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Having a few teething issues,.. sore nose bridge (ordered Gecko Nose pad), ..some redness on face from the full face mask.

Takes some getting used to.

I have used it for 4 nights.

I have an Airsense 10 Auto machine.

I notice that i wake up in the middle of the night with what seems to be a crazy amount of air gushing at my face.

Is this normal? Has it gone into some high pressure mode that is waking me up?

At really high pressue, the mask leaks.

The first few days i think i had my mask two tight which was causing the nose soreness and marks on my face. I have loosened the straps..but i think soon as it goes into high pressure mode it doesn't keep a good seal.

Waking up in a wind tunnel is kind of what seems to be waking me up.

Feedback? Suggestions?
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#2
Hi Greyvaris!
Welcome to the forum.

Tight upper straps could be the cause of the leaks. The lower straps should be the ones you try to tighten. Try loosening the upper straps. Most masks are designed to form a seal with the aid of air pressure. Trying to tighten down the mask can defeat this design.

SuperSleeper re-posted a great thread on this subject. Here is the link:
http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...GUARANTEED
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(01-05-2016, 02:03 PM)Greyvaris Wrote: . . .
I have an Airsense 10 Auto machine.

I notice that i wake up in the middle of the night with what seems to be a crazy amount of air gushing at my face.

Is this normal? Has it gone into some high pressure mode that is waking me up?

At really high pressue, the mask leaks.
. . .
Waking up in a wind tunnel is kind of what seems to be waking me up.

Hi Greyvaris,
Welcome to the forum. This is a great place to get answers.

A few suggestions:

1) AFAIK, your machine should be a fully data-capable machine, meaning that it records detailed information to an SD memory card that you can read with appropriate software, and see graphs showing details of what is occurring while you sleep. First, discover the actual model of your machine, and edit your profile with this information, as this is where people will look first, to help answer your questions. Here is a link to help identify your machine:

http://www.apneaboard.com/cpap-machine-p...ine-resmed

2) Your CPAP prescription should have specified a pressure range in order for you to be provided an Auto type machine. What is your prescribed pressure range? Again, it is useful to put this in your profile. Secondarily, if you don't have a copy of your CPAP prescription, get one. It is useful to have in both paper and digital forms. If you had a Sleep study, get a copy of that as well. These are your records and you are entitled to them.

3) Download the Sleepyhead software and start using it. Then you will be able to post relevant graphs for folks here to see and you will get MUCH better responses to your questions, and possibly useful suggestions. Sleepyhead operates in Windows, MAC and Linux, so it is likely you will be able to use it. You may need to acquire an SD card reader; USB-type readers are readily available and cheap.

Links to this software are at the top of every forum page.

4) I'm quessing that your wakeups are more likely to be caused by apnea events, which are causing the machine to escalate pressure (as it is designed to do). Then as you become conscious, the first thing you notice is the leakage. As a FFM user myself, I have found that mask liners are helpful with leaks. Even if there is a small leak, the liner usually helps diffuse the airflow enough to keep it from rousing you. I am using the RemZzz mask liners. These are a bit expensive if you do the use-once-then-toss method, but I have found no problem in washing and re-using them multiple times, so the cost is negligible.

Good luck on your CPAP journey!

A.Becker
PAPing in NE Ohio, with a pack of Cairn terriers
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(01-05-2016, 02:03 PM)Greyvaris Wrote: . . . I notice that i wake up in the middle of the night with what seems to be a crazy amount of air gushing at my face. . .

Wow. I just finished night 4 with an Airsense 10 Autoset with pressure range set for 5 to 15, and had exactly the same air rushing experience you describe. It happened each of my first two nights on one or more occasions each night. It was very annoying, didn't seem to reduce flow when I tried to breath normally into the mask and it forced me awake enough I had a hard time getting back to sleep.

On night three I decided to reach over and turn the machine off and back on again to stop the rush of air and let me go back to sleep.

Then, after night three, and reading a bit on this forum, I decided to try turning down my max air flow from 15 to 14 to see if that little bit of reduction in peak flow would keep from waking me up. Last night, it worked like a charm. Maybe I'll get used to all this and be able to turn back up my max flow to 15 at some point, but, at this point my sleep is more important than stopping that one apnea event that that high pressure might have helped with.

Good luck.
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#5
Hi Greyvaris,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
CPAP therapy can take some getting used to but just stick with it, it does get better.
Much success to you on your CPAP journey and hang in there for more responses to your post.
trish6hundred
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#6
If you are getting a rush of air blowing thru your mask you have a major leak.
No leak no rush of air..
FFM try a Simplus. No sore noses if you need to tightn up some.
Seals well at high pressures. Very comfortable and easy to take apart clean etc.
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