Did they put you on the machine at all when you were going through your sleep study? What was your experience like?
I kind of panicked when they put me on the machine. I was asleep naturally, and I awoke to my sleep study technician, Amber, fitting the mask to my face. She informed me that they were getting some abnormal readings and that they were going to begin treatment right away. She really did not explain what I should expect or how to acclimate to experience, so this is where my anxiety stemmed from.
Once the mask was on and delivering air down my nostrils, I kind of panicked because I was fighting the machine for air. I was still trying to breathe using my mouth and that just wasn’t working. Going through my mind was the thought that my CO2 was being fed right back at me because the machine was delivering a constant stream of air–I was thinking that I would suffocate! After a few moments, reason began to reassert itself, and I began to calm down.
Mind you, this all happened within the span of a few moments. Amber was describing everything she was doing and at the same time, asking me not to wake all the way up-- that she needed me to get right back to sleep so that I could finish the study.
Riiiight… Luckily, I have no problems getting to sleep and after the anxiety wore off, I was back in la la land. It was only after that I learned they could have me go a second night even but they did not.
The following morning, I did not immediately notice any difference and they wanted me to fill out a survey of my experience which I thought was odd. But when I got to work, I noticed that I was definitely way more alert so I guess I really had a positive experience. I just didn’t realize it until later that day.
Now that I have almost two weeks under my belt, I can say that I truly do realize a difference. Even my morning BG readings are lower!