(02-07-2014 04:09 PM)herbm Wrote: So you didn't get a sleep study or know your untreated AHI?
I think it is great you may be using it for just snoring rather than apnea per se -- as long as you don't mind it then go for it.
Chances are you do have some apnea but you wouldn't know without some type of test and the machine isn't harmful beyond the inconvenience.
Like me, you seem to take to the mask right off so if the rainout is fixed you might be good to go.
Rather than worry about the heated hose you might watnt to just stop humidifying.
An expert on another forum said to turn the heat up for a situation like yours (and that was experience talking) but logically the higher you set that heat on the S9 the more water you put in the air and the more chance the TEMPERATURE drop will cause rain out.
You have a LARGE room vs. temp differential and I still suspect this may invalidate the typical advice (but I am no expert being a newbie like you -- 7 days so far -- but I do have a lot of background in pressure and such from both diving and meteorology studies.
If you put NO WATER in the room air then you MIGHT get very dry but it also might not rain in your hose -- or if you put a LITTLE(low temperature or switch to manual humidity setting) then you MIGHT control the problem.
The S9 is suppose to load more water the higher the temperature -- heat the air passing across the water, load more water. Now the air is hotter than the room and much more full of water -- when the temp drops passing through the hose (maybe because even the heated hose can't keep up or maybe just the pigtail on your mask) then the dew point is reached and you get rain.
Does you hose cozy cover the mask pigtail hose?
Can you keep the mask hose UNDER the COVERS with you? Or cover/insulate it a bit?
What type of pillow mask did you get? I might want it ?
Not sure. The strap is comfortable, but the plastic holes that fit in my nose are bothersome. I plan to hang onto it and maybe try some other nose sizes. It came with three sizes.
No sleep study, don't have the $$$$$. I have not been to a doctor since 1993. With no insurance I have to use my trusty natural cures book and if I have pain I usually take an aspirin or apply heat or cold depending on my problem and suffer through. So far god willing I'm pretty healthy. No medicine to take or the expense that would entail.
I started setting my machine at 8 to start with and watched my AHl and Al and how my graphs looked. If they flatlined at the top of the graph I increased my number. I'm at 10 right now. Last night my AHl was 1.2 and my Hl was 1.1. No more snoring since the first night I used the APAP.
I also figured out the rainout problem by suggestions given on the board. I set the heated tube to 71 and the humidifier level to 2.0. I had a little condensation in my mask but no drip. I slept great.
I think tending my garden, riding my bike and moving more has helped too. No caffeine intake has improved my food cravings too. I was sleepy a few days when I quit, but my juicing has given me more energy and keeps me emptied out. I've started documenting my weight and inches along with eating 5 smaller meals a day with trying to keep with 50% of my food being in raw form (apples, broccoli ect).
I appreciate all the helpful folks out there sharing their stories. Keep em coming!