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richard graham posted a status
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Jul 7
ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"I'm wondering: what prompted you to consider whether you have sleep apnea in the first place? Also, waking throughout the night isn't uncommon especially as we (*sigh*) age.  I seem to every 90 minutes or so. This pattern probably…"
Jun 27
ZolliStar replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"You can try this website:  http://zyppah.com/ I have a MAD (mandibular advancement device). Dr. Steven Park evaluated my mouth and throat (not everyone can use a MAD, it turns out) and pronounced me a candidate for it. The truth?  I…"
Jun 27
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"The link didn't work so me so I couldn't see the product.  I do have experience with a supposedly reliable boil and bite device.  I should know by now I have a small mouth and nothing regular size fits.  I don't think…"
Jun 27
richard graham replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"If I thought something could work other than this lousy cpap that would be awesome"
May 22
richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26
Fred posted a discussion

CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
Apr 13
Fred updated their profile
Apr 13
ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
Mar 31
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
I have been reading posts about different chin straps actually causing more apnea episodes....I have ordered a Resperonics Premium chin strap is this a good model or should I try another one.....all I want is to stop the leakage through my mouth...I use the nose pillows mask....does anyone out there use this chin strap with successful results???

I would appreciate your stories thank you.

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The Respironics Premium chin strap is a good one. However, it's really just a matter of what is comfortable and what works for each person. My experience with people using chin straps is that often they do not keep the mouth completely closed. Some people just have very relaxed and strong jaws which defy the chin strap. There are more elaborate chin straps which surround the entire head, but unless you are able to tighten them enough to prevent the jaw from opening, they might not work either. In this case, you will need to go to a full face mask which covers mouth and nose so that if your mouth does open, the pressure will not be lost. Otherwise, you will not be receiving therapy at all.
Personally, I've found that I really like the Respironics basic white chin strap PN 302175. Its one of the cheapest. But it works for me and is so much more comfortable than their basic black one w/the hole for the chin. I found the material (I think the same as used for headgear) irritating to me chin after one or two nights.

The basic white one has a nice, silky cradle for the chin attached to a strap to go up the side of the your head and attach at the top of your head. It comes w/4 small velcro squares. Put one on the lower strap of your mask headgear on each side, and use the other two to attach the strap ends at the top of your head. This allows some adjustment to avoid pushing your jaw back as some of the chin straps seem to do.
I had a mouth breathing problem for months (probably years) that I solved a few weeks ago with the Respironics Premium chinstrap. How do I know? I have a fully data capable machine and the software to read it with, and have seen my leak go down significantly. I have also used flimsier/cheaper chinstraps, without any luck. But this respironics premium chin strap is really pretty darn good.
Thanks Mike.....it is very reassuring knowing someone else has struggled with mouth breathing as well and found a solution to the problem....I am very anxious to start therapy with this chin strap--thank you all for your feedback

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