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Machine: Resmed S9 Autoset
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Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage Quattro
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CPAP Pressure: 5-15
CPAP Software: Not using software

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New Bipap User...Can't Sleep!
Hey, all! Brand new Bipap user (Resmed AirCurve). Doc recommended a low 5-10 setting, so I'm trying that. I may tweak it later (I have the clinician menu settings). My events were 35-40 per hour, so that's pretty bad, I hear. My greatest struggle is getting comfortable with the machine.... I get claustrophobic! :/

I am a mouth breather, so I tried the full face mask. Exhaling and having hot air hit my face just makes me uneasy. Also, I never felt like I got enough air. I turned up the pressure a bit and it didn't seem to help. I took sleep aids and still ripped the mask off in my sleep.

I switched to nasal pillows. Those are far less intrusive, but after wearing them for 5-10 minutes, my nose starts to stop up, rendering the machine useless.

Thanks in advance!
06-23-2016 08:05 PM
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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Other
Mask Make & Model: P-10 / F&P Simplus / DreamWear
Humidifier: H5i w/Climateline
CPAP Pressure: 8 - EPR 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: CMS-50F & 50IW

Sex: Male
Location: Georgia

Post: #2
RE: New Bipap User...Can't Sleep!
Hi tb8100,

Welcome
A starting pressure as low as you have it will make you feel like you're suffocating. Most people find a starting pressure of 7 to 8 will remedy this feeling.

Good luck with your therapy.

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06-23-2016 08:55 PM
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green wings Offline

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Joined: Feb 2016

Machine: Respironics System One RemStar Pro (460)
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10
Humidifier: integrated humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 13.0 cm
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: using CPAP since Jan. 2016

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: US

Post: #3
RE: New Bipap User...Can't Sleep!
Hello, tb8100. Welcome to Apnea Board.

It sounds like you're having major comfort issues with using your xPAP machine.

I am not clear about which machine you have, but anyway, I just wanted to comment about your nasal congestion problem. It happens a lot with new xPAP users. I've listed some things below that can help.

- humidification. Are you using it? If yes, what setting?

- You may need to try a saline nasal rinse and/or a steroid nasal spray while you're adjusting to breathing with the nasal pillows & CPAP machine. Taking a shower right before bed can also help.


(06-23-2016 08:05 PM)tb8100 Wrote:  Hey, all! Brand new Bipap user (Resmed AirCurve). Doc recommended a low 5-10 setting, so I'm trying that. I may tweak it later (I have the clinician menu settings). My events were 35-40 per hour, so that's pretty bad, I hear. My greatest struggle is getting comfortable with the machine.... I get claustrophobic! :/

I am a mouth breather, so I tried the full face mask. Exhaling and having hot air hit my face just makes me uneasy. Also, I never felt like I got enough air. I turned up the pressure a bit and it didn't seem to help. I took sleep aids and still ripped the mask off in my sleep.

I switched to nasal pillows. Those are far less intrusive, but after wearing them for 5-10 minutes, my nose starts to stop up, rendering the machine useless.

Thanks in advance!
06-23-2016 09:36 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #4
RE: New Bipap User...Can't Sleep!
Hi tb8100,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Good luck to you with your new machine and much success to you as you continue your CPAP therapy.
Hang in there for more answers to your questions.

trish6hundred
06-23-2016 10:36 PM
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Machine: AirCurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
Humidifier: Integrated
CPAP Pressure: 6.2, 15, PS4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Sillicon Valley

Post: #5
RE: New Bipap User...Can't Sleep!
Feeling like you're not getting enough air is usually because your starting pressure is too low. Are you using ramp? If so what is your starting pressure set to?
Or your 5 could be low, anything below 6 for me is not enough. test it out with the mask on and lay down for a few minutes and see how you feel, when you get too high, then drop it back down. If you start feel okay then stop increasing it.
06-23-2016 11:26 PM
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Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
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CPAP Pressure: 16-22cm/h2o
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Post: #6
RE: New Bipap User...Can't Sleep!
Hot air in the face sounds like you need to turn the temperature down on the hose. You have a S9 series machine with H5i humidifier like me, I run the hose temp at 75 degrees and the humidity at 5.0, that should solve the hot air problem. I would suggest turning EPAP pressure up to at least 9. That way your not getting the air hunger feeling. Just a suggestion, but I think you definitely need to adjust temp and humidity
06-26-2016 08:52 AM
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