I've searched and found several posts about using a headband for a chin strap. I think I've found a better way to use one. Maybe it's a common answer (I'm now to CPAP treatment), but in my search just now I only found one brief mention of it on this board.
I'm waiting for a chin strap to arrive in the mail from my supplier. In the meantime, desperate for an uninterrupted night's sleep, a couple days ago I borrowed a plain old 2" headband from my wife and cleaned it up, not for a chin strap but to use across my lips.
It holds my lips in place the same as mouth taping would, except it's got to be a lot more comfortable — especially for someone like me with a beard and mustache. If I need to talk I can just move the headband for a moment and then put it back.
My problem isn't so much with my jaw dropping as it is with my lips parting to let air out. This works so well for me I'm not sure I'm going to use the chin strap when it comes. (I think it could also work for someone whose jaw tends to drop a little bit.)
If you decide to go buy one try to get a simple tube head band. It needs some substance to it. The less stitching in it the better. If it's too loose you can pad it with a clean handkerchief or something like that. I might try a sports headband sometime, except I wonder about the scratchiness of the terry cloth.
I haven't tried a headband per se, but I did try an Ace bandage. I configured it a few nights as a chin strap and a few nights as a mouth cover. Neither worked for me.
I think there is a wide range of issues at play. In my case I could wire my mouth closed and in my sleep I would find a way to breath through my lips. I found a surgical tape with extra strong adhesive and taped my lips shut and wore a chin strap - and I still managed to occasionally blow the tape off enough to create a leak. Oh, and I tried denture adhesive to glue my lips together, and that worked as long as I make a perfect seal - any imperfection and they would be major leaks by the next morning.
In my case, I am resigned to learning to keep my big fat mouth shut. My wife has been telling me to do that for years, it looks like she was right all along (just don't tell her that I said that
On the other hand, I have read of people that just a simple chin strap works to keep them from having mouth leaks. So, I think we each need to keep looking until we find our own solution.
I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
I'd Rather Be Sleeping
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It's good to hear that you have found a solution for keeping your mouth closed.
Much success to you with your CPAP therapy, hang in there for more responses to your post.