I think I may have figured it out FINALLY..............I slept 8 hours for the very first time since winter. It occurred to me yesterday that I had just started Cpaping with this machine on at the end of the cold weather but during it I didn't have the congestion.
IF i am right, its a simple fix but of course the one day that I FINALLY sleep was the one and only time I forgot to put the SD card into the machine so now I haven't any record of what happened, or didn't happen last night so hoping tonight it will be fine again but i noticed that my Climate Control was sitting up around 76 degrees which I guess was fine during the cold weather.
Anyhow I turned it off and got through 8 hours without being completely stuffed up so maybe, hopefully THAT was the answer.
Time will tell
Now I read back to some messages left since last night and i see a few of them mention similar reasons. Water. I never saw this mentioned before. The only thing that I read of was to get a humidifier or to use nasal wash.
As I am new to this the settings never occurred to me as potentially being a problem. I assumed it was something that I had just either noticed I had, or had come down with, that being respiratory problems.
I don't wish to speak to soon in case it was a ONE night event...........and having forgotten to put in my card doesn't help.
I changed my pattern when I went to bed last night hence, I didn't watch to see my card being read as I always do but because i had been playing with the settings just before sleep, all I had to do was put on my mask and the machine starts up so it didn't feel as if it was the first time at the machine before bed, hence, I didn't think to put the card in and watch the machine accept it, which is why I was able to forget putting the card in.
Quote:I personally do not care (other in a generic way) whether you stick with CPAP or don't. I'm simply one of many people on the outside reading what you've written, and with all sincerity, I am reading more reasons for you to not wear your mask 100% of the time, than I am reading reasons why you should be wearing the mask 100% of the time. Personal knowledge along with many, many other forum threads have shown that until a person reaches 100% compliance it is a struggle for them (reasons are legion). No one, least of all I ever said it was an easy thing to do, but do it we all must.
"I'm simply one of many people on the outside reading what you've written"
Being that you can't possibly know what others on this forum are reading and or getting from my words, I would have to guess that there is a bit of chit chat going on behind the scenes as often does take place on a forum with "older members" between each other.
It wouldn't be the first time I have picked up on this possibility.
Quote:Then you are waking up and finding that the mask is lying neatly on your chest. Your machine should have an alarm that will sound letting you know that your mask has been removed.
No, no such alarm on mine. I don't even recall seeing a setting for it.
The only thing that happens is that the pressured air stops coming through the hose.
Quote:I don't understand how you can make an assumption when you're in a deep sleep. To me a deep sleep is a state of unconsciousness, and to make an assumption I have to be conscious.
I can make the assumption because I have also done it when I have been a bit more conscious and remember afterwards doing so and my brain keeps telling me that this is why i am doing it.
Quote:Why's that? If your nose is plugged up you have to open your mouth to breathe. This is called mouth-breathing, it happens to everyone at one time or another, and it happens with or without a CPAP machine.
Why on earth would my FF work if I am opening my mouth to breathe through it and end up feeling as if I have an extremely dry mouth with cotton wool i it?
So you are suggesting that I should go back to an FF mask after I have read post after post of how a FF really isn't great for mouth breathers and that being why?
BTW, these are not questions for you to answer. Purely rhetorical.
Quote:Because if you're congested you cannot breathe through your nose. At least that's what it means to me. If that happens when you're wearing a CPAP mask, then you can't breathe through your nose. If it happens when you're not wearing a mask then you can't breathe through your nose.
Do you see how the CPAP mask makes no difference either way? There are four possibilities:
1. Congested with mask.
2. Congested without mask.
3. Not congested with mask.
4. Not congested without mask.
You seem to be saying that only 1 is happening. Which means that 2, 3, and 4 are not happening to you. That makes no sense. There's only one reason why a mask would cause congestion. Congestion is internal to your body, the mask is external to your body.
The one and only reason that the mask itself is the cause of the congestion is air quality. Keep the hose and mask clean, properly filter and adjust the temperature and humidity of the air in the hose. That is the only solution.
If that doesn't work then I recommend you make an appointment with a good ENT surgeon who can figure out why you're congested only when you wear a CPAP mask.
Then Peter, your friend just 2 posts down..
Quote:Go figure, my wife first turned her heat all the way down, then stopped bothering to fill her water chamber, then about 5 months ago, I took it off the machine completely and she's happy as can be. Whereas, I want it heated, and as moist as possible without drowning or running out of water during the night - everyone is different. Learning what works best for each of us is key to being happy.
Do I even need to comment?
Quote: You're either aware or you're not. If you're not then the alarm should wake you and then you'll become aware. If you are aware then you can get out of bed for awhile, wait until your congestion clears, then go back to bed and put the mask on.
When you tell yourself that you can stay in bed with the mask off without falling asleep you are lying to yourself. You have proven this to yourself repeatedly so you know it's true.
So you are now telling me how my body and mind works?
As stated I do not have an alarm on my machine OR if there is one there, I have never heard it, which suggests its not turned on, but I don't even recall seeing anything about an alarm.
Either way once again you are making assumptions you have no place to make as you are not here to make them.
Quote: That's fear, not congestion.
Oh for &*%&^* sake STOP with the pop psychology!!!!
Its NOT FEAR..........I haven't ANY fear of this mask but when congested and I cannot breathe, I SUFFOCATE
I cannot breathe in my mouth, in and out properly when I have air being pushed up my nose.
Once again ONE last time, I do no not have any fear related to this machine.
I simply CANNOT breathe!
Quote:Perhaps?! You just said in the previous sentence that it is happening![/quote
We Brits tend to be rather self effacing and being subtle but its often misunderstood by Americans.
[quote] I have zero desire to upset you or anyone else. But if I do not say what *I* am reading, how can *I* help. I am sorry that my words have offended thee.
Make no mistake. You did not upset me.
But I suspect you see yourself as a "straight shooter" and often think you have upset people when I suspect its quite to the contrary.