I was diagnosed with severe OSA quite a while ago, and about 10 years ago I bought a ResMed VPAP III machine. I had a very hard time with the mask and about a year later got a Mirage Quattro full face mask. I really struggled with the mask, but not consciously - I would just wake up in the morning with the mask off.
Way before this diagnosis, I had insomina much of my life. No problem falling asleep, but after a couple of hours I wake up and can't get back to sleep.
I have recently tried to get back on the machine and am having some problems:
1. the seal up around the sides of my nose leak to the extent that air sometimes blows into my eyes. I once woke up with a dry spot on my eyeball (I took a pill - see below) that took quite some time to get back to normal. What's the best thing to put on the mask to help seal it around there? Vaseline? Although less important, my cheeks also often have flaky skin in the morning where the mask rubs against them.
2. I have requested an email manual for my cpap, but with its age I have begun to wonder if there is any maintenance needed beyond cleaning the humidifier and air inlet filter. Not sure if it records any data or not, or if the Sleepyhead software will be of any use with it - I just found out about it.
3. I've told my doctor about my problems with it (I recently switched doctors) and he gave me a prescription for Trazadone, which works, but I would like to not have to use it. I've also ordered a copy of a book he recommended to help with better sleep hygiene. Anyone found Trazadone to be a problem, other than sleeping through dry eyeballs?
4. Anyone using a pulse oximeter that records a "low water mark" for the O2 level during the night, or doing any other similar monitoring for that matter?
I am hoping that when I get the manual I can figure out what the machine is saying.
I am new to this board, so if there are other resources I should be using, please don't assume I know of them!
Thanks in advance,