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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
I cannot find the perfect pillow to support my head, the mask & hose. I have several pillows,including a couple supposed to be intended for CPAP. Before I was diagnosed with Apnea, my favorite pillow was made of 100% down. I'd had it a couple of years and it nestled my head to perfection. I tried all three pillows last night nothing worked- I was very tired - we have a 2 1/2 week old grandbaby in intensive care - And I wanted comfort. .

I would appreciate knowing what type pillow has worked for others.
Ruth Rayceen

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Heart goes out to you and all hopes for your little grandbaby. I like my oxygen pillow. It's supportive and very comfortable.
I will keep your grandbaby in my prayers. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

It seems pillows, like so many things with cpap, tend be an individual thing.

For the last several years, I have used a king size memory foam pillow. This is particular pillow is dense and cradles my neck without flattening. Loved that pillow and still have it.

A few weeks ago, I was in on a trial product that www.pur-sleep.com was introducing. It is the Regenisis pillow. It is a buckwheat hull pillow. Love that pillow and now use it full time.

I have not tried the pillow that Mike has recommended but it looks like it would be a great pillow as well.
i know the manufacturer of the oxygen pillow, and he really knows his stuff. i am going to try to get him to post some on here to give his perspectives on mattresses/pillows generally (and not just his products). He's really a sharp guy.

sleepycarol said:
I will keep your grandbaby in my prayers. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

It seems pillows, like so many things with cpap, tend be an individual thing.

For the last several years, I have used a king size memory foam pillow. This is particular pillow is dense and cradles my neck without flattening. Loved that pillow and still have it.

A few weeks ago, I was in on a trial product that www.pur-sleep.com was introducing. It is the Regenisis pillow. It is a buckwheat hull pillow. Love that pillow and now use it full time.

I have not tried the pillow that Mike has recommended but it looks like it would be a great pillow as well.
I sell the Oxygen Pillows in Dallas, and yes indeed. Pillows are just as important as the bed. As a general rule, the pillow should keep your head in a neutral alignment with your spinal column. To determine your neutral alignment, just stand up normally. Then take a look at the space between your chin and your chest--that's the same amount of space you need when sleeping on your back to get in maximum oxygen without putting undue stress on your neck.

I don't know how much side sleeping you're doing (or NOT doing!) but a properly fitting pillow would once again be able to keep that space nice and open without pitching your head up, or making it drop too far towards the bed. (and when testing for proper sizing, be sure to put your hands underneath the pillow if that's how you sleep-otherwise the pillow you test without doing that will end up being too tall.

Also very important--make sure you test out a pillow on a bed that approximates the feel of the bed you have at home! What works on a super firm bed is going to be (usually) WAY too tall to get you into your neutral on a soft, plush bed.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
Super helpful and informative post, April!

April Reeves said:
I sell the Oxygen Pillows in Dallas, and yes indeed. Pillows are just as important as the bed. As a general rule, the pillow should keep your head in a neutral alignment with your spinal column. To determine your neutral alignment, just stand up normally. Then take a look at the space between your chin and your chest--that's the same amount of space you need when sleeping on your back to get in maximum oxygen without putting undue stress on your neck.

I don't know how much side sleeping you're doing (or NOT doing!) but a properly fitting pillow would once again be able to keep that space nice and open without pitching your head up, or making it drop too far towards the bed. (and when testing for proper sizing, be sure to put your hands underneath the pillow if that's how you sleep-otherwise the pillow you test without doing that will end up being too tall.

Also very important--make sure you test out a pillow on a bed that approximates the feel of the bed you have at home! What works on a super firm bed is going to be (usually) WAY too tall to get you into your neutral on a soft, plush bed.

I hope this helps. Good luck!
Sending prayers, Thanks for sharing about pillows I have arthritis everywhere, and I need a good pillow for
my neck,
Was this information helpful and did you find a pillow that you like yet?
Thanks for asking this question. Since I started with my treatment 3 weeks ago....my neck has been totally out of alignment. I think it went out of alignment when I turned to sleep on my side...and the mask put in in an unusual position. I went to a chiropractor for an adjustment.....but I'm wondering if a correct fitting pillow would help?
A good ole 100% down pillow is what has worked best for me. Simply because I can punch it into any postition I want for my head, my mask, whatever.

I tried the buckwheat hull pillow. Too hard and too NOISY for me! I tried the PAPillow, a bit too thick for me. I like something soft and "skinny". I love my down pillow and "beat up on it" as need for the position I'm in. One punch and it doesn't bother my mask at all. The "dent" is just right. Or, if I want I can punch up the end and let my mask hang over the end. Or punch a hollow in the end for my mask to lay into.
Pillows are like cpap masks -- what one loves another hates!!

I know hubby was home a few nights ago and stole my pillow for the night (he hadn't been home since I had switched pillows and he probably thought he was doing me a favor since it is on the small side) and I didn't sleep worth a hoot. I have a buckwheat pillow and love it. I have found that it has helped my neck and upper back (I have chronic back pain).
I personally am sticking to my guns that the Oxygen Pillow is the one to get.

Mary J said:
Thanks for asking this question. Since I started with my treatment 3 weeks ago....my neck has been totally out of alignment. I think it went out of alignment when I turned to sleep on my side...and the mask put in in an unusual position. I went to a chiropractor for an adjustment.....but I'm wondering if a correct fitting pillow would help?
So many people do get very attached to pillows--I always have customers who come in and tell me that their necks are killing them. Then the "probing" begins. Usually, when I ask people "okay, how are you sleeping?" the answer is "side and back." More often than not, when I ask about the pillow situation, the customer will tell me they sleep with feather pillows. (and usually, it's 2, and they're stacking to make TV watching easier, or reading).

Down pillows are very malleable, which is initially wonderful. The problem is that they do get flattened out as you change position. So you either wake up with an awfully sore neck from trying to sleep on your side with not enough lift to fill the area between the neck and bed, or you get knocked out of your sleep cycle to have to reposition and punch away at the pillow to make it fit right again. or BOTH!! I'm not sure which is worse.

Judy loves her down, because she can punch it into a good fit. I'm wondering how many times she wakes up each night to get the pillow to fit. I call it "The Never-ending Pillow Orchestration." That being said, if you love it and feel like it works for you, that's a beautiful thing!!

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