Hi there, I tried to do this with my previous machine on my boat. It didn't work, despite using several devices. What I learned, is that the machine needs more than just electrical current (being plugged in), it needs a certain kind of current (certain sine waves and such) which isn't produced by your 12volt adapter/transformer. I ended up shelling out the $975 for the approved CPAP lithium battery, and it worked like a charm. I suggest you call your manufacturer and ask if they have a special battery for your machine, or if they know of one which works, and follow their guidance precisely. You'll soon be sleeping on your boat!
As a long time user, I have found that if I wash my face right before bed, and also use a mask cleaner to clean the seal around the mask, there is a much better chance of the seal working better. Sometimes our natural skin oils make things faintly slippery and contributes to mask leaks.
Also, I try to use a mask seal that is as new as possible - - this depends on how often your insurance will let you get replacement masks, or replacement parts.
Another mask liner that you might consider, RemZZZs. Here is their website: http://www.remzzzs.com/
Dear PocusFocus - - If you're stopping breathing, that sounds serious, and I'd recommend that you see a doctor. The home remedies that I can think of, are all about snoring and sleep position. I hope you get some good medical guidance soon - - you will be glad that you did.
Hi Gerry, I have complex/mixed as well. Yes, it's been a tough ride. I always tell people, as a colon cancer survivor - - I've had both cancer and complex sleep apnea, and if I had to choose, I would rather have cancer. At least with cancer we either die or live. With complex sleep apnea, we have to drag ourselves through life in this half-life existence.
At least comfort yourself with the knowledge that you're getting care from the team at BIDMC. I've spent hours and hours on the internet over the years, and I am confident that the team at BIDMC understands Complex Sleep Apnea better than just about anyone else in the U. S.
Good luck to you, and to all of us, on finding our way through it all.