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Looking for a better, new NASAL PILLOW solution !

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dmypub +0 points · 20 days ago Original Poster

I have been using a Resmed Swift Nasal Pillow mask for more than one year. After having gone through several masks that were all horrible, I've been pretty satisfied with the nasal pillow solution (thanks Sierra !). However, as with most masks, it periodically leaks (even though I have tried small, medium and large sizes). So my wife has been complaining that it sometimes wakes her up. DUH ! So, I'm wondering if anyone has tested out any new nasal pillow type masks I might consider. I keep thinking that the solution to my problem would be a nasal pillow design which fits further into my nostrils. Often the seal into my nostrils is broken as I roll over and then it starts leaking air. thanks if you have any input into this problem... dmypub

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Sierra +0 points · 20 days ago Sleep Patron

Masks are difficult. I tried the Swift FX nasal pillow but I could not tolerate the high velocity air flow out of the vent. I tried a few different things to try and control the velocity but they didn't work. It kept blowing on me or my wife and waking us up. I did like the headgear though, and I created a hybrid mask with using my AirFit P10 mask but fitted it with the Swift headgear. See this thread for details. The P10 mask has a much more controlled air flow out the vent. This hybrid mask has worked quite well for me, and the only issue I have occasionally is that the back strap slips up and the mask becomes dislodged during sleep. I have now fitted a bit of a gripper pad to the back strap and it seems to be helping. This is what my leak chart looks like for last night with this mask. It is probably a bit better than my average night. I use mouth taping so the leaks are from the mask fit.

I tried the F&P Brevida nasal pillow, but found it irritated my septum. My wife now uses it and likes it. She is on the second nasal cushion with it. The headgear is better than the P10 but not as good as the Swift headgear. It is a larger and more bulky mask than the P10 and I suspect gets dislodged as you are experiencing a bit easier than the P10. I do hear my wife's mask leaking at times, but overall she gets pretty good leak reports from SleepyHead. Here is her leak rate chart with the Brevida from last night. A couple of bad spots where she likely had the mask somewhat displaced. Or, she could also have opened her mouth. She has stopped using mouth taping, so that is possible -- especially the one incident with the long flat top.

Resmed and DreamWear have newer masks that have prong type nose inserts. I think one brand has gel and the other is using silicone. However, I have not tried either of these masks. The one that has the hose go over your head may help with mask displacement during the night. I have read from others that the can be louder due to noise in the tubes that go up to the top of your head... Trying is is about the only way to find out if they work for you.

Hope that helps some,

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dmypub +0 points · 18 days ago Original Poster

as always, thank you. that description "prong type" sounds like something worth investigating. However, I am very happy with the level of exhaust out of my P10 nasal pillow. The P10 has been my success story, and I only bring this up because my wife has trouble falling back asleep after my mask wakes her up. !!!

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