My first post on this forum.
I've just commenced CPAP and have a few questions. I started on my machine with an air fit P10 mask and while it wasn't too bad I have just switched to a Dreamwear. This has allowed me for the first time to wear a mask quite comfortably all night. The hose doesn't get in the way and it doesn't feel like I've got a couple of q tips up my nose. In other words freedom to move around as I am a side sleeper. There are some minor leaks occasionally but they are easily ignored.
However, I have difficulty getting to sleep and given that I'm not in any discomfort this is puzzling. What happens is that just as I am about to nod off I come back awake again. I do sleep eventually but don't get enough during the night.
As someone who likes to analyse their own problems I have noticed that just as I am about to fall asleep, air starts to leak from my mouth as I relax.
So does this mean that I am a mouth breather?
If so why didn't the sleep clinic pick it up?
Can I still use a nasal mask? (even with my mouth open its impossible to snore with the machine on)
Will I eventually train myself to breathe through my nose?
Any thoughts and solutions greatly appreciated.
01-22-2016, 02:52 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-22-2016, 02:53 PM by Possum.)
I would say either the mouth leak is waking you up, or you're still just getting used to therapy. As for a solution, I would first try a chin strap, which are available at any of the suppliers listed in our Supplier List above. This will help keep your mouth shut as you sleep. If that doesn't work, then you might eventually have to consider a full-face mask.
Welcome to the forum, and please do keep us updated on your progress!
I second the chin strap. It may help you train yourself to keep the mouth closed. For starters, you can make a simple one, out of elastic bandage. Don't make it too tight - it's not to "force it" shut but to help you keep it this way. Also, wear it so it overlaps the front of the chin so, it puts a bit of a lift on your lower lip - even with the mouth shut, at 13 cmH2O, you can easily get some lip blowing.
I also suggest that for few days, before sleep, you spent an hour or so reading a book or just listening to the music while wearing your mask and CPAP going. Doing that some years ago, In short order adjusted to the therapy and trained myself to keep my mouth shut without help from the chinstrap. As of a month or so, I need one so, with time, things do change.
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