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Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
11 hours ago
Clueless in Redwood Shores replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"I had it on the same outpatient basis.  Much pain, no long term gain.  I did not have the annual repetition - that might or might not have made the difference. "
13 hours ago
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Apr 13
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Glad to hear it's working, Richard."
Apr 11
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"The chin strap is helping. Been having better sleep. Thanks Ginny and Mary for your help"
Apr 11
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Thanks, Mary~  Fingers are crossed.  My pressure is one point lower than when I began (7) and AHI is some lower (7 day average).  I am anxious about sleep study as I have not slept without CPAP in 2.5 years!   "
Apr 6
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Good job, Ginny Hope the sleep study shows some good results."
Apr 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Last procedure done!  This time he gave me meds to take before so less anxiety while waiting!  For the first time I was able to eat normal food on the way home after the procedure.  No pain after 12 hours.  If it only works.…"
Apr 5
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Some folks run their humidifiers in passover mode- not turning on the heat just letting the air blow over the water.  That would not give any heat though. "
Apr 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Interesting, I actually feel a little better when I don't use the humidifier, but the humidifier helps with sinuses. The cold air stuff's me up. Gonna try running heat and a nasal spray"
Apr 4
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Good luck with it- let us know how you do, Richard."
Apr 4
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I just picked up a new chin strap and will use it with my ultra mirage."
Apr 4
richard graham posted a discussion

nasal sprays

Just wanting some suggestions for some good nasal sprays to dry up sinusus. Thank you
Apr 3
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Thanks Mary"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I have both.  I use the chin strap with my Wisp and I also have a FFM if I choose to use that one. I'm a mouth breather.  I find nasal masks are easier to fit without leaks"
Apr 3
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Nasacort is now available without a prescription.  I personally use Afrin on the rare nights I need it for being stuffed up."
Apr 3
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"Mary, do you recommend a good nasal spray?"
Apr 2
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"Wondering if mouth breathers do better with FFM"
Apr 2
richard graham posted a discussion

mouth breathing

I'm a mouth breather, and am wondering weather to get a chin strap or affm
Apr 2
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I've been thinking about trying a nasal spray. Thanks that's useful info."
Apr 2

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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