I got diagnosed with sleep apnea back in 2018. I have been trying to use my cpap machine off and on for all of those years. I tried different masks, sleeping positions, medications to knock me out, but nothing could keep the mask on. I would consistently wake up a few hours later and rip the mask off feeling a sense of relief every time. Eventually I blamed my lack of use on my allergies and started to pursue that route instead. Last week I connected with a new sleep medicine doctor (I moved so had to find a new one). Turns out my pressure was far too low. With his handy dandy automatic connection to my machine he adjusted my pressure and said, “can you give it one more college try?” Reluctantly I agreed and wow! For the first time in years I didn’t wake up feeling like I got hit by a truck. I kept the mask on all night without any issues. Its only been a few days but I already feel better and a huge benefit is I dont wake up 4-5 times a night and have the sudden urge to pee. So, to my fellow people who are struggling. Just keep trying!
TL;DR It took me 2 years to find the right pressure and mask for me to use my cpap for a full night, but I finally did it!