, because I suspect that I might have a sinus infection. As soon as I lay down to go to sleep, I cannot breath through my nose at all, and I have to breath with my mouth open, which in turn makes me snore even more.

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    When someone mentioned surgery all I could think of was "Why not just get a stoma?" You could just plug that bitch into a machine every night, no mask needed.
    Coming from a guy who has had dozens of surgeries and will likely have a few more, I don't ever want to go under the knife under GA ever again if I can help it.

    TD, you are going to come back here and tell us the first few weeks was like snorting coke when you wake up. I actually had to do biofeedback to mellow myself from all the new energy. No shit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoachCabo View Post
    When someone mentioned surgery all I could think of was "Why not just get a stoma?" You could just plug that bitch into a machine every night, no mask needed.
    Coming from a guy who has had dozens of surgeries and will likely have a few more, I don't ever want to go under the knife under GA ever again if I can help it.

    TD, you are going to come back here and tell us the first few weeks was like snorting coke when you wake up. I actually had to do biofeedback to mellow myself from all the new energy. No shit!
    100% true

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    I was fitted for a cpap a couple years back.

    I've tried every type of mask and I can't get past the first sixty days where I'm not waking up snatching the thing off.

    I know I need it but, I can't get committed enough..... I'll try again lol.

    The full face mask seems more comfortable to me then the nasal only btw. If I open my mouth with the nasal fitting one, air blows out my mouth and choked me.

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