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Old 08-13-2008, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I have had Sleep Apnea since 2000 and have used a CPAP. I have been getting tired recently and my CPAP pressures were increased to 15 cm H20. However, I still feel tired. I had a sleep study last night with a BIPAP and it took some getting used to the action of the pressures. It is a little louder than the CPAP.

Any experience with BIPAP?
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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I have had Sleep Apnea since 2000 and have used a CPAP. I have been getting tired recently and my CPAP pressures were increased to 15 cm H20. However, I still feel tired. I had a sleep study last night with a BIPAP and it took some getting used to the action of the pressures. It is a little louder than the CPAP.

Any experience with BIPAP?
I have never used a BIPAP, but I do use a CPAP. I have severe OSA. During my sleep study, they say if you wake up (a relative term, because it's based on brain activity, not actually waking up) more than 20 times an hour, they would try the mask. My count was over 100.

Since the CPAP, however, I have slept sound enough to dream again (something I hadn't done in over 2 years), snoring has stopped, and I'm rested.

Only side to the CPAP is the embarassment. If (God forbid) anything ever happened to my wife, I would never be able to date again. How do you break it to someone you sleep with a breathing machine at night? That's the fast track to ending a relationship! lol I'm just blessed that she puts up with it!! She's sweet and says the alternative results of not using it are unthinkable!
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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I can give you quite of bit of input...I am a Respiratory Therapist and I have worked with both...
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I can give you quite of bit of input...I am a Respiratory Therapist and I have worked with both...
It felt odd that there was an inhalation and exhalation by the machine. It is also noisier (at least for the sleep study). Will I get a quieter model to use at home?

Thanks, Danielle.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:17 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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It felt odd that there was an inhalation and exhalation by the machine. It is also noisier (at least for the sleep study). Will I get a quieter model to use at home?

Thanks, Danielle.
My CPAP is very quiet, and it's not the kind with a mask, it just has a strip that rides under my nose and over my lip with small very flexible rubber/plastic that seals my nostrils to prevent air leakage. Once it's ramped up, there's a little hum, and when I turn it off, I hear a slight motor whine as it spins down. But the fan in my room is louder than the CPAP.
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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It felt odd that there was an inhalation and exhalation by the machine. It is also noisier (at least for the sleep study). Will I get a quieter model to use at home?

Thanks, Danielle.

I would just make that request when they come to your house to set you up...There are a lot of new machines/models that are pretty quite.
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:54 AM
 
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I may have had sleep apnea when i was boozing it up. But, in recent months since shifting to extreme light drinking (4-5 a week if that) I tend to believe my snoring has changed. Somebody down the hall heard me snoring the other night. I asked if it was loud, and he said, "no, it was average."
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