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High Pressure Causing Problems - please explain leak data
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Surprised 
I am getting into my loopy phase because I am going on poor sleep for the past 4-5 nights in a row.  I woke up at 5 am to check data b/c i wasn't sure what was happening.  I am seeking any advice on what might have been happening and what I can do better.

SH May 12th, 2017

My Notes from last night:

First 5 hours - AHI 18 - 76 OA's
2 mg of lunesta
back slept 99% of time
slept from 11:15 - 5 am ish. machine was mostly at 16 (which i max)
swallowed a ton of air from high pressure.
felt leaks from high pressure

Second 3 hours -AHI 8 - 12 OA's
looked at data at 5 am, determined leak. decided to sleep on side.
slept better - pressure never got above 11
replaced xylimelts in mouth for dry mouth (don't think was a factor)

Other relevant info is that I almost exclusively back sleep.  So my increase in OA's the last several nights are hard to figure out. 

Leaking Question:

Also, can someone please explain how to read the leak rate and total leaks data.  I don't understand this.  Up until this week (when pressure has gotten over 12 cm) I have not experienced any leaks at all.  So I haven't educated myself about them.

Should I tighten my mask at higher pressure?

Air Swallow Question:

I am swallowing a lot of air at higher pressures.  I am attempting the tongue suck at the back of my throat, but clearly not effective yet.  Is this yet another thing that people have adapted to?   Any other tips for not swallowing air?  I wake up with tons of gas.  Dont-know

Thanks for any information.  I appreciate any help.
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I just posted this link in another thread, as it is a good source for anyone wanting to learn more about leaks.

http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...Head#Leaks
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