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First night on cpap, a few questions.

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First night on cpap, a few questions.

Postby roveer » Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:28 pm

I got my Remstar M series auto with the heated humidifer on Tuesday so last night was my first night. The experience while different was not that bad. I was able to sleep on my back and both sides without too much trouble and I believe I felt better this morning as a result.

2 observations worth mentioning.

1. During the night it would appear that water collected in the hose? I was getting a gurgling sound from what seemed like the vent in the front of the mask (nasel pillow type?) I tried moving the tube around and it wouldn't go away so I pulled the tube out of the machine and drained it down to the open end. After I put it back in it no longer made any noise. I also believe I turned down the humidifier setting a bit (not exactly sure as i was kind of out of it). It's cold in our house these past few nights. Wouldn't be surprised if it was 57 or 58 degrees. possible condensation with the warm moist air?

2. Early morning headache. Something that I almost never have. Saw a few references in other posts. Possibly becuase I turned down the humidifier? I turned it back up again (started at 3, turned it down after the water incident then turned it back up to 3). Ideas?

I guess I'll start out at 2 tonight and see what happens. I have to say I think I feel better even after this first night. Hopefully it continues.

Would be interested in what others think about my 2 issues.


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Postby lktnky » Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:23 pm

Many of us use a hose cover to insulate the humidified air in the tube from room air. Another trick you can try is to be sure the machine is below your head, then suspend the hose from your headboard in some fashion. This allows any condensation that might have left droplets in the hose to fall back down into the chamber or at least not to go into your mask.
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Postby Mrs Rip Van Winkle » Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:49 pm

You are getting what is called rainout. iktnky hit the nail on the head. You can try to tuck the hose under the covers with you or you can fashion a homemade hose cover out of old tube socks..or if you or someone you know is handy...sew a long tube type covering to slip over it.....nothing so heavy that it will weigh down the hose and cause it to pull against the mask too much.

If you want to get fancy..you will find the hose covers on line and you will also find the heated Aussie hoses on line.

As for the headaches...you may not need the humidity as high..play with it to find your optimal setting.
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Postby merywidow » Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:08 am

When that happens to me I do 2 things. I run a humidifier in the room and jack up the heat to not less than 62. The combination of the 2 takes care of it.
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