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ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"I'm wondering: what prompted you to consider whether you have sleep apnea in the first place? Also, waking throughout the night isn't uncommon especially as we (*sigh*) age.  I seem to every 90 minutes or so. This pattern probably…"
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ZolliStar replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"You can try this website:  http://zyppah.com/ I have a MAD (mandibular advancement device). Dr. Steven Park evaluated my mouth and throat (not everyone can use a MAD, it turns out) and pronounced me a candidate for it. The truth?  I…"
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Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"The link didn't work so me so I couldn't see the product.  I do have experience with a supposedly reliable boil and bite device.  I should know by now I have a small mouth and nothing regular size fits.  I don't think…"
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richard graham replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"If I thought something could work other than this lousy cpap that would be awesome"
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richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26
Fred posted a discussion

CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
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ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
Mar 31
99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
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richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
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ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014

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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