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Unread 10-08-2017, 07:35 AM   #1
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Default Sleap Apnea for a bipolar.

I was just diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, meaning I cannot even try the mouth piece that works sometimes. Monday, I am going to pick up my PAP machine but I am worried that it will affect my normal sleep. It is bad enough for me when I am manic, now that I wear a mask will be a further challenge. The other alternative is operation.
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Tim, the PAP machine will help you sleep better once you get used to it. My husband, who is bipolar, uses one.
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Everyone I know who uses the CPAP finds it extremely helpful in many ways. They all say they feel much more well-rested and much less depressed. I need to go to my GP, because I think I have sleep apnea.
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I was just diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, meaning I cannot even try the mouth piece that works sometimes. Monday, I am going to pick up my PAP machine but I am worried that it will affect my normal sleep. It is bad enough for me when I am manic, now that I wear a mask will be a further challenge. The other alternative is operation.
Welcome to aging(61)...but beats the alternative....
I use a CPAP and it was a big adjustment to get used to, but now it's no big really. I have gotten up and taken it off before and felt bad afterwards. The new ones are very quiet and a lot of mask options. Mine just goes over the nose, but I'm going to start using one that goes under my nose and see if I like it better.
When I sleep walk , sometimes I take the mask, hose and anything else I can find apart. Then when I come back to bed my CPAP is all over the place.
Hoping the CPAP will help you better sleep. It's good for your heart as well.
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Default Re: Sleap Apnea for a bipolar.

I have the type that goes over the nose and mouth.

I liked it right away, I even liked it in the sleep lab!!

I wasn’t afraid of it though. My late husband had one. He found it comforting to sleep with. So do I!!

It will be fine. It doesn’t matter if I’m depressed, anxious, or hypomanic. I like it.
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I have the type that goes over the nose and mouth.

I liked it right away, I even liked it in the sleep lab!!

I wasnít afraid of it though. My late husband had one. He found it comforting to sleep with. So do I!!

It will be fine. It doesnít matter if Iím depressed, anxious, or hypomanic. I like it.
I have one that goes over the mouth and nose for when I'm sick, nose stopped up and I'm moth breathing a lot. Anxious to try the new one. It's not the pillows that go into the nose but a single pillow that lays under the nose. Doesn't seem like that would work but we will see.
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