The technician set the unit up to ramp the pressure up slowly from a starting level of 4 then going up to 10 after twenty minutes, adjusting up to 20 as needed (my diagnosed pressure needs are between 10 and 20). So there was relatively little discomfort at the start of the night and all went well UNTIL...... At about 5am my dog barked to let me know she wanted out so she could go to the toilet (she generally wants to stay outside after that). I jumped up, forgetting I had the mask on almost toppled the machine. Realising I was about to have an expensive accident I stopped, pulled my mask off quickly and let the dog out.
Pulling off the mask was a silly mistake. In a sleepy befuddlement I reassembled it and had a devil of a time getting a good seal. Once everything seemed okay I nodded off again BUT within a half hour I woke up from a yucky dream, lying on my back, my jaw having gone slack, mouth wide open and obviously snoring. The jaw drop had defeated the mask seal and air was pouring out over my chin.
Seeing that I tend to twist and turn onto my back when sleeping how the devil am I going to stop the jaw from dropping down? I saw a special chin strap on Ebay designed to be used with CPAP/APAP masks. Will these do the trick or is there another way to stop this from happening? A friend told me to use pillows to stop me rolling onto my back but I've tried that in the past and it never worked...even the tennis ball in a pillow case didn't work.
Anyone have a solution???