I had a size Small mask, but it felt too large (the top was at the bridge of my nose, above my eyes, while the bottom was almost to the bottom of my face).. I moved to an XS, but I'm wondering if it's too small ... or if this just isnt the mask for me.
With the small, I was feeling small leaks around the edges of the mask (air in to my eyes, or along my cheeks), even when I was very careful to not tighten it too tight (or leave it too loose). As soon as I would start to relax completely to fall asleep, I'd get a fairly large leak along my cheeks, which would wake me up due to a startle response, and then I'd have to start the falling asleep process all over again..
With the XM, I'm not getting those leaks (as long as I have the mask on fairly snug - which causes pressure on my cheekbones), however, the area on the front of the mask where the "quick disconnects" are seems to be leaking immensely. It's loud, it's constant. The air does not seem to be getting to the mask itself - even though the machine is reporting it's at 10 continuously (APAP set for 6 to 10).
It's loud enough that I cannot sleep - so I've given up on using it until I can get in to my DME to talk to them about what is happening. I don't remember this being an issue with the small size.. I've checked and double checked and triple checked that everything is connected tightly (quick disconnects are fully seated, tube is secured to the mask, tube secured to the machine)..
"MyAir" is only reporting a leak of 1-2L/minute with the XS mask, but I feel like that cannot be correct.
I'm only mildly OSA (7 AHI during my 6 hour home sleep test), so I'm not terribly concerned that I'm not getting the full therapeutic benefit, however, I am concerned about compliance and getting adjusted to the mask and machine.
I'm hoping someone here has an idea, because I know I can't get in to the DME until Saturday (at the earliest, due to work), and it's only Thursday. I feel like I haven't slept since I started using the APAP, and I'm worn out and can't think straight!
I am going to download SleepyHead, but need to find the laptop that has the SD card reader first (My work one does not)