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Daily, (well mostly) I wash the nasal pillow in a cup of warm water with a couple drops of baby shampoo. Weekly, I wash hose, headgear and pillow in warm water with baby shampoo, rinse and leave to dry. Humidifier, I just rinse in warm water. There is often some residual dampness in the hose, which is not a problem. A couple times it was too wet, got some gurgling, which was cured by giving the hose a good shake to get most water out. In over 3 years, I have not had any kind of a cold or sinus infection.
Welts or depressions? Welts would suggest a contact dermatitis. Good hydration helps with depressions. Even if tension is just right on the straps, if you sleep on one, it will leave a mark.
JT, the heart PVC's and lack of concentration to read were things I had attributed to aging. My primary care doc suggested a sleep test after all cardiology testing could find no reason for PVC's. The SA diagnosis and treatment have completely stopped the PVC's and really improved concentration. So, yes, significant improvement, along with the apnea numbers going down.
Ditto on the Resmed machine. 25 years ago I shared a hotel room with a CPAP user,and the noise from the machine was terrible, so I was dreading using one. But technology has changed, the machine is silent. Mask comfort and fit are key, and such a personal choice that it is Impossible to recommend what will be best for you. Here's hoping you adapt to this new wrinkle easily and begin sleeping well. Good luck.
Check to see if they offer other sizes. I know my first Swift FX came with small, medium and large nasal pillows. Small felt better than medium, but I wondered if extra small existed. I asked, and sure enough, there is such a thing, and works great.
My AHI was 8, some of them Central Apneas. My heart was acting up (definitely a source of anxiety) and my concentration was terrible. The heart problem disappeared and concentration is much better since I started CPAP. My AHI is now just under 1, with centrals making up about the same % as before. So, yes, there CAN definitely be an improvement. Good luck to you.
And I have to cut and shrink my strap to make it fit my itty bitty head.
I hope you are lucky, like me, and it is not difficult to get used to. I can't really feel the force of the air flowing in. But if I pull the mask off before shutting the machine down, the air is really whooshing out. My mild apnea also hit hard in terms of concentration and attention. The improvement there is remarkable.
I had no classic signs of apnea. No snoring, no weight issue (quite the opposite) and did not wake in the night. But I always needed at least 9 hours of sleep. Then the heart started acting up, and apnea was the culprit. Yes, after many tests, unrelated to sleep, a sleep test was the final resort. The apnea was mild/moderate 75% OSA, 25% central. The CPAP has my AHI down to less than 1, 8 hours or less of sleep each night is plenty and the heart problems completely disappeared.
So we are all different in how the problem presents itself and it is worth it to be tested.
Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones, like I was. I was able to try several masks at the sleep clinic, and my pick has worked perfectly ever since. I was comfortable with my set up from the start. Good luck to you.