jessy 49 wrote:Turn the ramp off.
What make and model of machine are you using. Is it set too low -- are you actually taking the mask off to get more air? What are your pressure settings? Ramp setting? C-flex (or EPR) settings?
What style, make and model of mask are you using? Is it actually comfortable? Do you have it too tight for real comfort? Is it leaking?
dave4647 wrote:I used to do that when I first started. In fact, I still do it occasionally (not very often though).
I got a roll of medical/sports tape - the paper kind, Johnson and Johnson, I believe it's the "blue" type - and I would tape the headgear of the mask so that it was stuck to my hair. Just put a piece of tape across it. If I tried to take it off... it would hurt. Quite a bit.
After a while I stopped trying to take it off. :)
Hope that helps.
I'm just wondering if anyone has some sort of trick to get around ripping the mask off after wearing it for only 1.5-2 hrs at night
I use a Phillips Respironics Remstar Auto A Flex unit.
Mrs Rip Van Winkle wrote:I'm just wondering if anyone has some sort of trick to get around ripping the mask off after wearing it for only 1.5-2 hrs at nightI use a Phillips Respironics Remstar Auto A Flex unit.
I didn't see this thread back in January...sorry. Key words here are : I take it off only about 1 1/2 to 2 hours after falling asleep and I have an AUTO machine.
You said your machine is set at 13 ...however, if you have an auto machine it is more likely to be set with a pressure range...and you 90 or 95 percentile pressure at titration was 13cm. I have a sneaking suspicion that your machine is set with a pressure range...maybe 4cm at the lowest and 20cm at the highest...and you are experiencing either pressure spikes or after a higher pressure needed it goes back down to 4cm and feel like you are not getting enough air.
The timing sounds like the pressure spikes would be the cause...or the machine is not reaching the optimal level quick enough to stop an apnea...this timing of 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours is just about the time you would be in REM sleep...which is typically when the apneas are the worse and more frequent
Please check into that...if your settings are a wide range ask to have them set closer to your titrated pressure...typically it is about 1 to 2cms above and below the titrated pressure...in your case if the titrated pressure is 13cm...then it would be set around 11 or 12cms on the low and 14 or 15cms on the high.
Usually the reasons for this are more than what meets the eye...typically it is an issue with the therapy, not the person unable to adjust.
Just my thoughts....
Mrs Rip Van Winkle wrote:Are you doing better now?
Username came about due to sleeping constantly and had very long gray hair at the time :-0 Family use to call me that. I love walking in the woods on a clear crisp breezy day...Husband once found me at the edge of our woods, sitting with my back against the huge oak, sun on my shoulders...sleeping. Said my snoring was scaring the birds.
janey wrote:ripping off your mask, oh buddy, can i tell you some stories. when i first got my machice i was not only ripping off my mask but throwing it as far as i could in my sleep. i would disconnect it from the hose and wing it from me. i found my mask behind my dresser, behind the door, in my closet when the door was open. i was so frustrated that i about quit several times.
here is what i did. i found some bandage tape that was self sticking (like ACE bandages). i cut it to fit over my straps on 3 of 4 straps. wrap it several times on each strap. it's just sticky enought to keep you from easily ripping it off. i wore the chin strap on the outside of the headgear and tightly for a while.
now i can sleep on the machine no problem. i don't even need the self sticky tape.
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