I'm having to sleep a lot on my back due to back and hip issues. I sleep with my head and shoulders propped up and several pillows under my knees. This has caused the pressure to increase due to the position (95% is 18-19+). And it has caused me to leak air from my lips. It is annoying as heck due to the Elbow Alarm and waking up so many times a night. I've tried a chin strap which mostly worked but I had problems with the strap itself. The leaks were rarely enough to compromise the data. They were almost always below 24 with the occasional big spike from when the mask would pop off but that would be short since it woke me.
Then I got the Pap Cap. Nothing changed except that. Not sleeping position, medication change, etc. The Pap Cap worked. The leaks decreased. And interestingly, the snoring decreased, the pressure requirement decreased (95% is 15-17), and then my CA events ceased. As in none. In the past 2 weeks, I have had two events and that was during an awful 1.5hr nap where I slept on my side and did not wear the Pap Cap.
So....What the heck?!?!?!
Is it the pressure decrease? I would think so but it's not like it is regularly lower than it has been. There's been nights where the 95% is back to 18 and yet no CA events.
Is it simply the lack of leaks so it is reading it correctly? But that can't be it because the lip leaking is relatively new. I've had CA events forever.
Aliens can't read me through the Pap Cap?
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