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Night One on CPAP
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Overview: I seem to sleep pretty sound and always have. I do remember having to adjust my nasal pillows a few times to prevent leaks. About 3 hours into the night I must have knocked the pillows completely away from my nose because I was being hosed with a loud gush of air and my wife nudged me as I was waking up from the air. It must have been loud enough to wake her

I woke up this morning to a red frowny face for a leak icon

MyAir on Resmed gave a score of 70%
Usage hrs 6:26 64/70
Adj Mask Seal 2/20
10.6 events per hr. 3/5
4 Mask on/off 1/5

I imported my data to SleepyHead but I feel I will need a college course before I can understand the stats and graphs. Smile

I have a sense that the Airfit10 straps are not tight enough and they have no adjustment. I discussed that in the suppliers office yesterday and she just told me to wash it in hot water every week.

Finally: My biggest symptoms of my apnea are sleepy during the day and waking briefly at night oppressively, painfully tired. When I did rouse awake last night I do not recall that horrible, tired, feeling over my whole body so that might be improvement. Time will tell.

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#2
Welcome to the forum Tiercel! Sounds like you're off to a good start. Your mask being the P10's is very common with users on here. I don't think the strap needs to be tight. But wondering if you separated the two parts of the strap at the back of your head to slightly tighten it?
Don't expect to feel completely better all of a sudden. It takes time and is different for everyone.
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Hi Cate,

I did mess around with strap positioning (separating the two straps and different positions on my head). Nothing made it feel as secure as I imagined it should feel. That was coupled with the fact that I had to adjust the nasal pillows through the night due to escaping air.

The supplier said they get a lot of complaints about these straps not being tight enough or stretching out and Resmed just says wash in hot water every week, and it will tighten them up just like washing a pair of jeans.

It seems impractical to think one strap can fit every head size. I use the medium pillows which seems right. I was happy to realize I don't seem to need a chin strap. My wife tells me I used to snore with my mouth open, but I think I breathed through my nose all night
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#4
Hi Tiercel,

Welcome to the Apnea Board.
I found that I was unable to use nasal pillows because I knocked them loose frequently. I use a nasal mask instead. You might want to contact your DME supplier or your Sleep Doc to see if they can do a mask fitting. Mask issues are the most common problem we have.

Rich
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#5
If your head is a bit smaller, there is another strap you can order. It's the P10 For Her and its about 1" shorter. Sure made a difference for me when I used it compared to the regular. Also here's a link you might read and try and follow the instructions:
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Welcome Tiercel
I use a chin strap over the mask straps. It helps with leaks but the best part it helps keep the mask in place too.
HuhDont-knowI am an accountant so any advice given here is not medical. If I give any financial advice, you can take it to the bank. However, you will have a hard time cashing it in. Okay
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#7
Great post!

My head is a bit small in hat size. I might try those shorter straps you mention but will not make any major decisions based on one night. I might be able to reposition the straps slightly and even program my subconscious mind to be a little more gentle with the nasal rig as I sleep.

Thanks again for the warm welcome.
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#8
Straps closer together at the crown of the head is tighter, spread apart is looser. Good luck!
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Hi Tiercel,
I know CPAP therapy can take some getting used to but just hang in there, it does get better.
The mask is the hardest part of this whole thing, so you might have to try several of them 'till you find one that works well for you.
Good luck to you with your CPAP therapy.
trish6hundred
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#10
Night two with some slight improvement over the first night.

9.3 Events per hour

I still have mask leak issues but maybe slightly improved.
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