... row? I did not use the machine for a couple of nights and for two days my memory seem to have gone away. I was in a state of total confusion. The physician I consulted seemed to think that this was caused by my neglecting to use the c-pap machine two nights in a row. I wonder if it might be due to interactions between some of the 23 different medications I take every day. Any thoughts?
Hi Suslova, the reason that you use a CPAP machine is because you STOP breathing many, many times a night, not just a few. Lack of O2 can definitely cause loss of memory. If for some reason I cannot use my CPAP machine, I make sure that I am propped up, and on my side, so that I DON"T stop breathing. The CPAP is not an option, and I know that it is a pain to use, but DON'T STOP USING IT!! So many physical illness' including death have been linked to sleep apnea, regardless of the cause!! I think that your body is telling you something when you lose memory after not using the machine for a few nights.
If you are having problems with the mask, which is the biggest reason for noncompliance, find a respiratory therapist with a large company who have many masks that you can try. They often swap them out if after a few nights, they are not working. I find my biggest problem is leakage with masks and I am always on the lookout for a better mask, (or mousetrap, depending on your sense of humor)!!
Best of luck to you, but PLEASE, don't stop using the CPAP!
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