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Mask too tight for comfort but leaks if not tight

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wandafeb02 +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

My mask needs to be extremely tight. If I loosen it for comfort, it leaks.

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Sleepea +1 point · about 1 month ago

Perhaps a different type of mask, what mask are you using? If the mask has duel straps you might need to adjust only the lower or only the upper straps.

How bad are the leaks? I have mask leakage but my therapy is still positive, the sleep center said the machine will adjust for some leaks.

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wandafeb02 +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

I use a AirFit F30. It leaks to the point that my husband wakes me because it's so loud. If I loosen the straps, it leaks even more. I'll keep trying to adjust it. Thanks for your reply.

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Biguglygremlin +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Enthusiast

Hi wandafeb02

As Sleepea implies most masks leak to some extent much of the time especially if you require high air pressure.

Extremely tight could be as much a cause as a solution. Masks are not generally intended or required to be extremely tight.

If you have the opportunity to safely try out some different masks you might find a better solution but it will often come down to a compromise.

Sometimes the strap adjustments can be about shifting the leak to a point where it is less uncomfortable rather than entirely eliminating it and then there is the issue of the straps shifting around on the head.

I use a chin strap and although I do need it nowadays to help prevent mouth leaks I consider it's primary benefit to be that it prevents the mask straps from sliding around and causing excessive leaks or the loss of the mask altogether during the night.

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wandafeb02 +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

Thank you so much for replying. I might try a chin strap.

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SleepDent -1 point · about 1 month ago Sleep Commentator

I am a dentist working in dental sleep medicine. As I said repeatedly on this forum, masks that strap to the head for seal are inherently subject to leakage. Skin is deformable and the movement can cause loss of seal. A better approach is to use masks that are supported by the teeth. Case in point is AirWay Management's MyTapPap product. See:www.Tapintosleep.com. I am working on a version that can also seal the mouth internally to avoid leakage. My efforts have been somewhat sidelined by Covid. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr., D.M.D. The Naples Center For Dental Sleep Medicine.

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wandafeb02 +0 points · about 1 month ago Original Poster

Thank you. That's interesting.

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Sierra +0 points · about 1 month ago Sleep Patron

What pressure is the machine going up to at night? You may want to look at using a mask liner like RemZzzzs. Or some people make them at home out of cotton t-shirt material.

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wandafeb02 +0 points · about 3 hours ago Original Poster

It goes up to 16. Would you recommend it be lower?

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wandafeb02 +0 points · about 3 hours ago Original Poster

Could it be that the mask isn't fitting properly? I have put on a few pounds due to being shut in.

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