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PLEASE HELP! First night disaster.
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RE: PLEASE HELP! First night disaster.
(05-15-2018, 04:06 PM)Fats Drywaller Wrote: About the mouth-breathing, don't assume yet that in your case it needs some artificial help like a chin strap or (IMO this is a bad idea in general, a last resort) taping the mouth shut.  It's too early for that.  Countless numbers of people who use only nasal masks are able to subconsciously tFrain themselves, gradually over some number of nights, to keep the mouth closed while wearing the mask.  And the tongue-placement trick is useful.  Occasional "venting" from the mouth is not a big deal; it doesn't zero out your score in the game or anything like that.  There are discussion threads here, going way back (years), about mouth-breathing and its remedies, and you can search for them and read them to get a lot of moral support and a lot of practical advice about what to do and not to do.  Of course, as you're seeing, the advice from two or more people is often contradictory.  So you just have to try (at least briefly) whatever sounds plausible and not potentially harmful (unlike mouth-taping, because what if you have gastric reflux with mouth taped shut while sleeping?), and see how it works for you, and if it doesn't work, move on to something else.  Eventually you'll have your personal, customized set of CPAP practices to go along with your choice of machine and settings and mask.


So hang in there, and do read some of those success stories, because doing that should give you a bit of a boost emotionally.
Drywaller -Thanks so much for all that info.    Such an encouragement!  Taping probably would be scary for me because I have GERD.

And Dr.John?  ... gosh, I'd forgotten all about him - used to have that album back in the 60's.  Far out.  haha!
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(05-15-2018, 04:32 PM)Suzi Wrote: Taping probably would be scary for me because I have GERD.

Yes, it doesn't sound like a safe approach in that case. BTW, I had occasional problems with reflux and frequent problems with acid stomach (I used to have to keep a bottle of calcium-carbonate tablets next to the bed and take one in the middle of the night), but going on CPAP therapy has eliminated both of those because of the new lack of CO2 buildup in the body. I'm not saying that it will always happen that way, because of course those things can have other causes that are more difficult to treat.

Other possible changes once you've been on steady CPAP for a little while ("steady" meaning 8 hours per night, every night, and it's much easier than it sounds at first!) include having dreaming (REM sleep) come back and a big reduction in nocturia events. I used to have to get up to pee several times per night, but recently that number has consistently been either zero or one. ISTR (am too lazy to look it up) that nocturia is more common with men than with women but it does happen with both.
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(05-15-2018, 04:32 PM)Suzi Wrote: Drywaller -Thanks so much for all that info.    Such an encouragement!  Taping probably would be scary for me because I have GERD.

And Dr.John?  ... gosh, I'd forgotten all about him - used to have that album back in the 60's.  Far out.  haha!

If you have GERD, talk to your Dr about it, but in the meantime chew a Gaviscon or two before bed time. A CNP recommend it to me even though I was on a powerful H2 blocker to help with my inflammation at the joining of my esophagus and stomach.
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(05-15-2018, 05:57 PM)mdhampton Wrote:
(05-15-2018, 04:32 PM)Suzi Wrote: Drywaller -Thanks so much for all that info.    Such an encouragement!  Taping probably would be scary for me because I have GERD.

And Dr.John?  ... gosh, I'd forgotten all about him - used to have that album back in the 60's.  Far out.  haha!

If you have GERD, talk to your Dr about it, but in the meantime chew a Gaviscon or two before bed time. A CNP recommend it to me even though I was on a powerful H2 blocker to help with my inflammation at the joining of my esophagus and stomach.

Thank you mdhampton.   I'll keep the Gaviscon in mind.   My GI doc put me on Prilosec years ago, which works great especially if I don't eat anything past  6 pm.
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hang in there suzi. AS sarcasticdave says a journey starts with the first step.
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