The only thing I've been asked about was if I am seeing a difference during the day. That's very subjective and I can't say that I do. My doctor said I have one of the worse cases of sleep apnea he's seen and he was surprised I haven't been in a car accident or something.
I have a small nasal mask. I tried a full face but found it claustrophobic. The idea of nasal pillows kind of grossed me out. I have the Comfort Gel mask and love it compared to the one I tested with. I have very little leak unless I mess around with the strap adjustment ..... then it takes me a few nights to get it right again.
I have the Remstar M Series. The noise doesn't bother me. I find it rather soothing.
The only real hurdle I've had is "rain out". I had to work with the machine to get it to the right height so I wasn't getting splashed with water all night. My humidifier is set at the lowest setting. I have the machine about a foot below my head on a low table. I run the tube under a pillow or light blanket to insulate it a bit. Rain out is when the air is cool and condensation forms in your tubing. It eventually reaches your face. Pain in the butt!
Another watch out for folks. Put a sock or something over your mask in the morning. I've heard 2 instances where a spider has gotten into the tubing and ended up on someone's nose in the night. I also heard someone mention a cockroach.
Amusing story: there's a guy who keeps his machine on the floor. His dog laid next to it for warmth and proceeded to break wind. One concentrated snort of puppy gas was enough to make him move the machine. :)
There really is a fascinating community of hoseheads out there. I'm surprised at how many folks are using this therapy.
Good users community.
Good thread guys. I just went and cleaned my equipment.
Mario, sounds to me like you weren't setup correctly. Did they do a titration study where they increased the pressure to where your apneas stopped? 12 or 13 is not extremely high for someone with severe apnea. I had my original study where they measured my sleep, oxygen, apneas, sleep effectiveness, etc... I then had a second study where they put me on cpap to find the treatment that worked for me. If you never found that right solution for you, I'd suggest you go somewhere else and get more answers. Sounds to me like you don't a full grasp on your condition. That's the doc's fault.
I love the Doc and clinic I'm going to. They are 100% committed to fixing my sleep and the service is exceptional. There's no doubt they want to see me get well regardless of what we have to do. If you haven't fixed your sleep you need to keep looking.
Okay, maybe you guys can help answer this for me. I'm wearing a full face mask and recently it feels like all the air is moving up past my mouth and nose and straight out the out valve. In addition to missing any benefit, this is especially annoying because it makes the darth vader noise that much louder.
I got a new mask and it quieted everything down for about a week.
I've been banished from the bed until I can figure this out.
I'm not 100%, but I don't think that can happen, Hoosier. When you breathe in, the air has to be going through your lungs, so I don't think it can escape out when you inhale. When you exhale, it's escaping out somewhere but I don't think it matters whether it's nose or mouth.
On weekends I like to sleep in (no kids at home) and the sun comes in and wakes me up way too early. So I bought a couple of these.
Turns out it also prevents the "rubbing" on the bridge of the nose.
Going in for another titration study tonight. Still haven't been able to recreate the magic I had at the clinic at home.
I havent been diagnosed with sleep apnea but alot of the symptoms I have read about like being tired in the morning is something I have had my entire life. However my wife has never noticed me not breathing while I sleep, but I am a horrible snorer.
One major symptom I have anymore is severe cotton mouth through out the night. I read online it is because I breathe thru my mouth at night but I can't find if this is a sleep apnea symptom.
Do I sound like I may potentially have sleep apnea??