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[Pressure] Pressure so high that it wakes me up: what should I do?
07-05-2016, 07:26 PM
I believe that the large leak limit is 24 liters/minute of unintentional leak.
07-05-2016, 10:41 PM
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07-07-2016, 03:38 PM
(07-05-2016, 07:08 PM)green wings Wrote: Tongue Seal/Preventing large leaks from your mouth while using CPAP therapy.
Hi green wings,
Thank you so much for your detailed reply! Thanks for your advice!
Some reply that I gather from your two posts:
- I am using C-Flex 3. I plan to try A-Flex for a few days for now.
Quote:How does the pressure from the machine feel to you when you are awake and it's at values of say, 6-8 cm? I ask because it sounds like you are fairly sensitive to the sensation of pressure coming from the machine right now. Have you had any problems with swallowing air? How long does it usually take you to fall asleep with the machine on?
- With 4cm it is fairly easy to fall asleep for me; with 8cm, it is really hard; and I also tried 6cm which is not too bad. And thanks for reminding me about ramp! It should make it easy to fall asleep.
- I will try 6-12 for a few nights and see how my AHI changes...
- For the "tongue seal", I do have similar problem about leaks; should I try the full-face mask? I just got one but found it much heavier / less comfortable to wear than nasal mask, but I think I should give it a try.
- For autonomy, I was diagnosed as 'mandibular retrusion', which means my jaw is located in a position that is closer to my neck and potentially shrink my open airway and makes me easy to snore and/or have sleep apnea.
07-09-2016, 11:33 PM
At 8 cm, you feel the pressure makes it hard to go to sleep? What mask are you using? I'm at 13 and hardly feel it (unless I use nasal pillows, where the airflow is more direct), though if I open my mouth I can definitely feel the air rushing out!
If the machine is waking you up, then it could be the sudden increase in pressure when there's an apnea event. So, why not try this: simply turn OFF the auto PAP and use plain CPAP at your prescribed max pressure (10cm?). Since it will be at only one pressure, the changes won't be sudden (because there won't be any) and hopefully you won't keep waking up.
Since it's easy to go to sleep with the pressure at 6, just set the ramp starting at 6. The increases will be gradual and hopefully small enough to not disturb your sleep.
Maybe this will work, and maybe not. Seems worth a try. But please let us know whether this helps. Good luck!
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