OwlCreekObserver wrote: . . . how long did it take for any of you to finally get it right? As soon as I drop off to sleep, the airflow from my CPAP immediately goes through my mouth. I wake up, close my lips, drop off, wake up, etc. If this retraining is really possible, how long should I expect to be working on it?
But I've also read about several folks who have somehow trained themselves to breathe properly through their nose after they drift off to sleep. Some say you should "park" your tongue against your upper gums; others say lower gums. Maybe it's different for different folks, sorta like the various masks.
My question is, how long did it take for any of you to finally get it right?
bitfoggy wrote:Rather than try to resort to these exotic techniques, wouldn't it be just better to just fork out $175 and buy the Hybrid????
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KenS wrote:I decided to try taping my mouth. It solved the problem of air escaping from my mouth. However, instead when I would doze off the air would rush into my (now sealed) mouth and puff my cheeks up like a blowfish. Again, every time this would wake me up.
KenS wrote:I am not a natural mouth breather. When I breathe normally with CPAP no air escapes into my mouth. I guess my tongue naturally blocks the path when I am awake. When I doze off, I guess the tongue changes position and air gets through (and it really rushes through).
KenS wrote:I don’t think a chin strap will help as my mouth is staying closed but the lips are getting forced outward and open by the air.
You're absolutely correct, Ken. A true Ramp function is not available in AFLE mode with the REMstar Auto. Ramp timer must be set for 0:00 when using that machine in APAP or AFLE mode.KenS wrote:I also don’t think using the ramp feature will help, but no harm in trying. But, since I am titrating and the unit has to be in auto mode, I didn’t think the ramp function is usable on my machine (when in AFLE mode).
What you are proposing to do is a good idea and would probably keep the cheeks from filling up and ballooning outward a la "blowfish". I've read of other people putting a strap around their cheeks to good effect.KenS wrote:I’m also toying with the idea of putting some sort of strap around my head over my cheeks (like a sweatband but instead of on my forehead pulled down over my mouth and around the cheeks) to reduce the blowfish effect. I might be able to sleep with the air pressure sealed within my mouth, but it is quite startling when my cheeks in an instant get filled with air and puff out. If I could make the cheek puff less expansive it might help.
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