I have a ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet with Amara View full-face mask. My settings are set for Auto-Start on.
Last night I awoke gasping for air and not getting any or very little through the small gaps between the mask and my face. The image of having your face covered tightly with a plastic bag and trying to breathe is exactly right -- IT TERRIFIED ME.
I don't remember what happened, maybe I pulled the mask off and put it on again, but the air flow started again and I went back to sleep. But I still woke up freaked out and have a horrible headache all day.
That's the problem with this mask -- there is no safety valve that if the air flow stops so you can still get air. It's a terrifying feeling.
I have a few questions:
1. What caused this? (the Auto-Start is set to on)
2. If it was caused by a power outage, then I could actually suffocate and die in my sleep if the power goes out. That's ridiculous. What safeguards can be done to prevent that ever from happening?
3. Can I put the AirSense 10 on a standard battery back-ups (like for my computer)?
4. IS THERE A SAFER MASK THAN THIS AMARA VIEW WITH A SAFETY VALVE, if the machine stops pumping air? I tried a Quattro full-face mask, but it was really uncomfortable. What else? Bear in mind my pressure is set to 16.