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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
12 hours ago
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"
Feb 10
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"
Feb 10
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
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Hi Richard,  I don't bother with a humidifier.  Someone on the forum suggested not using it and I'm a lot less congested without it.  A good AHI is under 5.  I use the Wisp and have been since it came out.  I think…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

colloidal silver

a humidifier can be used with colloidal silverthis can keep the humidifier clean for day maybe weeks or longer without the need to clean the humidifiersilver colloidal is antimicrobial and you could just top up your humidifier without cleaning and at the same time treat your bodyor you just put silver on it own into the humidifierSee More
Dec 20, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
I have been using a CPAP machine now for a year and a half and have noticed a lot more drainage from my ears than normal.  My ears have always had some drainage due to some sinus problems and allergies(however, have never had to take meds for them that much)  However, since using the CPAP machine, my right ear,which is the side I sleep on most of the time, drains to the point of stopping up everynight which wakes me up.  I have found the lower strap that goes below the ear seems to be putting pressure below my ear to the point of keeping it from draining or causing it to collect and not drain.  I wonder if this is a problem with anyone else and if so, what can be done.  I am at the point of an ear ache at this time.  Besides that, CPAP has changed my life.  A lot better sleep and more energy than I have had in years.

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Scott, glad to hear it's better, but sorry about the ear drainage. You could be right about the strap causing lack of drainage. Can you switch to another mask with a different strap configuration?
Mary Z.
That's very interesting, although I'm sorry you're having problems with your ears, Scott. In the beginning, that being about five weeks ago since it took so long to find a mask that would work for me, I would feel a fullness in my right ear every time I put on the mask and started the machine. Interestingly, that's not happening on a nightly basis any more. Since I have had problems with my sinuses for time infinitum I just kind of ignored it.

Do you take any kind of decongestant during the day, such as Pseudafed? That might cut down on the drainage. You'd want to take it during the day, though, and not too close to bedtime because it might keep you awake. Just an idea...I'm no doctor.

Good luck!

Couple of ?s for you Scott. Did you have (or do you currently have) tubes in either ear (s) due to chonic infections? Are you using a humidifier. I would lean towards (I'm not a MD by the way, just a sleep tech) the strap location being and issue given the information so far. Keep us informed.
I have never had tubes in my ears. I am using a humidifier. My right ear has always seemed to give me more problems than my left ear. However, it is not a chronic problem. Just seems when I do get a ear ache, it hits the right more than the left. I do have some sinus problems every now and then, but it is usually affected by the weather. I hate taking medicine. I do find that moving the earstrap up to where it is halfway across the ear opening takes some pressure off and allows it to seem to drain a little. Is there any mask that you all may recommend. Thanks so much for responding thus far. I will continue using my CPAP even though it seems to aggravate my ears. The sleep is more valuable for me than the little pain I am getting from the ear.
Don't know what type of mask you're using now....but...they do make some nasal pillow masks that might give you less ear discomfort. Personally think nasal pillows are one of those love it or hate it type things. I have found that in regards to nasal pillows the ResMed Swift FX Nasal Pillow Mask seems to be the most popular one we offer.
Personally, I'd see an ENT to see if there is anything that can be done regarding the sinuses and the ear(s). Our hearing is too precious to risk losing or damaging.

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