Hi all, total noob here. Last Thursday I did my CPAP titration study, and they started me on what I`ll call "the Pig snout" mask. I was exhausted that night so I fell asleep easily, but woke from deep REM (tech said so anyhow), I felt like I`d been hit between the eyes with a hammer, lots of pain. The tech said it would take a while getting used to the mask, yada yada yada.
I`d seen a veritable storefront of mask types at the sleep lab, and asked about trying something else, and I described what sounded like it would feel comfy to me, using just the info I had about a mask that I didn`t like as a guide. Evidently I described a "fit life". Next I knew I was wearing one, where I slept the rest of the night away.
The wide top portion allows the weight of the mask to bear across more of my forehead, a large bone, more dense than the bridge of my nose that the Pig snout seemed to bear on. I didn`t feel any pain 3 hours later when they woke me. The bottom curved just under my mouth, and contact there was minimal, with no discomfort at all. I couldn`t feel anything except the foam padding along the sides of my face. All in all it was for me a very comfortable mask. I wanted one.
Yesterday I picked up my CPAP at the DME place, and they couldn`t get a fit life in yet, so they sent me home with a demo mask. It`s supposed to be a "full face", but it`s nothing like the fit life, and I can`t seem to sleep more than an hour to and hour and a half with it on. I wake inexplicably and just need to remove it for a while before I can try to sleep again. Maybe this is normal, but I can`t help but think if I had my fit life things would be smoother. Last Friday, after just a partial night of sleeping in REM sleep I felt better than I have in 20 years. I can`t wait to get back to that feeling, and unfortunately with all the waking I did last night, I don`t think I will until I either just disengage my mind, or get a more comfy mask on, cause the current one ain`t getting her done.
Sleep well everyone