Dealing with dementia and sleep apnea machine

Posted by remi54 @remi54, Apr 4, 2018

I am caring for my husband who has dementia. He also has sleep apnea thus a machine to use at night. The machine has a headgear with a nose mask. It is becoming more and more upsetting for him to use the machine. Any suggestions on how to make it less frustrating for him?

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Such a good question, Remi. I modified the title of your discussion to specifically speak to dementia, sleep apnea and CPAPs or BiPAPs. @macbeth's husband also uses a CPAP machine. I'm hoping she'll join the conversation about approaches she's learned over the years to help ease the frustration with the machine and face/nose mask. It must be quite unsettling for your husband if he doesn't understand what the machine is for or forgets what it is for. What tips or tricks have worked for you in the past that maybe aren't working any more?

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Hello @remi54 Nice to e-meet you here. I am sorry to read of your husbands health travails. My wife had periods of needing oxygen and she, too, often did not like to wear the mask. I do not know if it would work here or not, but with her when the agitation got too great we opted for a night using the nasal tubes.

I am sorry I don't have more experience with this, but I do recall several CPAP and BiPAP discussions earlier, so a search of Connect using those terms might lead to something!

Strength, courage, and peace!

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Yea!! He has decided to wear hos mask again! I hope this trend continues!

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Hello all
I need a little advice and I know this is the place
My daughter started a new job recently
She is very happy and all going well
It’s just over the past week she has been wakening at 4am and unable to return to sleep
This is a completely new for her
Can anyone advise on how to get her out of this routine and back to her normal sleep routine
Thanking you.

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Hello all
I need a little advice and I know this is the place
My daughter started a new job recently
She is very happy and all going well
It’s just over the past week she has been wakening at 4am and unable to return to sleep
This is a completely new for her
Can anyone advise on how to get her out of this routine and back to her normal sleep routine
Thanking you.

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Hello @hearttoheart1, What helps me sleep better is setting up a routine and sticking with it. Here's some information that might be helpful:
— How to Fix Your Sleep Schedule: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-hygiene/how-to-reset-your-sleep-routine.

Does your daughter have normal sleep routine?

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