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catdad22

748d

I have sleep apnea, but I also have at least moderate anxiety. I want to address that, but I’m kind of worried. I know that the CPAP and the equipment for the sleep test aren’t exactly the same, but wearing the sleep test equipment made me feel super anxious. It definitely didn’t help with falling asleep or the process of waking up. Did anyone have this worry before getting a CPAP? If so, what was your experience after using one? Also, do you know of any alternative, especially alternatives that are either low in cost or 10 to be covered by insurance? For what it’s worth, I have tried a nighttime mouth appliance (pretty much a mouthguard) for several months. It hasn’t made things better, but it also hasn’t made things worse. I really do want to do some thing about my sleep apnea because having literally any more energy than I do have regularly would be amazing, but I’m afraid that a CPAP would trigger my anxiety a ton.

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    • hayhaylaylay

      705d

      i have sleep apnea and i cannot use a cpap for the life of me, it causes so much anxiety for me. i found a dentist that makes sleep apnea mouth guards and it has actually helped a ton for me. they let me do a payment plan so i can pay it off on my own time without digging a financial hole. 🤗 i hope all is well for you!

    • CelticCoffeeMom

      705d

      I know how you feel. I struggle with my CPAP until I discovered a little trick to help me calm down. I mixed peppermint and lavender oil in some petroleum jelly to rub a little under my nose before putting my CPAP on. I breathe in the scent and it calms me down while wearing the device. I recently had to return mine as my insurance company decided they won't pay for that brand anymore. I have to go through the whole process again to get one they will cover.

    • hayhaylaylay

      705d

      i have sleep apnea and i cannot use a cpap for the life of me, it causes so much anxiety for me. i found a dentist that makes sleep apnea mouth guards and it has actually helped a ton for me. they let me do a payment plan so i can pay it off on my own time without digging a financial hole. 🤗 i hope all is well for you!

    • Jadetealblu

      748d

      Try a nasal mask vs a full face mask. Sometimes full face masks can cause a claustrophobic-like feeling during sleep and make you wake up panicking.

    • monkey1

      748d

      I just remembered somthing the person who helped me pick my mask out said. They said try to keep your hose up if you have animals because cats like to claw them and dogs like to chew them.

    • LyssaLou

      748d

      I have had my cpap machine for a little over a year now but I remember my sleep study well. I was extremely nervous and anxious about it and the sleep study test is so different from actually having your machine. The machine is quiet, once you get the right mask fit for you it comfortable, and you get a much better sleep quality. I wear a full face mask because I tend to be a mouth breather at times but once I started wearing it, it wasn't but a couple of nights and I was falling asleep easily. Plus there is settings on your machine that will make it a much better experience with your CPAP. Now for you being worried about your pets unplugging it, the power cord is long and it would he easy to put the cord behind your night stand if you have one and if you don't then I would suggest running it against your floor/wall at the base boards and putting a piece of tape here and there to keep it secured and out of the way. You can message me if you like and when you get your cpap if it's the same as mine I will gladly help you with the settings

    • monkey1

      748d

      I do not know any alternatives but I also have sleep apnea and GAD. The test was a lot scarier then actually using the machine. I honestly didn't sleep well at my test too. They had to give me a sleep medication so they could test me but its fine now.. I recently got my machine and was worried at first it might be loud or I'd be afraid of the mask. The machine is really quiet and if you find the right mask you have nothing to worry about. Hope this helps. Have a wonderful day❤️

      • catdad22

        748d

        @monkey1 This is really helpful and reassures me a good bit. Do you happen to have pets? I’m just curious to see how hard it is to keep them off of the equipment at night/from unplugging it.

        • monkey1

          748d

          @catdad22 unfortunately no my dog passed last year and havnt got a new one yet

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