Moondog55 wrote:Interesting side effect of the study was also that apparently I am not getting anywhere near enough REM sleep time, does using a machine help that?
Yep. I'm no expert, but I think that is normal for OSA sufferers. Once you get used to sleeping with the mask you'll wake feeling like you've had a decent night's sleep. I use a little Resmed P10 nasal mask, which suits me well (now). I hated it the first time I used it during the trial and tried various other types before going back to the P10. (Some were intolerable - persevere and try different types). I am much more comfortable with it now and dislike sleeping without because when I do I have a disrupted sleep and wake up feeling like I have a hangover. I don't think that this was made any worse by using CPAP for the past 2.5 years, but has just developed as I have aged. I simply feel better when I use it. Back in March I walked the South Coast track in Tassie, which including a few nights in a Backpacker's hotel resulted in about 10 days without CPAP. I felt tired during the trip, but not terribly. When I got home I slept almost 24 hours straight, which is very unusual for me and I was relieved to get back on my machine. My OSA is considered to be "mild" and experiences would vary depending on an individual's condition. Take your doctor's advice. I've since shelled out for a Transcend portable CPAP but am yet to take it on a trip. I'm doing a couple of hut-based walks in NZ in May and I'm intending to take it. When I add the mask, hose, bag, battery, etc it weighs about as much as my tent, so its a compromise, but one I consider to be worthwhile. I've arranged my trip so that I have a night in town between walks to re-charge. I can get 3 nights out of the P8 battery (6 hours/night on a low pressure). I don't consider the solar panel to be viable when conditions are likely to be overcast. Good luck!
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