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SociableMagentaRoseBear1880

SociableMagentaRoseBear1880
Joined Jul 2017
SociableMagentaRoseBear1880
Joined Jul 2017

Hello! I'm newly diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea. I received my machine and mask (mask: DreamWear and machine: Dream station) this week and have been using it every night since as much as I can stand it (sometimes I had to take it off after five hours or so because I had trouble getting a restful sleep). I just had some questions about the results I'm getting. So according to the machine, last night my AHI was 9.5, with 15 total clear airway apneas, 3 total obstructive apneas, and 30 hypopneas. I'm a little confused as to what that exactly means. I did some research and it looks like the total clear airway apneas is the same as central sleep apnea so for this, the CPAP machine machine won't have any affect, correct? And when it says I had 3 apneas and 30 hypopneas does that mean I had that many events but the machine "fixed" it or does it mean that even with the machine I still had 3 apneas and 30 hypopneas?

As for the mask, does anyone have any experience with the Dreamwear mask? Couple things, the actual mask, I guess "frame", is a medium with the nostril part being a small. My rep told me that if the medium is moving around to much to call and get a small sent to me. Has anyone tried the small vs. medium? The medium fits well enough but there is a gap at the top of my head so I don't know it the small will be more comfortable in that aspect and keep it from moving around. Also when I lay on my side the mask seems to leak a bit so I have to adjust myself and the mask so for that I don't know if it's just the mask or that the mask is a little bit too big. Also, I woke up and my mouth was really dry, like the Sahara desert. Does this mean that I was sleeping with my mouth open for a little or can your mouth get dry like that just from the air? I do have the humidifier on but it doesn't really seem to do much, I don't notice much of a difference. Also with the dreamwear mask, my lips get really dry, I think from the air blowing out of the little hole under the nose. I put chapstick on before I go to sleep, but I'm still waking up from the dryness, is this just something I'll get used to? Thanks in advance, this is all just so new to me!