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how to reduce leaks with dreamwear mask
#21
Once I'm lying down, I tuck the hose between my pillow and headboard, so it sort of catches the hose. This works well for keeping the hose well-positioned, not having too much hose up on the bed, but also giving it room to move.
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#22
(02-26-2017, 03:30 PM)Hydrangea Wrote: I've been experimenting, and here's my conclusion (short story long):

At my sleep study, the tiny chick was picking what she thought would fit me - she picked the M head thing and then L nose cushion.

It worked well. But if I rolled on my side, I needed to reposition it and even use my pillow to hold it in the proper place.  I didn't know any better.

So DME gave me that set-up for home. Fine. I just tried not to be on my side much. Read comments here, and decided I could prove this mask is better than my side-sleeping mask-repositioning experience.

In measuring my nose on the paper that came with the mask, I measure anywhere from a M, MW, or a L for the nasal cushion. So I ordered the M and MW from Amazon.

Low and behold, the M fits me SO much better!  I can roll over, and have no need for any repositioning!  It stays put, doesn't leak.

So... I'd encourage you to try the variety of sizes.

I have a decently large head, and a large nose... and the M head thing and the M nose cushion fit me the best.  In fact, the head thing (silicon tubes that come down the cheeks) is snug on my cheeks.

So maybe you could try smaller ones of both the head thing and the cushion.

My experience follows this as well.  I am a big guy and everything I buy is XXL.  Hat, shoes, gloves, shirts...Except for the dreamwear mask.
I have a HUGE head (cant buy a fitted baseball cap large enough to go around my head) and still the medium frame fits well and if anything, is on the verge of being to big. If you looked at me, you would think I have a big nose, yet I need a small cushion for the dreamwear.  So I would encourage users to try a variety of sizes too and probably smaller than you think. 
One other thing is I read alot about not having a mask fit too tight.  But, with the dreamwear, I find it works better if I have it fairly snug and that small adjustments can make a big difference.
Good luck to you, and just keep trying.  You will succeed eventually!
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#23
I've been using a wide (about 3 inches) elastic chinstrap which secures with velcro, and it doubles as a way to secure the mask from moving around.  The chinstrap comes with a couple of inch wide secondary straps which you put at each side of the chinstrap, once you have it on, and then around the back of your head in about the same place as the mask headstrap.  The chinstrap straps keep the chinstrap from creeping forward on your head, and keep the mask's strap from creeping forward as well.
In addition, the chinstrap, once in place from the top of the head just behind the mask connection and down to the chin, overlaps the side tubes of the mask a bit, further securing them from shifting around.  
So the protocol is to put the mask on, put the chinstrap on, and then the chinstrap securing straps.  Then jiggle things around  a bit until everything feel right.
The chinstrap securing straps aren't very long, so I put them together to make one longer strap that attaches with the velcro to each side of the chinstrap when it's in place.
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#24
I use a hose hanger stand for hose management.  I think they're called CPAP hose hangers on amazon.  It fits between the mattress and foundation and allows the hose to dangle down to your head.  Works well with this mask and keeps the hose out of the way while allowing for movement.  No more snagging and tugging.
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#25
I just got a DreamWear and it was leaking like crazy.  The only way I could keep it from leaking was to use a finger and thumb to hold it to my nose, which doesn't work when you go to sleep.  I suspected the frame was too long, so I tested that by sticking my hand on top of my head with four fingers under the frame in the area where the hose meets the frame, and sure enough no leaking. No sleep either with my hand on top my head. Big Grin  Next night, I folded up a wash cloth to the right thickness and tucked it under the frame at the top of my head after I had the mask on.  Problem solved, too loose a frame was fixed by padding underneath it to get it to the right amount of snugness under my nose. (just had to make my head bigger Rolleyes )  I will be sticking with DreamWear and a washcloth, and when I get a new mask, I will just order a small frame instead of a medium one.
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