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[Equipment] chinstrap vs. neck pillow
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breathebliss Offline

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Machine: system one philips
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: resmed mirage fx
Humidifier: system one
CPAP Pressure: 8.0
CPAP Software: ResScan

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Sex: Female
Location: Tigard, Oregon

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chinstrap vs. neck pillow
I am a mouth breather. I had to use a chin strap to keep my mouth closed for the CPAP to be effective. Summer made that a very 'smothery' feeling and my time tolerating the mask got shorter and shorter. I felt claustrophobic.

A respiratory therapist at Kaiser suggested a neck pillow, the kind used on airplane trips, worn backwards, but I cannot tolerate anything pressing on my neck in the front.

So I made a Donut pillow, very lightweight, from a stocking stuffed with spun polyfiber (quilt batting), and covered it with a soft cloth for comfort next to my face. I tied the ends of the fabric so i could try out the pillow.

It is working so well I haven't even bothered to sew it together yet to finalize it. The tubing goes through the middle of the donut, helping it stay in place (and not tug to the side) and the pillow goes in my chest when I'm lying supine, as i do when I'm using the CPAP.

I start the night with my chin on the pillow which keeps my jaw in a closed position, press my tongue to the back of my upper teeth, and seldom have to reposition the pillow. Having adequate air at night has helped decrease my mouth breathing. When i sleep without the CPAP, I'm a mouth breather again.

How to clear the nasal passages due to sinus problems or mild deviated septum problems was a long process, but i ended up having good success with neti pot and therapeutic grade essential oils .
(This post was last modified: 11-19-2014 07:08 PM by breathebliss.)
11-19-2014 07:07 PM
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retired_guy Offline

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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Beautiful, albeit very wet Oregon Coast

Post: #2
RE: chinstrap vs. neck pillow
Ahhh, another web-footed one. Welcome to the site.

Thanks for the pillow-tip..........
11-19-2014 07:26 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Joined: May 2012

Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: chinstrap vs. neck pillow
Hi breathebliss,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Thats a great tip, thank you for sharing it.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.

11-19-2014 08:20 PM
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