I went to the class to learn how to use my cpap machine yesterday afternoon, and brought it home for my first night. The guy had recommended wearing it while watching a movie or something like that so I could be distracted while trying to adjust to the breathing. And it was distracting. But, I didn't...I put everything off until the last minute and it was time to go to bed. I set the machine up and that was when I realized that I forgot to buy distilled water for the humidifier, but used tap water instead. (will get the distilled water today).
The mask is not as terrifying as I thought it would be because they have designed a new one that seems less suffocating. It just sits under my nose. Of course this means no more mouth breathing, and I have to remember to breathe through my nose instead. I was going to take a picture of me wearing it, but maybe later.
So, I put the thing on and let it run and practiced not mouth breathing because it makes me breathe in and out through my nose. If I try to breathe out through my mouth everything gets all screwy! Kind of like Darth Vader.
I took a melatonin to help me relax and found myself getting tired. I did fall asleep. I admit to being glad my husband was out of town so I didn't have to experiment with him in the bed with me, although, tonight he is back in town so I guess we'll see how that goes.
How did it work out? Well, I woke up a couple times in the night and I think that was because either the mask was bumped off my face, or I tried to breathe through my mouth, but according to the stats on the machine, I slept for 7.7 hours. Additionally, it stated that I had good mask coverage and my AHI was at 1. I need to look into this AHI because the results the doctor gave me and the results that the cpap tech told me are way different. But the tech said I was calculated at a 45. That would mean severe sleep apnea. The doctor told me an 8, which is very mild. Either way, I had a 1 yesterday and I believe that is awesome.
Do I feel any better rested? I am not sure about that. Let's see how the day progresses. But now, I need to go get ready for work.