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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

It was time for a new mask, so I thought I would try the one that inserts into your nostrils. Terrible. Same as the mask that fits over your nose only. The problem is that due to allergies, colds,etc., I breathe through my mouth a good part of the night and of course, snore while doing so. So I tried the mask that covers your nose and mouth but not your whole face. HORRIBLE!! Ended up waking every night and tearing it off as it drove me crazy!!! Or crazier!! :) Unless anyone has some brilliant solution for this, I guess it is back to the full face mask for me!! Was hoping to find something else, but nothing works.

I wish you could hook up a small cannister of Oxygen to these machines!! I have often awoke in the night, thinking that a couple of good shots of O2 would be a life saver.

Hi to everyone. Haven't visited for a while. The winter blues I guess!!


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I have had the Mirage Liberty for about a month now and I really like it... It is what I guess you would consider a hybrid mask. It goes around just the mouth and has nasal pillows on-top of it so I feel significantly less claustrophobic. There is nothing pushing on the bridge of our nose so there is no pressure there and if you are congested or your mouth pops open there is no problem.

The only issue is .. if the skin between your upper lip and your nose is super sensitive it may take a while to get used to this mask. It really is the only down side I have seen.

ALSO - the setup comes with L,M,S nasal pillows so you can change them out at your discretion. You can even cut them apart and use a combination of sizes together if you need it. But generally your supplier will only supply you with ONE size of plastic that goes around the mouth piece so make sure you get fitted properly or chose carefully what size to go with. I am using a small mouth piece with medium pillows.

I understand your !#$%&^% frustration! I have tried so many masks in the past six months its enough to make your head spin. Just my own experience. Maybe something like this will help you.

Gary - I, too suffer from a gazillion allergies. What I do is every night, just seconds before I put on my mask, I give myself a shot of nasal decongestant up each nostril. THEN mask up and go to sleep. Works like a charm! DO NOT USE A DECONGESTANT AT ANY OTHER TIME DURING THE DAY!!!!! You CAN become addicted to it and the consequences are truly nasty! I watched a classmate of mine trying to withdraw from it and it taught me a scary lesson! The last I heard, they were considering surgery to reopen her nasal passages. Save it for at night ONLY! Also, I have learned, I MUST use the humidifier at all times. I used to think it was for winter time only. Because of my allergies, for me that proved untrue.
Gary - I had a respiratory therapist advise me against supplemental oxygen. He said it would negatively affect my oxygen absorption during the day. Try the decongestant. It made a world of difference for me.

Have you looked into making your bed less of an 'allergy zone'? All the bugs that cause allergies love nothing more than to bed down in our mattresses where it's dark and damp and a perfect breeding ground for them! Check out latex mattresses and pillows or also consider a pillow protector or low allergenic bedding - made from wool or tencel, both of which are natural fibres and contain no chemicals which may irritate your allergies (and bed bugs don't like!).  These products won't solve your apnoea but they will make your sleep much more restful, because your allergies will be under control.....sometimes simple changes can make a big difference.

Good luck and wishing you better sleep! If you are in NZ, delivers these products free to your door, so when you are ready to upgrade, check it out!

Hayley - what makes my nose swell shut at night isn't so much "allergies" per se. It's the constant stream of air from he CPAP machine going up my nose and irritating the crap out of my sinus passages, just like allergies.

If it's stressing you out, could you practise breathing techniques for relaxation? This is one of the keys to getting better sleep whether you suffer with sleep apnoea or not - we all breathe too shallowly during the day and live life at such a frantic pace! Can't hurt to give it a try and see if it makes any difference....
Sorry to hear of your discomfort - hope it improves.  :)

Thank you Hayley!! Wouldn't have any Scottish Blood,  would you?? Lovely name.

Thanks for your comments. We have a neighbour problem. I think they are vampires, never hear them all day, and they go all night!! I am often awakened by them, and often cannot get back to sleep. Over the last 3 nights I have been up at 4AM,2AM and 5AM!! But I have been doing breathing exercises to relax, and practicing "Mindfulness Meditation" which I would recommend to one and all!!!!

Thank you everyone for the most helpful comments!! Much appreciated!!


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