The good is my AHI's are ~3 each night and I'm not snoring anymore. Still waking up early in the morning 4-6AM though, but am starting to feel a bit more alert during the day. Seems the worse time for me is in the evenings, a few hours before bed is when I feel the most tired.
Initially the mask was a small, but moved up to medium one week ago. Both leaked and last night I was at 50 L/hr leakage, prior I had been ~35 L/hr when I first got the mask. I do have a goatee that is trimmed very short, but it has grown in the last few days so that maybe causing the jump in leakage.
I've tried loose straps, tight straps, and its not really working, plus the mask leaves red marks on the bridge of my nose as well as on either side of my cheeks. I'm thinking a new type of mask is in order.
When I had my second sleep study to determine mask and pressures, I initially tried a nasal pillow type mask. The problem I had with it was during exhaling it was very difficult to push the air back. Could never catch my breath and would end up trying to breath through my nose. We tried both the extra small and small pillows (I'm 6'6'' but have a little nose) and ended up going to the full mask.
Initially I thought I was a mouth breather, but lately and with effort it seems I can just breath through my nose. With the leaks and still trying to get used to the mask, sleeping is better but not perfect.
From what I have read, there are other CPAP machines that allow for a drop in pressure during exhalation which may make using the pillows an option. Unfortunately the Icon doesn't have that option. Would it be worthwhile to switch both machines (I think the Resmed S9 Autoset has that feature) and the pillows?
Are there any drawbacks to the Resmed S9 Autoset, especially in regards to the drop in pressure feature? The Icon is nice and compact, but don't really care for the controls plus I can't look at my data.
Thanks in advance,