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Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"glad to hear it, Richard.  Keep us posted."
Sunday
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
Mary Z replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"I have to admit, it's easier to fall asleep."
Mar 31
Ginny Edmundson replied to Mary Z's discussion Using comfort features
"have always used the comfort setting since starting. I tried it once without and hated it. "
Mar 30

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!!

Gary

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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, www.naturalsleepshop.com 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!!

Gary

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