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Humidity and temperature settings
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Humidity and temperature settings
Hi,

I have a Climateline hose on my S10 so I can change temperature and humidity automatically. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, I wake up and feel that I have difficult in breathing, as my nose fills stuffed or edematous. It is difficult to explain but the amount of oxygen that I was getting when I started sleeping seems to be decreasing. I assume the temperature or the humidity setting is responsable for this, as when I remove the mask and get to breath with the room air, the feeling disappears. So, do I need less humidity, less temperature, or a combination? 

Thanks...
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#2
RE: Humidity and temperature settings
I recommend a YouTube channel featuring Ohio Sleep Medicine Institute podcast  “How to Solve Nasal Congestion Using CPAP”.  Their advice to up humidity resolved my nasal congestion.  Good luck and sweet dreams.
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RE: Humidity and temperature settings
Thanks for the suggestion. I've watched it, however there is a contradictory statement. They tell to up the humidification to combat stuffed nose but to turn it down during summer. Now, we are in summer, so I should turn it down but my nose is stuffed, so I have to turn it up. Also, they don't really talk about the effect of heating (or a heated hose) on the nose (they talk about rainouts in this context, but this is a different problem). Does the heat has anything to do with a stuffed nose or is it only the humidification that matters?
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RE: Humidity and temperature settings
I think you may have to experiment a bit with the settings to find what's right for you. You have heated hose temperature to adjust to combat rainout, and it may be more important to adjust if you add humidity. The humidity setting may need to go up or down to find your setting. Then there's the Mode, Auto or manual. Auto regulates the humidity in relation to your room, whereas manual goes only by your static settings you have in place. You may have to edit all 3 of these to find your best setting for the current season.
Dave

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I think I had a sich in the glystem, double post

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Dave

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Standard OSCAR Chart Order
Mask Primer
Dealing With A DME
Soft Cervical Collar Wiki
INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEBSITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
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RE: Humidity and temperature settings
My own setting for both hose and humidity level are on the lowest allowable 'non-zero' values. I just don't need increased humidity in the Pacific North-West of North America.  I haven't actually tried to turn both off, but suspect I'd see no difference.  However, I did have congestion for two nights running on Wednesday and Thursday past. Last two nights, I was fine and slept well.  What is the difference?  It was more humid than in the past week or more, but it was also substantially warmer in the bedroom, up by about 5 deg C.   We have had a cool and somewhat wetter spring until this past week when we got some warmer days, but still some rain.  I think that the higher humidity and heat made me congested.  It isn't as if it's suddenly pollen season...that began locally six or seven weeks back, and I don't have a history of allergies (knock on wood...) anyway.

I think it might be a reaction to heat, humidity, foods, dehydration or edema (contradictory conditions, but who knows...), red wine or other histaminic response generators, poor vascular drainage locally due to pressure or some other temporary condition.  If it persists for days, and the weather and temps are largely unvaried (but also recently changed), that might be the issue.
Contrite, and wiser.
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