i have been on my cpap for 4 nights now.first 3 nights was an absolute success especially night 3,felt the best i have in years.
then last night i couldn`t get my mask to seal no matter how hard i tried.played around with the damn thing for over an hour,leaks everywhere & eventually gave up & what a crap nights sleep it was, feel terrible today.
has anyone got any ideas for me ?
many thanks in advance
Do you wash the mask each morning and your face each night before bed? Skin oils prevent a good seal.
I had a similar problem early on. I tried all sorts of gizmos on the market that are described in this forum and others to try to get my full face mask to stop leaking such as the pads you can purchase to fit on the masks between your face and the mask. Those helped but didn't do it for me. I decided I wasn't going to screw around and feel terrible after fighting each night with the full face mask. I had leaks popping up all over at different times. I tried tightening the mask, loosening the mask, etc. I tried a stocking over my head and over my mask as well as the cpap pads I mentioned previously. My eyes were getting dried out overnight from the leakage. (I tried getting something to fit over my eyes.) Then the part of the full face mask that was resting on my nose created a bruise that 6 months later is still going away. I think that bruise may have been the final straw. I hung in there with that full face mask for a month and realized I had to do something to improve my chances of getting some decent sleep because, like you, I felt miserable during the day. I went off and bought, without a prescription, a Swift FX mask with nasal pillows. I did this after evaluating what I thought could possibly work for me. It worked...but I had to do some things to get it to work for me. I needed a chin strap. I needed something to lubricate my nostrils on the outside --- used coconut oil which works well. I seemed to develop an allergy response. That ended when my sleep doctor recommended XKlear Nasal Spray which for me was an absolute miracle. No morning sneezing or fits. Others will have some great suggestions but it seems like almost everyone has to "work it" to figure out how to get a mask that works for you. I'm very empathetic... - Barbara