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richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29
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Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
Sep 25
Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
Sep 1
Mary Z posted a discussion

Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
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Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14

CPAP pressure vs. the air that escapes from the front of the mask

One of the downsides to my CPAP therapy is that whenever I face the middle of the bed, I have to block the front of my mask becuase the air that blows from the holes above my nose bugs my wife. So, my question, is if my machine is set at 13, am I really getting this much pressure, since there seems to be alot of air coming out of the front of the mask? I am guessing the reason this air blows from the front of the mask is to deal with carbon dioxide that we all exhale, but, does this air escape affect the pressure setting and the level of therapy provided by CPAP? I'm not talking about mask leaks, but, this is the air that escapes thru the holes that are naturally in the mask when it was produced. Thanks,

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to rephrase your question, you're asking whether any of the prescribed pressure "leaks" on inhalation, not on exhalation, which we all know to occur, and if it doesn't leak on inhalation, why not because there are holes there? I'm fairly sure that none of the air leaks on inhalation, just on exhalation, so that if you're prescribed 13 cm of water pressure you do in fact get delivered 13 cm of water pressure, but we'll see what the pros have to say.
Not sure how the end user product flow rate works, but in the lab at 13cmwp our machines fluctuate from abou 12.5 to 13.1cmwp. I could not imagine a true consistancy in any type of airflow. too many parameters. Hose length, does it have a bend or a kink in it, type of mask, type of cpap unit. The machines job is to keep you as tuned into your sleep number as it possibly can. I think for the most part they do this well. As for the air vent in front of your mask, I would not advise covering it. This is for co2 to escape during exhalation. This will for one cause laeks in your mask by making it rise of off your face. also we would not want you to suffocate. Not a major worry but it could happen as the high amounts of co2 could cause problems.
The pressure largely depends on wheter the machine has leak compensation. If it does then it should adapt to medium leak amounts. The mask problem can usually be overcome by changing the mask to a mask that vents not directly forward. The mask should leak at around 24l per minute by itself.
The air that leaks out of nthe front of the mask. It's supposed to...1.) as a vent. To get rid of the nasty bi-products of resperation. 2.) if the power goes off you'll have some way to breathe until you wake up, and take off your mask.
I agree with the chorus. There is a continuous leak, during both inhalation & exhalation, that is compensated for by the flow generator.
So it's supposed to do that? I hadn't noticed it at first, but in the last week, it seems to have suddenly appeared? Could be just me not noticing until recently. Is it supposed to come out around the plastic tube that the longer tubing connects to?
yes all mask's have vents, of some kind.

Monica said:
So it's supposed to do that? I hadn't noticed it at first, but in the last week, it seems to have suddenly appeared? Could be just me not noticing until recently. Is it supposed to come out around the plastic tube that the longer tubing connects to?
Oh my gosh I have been dizzy for several weeks since I got my new mask. From this forum I think I just figured out that I covered the exhale hole when I got it and now have too much C02 in my system!!! No one ever told me not to cover that hole or what is was for.....yikes....
Thank you so much for this info, you really helped me out as I had no idea what that hole was for and I have been light headed for weeks!!! You would think the doctor or med equipment people would tell you this stuff....

Duane McDade said:
The air that leaks out of nthe front of the mask. It's supposed to...1.) as a vent. To get rid of the nasty bi-products of resperation. 2.) if the power goes off you'll have some way to breathe until you wake up, and take off your mask.
Mike said:
... so that if you're prescribed 13 cm of water pressure you do in fact get delivered 13 cm of water pressure, but we'll see what the pros have to say.

I would expect the pros to be less than enthusiastic on the idea of water pressure..... ;-)

Besides the practical reasons for the vents, I'm glad they are there, sometimes I put my hand in front of my mask to make sure the machine is on, otherwise I'm not sure if it is. My husband has noticed the "breeze" too - I don't think it bothered him though.

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