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I had another sleep study win last night. I had my CPAP titration, where they helped fit me with a mask and adjust the CPAP pressure.
This time was a little different that the first two times. I was in a different room with a different sleep tech. The tech used less goop in my hair, which I was thankful for. (I only had to wash and rinse once. No repeat.) But we had a little more difficulty getting my ponytail fixed after all the wires were in.
When I got there, these two masks were on the bedside table. They're both nasal masks.
Before I got all the wires on we "practiced" with a couple of different masks on the CPAP. I didn't like the nasal masks. I think I've mentioned that I am a mouth breather for life, and I made a point of telling the sleep tech. I really had to focus on breathing through my nose in the nasal mask.
This is the mask I ended up with. It covers my nose and mouth. It still felt weird while I was awake, but it was much more comfortable. However, I could see how this type of mask leaks more. I felt leaks when I spoke, although I didn't do much talking in my sleep. (I think.)
This is the CPAP machine itself. It was sort of "hidden" on the lower level of the bedside table. I noticed there was some water in it. I think it was to keep the air from being too dry.
Here I am, all strapped in and ready for bed. (Not the most flattering shot in the world, but what do you expect.)
Compared to the first study, I slept pretty well. I know I had dreams this time. I did woke up around 1 a.m. for a while, and that probably wasn't the only time. Perhaps it's my imagination, but I think I felt well "oxygenated" when I woke up, but still tired. I'm guessing that I slept for 5 hours or so.
The mask itself was a bit of a hassle. I found myself scratching around my mask occasionally. Also, I had trouble sleeping on my stomach and getting my head in a comfortable place. I woke up on my back at one point. I may become a back sleeper.
Next week I take home my own CPAP. I can't wait to get finished with the "transition period" and start getting some real sleep.