Hi Friends - OK - 15 straight days of using the new CPAP machine - so hooray for sticking with it. The last three nights I've had decreasing AHI readings - from 7.7 to 5.7 to 4.9. The first week, all the readings were more like 12 to 17. 90% pressure varies from low of 8.5 to high of 11.
Three questions: 1. I have the amara view minimal view minimal contact full face mask. I started with a small and after a week switched to a medium. It still leaves red marks on my face for the first hour of the day and I can't get the headband to not hurt my ears by halfway through the night. I'm going to try out a nasal pillow mask - but know that my mouth often falls open when I sleep. Any tips on how I can get a nasal pillow mask to work for me?
2. I am using the DreamMapper software for data. I tried to download the SleepyHead, but my computer security protections won't accept it. Is there a phone number to call for help with the SleepyHead software?
3. How long does it take to notice positive effects from using a CPAP? I'm still tired in the afternoons - which is the symptom that prompted my doctor to first send me for the sleep lab tests.
I found that the top centre (over the head) strap can be adjusted shorter to lift the side straps above the ears. This will pull the mask up against your nose and you won't need as much tension on the side straps. Also, the air pressure will help inflate the seals, but 5 is fairly low. Once you can use SleepyHead you probably will find that you can increase you starting pressures. My ramp start pressure is 9, which does a nice job of sealing with comparatively loose straps. Even an eighth of an inch makes a difference in leaks and comfort. It also helps to wash the mask every morning and my face every night; those oils let the mask slide about and leak.