03-30-2015, 12:15 AM
I've been a cpap patient for nearly two years now and I've have suffered the trials and tribulations of most of the other members on this list. First it was the type of mask needed then it was finding the sweet spot for the settings on tomy Resmed S9 and then finally manage the data.
But for me the one thing that has stumped me so far is waking up in the night with a mouth as dry as a camels hump and not being able to take a drink of water. So it's switch off the machine, remove the mask, sip a drink of water. By then I'm now fully awake and I have to start all over again. So... My silly question is, has anyone out there found a answer to this problem? Some sort of sippy straw for the mask perhaps. I'd be very interested in hearing from list members who have traveled this path.
Well, before delving into the straw thing, I think you should work to resolve the dry mouth issue as best you can.
It's probably caused by airflow in the mouth. Either because you breath primarily through your mouth, or the mask pressure is allowed to circulate freely in your mouth making for a very efficient convection oven.
So what to do, what to do..........
I won't sound like a broken record recommending you migrate to a pillows mask.
Instead, you might try using a chinstrap over your full face mask. You want to encourage your mouth to stay shut and breath primarily through your nose. Yes, on occasion you might elect to suck up some air with your mouth. But as a rule of thumb perhaps you can develop your nose breathing to be your primary input channel.
Now as to the straw thingy.
When I used a full face mask (long ago now) I could remove the hose from the mask & work a flexible straw through the passage without disturbing my mask seal. I would of course have to turn the machine off. I really don't think it would be a great idea to try to drink water while under pressure. That just sounds like something that could turn out to be less than fun.
I have a water bottle that I brought home following a hospital visit a few years back. It has a nice flexible straw that serves the purpose very well. I've used it every day for years, sitting around the house watching tv, at night as described during cpap time, and so forth. In fact after all these years it probably deserves a nice cleaning............ Nah, that would be overkill.
03-30-2015, 01:22 AM
(This post was last modified: 03-30-2015, 01:45 AM by zonk.)
Dry mouth is a sign of mouth breathing or/and air escaping through the mouth
Beside sipping water, Biotenne mouth wash can helps with the dryness
As you,re using full face mask, you can mouth breathe using full face mask and mouth breathing can dry your mouth somewhat. As long as mask seal is good and leak rate is within an acceptable range, the machine can deliver effective treatment
You can also use nasal mask with chinstrap as I do to prevent air air escape through your mouth
Humidity is personal thing, some like more than others, something you have to figure for yourself what works best for you, do you have climate line (heated hose)? if not, worth having
Edit: another thing, keep hydrated
drink plenty of water during the day so your pee look clear, darker color indicate dehydration, not drinking enough water