Quote:You take the mask off but you have no memory of doing it?
I can't see how a change of machine is going to help you with that.
I don't understand what this has to do with congestion. Are you just guessing that congestion is the reason you're taking the mask off in your sleep?
I was tired last night or I would have answered that correctly.
No, this is NOT a conscious decision.
There are two ways I am going about this in my sleep.
Why on earth one cannot see that this is related to congestion is absolutely beyond me.
If I say I am congested and cannot breathe at night and have said this not once but several times now, I would think that someone should believe me when I say that this is the problem i am dealing with.
1) I am developing congestion in my sleep. Half the time I am in a deep sleep but suddenly I assume i cannot breathe and develop the feeling of suffocation.
With a FF mask I opened my mouth I suppose but then it remained open all night so that really wasn't working.
Now I am using a nasal mask, if I open my mouth to breathe for some reason I develop this feeling of gulping in air and panic and have to get the mask off quickly. Perhaps THAT is happening, although i don't think its quite that bad, or I think I would be awakened further, as in a panic, and i am not.
I believe as i have stated several times, that I become congested and because i am, theres no room in my nostrils to get in the air, hence, I suffocate.
I can't speak for you but i personally tend to find the feeling of suffocation a tad on the uncomfortable side. Hence, I take off my mask.
I am however not aware of my doing this at the time.
It is amusing only in the fact that even in the dead of sleep, one finds themselves very neatly placing the mask and hose on top of my chest. Why I am concerned with it being neat while in such a deep sleep is beyond me but laughable nevertheless, at least to me.
2) I am sometimes taking the mask off, I assume for the very same reason as above but at these times, I am not as fully asleep. I am a bit more aware of what i am doing and i remember telling myself that my mask has to come off for a few minutes until i can breathe and then I will put it back on again. Or, a couple of other times, I remember telling myself that I was getting up in about 5 minutes anyhow, that it was 7:30 am so it didn't matter if I lay here for the next 2-3 minutes before getting up waking up. Unfortunately at these times, it is NOT 7:30 am but about 90 minutes after going to sleep but somehow I seem to think its morning so as you can see, I am still asleep but just a bit more awake so I am a bit more aware of things but still, I am not capable of rational thought at this time.
Quote: I think you should try the nasal pillows instead of the nasal mask. It may help a lot.
A thought I have been considering myself. I plan to call my DME this week about getting one. If by any chance there is a general consensus about one make of nasal pillow over any others, anyone with a suggesting, please feel free to chime in and offer a name and brand ( smallish face, smallish features etc if that helps )
Quote: If my nose is full of mucous I use the NeilMed to flush it out.
Yes the only type of congestion I suffer from and never KNEW i suffered from it until wearing these masks so this is all new to me. I have never even used a sinus spray or anything at all, never having been aware of congestion until recently
Quote:NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit, available for about $10 in any decent drug store. Don't be fooled by the marketing scheme variants, just get the basic kit. You mix up a saline solution and squirt it up your nose while standing over the sink. Some people don't like it.
Yes, I found the name a bit later but thats the one. Thank you. I will pick some up in the morning. I may not like it either but I prefer the thought of sleeping all the way though the night as I used to do perfectly before being diagnosed with SA and will do whats necessary if it can beat this very annoying congestion problem.
Quote: Sleeping without the mask is not an option - the sooner you get that firmly into your brain, the better life will be.
Silly me! Apparently I am rather intellectually challenged and unable to grasp such common sense when I am dead to the world asleep.
Quote:No offense meant, but you gotta stop dancing here.
No offense intended but you gotta stop assuming that I am dancing here. I can assure you I have far more enjoyable ways to spend my evenings than reading forums about Sleep Apnea trying to discover HOW TO FIX congestion problems.
Remarkably this silly little brain of mine does seem to recall on several occasions reading that congestion problems are the number #1 reason people walk away permanently from their CPAP machines.
Perhaps they just need you to tell them "to stop dancing"
and to get it "firmly through their brain"
that they need to wear those masks. Perhaps you should just suggest that they suffocate themselves to death instead?
No offense intended, of course