In my late fifties, I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. The symptoms of Sleep Apnea are firstly that the person stops breathing often due to constriction of the throat and, after some seconds, gasps to begin breathing again. This can occur many times per minute. Snoring, involuntary leg movements and restless legs are other symptoms. This break in your regular breathing pattern can lead to stokes and other complications. Sleeping on your back can make your sleep apnea worse.

My sleep physician suggested I have a CPAP machine. I resisted that. She then suggested I try a double mouth guard. That was a disaster. So I managed to avoid the need for a CPAP machine on her advice by never sleeping on my back. If I happen to do it accidentally, I soon felt my wife’s elbow in my ribs.

But, now in my early seventies, I had an operation to straighten my nose and have polyps removed to reduce nasal congestion. Following this, my snoring became so bad that I was banished to the back bedroom to allow my wife the opportunity to get a good night’s rest. CPAP Cleaners 

I decide to see my doctor about how I might fix my snoring not realising that it was one of the main symptoms of acute Sleep Apnea. The end result of that discussion was a visit to the sleep specialist and two sleep tests. The first was to decide on the state of my sleep apnea. It discovered that I had developed acute Sleep Apnea. In fact, the first sleep test found my snoring was twice as loud as it was in my previous sleep test back in the late 1990s. The second sleep test was with a CPAP machine to determine the prescription required for the machine. This prescription indicated how the machine should be set up to work best for me.

My next issue was to decide whether to buy a machine outright or have a month or two trial of a machine. Since I had to have a machine I decided to buy one from the very beginning.

I did some research; organised a few questions I needed answered and then went to two different suppliers to get advice and to decide where I would buy the machine. I decide on the most modern machine. It had a computer chip that sent reports via the mobile network to my supplier. This allowed them to check on my use of the machine and to suggest ways to improve its use. They could also send a report to my sleep physician before my next consultation.

The supplier showed me how to set up the machine. Then he fitted the chin strap and then the face mask. The face mask has an attachment that fits into your nostrils. They come in various sizes. Once he is happy with the fit he turned on the machine set to air pressure on the prescription that the sleep scientist suggested giving me an idea of what to expect that first night. He told me that the air pressure will build up in a time specified by the sleep scientist.

Finally, the machine was dismantled and the chin strap and face mask were removed. Then, it was my turn to set up the machine and fit the chin strap and mask and turn on the machine. When I put the mask on incorrectly, I soon felt the difference with the air pressure not coming into my nasal passages.

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