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Removing mask
#1
I'm new to this board and also new to bipap. I've been using my machine for about a month now. The problem I'm having is I keep removing the mask during the night. This usually occurs in my 2nd or 3rd hour of sleep. After reading about the sleepy head software I decided today to try it. I noticed today that most of the time I have an obstructive event right before I take the mask off. On tips on dealing with this would be greatly appreciated.
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#2
Welcome to the Group medwards0050.

I don't have that problem myself, but others will give you feedback in due course.

In the meantime you can have a read through these threads on the same topic.

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...onsciously

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...e-sleeping

It takes time to get everything worked out and settled for your own specific comfort and needs.

Hang in there, and make small changes to one thing at a time as you go to trial what work and what doesn't...
That way you will know exactly what benefit a change has, if you do multiple changes in one go you won't know which worked and which didn't.

Cheers,
Stephen
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#3
I see you are using the same unit as DeepBreathing does.

His comment in post #5 of the Removing Mask Unconsciously may be of help to you.

Your machine may have an alarm you can set that will wake you up if you remove your mask.
I have no idea of how it works, so you will need to wait for further feedback from those who use the S9, my machine is a Philips Dreamstation.

Cheers,
Stephen
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#4
Cannot tell if medwards0050 uses the same machine as DeepBreathing. There are many flavors of the S9.
What does it say above the start button? VPAP, CPAP, VPAP S, Elite, VPAP Adapt, Autoset ?????

Note that VPAP is ResMed's trademark name for bilevel; and BiPAP is Respironics name.
So it probably says VPAP (something).
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#5
Thanks for the links that was some useful information. I'm not sure if it says anything on the power button or not. I'm at work right now but I'll look when I get home. I think my problem mat be in the settings because I only take it off after the logged even. According to sleepy head I always remove the mask just a few mins after the obstructive. Not sure if that has anything to do with it though
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#6
Hi medwards0050,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more responses to your post and I wish you good luck with your CPAP therapy and getting it adjusted to meet your needs.
trish6hundred
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#7

Don't think having an apnea event a few times a night is a problem, if my AHI is .3 to .7 the therapy is working very well. Nothing wrong with fine tuning for possible better results but they say anything less than 5 AHI is giving us some sleep.

Sounds like your doing exceptionally well.
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#8
Thank you. Being new to all this I was just trying to figure our what was up and i noticed that everytime one of these happen I would take off the mask. Thought there might be a connection.

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#9
Some SleepyHead waveforms would help here. I can think of two possibilities. One, you are having an event, wake up starved for air, rip the mask off. Increasing pressure might prevent the event from happening or being severe enough to wake you up. Two the event causes a rapid pressure increase and that (or mask leaks from that increase) wake you up. And you rip the mask off as you are not comfortable. Lowering the max pressure might help at the expense of your therapy.

You could also try wearing a chin strap over your mask. That would make it harder to take it off.
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#10
(09-23-2016, 04:18 PM)medwards0050 Wrote: I'm new to this board and also new to bipap. I've been using my machine for about a month now. The problem I'm having is I keep removing the mask during the night. This usually occurs in my 2nd or 3rd hour of sleep. After reading about the sleepy head software I decided today to try it. I noticed today that most of the time I have an obstructive event right before I take the mask off. On tips on dealing with this would be greatly appreciated.

Hi medwards,

Is your mask comfortable? I found when I wore one that wasn't, I did that constantly.

Another contributing factor to prematurely removing the mask is an inappropriate humidity level. About three weeks ago, I experimented with the highest setting and obviously, my nose didn't like it as I woke up without the mask. I found after more experimenting that passover humidity works the best for me.

Best of luck in resolving the situation.

49er

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