Male, 72 years old. Diagnosed with Apnea over 5 years ago. One a ResMed System One until Jan 3, 2018. Got an Airsoft one. Recovering cancer patient, throat.
San Diego, Ca.
You might try a chin strap to keep the mouth shut.
Try elevating your head and shoulders for sleeping, Get a wedge to put under your pillow or use multiple pillows. Try using a recliner to be more upright.
One thing that helped me immensely was raising my head and shoulders for sleeping. One of the causes for sleep interruption is the tongue dropping and blocking the air passage. I slept with a 'tower' of 4 pillows and that helped, I eventually got a foam wedge which I placed under my pillow and that worked. Sleeping in a recliner or an adjustable bed works also in raising the head.
I hope you have success in resolving this problem.
I also have a ResMed Auto 10, I use nose pillows. I struggled with it at first as the Rx I had (10-13 cmH2O) was too high and I kept getting 'blow-by' (air blowing out my mouth).
Do you have a Rx from your Doctor? As I said my Rx was too high and I ended up experimenting with CPAP settings until I finally found a comfortable setting for me 6.4cmH2O. I use Speepy Head software which is very similar to Oscar which provided me with valuable feedback on my sleep sessions.
Try to find your Rx, and input that into your machine. Google 'How to set Pressure on the ResMed Auto Set 10'.
I wish you success, Good Luck.
Are you getting blow-by?, by that I mean is air being forced out of your mouth when on the machine. I was getting Blow-by on my Rx of 10-13, the pressure was just too high. I experimented with different pressured in CPAP mode (nasal pillows) and settled on a setting of 5.2, Climate Control on Auto ( heated tube). If you continue to experience dry mouth consider getting/using a chin strap to keep mouth from dropping open. Good Luck.
Re: Darth Vader. Try coating the ports of the water tank with a thin coat of Vaseline, it cut down the noise on my machine. No ramp time and a setting of CPAP 6.4mm works well for me as does a wedge under my pillow to raise my head. Good luck.
Sounds like you're not getting enough airflow, you might want to up your settings.
Sleepyhead software is very useful in looking at your sleep data, it helped me figure out my problems with pressure and flow.
I've been using the ResMed Swift FX nasal pillows for more than 10 years. The problem I encountered was not with the nasal pillows but with the pressure setting. In reducing the pressure I eliminated blocked ears and other symptoms. Contact your Dr. to revisit your pressure setting. Good Luck.
Contact your Dr. and get your pressure setting changed (lowered), sounds like you are getting way too much flow. Download Sleepyhead or Oscar software on your PC to get a good analysis of what is going on. I have an AirSense 10 and I had to adjust the pressure/airflow because I was getting too much air and having a lot of blow-by (cheeks puffing up and air being blown out of my mouth). The Pressure setting is an Rx and we are not suppose to change this setting therefore I cannot recommend that you do this. I changed my air setting and achieved great results and good air flow.
Re: Noise Airsense 10. To help eliminate noise from the unit lightly coat the air ports of the humidifier with Vaseline and do the same for the air ports on the unit itself. This worked for me.