Hello everyone. I wanted to let everyone in on my CPAP journey in the hopes it may help others. What caused me to go to my Doctor in the first place 2 months ago was brain fog. I’m a nurse and I worked nights for 5 months in 2019, then I switched back to working days. Working nights was very tough, I would catch myself falling asleep at the wheel on the drive home from work at 8 am in broad daylight. I was afraid to speak out because I didn’t want to be seen as a whiner. I left that job in May 2019 and will never go back to working nights. I went back to days however, it felt like the night shift brain fog never left me. Even today, nearly two years since leaving night shift, my eyelids feel heavy all day. I have trouble remembering short term and long term. A cup of coffee or three gives me an energy boost which is great but I’m still in a fog while my body has a lot of energy!!! I do a pretty good job of hiding my brain fog from my colleagues (sometimes they have caught me forgetting something simple like clocking in or out and been like it’s okay don’t worry), but I know it’s there all day long like a monkey on my back. Of course this is dangerous for me as a nurse, so I have tried to get to the bottom of what the heck is going on with me!!! In August 2019, I went to my Doctor begging for help. We ran a full set of labs (blood work) everything came back normal. He prescribed me Adderall. This actually gave me a bigger boost than coffee but the brain fog is still lurking despite the Adderall. The Adderall makes stay up, so it really just makes the brain fog worse in the long run. On Adderall, I was getting to bed between midnight and 2 am, and either waking up at 5 am or sleeping until 10 am depending if I had to work or not. This only made my brain fog WORSE!!! Next, I started googling “brain fog” and “night shift work” like crazy. I found out there are some effective medications for “night shift work syndrome” I went to my Doctor in October 2020, and asked for them. He said he wanted to refer me to a sleep specialist first. I’m at the end of my rope with the brain fog, so I said sure. I did the sleep study and was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. I thought this is BS, honestly. The most common cause of sleep apnea is obesity and I’m skinny and run 5ks. My Resmed CPAP Airsense 10 was delivered in November 2020. I put it on my face for 5 minutes and said nope no way this is weird I hate it. I’m going back to my Adderall, I’ll just not take it after 4 pm and go to sleep earlier. This failed. I had the worse brain fog of my life yesterday even with 8 hrs of sleep. So I came home last night determined to try the CPAP and make it through the night. I got in bed at 9:30 pm. I was exhausted. At times it felt like being in a wind tunnel. I dozed off and woke up to pee at like 5 am and only slept lightly after that until waking up at 7 am. My brain fog is still there as I type this at 8:30 am, even after a cup of coffee, my brain fog is a 6 or 7 out of 10 on the fogginess scale. One good thing is my eyelids don’t feel as heavy as they normally do, 5 out of 10 on the heaviness scale. Another good thing is I remember having actual dreams last night, which is a great sign that I was in REM sleep! I’m willing to try anything at this point. It’s been one night on the CPAP, no miracle cure after one night, like some have mentioned, but I’ll keep you guys posted!

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