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GoEagle5 Offline

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Machine: Airsense 10 Auto
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Getting used to the Mask
I have a question for everyone. I was recently diagnosed and was given the AirSense 10 Autoset with a full face mask last week. It has been 6 days and I'm still trying to get used to everything and the AirSense 10 Autoset records usage Hrs., mask seal, events per hour, and how many times you take your mask on or off in the night. It then gives you a sleep score on how well you slept. My question is how do I accurately get the score? The thing showed I scored a 99 last night so should have slept really well. I know I didn't though because even though the other numbers were good it didn't take into account how many times I woke because I'm trying to get used to the mask/hose ect. Also how long does it take to get used to it all? Thanks for any input and advice. Thanks
06-09-2015 11:13 AM
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Machine: ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: P10 & Mirage Liberty backup
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RE: Getting used to the Mask
I take it you're using MyAir since you reported a score of 99%. MyAir is the equivalent of the "Check Engine" light on the car. I know some people really like it and that's fine. If you want to dig deeper into what is going on you have to read the data on the SD card. Either through ResScan or SleepyHead. Recommend Sleepyhead.

Check around for the thread. Should be at the top. Will have a link and plenty of information in the thread on how to use it.

As for getting used to the mask - It's different for each person. Some right away, some a couple of months, some are still trying to find the right one.



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(This post was last modified: 06-09-2015 12:45 PM by AlanE.)
06-09-2015 12:44 PM
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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #3
RE: Getting used to the Mask
Hi GoEagle5,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
To get used to your mask and machine, you might try wearing the mask and using the machine as you set up during the evening reading or watching tv and see if that helps.
Hang in there for more suggestions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy

trish6hundred
06-09-2015 02:59 PM
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Terry Offline

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RE: Getting used to the Mask
(06-09-2015 11:13 AM)GoEagle5 Wrote:  didn't take into account how many times I woke because I'm trying to get used to the mask/hose ect. Also how long does it take to get used to it all? Thanks for any input and advice. Thanks

I never got used to my full face mask. You might like something like the Resmed P10 or Respironics Nuance nasal pillow mask.

Aside from anything else, it has a very small flexible short hose that connects to the regular hose, so you're not always wrestling with it.

Your equipment provider probably has a 30 day return policy, so if you don't like it, bring it back sooner rather than later.
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06-09-2015 03:16 PM
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CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #5
RE: Getting used to the Mask
Hang in there! It can take awhile to get used to everything. It's all new and your brain needs to adjust to it. I am sure you will be fine...in a few weeks!
06-11-2015 08:50 PM
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Post: #6
RE: Getting used to the Mask
Hi GoEagle,

I guess I am lucky. During my career as a chemist I was required to wear cartridge respirators, full face respirator (cartridge and supplied air) and at times what we called a space suit for very hazardous situations. By the second night, I found the FP Simplus Full fairly comfortable. Like others have mentioned, wear it some during the day to help with getting adapted to the mask. Practice makes perfect. Wink

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06-11-2015 09:51 PM
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Sleepster Offline
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Post: #7
RE: Getting used to the Mask
(06-09-2015 11:13 AM)GoEagle5 Wrote:  It has been 6 days and I'm still trying to get used to everything and the AirSense 10 Autoset records usage Hrs., mask seal, events per hour, and how many times you take your mask on or off in the night. It then gives you a sleep score on how well you slept. My question is how do I accurately get the score? The thing showed I scored a 99 last night so should have slept really well. I know I didn't though because even though the other numbers were good it didn't take into account how many times I woke because I'm trying to get used to the mask/hose ect.

No one number can tell you how effective your therapy is, much less how well you slept.

First is compliance. Are you wearing your mask all the time you're asleep every time you sleep? Even for naps. That's more important than anything else because otherwise you'll never get used to it.

Second is leaks. You have to use software on your computer to look at your leak graph and make sure you're not spending significant stretches of time in large leak. If your machine's display tells you you're leaking too much, then you know you are. But if it tells you you're not it can't be trusted, you have to check with software.

Third is as close as you can get to that magic number you're looking for, the AHI. It will tell you if your therapy is effective. We like to see it below 5. It's the average number of events per hour. But you have to be 100% compliant and have your leaks under control before it means anything.

Quote:Also how long does it take to get used to it all?

That is the question. It's a spectrum. Some people take two minutes, they're asleep, and they wake up 10 hours later feeling 10 years younger. That's not me, and it's not you. Sorry. They say it can take up to three months before you start feeling the positive effects. For me it took about a month before the mask and air pressure's waking me up were outweighed by the benefits of being able to breathe while sleeping. In the first week or so I did notice on rare occasions that I'd wake with a feeling that I'd at least gotten some deep sleep. As the weeks went by it became less and less rare. It's a journey, though, so you just have to stay with it and hope for the best. Eventually you'll get there. Meanwhile keep in mind that the alternative is a miserable sleep-deprived life shortened by heart attack or stroke. That was what helped me.

One night you'll wake up and wonder if the machine is on because you've gotten so used to it you don't notice it anymore. The human body has an amazing ability to adapt.

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06-11-2015 10:46 PM
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