(04-12-2015, 07:54 AM)theroefam Wrote: Finally, my last three nights have been good.
I decided to try a Full Face Mask. Once I put it on in the store, I knew that was going to fix my problem.
My last three nights I can definitely say I've sleep better that any day since getting the CPAP.
So why I decided to go Full Face -
Last week I increased the pressure again to 8. This time I didn't feel any better during my sleep. So I went ahead and reduced it back down.
When I tried to look at everything. I realized I was having bad nights and really bad nights. On my really bad nights - I just couldn't stop mouth breathing (chin straps - I tried tightening, then went to tape. That seemed to help at first, but on the really bad nights, I breathed hard enough to open the tape). My really bad nights seemed to be linked to being over tired (getting to bed a little late, or have a couple beers that evening). Since I have been unable to teach myself to stop mouth breathing, I decided to try to the Full Mask.
So now I have the pressure set to 7, and I'm trying out the Resmed F10. My AHI has gone up some - but it is probably giving me a more realistic number now that I'm actually sleeping instead of just lying there. Hopefully it will stabilize and start to go down. But I'm not to worried about that right now.
Thanks for everyone's help. This forum has provided a great asset for me to help me get through this. There were a couple times I almost called it quits, but the words here helped out a lot.
I do not understand why your doctor insisted on a mono pressure device. My doctor does not even bother to carry them. That is why i feel so fortunate to have him!
It took me a while to get used to sleeping with a mask, I think choosing the machine is the easy part, finding the perfect companion mask is an important key to success. Then comes the part of not tightening it so much that it leaves marks on your face. I like both the Wisp and Eson because now that I am not so paranoid about leaks I wear it quite loosely and it does not create leaks nor leave any marks on my face.
And after you work out everything, there are still going to be some good nights and not so good nights even with cpap!
Good luck to you going forward!