(04-29-2013, 02:40 PM)imfletch Wrote: Shastzi may have hit the nail on the head. I had problems at first with my mouth dropping open when I reached deep sleep. (Two weeks of a chin strap solved that.)
It would interesting to see your ResScan or Sleepyhead graphs. I bet your leaks were sky-high. This would explain the high number of events and the general poor quality of your sleep.
You don't say...do you sleep on your back, side or stomach? (I suspect stomach would be a bit difficult with the full face mask), but that or side sleeping could gently push the mask upwards as you sleep.
I was a life-long stomach sleeper, but realized early on that if I wanted optimum results from the therapy, I would probably have to learn to sleep on my back. That was darned difficult, but I've just about done it. I now sleep about six to seven hours without waking - on my back. It keeps the leaks to a minimum.
I would suggest nasal pillows (because I love 'em), but doubt that will work for you because it sounds like you sleep with your mouth open.
Yup. I got the open mouth issues big time.
I sleep ok on my side but sometimes would roll on my back and my AHI goes through the roof when I do that.
So I made a back pack I stuffed with 3 tubes of tennis balls. (still in the tubes) That way I have to sleep on one side or the other.
AHI is floating around 0.8 to 0.9 with a lot of trips down to 0.14
My leaks are near zero these days since I spend the extra time cleaning the sealing area daily. (what a drag...but it works!)
When I was getting a bad leak, it usually made so much noise it would wake me up with the THHLLLPPPP sound.
The only leaks I get now are when I unseat the mask to scratch the nose or chase down some lint bouncing around inside the thing.
If I know I need to get up for a pit stop or something I just shut the system down. That helps the numbers a bit too.
Can't tolerate the nose thingie since my soft palate slams shut on the exhale phase and the drop open mouth looses pressure for me. ..Not cool at all.
I'm getting pretty good results of late though after all said and done.