There were both. 1/2 Xanax and 1 Tylenol pm and less stress with all that is going on in this world. Our security system helps too.
BabaG: what was the nature of your insomnia? Inability to fall asleep? Or inability to stay asleep?
Either way, can you describe in more detail?
It was both and the Apnea (9-15 ahi) didn't help. Now, I am not taking the Apnea, I sleep very well. I fault this so very long and nothing would help.
I now take .25 Xanax and 1 acetaminophen PM. just before bedtime.
I became a very bad insomniac on my Airsense 10 and my least invasive nasal mask. I tried, bought, struggled, for several years. I quit it all after fighting for perfection. I still tape my lips so I don't snore. I sleep on my right side and if I am caught on my back, I immediately turn on my right side again.
Now I sleep 7-81/2 hours like a log. Very seldom wake up. I don't know what my AHI is anymore.. At the beginning it was 9-15 (two different tests) and a low breath of 89 for short amount of time.
I guess I am a quitter but when I started I was in my 60's. Had the test because I had Afib. I am now 82 and haven't had Afib for an entire year. I know I will never quit having Afib forever. I have never died in my sleep but, what a way to go.
I am going to add a second piece of tape tonight. Last night I drooled and my one piece of tape got wet and was no longer sticky. Perhaps if I turn down my humidity a bit, I wouldn't have so much drool...I am still working on the toe separate thing . It seemed to work the first night but I am afraid because it slips around that I will eventually slip down my throat. Somehow I might find a way to put them on the outside of my cheeks to push the cheeks in so that air bubbles can't escape into my mouth.
I made my husband a chin strap that is the only one that worked for him as he sleeps on his back and his jaw can drop out of any full mask that has any stretch. . He wears it every night and has not had a leak since. I did pad the bottom of the pure wide velcro under his chin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkByHPBPwXc.... So about me- last night I put a gel spacer I cut from one of those toe things you put to separate your toes so you can polish them (never used it before) I cut it just enough to shove under my top front lip and then put my tape over my lips on the outside. WaaaLaaaa, it worked. It must have given the inside of my mouth less room for air to escape. Tonight we be night two. I slept over 8 hours at 100% of everything.
Sierra-My tape is the tape you mentioned as your first one and it does not leak all by it's own. My problem is not the tape, it's early in the am that I feel bubbles of air that escape around my gums from back and into my mouth. Not much but enough to keep it up and waking me. I don't know where those little bubbles of air goes. They don't come out of my mouth and they soon disappear over and over. They ride over from the back of the top of my gums to the mouth. I tried knowing this to put a tight seal on my tongue to the roof of my mouth and as soon as I relax the bubbles reappear. If I put my hands and cupped the outside of my cheeks, they would stop. I have asked this question previously and a chin strap doesn't stop it from happening. My pressures are not that high for my mild/moderate sleep tests. What a phenomena! I do love my P10 from all others. Including Dreamwear.
Tested at 12-15 mild/moderate sleep apnea (2 at home tests). Airsense 10 cpap machine for her and P10 nasal mask which I love because I am somewhat an incurable insomniac. Reading posts to perhaps turn EPR to off, I get all AHI's down to under one now. I reduced my pressures to 8.2/5 (high and low). No mask leaks but have to tape my mouth from unconscious drooling or slight puffs of air leaks probably from relaxing my tongue unknowingly . This all works fine for me EXCEPT- NO matter where any changes have made to my Airsense 10, I still get puffs of air that enters in cheeks which wakes me up. I hurry and am sure I put my tongue on the roof of my mouth to no available. I feel like I should put something on each side of the inside of my cheeks like foam to quit those leaks or air . By the way I have tried the chin strap and the air even by passes that no matter how tight it is. If I physically pushed in my cheeks with my hands it would quit I'm sure but by then you might as well get out of bed and quit everything. No matter what my setting changes were made, it still happens. 3 years on Cpap. Can't stand full masks and I've tried many kinds. Oh how I wish I could change this.
Well, a year has gone by. I use the Swift FX nasal pillow mask and a AirSense 10 Cpap machine for Her. My Air reports are consistently 98-100% each night. I still tape my mouth shut with Silk Tape from Amazon. No chin straps for me. I can fool them. Still have puffy chipmunk cheeks by morning. I can squeeze my cheeks and get rid of the puffs of air but over and over? My EPR can be set at a 1-3. Doesn't EPR mean expelling air? I would think the higher the number (3) that I would exhale more air that may be trapped in my cheeks. It is set to a 1 now. Gonna change it tonight to a 3 and see if that makes a difference. If not, I have a strap that wraps around from my exhale port of my nasal pillow mask past my cheeks and velcros in the back of my hear. Worth a try...
Techs do nothing for me and do not return phone calls. I do not know who the sleep Dr. ever was. Probably one that read my sleep report and wrote the script. They don't tell you. My MD doesn't know about Cpap usage and I'm not haunting him more than I have to.
My machine is paid for and I know how to change the script on the machine myself.
1/7/2017 I am now back to the mouthpiece and a very small tape on my lips. I am used to both and they work like a charm. I didn't think I would get used to the mouthpiece from Amazon but it takes a few nights and the results are perfect for me. I've tried everything before.
I am the one that used paper tape, jaw strap, and even a headband across my lips and around my head (that worked but you should have seen the lines on my face all day long the next day).
I've got it down pat and my results are perfect after every night.
wiredgeorge-Usually by noon.