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My Chinstrap Odyssey - Part 2
#1
Well it was a gallant effort. I successfully did without my chinstrap for what now, 3 days? Sort of?

Yeah the leak numbers came up, but until last night everything seemed to still be within the range of "I can fix this." But at 3:00 this morning I did get up, take a short break, and put on my chinstrap.

What was happening is that during the early part of the night I would awaken knowing my mouth was coming open, and I was breathing through it. I had lost my air block. So back to the chinstrap. In looking at the results this morning, the earlier results were really not all that terrible, certainly not as bad as I thought they would be, but the results following, when I had my chinstrap on, were remarkably better.

So there's that.

I'll no doubt give it another try in a few months, but in the meantime here's what I have concluded.

1. I value my therapy so much that I will do what ever I need to do to maximize it's effectiveness and the quality of my sleep time. So I will wear the chinstrap.

2. I like my cute little machine and mask a lot. I do not like my chinstrap all that much. That will not change, but I will learn to respect it for the job it does helping me to maximize my therapy.

3. For me, "less is more." The more minimalistic my therapy can be the happier I am going to be. For that reason I do not and will not use the chinstraps that try to suck up my whole head. They do not get to do that. I will use the more simple, one strap method, and make it work. Actually, Trish's chinstrap she fashioned from an old P10 head gear looks perfect to me. I will probably ask Mrs. R_G to do that to one of my old straps.

4. For the same reason that I will not allow a chinstrap to suck up my brains, I will not migrate to any other mask under the theory that if I would just insert enough of my body into it I would not care if my mouth stayed closed or not. I love my cute little P10 mask. It does a great job for me. Yes, I know others think there is nothing better than the diving bell they wear for a mask and that's fine. Everyone is different. Except me of course. I'm not different I'm the same.

In sum: Thank you chinstrap for helping me to achieve my goals. I promise to not let the puppies play with you anymore.

...at least I did get a new SDCard out of the deal.
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(04-27-2015, 04:10 PM)retired_guy Wrote: ...at least I did get a new SDCard out of the deal.

I hope you got yourself a cute little flash-air card...
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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#3
Nope. I had one of those but I gave it away. I need the exercise I get walking from bedside to the computer and back. Well, now it's "and back." Now that the puppies have developed an affinity for eating my SDCard if it's sitting on my desk.
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#4
Hi retired_guy,
I hope the P10 headgear minimalist chinstrap works for you.
trish6hundred
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#5
Hey retired_guy,
I was reading a post about a neck pillow. I think the thread was called: chin strap vs. neck pillow.
Have you or anyone else here tried this instead of a chin strap? I find it interesting because I sometimes find myself holding my fist under my chin to hold it up. I start out sleeping like that, but of course I move a lot. A neck pillow would do the same thing. Maby you can get Mrs. R G to make you a Donut Neck Pillow.
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#6
Sounds like a good plan!
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