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Respironics Dreamwear Nasal Mask
#11
Wouldn't a petroleum product (ie chapstick) be advised against with the types of materials that DreamWear is made of?
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(01-19-2016, 11:50 AM)Want2SleepInMT Wrote: Wouldn't a petroleum product (ie chapstick) be advised against with the types of materials that DreamWear is made of?

I honestly don't know. I have heard, or was told by the guy that set my machine up, that a little lanolin oil is recommended, but I don't have any of that sitting on my bedside stand.

Hand lotion is available at my local bedside stand, although, while it does sting chapped skin, mine is lanolin based, but also has other stuff in it.

I'm pretty sure the nose piece is just silicon, which is pretty stable stuff, unlike many rubbers that do deteriorate in contact with many petroleum products. Vaseline might also work, but is also a petroleum product. Hmmm. Maybe I should try some KY Jelly.;-)

According to one compatibility chart I found on an O-ring company web site, silicon rubber does "fair" (but, not excellent) with paraffins, motor oil, mineral oils and lard. The site didn't list lanolin or carnauba wax.

I guess that, if my nose pillow gets either stiff or too floppy before it's time to replace it, I'll have to start following my instructions more closely. Grrrr.
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Apparently silicon rubber is super resistant to both peanut oil and sodium chloride. Maybe I should start buying some of that all natural peanut butter and keep it on my bedside stand. Then, just dip my finger into the peanut oil floating on the top of the peanut butter every night and put a dab under my nose for lube. Hmmm.
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(01-19-2016, 06:29 PM)nsherry61 Wrote: Apparently silicon rubber is super resistant to both peanut oil and sodium chloride. Maybe I should start buying some of that all natural peanut butter and keep it on my bedside stand. Then, just dip my finger into the peanut oil floating on the top of the peanut butter every night and put a dab under my nose for lube. Hmmm.

doh! you'll end up with a brown nose....

Dielaughing
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Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
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  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

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I have been using this mask, my first, for nine weeks now. Thinking about how my nights go it looks something lie this...

Put mask on, turn on my side. Nose itches, scratch. Mask making sound, adjust. Roll to back...fall asleep. Turn to side, wake up hearing mask or breathing in mask, adjust. Roll to back wake up notice mask is loose, pull strap down in back, adjust.

Repeat some combination of all these thing 5-6 times a night, every night.

Dont-know



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(01-19-2016, 06:45 PM)DariaVader Wrote:
(01-19-2016, 06:29 PM)nsherry61 Wrote: Apparently silicon rubber is super resistant to both peanut oil and sodium chloride. Maybe I should start buying some of that all natural peanut butter and keep it on my bedside stand. Then, just dip my finger into the peanut oil floating on the top of the peanut butter every night and put a dab under my nose for lube. Hmmm.

doh! you'll end up with a brown nose....

Dielaughing

...And I"d be sure to get "plain", not "crunchy"Dielaughing
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#17
Quit sleeping on your back--you'll get better results! That cushion can move around--I fought mine all last night with leaks--didn't wake up enough to think to reach around and pull the headband down--it had slipped. Once I did that things went better. I've never had a large leak however.
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#18
Because DreamWear seals very differently than a pillow mask, any leaks are much more noticeable = annoying than with pillows... I think.
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(01-20-2016, 02:03 PM)lngtrm1 Wrote: I have been using this mask, my first, for nine weeks now. Thinking about how my nights go it looks something lie this...

Put mask on, turn on my side. Nose itches, scratch. Mask making sound, adjust. Roll to back...fall asleep. Turn to side, wake up hearing mask or breathing in mask, adjust. Roll to back wake up notice mask is loose, pull strap down in back, adjust.

Repeat some combination of all these thing 5-6 times a night, every night.

Dont-know

I don't recommend sleeping on your back as this increases OSA.

I, too, go through a similar sequence but form one side to the other: I notice that it got worse with the aging of the nose cushion. Once I replaced it, things got better.

Adjustment of the straps seems to be critical: too loose and I wake up with a lot of leaks and also nose itching, tickling and I wake up. Too tight: my nose bridge hurts and become irritated even with the BHA Lanolin cream. Just right: no leaks, no itching and no nose irritation.

It took a few days to get use to the noise. But now, I will wake thinking the machine stopped until I lift the mask from my face. It seems that I have tuned out the noise as I can hear other things in the house.

Hope you become friends with your mask.

Walt
Walter W. Olson, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Emeritus
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(01-20-2016, 07:12 PM)SideSleeper Wrote: Quit sleeping on your back--you'll get better results!

(01-20-2016, 08:21 PM)wolson Wrote: I don't recommend sleeping on your back as this increases OSA.

CPAP treatment helps to stop obstructive events, regardless of sleeping position. One of the benefits of CPAP treatment is that a person can sleep in whatever position they get the best sleep, and not have to fear or avoid sleeping on their back. Back sleeping also only increases OSA in some people, not all.

Unless someone has been specifically told by their doctor to avoid back sleeping, they shouldn't worry about it. When a person has a sleep test one of the things that should be evaluated is whether they need fixed pressure (CPAP) or variable pressure (APAP). If fixed pressure, that means back sleeping shouldn't matter. If APAP, that means the pressure should increase as/if needed, which would include for back sleeping.

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