I have both central and obstructive sleep apnea. My number of events per hour is consistently around 1.1, and according to my doctor’s office, I don’t lose much air from the mask. But there is a pretty big difference between how I feel in the first 7 to 14 days after getting a completely fresh mask, and how I start to feel after that. It probably doesn’t help that I have to tighten the straps severely to keep the mask from coming off (it’s the right size, but all the men in my family have huge, slightly irregular heads). Insurance pays for new equipment at about the point it has started to fail, but it was pretty close this last time. The velcro on my mask wasn’t really holding anymore.

If I were wealthy, I’d give myself a completely new mask every month, but it’s simply too expensive. Is what I’m experiencing normal? Is there anything I can do?

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