Originally Posted by traderumor
wake up the next day feeling like I didn't sleep at all and very exhausted.
That describes me perfectly clear back to high school when I was a 3 sport athlete in about as good shape as I could possibly be. It was so bad it became a major source of discipline for me with my dad. It got to the point he'd come up and throw water on me in the morning to get me out of bed. I went to bed at normal times and never had a hard time falling asleep and felt like I slept OK, but it was no use. I woke up every morning regardless of how long I slept feeling like I hadn't sletp at all. I racked up detention after detention from being tardy to school.
I could hardly stay awake all day and even went to the doctor to get all kinds of tests done. They never even thought to see if I had a sleep issue. All I knew is that I was constantly sluggish and tired. As I've gotten older and not in as good shape, it's gotten worse. I was thrilled to find the source of the problem and have now experienced a few nights of true restorative sleep where the difference is incredible. Now I just need to find how to get that happen every night.
Right now my pressure is at 11, but I think I might even have to increase that. It was based on one night at the clinic in their environment. The other problem is that my wife is having a hard time with the noise from the machine. I've tried to drown it out with some ambient rain sounds but that doesn't work for her. I might have to go witha quieter machine. Right now I'm using a Respironics M Series Pro.