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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
Oscar Lemus updated their profile
Sep 25, 2014

How high does the CPAP machine need to be?  I keep mine on a box about five inches high on the floor, below my bed.  It would be more convenient to keep it on my bedside table which is the same height as my bed.  I have no trouble with rainout or water in the mask.  The tubing would make a loop downward (like a drip loop for an aquarium).

Thanks,

Mary Z.

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I know the recommendation is typically to keep it lower than the bed to avoid rain out. I don't think it has to be at any specific height.

Try setting it up on the bedside table, though, and let us know how it goes. I doubt it will be a problem.
We modified our waterbed headboard when we ditched the waterbed, but liked the headboard so made a base for it to set on and then used a Hollywood metal frame for the box springs and mattress. This works great for us as we do not want to give up the size (king size) and there isn't room on either side for night tables. This allows us to use the shelves on the headboard for the clock and my machine. My machine is slightly above the mattress and hasn't presented a problem yet, and I have used it like that since August of 2007.
I have mine usually about 1-3 feet below my head height, depending on where I am. This seems to ensure no build up of moisture in the tube.

The best thing I've done to make my life easier is to get a remote control plug adaptor so that I can get myself and mask comfortable in bed before switching the machine on. When away from home, sometimes my machine has had to be located in awkward places for the lead to reach the mains socket %-)
I keep mine on the bedside table, without any issues. I have also had it on the floor with no problem. I think the key is making sure the humidity is set at the proper level. I have to change mine according to the dryness of the house.
I keep mine on the night table, same height as the bed. The hose does loop downward. No problems.

I did get condensation in the hose for a brief while, but no rainout. I heated up the room a little (68F) and the condensation went away. I realize I could try hose insulation (or, if really necessary, a heated hose), but I've personally been more comfortable with a warmer room.
I have to say that I agree with Sharon Fine. The only time that I have a problem with the rainout or tropics in my mask is if the humidity is set too high for the room temp. I keep my room really cool and like to push as much humidity as I can so as to not dry out my throat and sinuses. It is a constant battle so I also have a humidifier running in the room at about 55% and then do not run the APAP as high on the humidity.
I have experienced having the water forming in the mask and then being worried about drowning. Is the drowning fear a reality or not so much to worry about>
I realized recently what could happen when you turned to agressively over in bed and had your tubing tangled in your covers. Yes, you are right the whole cpap unit hit the hardwood floor. So resmed would be happy to know that their S-8 unit passed the consumer reports test for abusing your cpap unit. I am going to keep mine on the floor from now on.
I have tried everything and nothing is working for me. Today I woke up with a mask full of water, It is very frustrating and there are days I just want to quit. I have checked for leaking and having no leaks. I am using the nasal mask. it seems like it is one thing after another. I figured out why my eyes were watering so much and fixed that. I have tried the machine high and low. 8(
I keep mine just about 2-3 inches below my bed. Hose runs into bed under the covers. I've had no problems with rainout whatsoever, nor have I had difficulty with the hose in bed with me. I apparently don't move around a whole lot at night and the hose stays comfortable even under the covers. I rarely wake up and adjust it.

I AM interested in Daniel's using a room humidifier. With all the sinus problems I've had since starting CPAP (7) months ago (acute the past 4-5 weeks), I'm wondering if I could turn down my humidity settings if I had a room humidifier....worth a try. Thanks, Daniel!

Susan McCord :-)

Robert Grace said:
I realized recently what could happen when you turned to agressively over in bed and had your tubing tangled in your covers. Yes, you are right the whole cpap unit hit the hardwood floor. So resmed would be happy to know that their S-8 unit passed the consumer reports test for abusing your cpap unit. I am going to keep mine on the floor from now on.
If you have no problems with rainout then leave it in the convenient place on your nightstand.

Some general guidelines:

1. Below the level of the top of the mattress helps with rainout.
2. Above floor level helps keep dust bunnies from getting sucked into the filter.
3. Below the level of the top of the mattress helps reduce noise if machine is loud.
I usually keep my bi pap sitting on the night stand by my bed, but there has been several instances where I roll over and get my tubing tangled up in my covers and end up pulling the base off the table and onto the floor. It usually gets water in the hoses when this happens. So far my machine has held up pretty well, suprisingly enough. If I put it on the floor, then that gives me a shorter rain on the tubing.

I have on occassion had water to get into my mask. What causes this? I guess this is what people are referring to as rain out?

I have a phoebia about things getting into my mask and into my tubing such as wasps or whatever. I live in the country and I am very allergic to wasp and bee stings. I almost died from bee stings when I was younger. The thought terrifies me. I always try to remember to leave my mask under a pillow when not using it so nothing can get into the tubing.
what does resmed or
resperonics i
or the other manufacturers say

is there a max and min or optimum height

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