I’ve had the machine for 10 days or so and still haven’t managed to keep the mask on for more than about 4 hours. I started off with a nasal pillow mask but I don’t breathe well through my nose and felt like I was suffocating, so switched to a hybrid. It’s much better being able to breathe through my mouth, but the problem now is I have to remember to breathe deeply, or the air pressure goes down & again I feel like I’m suffocating.

Another constant problem is that when I’m falling asleep, I often pause between breaths for a second or two. No obstruction, it just takes a moment before I inhale again. So the machine decides I’m not there anymore and turns the air pressure down, which of course wakes me up.

Plus it’s hard to get comfortable with this thing on my face, even though it’s very soft silicone!

The upshot of all this is that the machine has been measuring an average of 14 events per hour, when my sleep study showed 6. So frustrating!

I’m going to talk to my sleep specialist about all this, of course, but I’m away from home for the next week and a half so I thought I would just gripe about it here in the meantime! Any thoughts or personal experiences would be very, very much appreciated.

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