Posted 9/18/2019 12:29 AM (GMT -7)
Hi Jody What kind of sleep problems are you referring to? I have sleep apnea, and have to use a PAP machine with mask at night. There are different types and causes of sleep apnea. The most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is what most people have. And it is treated with a CPAP or BiPAP machine. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is when, when your sleeping, your muscles in your throat relax and your throat collapse's thus blocking or Obstructing the air going into your lungs and thus not letting you breath! (Think of your throat as being like a fire hose, when water is flowing through it, it is like a ridged pipe , but when you turn the water off the fire hose collapse ) well your throat is kind of like that. When your sleeping and this happens your body or brain senses your not breathing and it's not getting oxygen it sends out panic warnings to your body to wake you up and when you do,... you start breathing normally again and then you go back to sleep and it starts all over again. . This can happen over and over again all night long. You might not even be consciously aware of it because your body only wakes up enough to start you breathing again. But its enough to cause you to be constantly tired and sleepy all the time, and never feel well rested! Allot of people with sleep apnea have night sweats, snoring, even sometimes waking up gasping for air! Anyway the CPAP or BiPAP machine give you a constant higher air preasure thus keeping your throat ""inflated"" thus preventing it from collapsing and thus keeping it open for you can breath properly when you sleep and thus giving you a good nights sleep!
The second type of sleep apnea is when a person is having Central Apneas, which is when the brain quits telling you to breath or signals from the brain telling the lungs to breath is interrupted. This can be caused by a host of different things from Congestive heart failure, to damage to the bain stem or upper spinal cord, to the use of some opioid pain medication. The treatment is more or less the same but usually instead of using the standard CPAP or BiPAP maching the patient is prescribe an ASV Adaptive Servo Ventilator machine but its is used the same way as a regular PAP machine. But since it is a ventilator it will actually make you breath when it senses your having an apnea!
I use the ASV machine connected to oxygen when I sleep at night. I also use a full face mask with my machine. It covers my entire face from above my eye brows down to the middle of my chin! I have tried many many different ones and for me I like the full face mask the best. I use my machine and mask every night all night long and also when I take naps.
As for sleeping .....well I have an adjustable bed with a wireless remote, as I can not lay flat on my back, so I sleep in a semi reclining position. But I still wake up frequently many times a night because of pain and discomfort and use the remote to adjust the head of my bed either up or down a little to change my position. Often if I have intense lower back pain I will use my PTM to give me a bolus to help relieve it.
I guess over the years I have learned what I need to do to at least attempt to get a handle on my pain and get the sleep I need. I will tell you Jody that the PAP (ASV) machine and my pain pump have both been a real Godsend for me! And has improved my life immeasurably for the better!
I hope this information in some way helps you. Good luck to you! I wish you well!