Why do I rip off my detox foot pads AND my CPAP during the night?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by pepper, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. pepper

    pepper New Member

    I used my CPAP successfully for several months. Then all of a sudden I started ripping it off during the night. I fall asleep around midnight and when I wake up for the first time around 1 am, it is on the floor!

    So I gave up on the CPAP even though it did help me sleep a little better.

    I started using my detox foot pads the other night. They are certainly doing something for me. Within an hour of having them on, I have to get up and open the window and put on some summer pj's. My feet feel hot too.

    The first night I wore the detox foot pads, I wore them with socks. When I woke up at 1 am, I realized that I had already ripped them off.

    Last night I left the socks off, thinking that maybe my feet had been too hot the night before. I woke up at 1 am and they were lying beside me in the bed!

    Does anyone else do this sort of thing? Is there any way to keep myself from doing this?

    I would love to leave both the CPAP and the foot pads on all night.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  2. tngirl

    tngirl New Member

    I can't answer why your ripping off the foot pads, but do have some experience with waking up with my cpap mask off. Perhaps you are just not comfortable and take it off.

    I did this a lot when I first got my cpap. I think I just was not used to having it on, plus I am somewhat claustrophobic. I also ended up having surgery on my nose because I couldn't breathe well. I had a deviated septum and had my turbinates reduced. (I didn't even know I had something called turbinates in my nose:)

    Now it is unusual to wake up with it off. I have only done that once in about a year. I don't know why I pulled it off that time.

    Is the cpap mask comfortable to you? Have you tried another mask?
  3. pepper

    pepper New Member

    Yes, I have tried many masks. This one is the most comfortable of them all - just a little rubber tube that goes around my ears and into my nostrils. I don't find it at all uncomfortable except when the weather gets hot. Then I can't stand having anything on my face.

    I cannot understand why I rip it off now since it is cool here at night. I have even turned the pressure on the machine down thinking that might be the problem. It didn't help.

    Turbinates?? Never heard of them. I am glad that the surgery helped you but that can't have been very pleasant!

    I just have mild sleep apnea and it is probably no big deal that I rip it off. It is just that when I manage to leave it on, I have a better sleep. And I would really like to leave it on all night every night.

    Thanks for the input.

  4. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    When I get in bed my feet are always so cold, regardless of the season, and I always have lightweight socks on. Every morning those socks are on the floor, and I have absolutely no recollection of taking them off! Even if it's very cold in the house all night, those socks come off. Sometimes I wake up in the wee hours of the morning and have to scoop the socks up off the floor and put them back on because my feet are cold!

    This doesn't help you a bit, I know, but I just wanted to tell you that I do the same thing! That in itself has kept me from even trying the detox foot pads. My cats would probably find those beside my bed and rip them to shreds before I even woke up, lol!

    (((Hugs to you!)))

  5. pepper

    pepper New Member

    At least I am not alone in doing this sort of thing in my sleep. It is weird, isn't it?

    I have read on Dr. Mercola's site that people sleep better with warm feet so I always wear socks to bed. But if my feet are too hot, I just take them off either before I get to sleep or afterwards.

    I wish that I could do something about this. Neither the CPAP nor the foot pads are doing me any good lying on the floor!

    I have 2 cats too. I can just see one of them ripping the pads apart while I am sleeping. Maybe if I kept that in mind, that would prevent me from taking them off??

    There must be some way of talking ourselves into not doing these things in our sleep. But I don't know how.

    Thank you.
  6. karatelady52

    karatelady52 New Member

    Sometimes my foot pads don't stick on very well because I've put cream on my feet a few hours earlier so I will use masking tape over the adhesive they give you.

    You might try taping over the footpads with the masking tape (mine tape is thin) all the way around your foot. It would be a lot more work to get them off that way.

    Just a thought ~~~ Sandy
  7. pepper

    pepper New Member

    Thanks for suggesting it. I will try that tonight. Surely trying to get all that tape off would wake me up!

  8. pepper

    pepper New Member

    You've convinced me that I should call the Sleep Specialist and see what she can do about the CPAP. Maybe there is some air leakage that I am not aware of.

    I have had the mask for over a year and it does not seem to slip at all. i don't particularly like it since it is quite noisy compared to the ones that fit over my head. But the head gear type just made me too hot. I am so hot to start with that I couldn't stand it.

    I first started pulling the CPAP off last summer when the warm weather started so I stopped using it. I have used it off and on since but most nights I just pulled it right off.

    I have only been using the foot pads since Saturday so I am sure that they have nothing to do with each other.

    Julia, the detox foot pads are like large bandaids that you apply to the soles of your feet before going to bed. They are supposed to pull the toxins from your body as you sleep. They are not at all irritating but they do cause my feet to become quite warm as they start to work.

    Maybe I will stick my feet out of the covers. I have just always thought that we should keep our feet warm when we sleep. Perhaps not. And since these pads make them even warmer, sticking my feet out of the covers makes sense.

    Donnaeil, Trazedone has a paradoxical effect on me. It causes me to be bug-eyed all night. However, I do use Restoril and/or Imovane. They are the only drugs that I have found help me sleep at all. Not much but at least I get some sleep.

    Thank you both very much for your input. I am going to call the sleep specialist tomorrow and see what she says. And try sticking my feet out from under the covers tonight.


  9. pepper

    pepper New Member

    Well, I did it! I stuck those pads on my feet with a pile of tape. No way those things were coming off without waking me up.

    I lay in the king size bed sideways so that my shoulders and head were sticking out one side (I always have to do that because I am so hot all the time) and my feet were sticking out the other side. I pulled the covers up over my middle. Luckily my DH is out of town!

    And I had all the windows open so it was mighty cold in the bedroom.

    Now I just have to figure out how to do that lying in the right direction in the bed. I could not put the CPAP on lying that way.

    I had the most amazing sleep!!!! I don't remember waking up more than a couple of times!!!! This is really unusual for me. It was the best sleep I have had in years.

    I have had things work for me the first time and then never again so I am not counting on this. But maybe just maybe this might help.

    Thanks for your suggestions. I think that keeping my feet cool is a good idea. And lots of tape on those pads. (Boy were they black this morning!)

    I have sent an email to the sleep specialist to see what we can do about the CPAP.

    Thank you all for your input.
    I might have solved my problem.
  10. pepper

    pepper New Member

    for the members who helped me with this.

    Thank you!

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