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So... in my quest to stop mouth breathing I tried an experiment. I used a cervical collar for four days and taping for four days. (chin strap was totally ineffective)

The days I used the collar my AHI has been <.05 but I am mouth breathing a lot. Enough to make my mouth feel like a desert and my throat sore and I am snoring. Leak rate isn't horrible tho.

On the days I taped my AHI has been 1.8-ish. No snoring and no mouth breathing. No dry mouth and my chap-stick is intact from the night before. Leak rate is barely above the intentional rate.

I was surprised to see a lower AHI with all the mouth breathing. Is it really a bad thing?

Which way do I go?
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Depending on the severity of leaks, the machine can have trouble detecting events that are easily recorded without the leaks. Also, if you found the tape disruptive to sleep, you may actually be having more CA and "sleep-wake-junk" type events. With events at less than 2 per hour, I would not chase events at the expense of comfort. Go with what works best for you and your rest.
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(11-21-2016, 11:37 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: Depending on the severity of leaks, the machine can have trouble detecting events that are easily recorded without the leaks. Also, if you found the tape disruptive to sleep, you may actually be having more CA and "sleep-wake-junk" type events. With events at less than 2 per hour, I would not chase events at the expense of comfort. Go with what works best for you and your rest.

Really no leaks to worry about with either method. Taping has virtually no leaks. Collar is just a bit over the intentional line. No CAs, but don't know what is SWJ and what isn't. I don't seem to have a huge amount of events around the time I wake up and go back to sleep.

Actually the tape is more comfortable, except if I want a drink of water! The dry mouth with the collar and the snoring is uncomfortable. And not good for my dental health either.
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