Sleeping with a CPAP Machine


I went to the sleep center to have my second sleep study, this time while wearing a CPAP machine to be monitored while I slept. It was exactly like the first study with the technician taking 30 minutes to get me all wired up. I told her that I was really tired and wanted to go to sleep early. The CPAP machine was on the nightstand and there were 2 kinds of masks for me to try. The technician put a mask on me that covered only my nose and used the straps to get it in place. With the light on, I laid down flat on my back and she turned the CPAP machine on. I instantly felt like I was smothering and sat straight up only after 2-3 minutes. It made me feel claustrophobic like I was not getting enough air, even though she said I was getting plenty of air. She put a mask on me that covered my nose and mouth. I felt more at ease with this one. Funny, my friends all said I would hate this one but I was asleep within 10 minutes.

From the other room, the technician would slowly raise the pressure of the air and she could monitor me. When the air pressure would get higher, it would wake me up. Twice, she had to come into the room and wake me up. Both times, I felt like I was fighting the machine. My bed looked like their had been a struggle! The light came on at 5:00 am and I was told that I could go home.

I had sticky tape marks all over my face and my hair was standing straight up with little spots of goo in it from the wire monitors. I slid my clothes on and left the building going out into the dark, cool night. The woman at the drive thru at Bojangles stared at me like she was concerned when I ordered my biscuit and a caffeine soda, but she didn’t say anything! I probably looked pretty rough.

I got a call the next day saying a CPAP machine had been ordered for me and I would be called to set up a time for a 30 minute tutorial to learn how to use it. After a week with the CPAP machine, I would meet again with my sleep doctor. I am glad that it is all behind me.

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