10-28-2015, 07:26 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-28-2015, 07:28 PM by ginzo.)
I am the Large Leak king. That's how I ended up here. Same as you, looking for solutions. So far all answers you have received will reduce leaks. You WILL have occasional nights where they may be extremely high. I'm ready for bed when I saw your thread so a few quick tips/info and I will return tomm to give you some other ideas.
What is the normal "acceptable" rate of leakage for your machine? I'm not familiar with that one. On a resmed it is under 24 l/min.
At this point I look for a target of Med "0", 90-95% under 10 l/min Can you post some #'s or a typical night?
I am currently working on some "unofficial" trials to see how to reduce it either further.
Your AHI's under 5? That is an important # in effective treatment.
ME thinks zero's leaks are not in the realm of reality, but for me, now that they are mostly in the acceptable range, It's a game to see how much better I can make it. Hence the trials and experiments.
Please understand, the trials in no way affect my therapy in a negative manner.
Edit: I see you do have a resmed machine my bad, told you it was bed time. I was looking at the wrong line.
I have a pronounced horizontal crease above my chin area. If I don't keep the lower seal on either my F&P Simplus or Respironics Amara view above that crease, I get serious leaks. I have to keep the bottom seal of the mask just below my lower lip. As PoolQ mentioned too much strap tension is a bad thing. As you gain experience you will be able to adjust the straps without much effort. You learn the proper tensioning and position over time.
Sleep is worth the effort.