I may go for the liners. I toss and turn alot, stomach and side sleep, which is why the DME recommended a mask vice pillows. But I am reading up on the forum for others experiences on that.
For info, my AHIs dropped from 36 at the study to 0.7-ish now, so I'm on the right track. Sheepishly, I am realizing how frequently my 10pm bedtime turns into a 12am one (darn books). I guess you actually have to be asleep to get rested!
Thanks all for the welcome.
Whatever your DME told you about nasal pillows is simply wrong. They are the most comfortable and easy to seal option. The profile is lower, so they enable sleeping on your side, and the newest version Airfit P10 has a diffuser that does not blow air on you or your partner, making it very quiet. If you can tolerate nasal therapy, ditch the mask.
Your therapy is going great! Now get comfortable.
Who was it here who has the siggy "If it's midnight and the DME says it is dark outside, check?"
I had a problem with my insurer and had to resend the prescription. Sure enough, looking at it the top number was a 15 not a 12 as set by DME. I am so glad to not have to be reliant on them for settings.
Glad you fixed that number issue! ALways good to double check anything DME says.
Re nasal pillows, I use p10, I sleep on stomach and side exclusively (no back sleeping, hate it) I move a fair amount, turn face from side to side, I perch face off side of tempurpedic pillow and am quite comfy.
I would love to know why these DME's set up so many folk from the get go with Full Face Masks? Is it old stock? Do they assume old dogs cannot learn new tricks, like sleeping with mouth shut etc?
Hope you find a solution that works for you, Trail.
The Manse Hen
Pft, nasal pillows are lower profile and take up less space on the face. They're much better for side sleepers and even stomach sleepers. Nasal masks have so much sticking out. Side sleeping is, of course, quite possible but not if the user is an active sleeper.
On the flip side, nasal pillows are getting so lightweight now, they are getting much easier to dislodge. More care has to be taken to keep the weight of the hose off or it pulls the mask off.
Still, pillows are much better for an active sleeper than a nasal mask. If nothing else, if the straps have to be tightened down, there's less pain!
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