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Re: CPAP makes me more tired

Posted by sickntired on July 02, 2007 at 18:39:18:

In Reply to: CPAP makes me more tired posted by sleepy and distracted on June 29, 2007 at 11:15:25:

I'm not sure if any of this advice would help, but I'll try...

I have used CPAP for about 1.5 year and had to use a full-face mask. This was because of chronic nasal congestion and me being a mouth breather. Before my jaw surgery, I had a recessed jaw and chin and I think my full face mask pushed my chin back even further (it goes down under your chin).

Also, I was told if your pressure is up way too high then it can sometimes cause central apneas. (A sleep tech told me this, so don't quote me).

I used to take Adderall and it makes your "ADHD" go away because it lessens your fatigue. It is a stimulant and I would get off it for a week or so to see how you sleep. It may disrupt your REM or deep wave sleep.

I have never heard of someone waking up confused for 20 minutes. It almost seems like someone is waking you up out of deep sleep.

Irritable bowel syndrome can be caused by sleep apnea.

Good job on your weight loss! It's a difficult feat. If you can continue to reduce your weight it will significantly improve your apnea.

If you snored when you were 20 at a lower weight, you may want your tonsils and uvula addressed. Also, if you have a recessed jaw, that would be a culprit.

I would start with nixing the Adderall for a short period and trying your CPAP off of the medication. See if it makes any difference. I know that it's difficult when Adderall makes you less tired and able to concentrate, but it's worth a shot.

Also, if you're overweight, watch your blood pressure on Adderall because it can make it go up.

Good Luck!

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