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Mary Z posted a discussion

Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion
Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30

Skin irritation and allergies...and the story of a regular person who found an answer

Hey folks, I just wanted to let you know that I've posted a new video on the forum that gives the story of how RemZzzs mask liners were born. The story is not about some giant corporate machine offering another contraption, but a story about how a regular person found an answer to an extremely discouraging problem. Have you ever struggled with blow-out leaks or with an allergic reaction to the silicone in the mask skirt? If so, I'd like to hear your story.

http://www.sleepguide.com/video/remzzzs-cpap-mask-liners

Tags: allergic, cpap, cpap mask, mask liner, skin irritiation

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congrats Nathan! Nicely done video.
Thanks Mike!

Mike said:
congrats Nathan! Nicely done video.
I'm sure that these liners are great for some users. It really is a great idea and it does work to reduce the leaks but it creates a constant (tiny) leak all around the mask that was just intolerable to me. Instead of the mask feeling warm around where it touched my face it was now very cold and uncomfortable to me. I have a high pressure of 18/14 maybe that's why? I also found the liners hard to deal with because they are so small and flimsy, curl up, hard to keep in place. I ordered the ffm kind and I'm not sure I got the right kind because there was only enough space for the nose and the mouth area was covered. I know you could breath through it but I found that uncomfortable too. I think the product could be improved by having it attach in some way to the mask or by making the edge of it stiffer or something, I don't know. I'm not trying to put down the product but just to give my experience with it. I'm glad you designed it and hope it helps many people.

Thank you.
Thanks for the great input @bonesigh! From your description I am certain that you must have used the wrong size liner for your mask. Do you mind if I ask what mask style and size you use? When RemZzzs are fitted correctly, they should extend past the edge of the mask skirt slightly. Also, if fitted correctly, you should have space for both your nose and mouth in the center area of the liner. The liners will feel snug at first around the mouth and nose, however, a little tug on the outside edges will stretch and adjust the liner for a perfect fit. As far as not being attached to the mask, this is actually one of the best features of RemZzzs. We have found that when the liners are allowed to "float" on the surface of the mask they can better accommodate many facial features and abnormalities. We would love to have you try RemZzzs one more time with the right size, so that you can make sure that RemZzzs is not right for you. Send an email to help AT remzzzs DOT com and mention that you are from SleepGuide and we'll send you a free sample pack in the right size.

Thanks again for the input!
Nathan


bonesigh said:
I'm sure that these liners are great for some users. It really is a great idea and it does work to reduce the leaks but it creates a constant (tiny) leak all around the mask that was just intolerable to me. Instead of the mask feeling warm around where it touched my face it was now very cold and uncomfortable to me. I have a high pressure of 18/14 maybe that's why? I also found the liners hard to deal with because they are so small and flimsy, curl up, hard to keep in place. I ordered the ffm kind and I'm not sure I got the right kind because there was only enough space for the nose and the mouth area was covered. I know you could breath through it but I found that uncomfortable too. I think the product could be improved by having it attach in some way to the mask or by making the edge of it stiffer or something, I don't know. I'm not trying to put down the product but just to give my experience with it. I'm glad you designed it and hope it helps many people.

Thank you.
Hi Nathan,

I was using a Mirage Quattro full face mask size small. They just switched me to a size extra small. My pressure was reduced last week so I asked to try a Swift light with nose tubes, no mouth covering. I seem to have been able to train my brain to only breath through the mouth. The nose mask seems to be working. I feel a little better. I will still be using the M.Quattro when I have a stuffy nose though. I'm not sure if I should try the liners another time since I was uncomfortable with the coldness of the air surrounding the edge of the mask. What have you to say about the coldness? Just another thing to have to get used to? Oh, and I wasn't trying to say that the whole liner should be stiffer, just the edge so it does not curl up and it would be easier to put in place. Or you could make it so it slips over the mask like a mini shower cap, then it would totally stay in place with no fuss.
Hi @bonesigh, thank you for the feedback. I'm glad to hear that you are doing better with the Swift nasal pillows. Getting a good night's sleep makes such a huge difference in quality of life! As far as the "coldness" you experienced with RemZzzs, I am fairly certain that this was a result of the poor fit from using the wrong size. Additionally, we have found that many, many people have reported a big increase in their overall comfort levels while using RemZzzs. I would imagine that with the right size the "coldness" might be lessened, however, matters of this nature are sometimes very personal and one person may report something that another might not, even with the same exact conditions. Thank you for the great feedback and the recommendations. I hope that you continue to have success with your therapy!

Blessings,
Nathan
Interesting. I had apparently missed this post. I have sensitive skin and will keep this product in mind if and when I need something to soothe my face when wearing a full face mask. I typically use the Headrest as there is little contact with your face.
@sleepycarol, I'm glad you found the post. I'm sure that RemZzzs would help to reduce skin irritation whenever you do use a full face mask. Hope you continue to have success with the Headrest nasal style.

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