I hate to say this, but it took me a couple of years to find the right mask. And even now, for it not to leak I sleep sitting up in a recliner. Fortunately I can sleep anywhere, anyway. Would I rather sleep in my wonderful cozy bed? you bet ya! but one has to do what one has to do and health is more important in the long haul. I hear you when you talk about a mask made just for your face and a therapist once told me that was what I needed because of how my face is constructed, but that isn't available. I just had to keep looking for the right mask. My journey has been difficult to say the least - BUT stick with it. Make sure you are getting the right size mask. For the first year and a half they kept fitting me with a medium and the leaks were awful as was my AHI. I finally measured and discovered that I really needed a small. I had to argue with them because they insisted that would be too small for me - but it wasn't and I finally got my AHI to 1-2. My sleep study AHI was 64 initially. I think air pressure also plays a part in which mask works best for a person and also the leak factor. Just don't give up because even though I still hate putting on my mask at night - once it's on, and that wonderful fresh filtered air starts flowing through my lungs, I feel great. I've learned that when the mask fits properly you don't even realize that air is being pushed through (and my pressure is strong). I would never have made it through my first two years without the people on this board. They will give you good info - hang in there and take their advice.
01-12-2016, 09:44 AM
(This post was last modified: 01-12-2016, 09:48 AM by nancy679.)
My husband struggled with leaks for 2 months, he was ready to return everything back. He would only wear it for about 3-4 hours, the leaks would constantly wake him up. I research (on these boards) and bought him the mask liners with the tabs that stick to the mask. It has been a miracle! From the first night he used the liners, no leaks, he now sleeps 7 hours!