onetiredmama wrote:I'm still in the adjustment period with my CPAP and I think I'm doing a pretty good job of falling asleep with the thing, which was what I was afraid would be my obstacle. But I keep taking it off at some point during the night, and I've been really surprised by how little the machine says I've used it some nights. I think I'm being conscious of the need to wear it when I'm trying to fall asleep, but if I wake up and it's annoying me, I'm taking it off instinctively. Does anyone have tips to overcome this??
Changing positions with a six foot hose attached to your face is a learned art. It will get better as you get more experience.The first few nights, I had a lot of trouble with leaks when I changed position, and I do change position a fair amount as I sleep.
There are several standard things people try in order to make it easier to move around in bed. Here are two common strategies:I've since made some adjustments to the mask that seem to be helping, but I sometimes still get leaks when I roll to my side. I suspect the mask is coming off after rolling all the way from one side to the other, which I did a lot pre-CPAP and is a lot harder to do smoothly with the extra gear attached and when I'm trying to fall asleep and do it I am prone to leaks.
First, GOOD for you that you are working on breaking the bad habit of just taking the mask off before it becomes an established bad habitThe first few nights I had the mask, I did take it off rather than try to adjust it when it would start leaking....then the next time I woke up and realized I was maskless, I tried again.
That's the whole reason the mask is designed to make it easy to disconnect without removing it! This is a GOOD habit to establish!onetiredmama wrote:I don't know if it was the determination to sleep with the mask on all night, but I did wake up wearing it. Yeah! I also went to tend a kid who was up in the middle of the night with the mask on, just detached from the hose. I think I was taking the mask off when I did that before, and probably falling back asleep without it out of habit (since I've fallen asleep maskless after waking up with kids for years...the mask is a new thing...), or being so tired and wanting to get back to sleep so badly that I was skipping the step of putting the mask back on. Keeping the thing on my face and just having to reattach the hose gave me no advantage to not starting back up with the therapy, because it's the mask that's hard to get used to, not the air, at least for me that's how it is.
That compliance time on your S9 Escape should be the total time the machine was running with breathing detected during a period that started at noon the previous day.One more question...in the morning, I'd been looking to see how long I was wearing the mask. Is the time shown how long it was run continuously? When I got up to put a kid back in bed, I did disconnect the hose and turn the machine off so it didn't keep blowing and annoying my husband. I really thought I used the machine longer than the time shown indicated, but if it started the time over when I turned it off then on, that would explain it.
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