FDA Reminds Patients that Devices Claiming to Clean, Disinfect or Sanitize CPAP Machines Using Ozone Gas or UV Light Have Not Been FDA Authorized
Just use soap and water, get a few long springy/wire brushes for the tube (under $10 on Amazon), and air dry. That's all you need.
Save your money and don't buy expensive gimmicky gadgets that likely do more harm than help.
I saw your last post where you were giving a few away for feedback, and I held my tongue then but your product is pretty far over priced. You have to compare your product to this highly reviewd and cheap ($12.18) hose holder. And it is a nice hose holder, I own it, and love how the hose holder is actually on a retractable elastic cord, so it pulls when you need it, and retracts when you don't. Before I got that hose holder, I used to simply run the hose around the frame of my headboard, similar to how your 'cat ear shaped' hose holder would hold the hose, it wasn't good, the coil of the hose (ridges) would run back and forth over the ridge edge of the headboard and make a noise that would wake my wife every time I rolled over. I've had my hose holder for about 6 months now, and it folds down to fit within the same carry bag my Dreamstation came with; I've taken it camping about 8 times in that 6 months, and about 3 business trips.
Your product seems inferior to the one I pointed on Amazon, and would need to be less than $12.18 (and that includes shipping).
this works great:
the base fits under the mattress, so no screws or anything is needed. instead of the side of the bed like on its box, I put it at the head of the bed
I've been on CPAP therapy for about 7 years, all with varying lengths of beard, from stubble to an epic pandemicbeard that is down to my chest now.
I've used many masks, and the trick I've found is a full mask with air cushion, rather than memory foam. I use the Simplus Roll Fit and my leak detection is 0.
One thing to note with the air cushions...cranking down on the straps actually causes the seal to be less effective. You'll have to find the sweet spot where its tight enough to get that seal, but not so tight that the seal collapses.
Buy it on amazon or wherever. You use a small layer of it on the irritated parts of your nose before you put the mask on and it creates a protective barrier to keep it from getting irritated. Its used most commonly for breast feeding moms and irritation, you can imagine how bad that must get, so its perfect for the same reason for cpap users.
Life changing one you try it for cpap users with this sensitivity.
Here's a link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011EB814
I sleep on my side, with a full face mask and a cpap pillow has helped a lot. I don't remember specifically which one I have but it is similar to this one: https://www.amazon.com/Lunderg-CPAP-Pillow-Side-Sleepers/dp/B084R77J83/ref=sr\_1\_3\_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=cpap+pillow+side+sleepers&qid=1624814070&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFKR1YwWjgyTFNDUkMmZW5jcnlwdG...
let's see...it's rated 55Ah
I don't know which machine you have, but a resmed needs about 49Ah for a full night, if pressure is 12 cm h2o, with humidifier.
see page 7
if you use a dc converter:
so sure, that would work well
This is the one I bought. Which I found from the r/CPAP group :-)
KFD Car Charger DC Adapter for Resmed S10 Series,ResMed Airsense 10 Air Sense S10 AirCurve 10 Series CPAP and BiPAP Machines,90W Resmed S10 370001 Replacement Vehicle Power Supply Cord Cable Charger https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P6H994Q/
FWIW I recently got two of these (TalentCell 12V Lithium ion Battery PB120B1, Rechargeable 38400mAh 142.08Wh Li-ion Battery Pack with DC 12V and 5V USB Output for LED Light Strip, CCTV Camera, Mobile and More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H8F5HYJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_1ouzFbKMS3HM8 )
As well as a dc adapter for my cpap and they lasted about a week on an off the grid camping trip.
I liked how light and small they are. Really allows you to backpack with them.
I’ve used several of them over the years. I keep one at home and one in my travel bag. I’m currently using this one; it works well and folds up small enough to fit in my Airsense 10 travel bag.
One modification you might want to make: rather than put it on the side of the bed as most of the pictures show, I put mine at the head of the bed, which works better for me because I can position the hook directly above me. It’s also out of the way when I make the bed. I have a metal lattice headboard, so I ended up tie-wrapping the pole to the headboard to prevent them from banging against each other.
you can get a hose guide to make sure it stays in position
and the masks that have the hose connected at the top, instead of at the mask, are easier to keep in a good place
thanks for the review. I think insurance and doctors with their heads stuck up their ass is the main reason people don't figure out they have apnea sooner.
here's a similar one:
this one offers the version of the watchpat with the chest sensor
(they have the lesser version too)
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh Backup Lithium Battery, 110V/200W Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) for Outdoors Camping Travel Hunting Emergency https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D29QNMJ/
I was just about to run out of distilled water...again, and started to consider investing in a countertop unit for the house. Figuring it will be good for CPAP humidification, but also nasal irrigation, cool most humidifiers, etc. I also like that it will cut down on plastic waste.
I've got my eye on this Megahome model. Pricey, but don't feel like wasting my time on something cheaper that won't last or do a crappy job.
Anyone else make the investment?
cpap.com and amazon.com (and others, I'm sure) sell an adapter for the AirMini, to connect a standard hose. The heater hose for your Airsens probably wouldn't work, but a regular hose should.
Here's a link to one of the adapters on Amazon.
What matters in the camping situation is the local humidity and temperature on a given day. Look up “relative humidity” (RH) and try to find what that is for the location and time of year you are going. If it is high then it is possible you’ll get condensation at the lows of 60F you described.
I’ve camped when it was cold and dry enough that I put the cpap in the sleeping bag with me and the combination of my body heat and humidity in the bag were just right. No condensation.
I’ve also camped in humid somewhat cold weather (raining) and the condensation in the mask and hose drove me nuts, but even worse was not using the cpap and snoring in cold air, causing me to wake up with a sore throat. In that situation it is just better to plan for condensation and clear the hose once in a while during the night. It sucks. Perhaps plan on snaking the hose in the sleeping bag with you, so there is little or less condensation to deal with.
My last suggestion is to not overthink it. You are camping, not going to a luxury hotel. Make sure you have a battery that you can connect the Dreamstation DC cable like this TalentCell DC 12V Power Cord, 5.5 x 2.1mm Male to DC7406 Male Plug Power Supply Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M5LMJ6X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PG9PG235DZ8MQV4MQV40?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1, so it lasts longer periods of time.
Search Amazon for “cpap power station” and choose one that can put out 250W or more. Don’t try lower Wattage or cpap might shut down unexpectedly. Do turn off the heat for the humidifier and use a hose that does not have a heating element.
Get a DC cable compatible with your cpap machine. Here is one for the Dreamstation (check for your cpap): TalentCell DC 12V Power Cord, 5.5 x 2.1mm Male to DC7406 Male Plug Power Supply Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M5LMJ6X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PG9PG235DZ8MQV4MQV40?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
>but unfortunately, I do not know the pressure it is set at
press the dial and the home button to access the clinical menu to find out. it has a big impact on battery usage
>as I did not want to spend another ~$60 on a DC converter,
there are cheaper ones:
it replaces the ac adapter...so it's not something extra to take.
see page 7 for size of battery needed:
I am reposting my reply to someone else with the same question:
I've been using tape for about a year now and it works great with my nasal pillows. Its not about taping your jaw as much as it is about keeping your lips sealed. Without the tape, even with a chin strap, I often wake up making "motor boat" noises as my lips flap and the cpap air just escapes my mouth.
Nexcare makes the best tape I have found for this purpose. It holds well but comes off without any pain or sticky residue. It also tears easily along a straight line so you dont need scissors to cut a fresh slice each night. However, about once a month I will drool enough that I need to replace the tape half way through the night, but one piece lasts 8+ hours on most nights.
Here are a few keys to a good mouth taping:
cut (or rip) a piece that is long enough to extend at least 1/4 inch past the edges of your mouth.
close your mouth tightly so that little of your actual lip is showing. You want the tape to stick to your skin, not the actual lips.
Place the tape so that approximately 1/4 is on the upper lip area and roughly 3/4 is affixed to the lower lip area
Run your hands over it a few times to get a good seal
If you're a man, stubble is the enemy. I have to shave at least every other day or my stubble will compromise the tape seal around my mouth
this one is ok:
it goes in-between the mattress and box spring. I put it at the head of the bed, not the side like in the picture.
Before I started using CPAP, I had the same experience. Clear nose during the day, stuffy when I woke up.
Since I started on CPAP, I have had no problems with a nasal-only mask. Perhaps it is because the CPAP air is filtered. I use a Dreamwear Nasal Cushion It is super comfortable and doesn't go into the nostrils the way the pillows do. I never needed anything to keep my mouth shut as the pressure was enough to keep it closed. I don't use any of the comfort features like humidity, heat, ramp or flex. So far it is working well.
if you want to crank it up to max humidity (8), max the hose temp too. see the chart on page 2
you might need a hose cover to retain more of the heat if your house is cold. I'm at max settings, 65 F room temp and get no rainout
> with the damn tube getting in the way,
get a hose holder. I put it at the head of the bed, instead of the side like shown here:
I like the masks that have the hose coming out of the top of head like the resmed n30i. With that type and a hose holder, you never feel the hose on your face
Make sure to get a 220/240 cord with the right ending. I got two from Amazon, one for UK : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015XHOCWG/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and one for Europe: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015XHODES/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
A CPAP Hose Cozy is pretty easy to sew up, but you can get them on Amazon:
I use it to also keep the cold plastic hose from waking me up when it brushes against my face or arms.
I travel full time in my truck and use this every night to power my AirMini. When I use the 110V port, I get 2 full nights of use, maybe 3, and on the 12V DC I get 4 to 5 nights. The power box is very light, fits in my backpack when I tent-camp, and recharges from a standard 110V outlet or my truck's 12V DC cigarette lighter.
Standard dish soap in hand hot water. Weekly.
Rinse with hand hot water after washing and allow to drip dry.
You can use one of these too: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074PX2CJL
Or something like it.
Use vinegar only in the Humidifier water tank, and if you aren't using distilled water (the vinegar removes limescale).
You can wash the mask daily using hand soap, or whatever body wash you use in the shower. I wash mine daily in the shower.
Amazon. I purchased these and they are fine.
CPAP Filters Disposable CPAP Air Filter - 20 Pack Universal Filters Standard CPAP Supplies for ResMed AirSense 10, AirCurve 10 and S9 Series CPAP & BiPAP Machines https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B077MG36PL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_DYhGCbZ6VCQ4S
I picked up one of these medical device luggage tags. It helps to very clearly mark why you have the extra bag.
I also eventually just picked up a Z1 travel CPAP machine. I have an oversized laptop backpack that barely fits under the seats. Now I just put the medical tag on that bag and keep my cpap in there instead.
Thanks for asking.
I think that I 'slept' for longer than I had previously before I had to take my mask off, but I still had to take it off because I could not get enough air. And when I put the mask back on in the morning, the same thing happened again.
And each time, I am only getting somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour and a half's rest, which has been the consistent pattern since about 3 months ago.
Here are the data for last night, October 16th..
I'd say it takes a few weeks to get used to the mask/machine. BUT I think you'll know if it's right or wrong type of mask for you in a few days. Start minimal (nasal cushion type) and move up to larger masks if you're a mouth breather.
I'd strap the machine down if I were you. the mask will separate from the hose eventually, but if you jump up and start running...it'll fall off the nightstand, etc. Or put it in a drawer. maybe something like this under your nightstand and over the machine?
for the bipap question...they won't give you one unless you 'fail' cpap, because they cost more. hopefully you'll do fine on cpap and won't have to go through that hassle
if you didn't change anything else, I doubt going from 5 to 6.4 minimum would cause any problems. maybe just a bad night, see if it happens again.
if you have oscar loaded on your pc, you need some way to read the SD card. some computers came with a built in reader, or you can buy one that plugs into your usb port:
from there, with the 'cpap importer' icon, it'll find the data and read it
The jackery battery will power your cpap the full night if you get a dc plug for your cpap. . Jackery actually recommends plugging their batteries in when not in use, so you can plug the jackery into the wall and your cpap into the jackery. It is a battery you can charge and use at the same time. The outlet in the jackery will stay on until you turn it off or until it runs out of power. It doesn’t have an automatic shut off. The medistrom battery will probably not last as long as the jackery, especially with a humidifier, but if you’re fine going without a humidifier, that’s no big deal. The advantage to the medistrom is that it’s small enough to take on an airplane, the jackery battery is too big to take on a plane. So it kind of depends on your power need, if you need a battery that lasts the night even with humidity, go with the jackery. If it’s just for a couple hours here and there, the medistrom is fine.
I have a Z2. I am using it for camping this weekend and in preparation I tried a couple of power adapters for a couple nights with my portable power supply. A 12V car plug in adapter to my power supply worked but not through the night. The Z2 needs a constant 12V minimum to run and my power supply must drop below that slightly after about 5 hours. It still had over 80% charge.
This This solution did work through the night and is what I am going to use. It needs a USB plug-in power supply. It looks like your power supply would work.
power supply I am using
I power it with this battery pack. It'll usually run my machine for 2-3 nights before needing a charge, but I just top it off every day.
I use breathe right strips every night. They help a bunch.
I tried the plastic things that go inside the nose. I can almost make them work - but it's not comfortable. It's worth a shot - because they are cheap and effective if you can handle them in your nose all night.
There are lots of different kinds - this is what I tried and almost liked:
for the dreamwear, you can also try the nasal cushion. I like that better than the pillows. easier on the nostrils, in my opinion.
and you can just buy that piece to try (it fits the headgear)
you really do need to try different sizes, styles, etc until you find one you like
for the peeing:
stop drinking 2 hours before bed, 3 if you can do it. this includes watery food like fruit.
if you can, try raising your legs with a pillow above your heart level as you read or watch tv for an hour before bed. this helps the fluid in the lower half of your body get processed. if that works, you can also look into compression wear (look up edema treatment)
double purge. pee 15 minutes before bed, then again right before, even if you don't feel like it.
(of course there are many medical problems that cause nocturia, get a blood test)
I've never tried the Purple pillow outside of a showroom floor. When I did the regular one seemed meh. The hybrid Purple Harmony one seemed a bit nicer. I'm a side sleeper so I liked the height on that one better.
What I ended up going with and loving is this one. https://www.amazon.com/Coop-Home-Goods-Adjustable-Hypoallergenic/dp/B01LYU7V4S/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=coop+pillow&qid=1624943613&sr=8-6
It's super soft and solid, but it still provides a lot of support. It doesn't overly contour at all for me personally. Also, it's adjustable by adding or removing the filling. I ended up adding all the extra because I like a tall pillow.
I haven’t seen any brand names, but there seem to be two types; disc-shaped and sphere-shaped. I’ve been using the spherical versions. Amazon sells them (here’s a link to a 12-pack), as does virtually every CPAP supply vendor.
airmini is a little louder, and doesn't have a humidity tank (it uses the moisture in your breath and you have to buy humidx cartridges for it)
>sleeping on side would crush the temple area of the tube.
all 'tube on the head' masks are designed to deliver full pressure with only one side just for that reason. for comfort, try a 'nasal cushion' type (n30i or dreamwear nasal cushion) instead of pillows
My CPAP mask has the hose attachment on top of my head, and it was messing up my growth pattern on top - I'm female, but with MS and fibromyalgia, I keep my hair short and spikey on top. I got a cap from Amazon that bikers use under their helmets - I dampen my hair on top, slick it back, and put on the cap - not only does my hair behave, but it makes it easier to put my mask on and take it back off.
I use this one....
Mission VaporActive Cooling Skull... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5HF8DG?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have a long beard and I use a CPAP. I also didn't want to shave so when I was selecting my first mask I accounted for that. I originally received a nasal pillow from my sleep study but quickly switched to a regular nasal style. It goes directly over my nose only so the beard doesn't come into the equation. The mask I use is an AirTouch N20. It uses memory foam cushions instead of silicone. I don't have much of a mustache, but it doesn't interfere with this type of cushion for me personally.
Other than that, I'd recommend to make sure to use distilled water for your humidifier. I didn't do that right away and it got caked with deposits in the reservoir pretty quickly and it was a pain to clean. After switching to distilled it's not so much of a problem.
I'd also recommend getting a hose hanger for your bed. I personally use this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TWP2KDN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It helped a lot with the hose annoyances.
I've used this one for over a year, I have it under the corner of my front bedframe which puts the holder about 9" above the top of my mattress, it's been a life changer. :)
I use this one.
JAKIA CPAP Hose Holder and Hanger Tube Clamp and Support Minimize Hose Tubing Tangle and Leakage with Angles Adjustable,Relieve Pressure from Tube-CPAP Accessory Supplies… https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089W44YZR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_KQT92JTKXXX5R8NYDA7A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I use this one from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TWP2KDN?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details
I also do not have a headboard. This one is designed to sit between a mattress and a box spring, but I use a platform bed with metal bars and no box spring. What I did was use some small velcro strips to strap the base part of the stand to the frame. This has worked very well. I think it actually holds better than it would between a box frame and mattress but I can't confirm that.
what do you mean? sound? air leaking, is the machine saying the leaks are high? or just pressure feels odd?
what are your pressures?
did you need a full face mask because you open your mouth during sleep? if not, perhaps a nasal cushion (which can be used with that frame) would be more comfortable for you
My husband got this one and liked it so much that I got one too. This will be my second night. Definitely recommend.
Lunderg CPAP Pillow for Side... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084R77J83?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
In my opinion nothing beats a buckwheat pillow for use with a cpap for apnea. It just holds your head in the perfect position without any extra floofyness.
The only con is that they can't be washed, but i just keep mine in a good pillowcase and replace it every year. This is the one I use:
It will irritate the skin on your nostrils until you build up the tolerance. I had success in the beginning with this product. Put a little on and rub around the outside and just inside of my nostrils. After about a week or two no issues.
Ayr Saline Nasal Gel, With Soothing Aloe, 0.5 Ounce Tube https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010NSC1U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_J5YQW842Y17J0GG0QE84
so you're using Philips DreamWear nasal cushion?
have you tried the different sizes of cushion? do you have the size guide in your kit? it's in the cardboard 'label' in the middle
make sure it's not too tight. A lot of people crank it down way too much. Use the mask leak test feature to try loosening it enough so it feels good, but still doesn't leak.
if you want to try the other mask sizes or styles, they are cheap on amazon
what mask? for me, switching from a full face to a resmed n30i nasal cushion mask worked well. that and just time to get used to it.
I also like a hose guide so it's never on my head or tangling around
(I put it at the head of the bed, not the side as show there)
if you move up the humidity level, you need to increase the hose temp too
see page 2:
if you still get rain out at the highest temperature, get a hose cover to help keep the heat in
Get a hose hanger or make one yourself, it really helped me with the damn hose tangling up during the night.
You’ve already got a lot of great advice, but wanted to reinforce.
I have the below battery with the 12V wire for a Dream Station. A full charge gave me two nights (and probably could have given a third) with humidity and hose warming on low. I tested it before camping, and without the 12V, I got about four hours, so don’t forget the 12V cord!
Look to see if the CPAP machine has a dc port.
I take this beast camping. Aeiusny Portable Solar Generator 500W 288WH UPS Power Station Emergency Battery Backup Power Supply Charged by Solar/AC Outlet/Car for CPAP Laptop Home Camping https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WXGQZWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_G1cVFbM2XT4AY?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
But it's not very heavy and can run a ton of items. If it's sunny, I unfold a solar charger. Four or five of us charge our phones on it too.
I believe that the bit you need for this is an inverter, this is a gadget that turns the DC (battery type) power of the battery, into AC (wall outlet type) power so you can simply plug it in. there are ones of all sizes, the main spec is the wattage,
from what Google says, an inverter like this:
would probably be plenty for this sort of thing , and with a hefty battery to hook it to, anything else I would think that was needed would be basic stuff for making a box to hold the battery and inverter for it to be easier and safer to carry or whatever.
some of the time those inverters come with clamps that can be used to hook it straight to a battery. this specific one comes with the cigarette lighter adapter. but he should be able to make it work.
Everyone's kind of already hit everything I would have here questions I would have is how is your blood pressure are you on medication? Untreated sleep apnea causes your body not to dip its blood pressure at night depending on its severity.
The other question I have is how low is your oxygen dipping.
Buy something like this and see how low you're getting.. if you're having right now an increased dipping oxygen with increased heart rate then yes you're going to benefit from using a machine it's just how your brain is going to have to get adjusted to it is the question.
It's condensation because of the temperature change from the humidifier to the mask. I was able to solve the problem with an insulated hose cover like this one. .
I don't use a heated hose. The insulated cover helps maintain the temperature well enough to keep the condensation from forming.
There may be local weather and/or humidity conditions that apply too, but this has worked for me.
I hadn't considered that. I looked at them. Are they "univeral" - how would I know if they fit my setup? this is what you're using, correct?
I have one of those spring-loaded lanyard holders + velcro loop to hold it together. Next to my bed is this long hose thing for holding clothes. It's attached to that.
It's a game changer.
I got these things! They use those removable command hooks to stick. I put them on my wall but it would work just as well as a head board.
Retracting Reel CPAP Tube Hanger... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N6RKIL0?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I had looked at those other rigid holders but rolling over at night didn’t look like it would be fun. The good thing about the retractor things is it holds all the slack off the bed but it easily moves with you when you move.
Generic hose on Amazon for $5.29, with free 2-day Prime shipping.
you can get a thermometer / humidify monitor combo for just a few bucks from Amazon or your local Walmart. :)
you mentioned that you have a heated tube. are you sure that it's actually working and keeping the tube warm?
another solution might be to get a CPAP tube cover... it will insulate the tube... I don't use one myself. I was talking with a lady at the sleep study center and she said the covers eliminated her rainout problem better than the heated tube.
something like this:
My father in law has your exact setup. He says that the humidity inserts dont work for him. He bought a portable water bottle humidifier on Amazon and keeps it right next to the air intake and he says it works like a charm since he did that.
This is the one he purchased from Amazon.
As far as I know, this was his one and only problem. That and the noise from the mask when exhaling.
I tried a bunch that kept falling apart, but have recently had luck with the Quiet Panda chin strap.
If you look around Amazon there seem to be chinstraps that look identical in structure but have different branding. Those are cheaper; I'd probably get one of those.
It's really sturdy and won't fall apart. The only problem is that the blue ink dye will rub off into the FFM plastic, turning it kind of grayish-blue, but it doesn't seem to affect skin.
This is an ongoing battle for me, too. I'm getting allergic reactions all over my head. The other week one even turned into a massive, gross boil.
I had previously tried getting pad-a-check strap covers. Those helped for like two days and then they started irritating my skin, too.
Another redditor suggested these lightweight balaclavas from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GZCCGNH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . I ordered them. They do prevent contact with the straps and for the most part are fantastically comfortable. They are maybe just a tiny bit tight on me as I have a pretty large head. I nonetheless found that I was tearing them off in the middle of the night, so after a few nights I stopped wearing them. I should probably give them another try.
After using this product who bore use this product you can buy from Amazon. Hope you get a better solution from sleep apnea
You can replace just the cushion without replacing the entire headgear. I usually get my replacements on Amazon.
with the masks try the foam, the foam liners make the mask smaller.
The anti allergy one is the light blue, thin cartridge pictured on the left. It has the printed logo on it.
Buy the cheapest SD card anytime you're at a store... or spend $8 on this:
This is the least expensive replacements I've seen. Here are some pics of what it looks like. The filters just pop in and out, so easy peasy swapping. Good luck with the whole situation.
That alarm clock, plus if you have any smart lights, I have mine set to very slowly start getting brighter about 20 minutes before my alarm goes off. Eventually they'll be at 100% and I can't sleep under bright light. To make this work, when I was on day shift, I made sure my room was completely dark during the day. I mean 0% light getting in at all.
6 years on night shift, and that fixed me. I wake up on the first try now, no more snoozing and it conditioned me to wake up within seconds of hearing my alarm. Plus I'm in the military, the fear of being late enough times, I'd lose my job, insurance, retirement and my livelihood...those are also motivations for me lol.
That alarm clock is supposed to vibrate as well, maybe you need a physical reaction.
I have sensitive skin and I'm prone to breakouts so I'm always very conscious of my mask and how it affects my skin. I use these wipes to clean my nasal pillows every morning. Quick and easy, I don't notice any residue at night when I use the mask, and they don't leave a scent behind. I also clean my mask with scent-free soap and warm water once a week.
I have a few straps now (have had the same style of mask for three years and the straps have held up relatively well so I don't throw them out) so I'm able to swap out my current strap with a new clean one every week then wash the dirty one in the next load of delicates (cooler water, no bleach, hang to dry).
I get a new strap and mask every year as part of my insurance. I don't know if I would worry about replacing it sooner - a year seems to do the trick.
I posted about my setup a couple weeks ago. Here is my Battery:
Here is my 12 Volt charger:
To keep my nose lubed up I did use NasoGel and one shot of Afrin in each nostril. I didn’t wake up dry or congested. I think a little water in the chamber helps too since the air blows through there.
Over 2 nights I was able to run my CPAP (Resmed Airsense 10) w/a little water in the chamber and all heating turned off. Turned on Airplane Mode, turned off humidity and temperature settings. I was also able to charge my iPhone and Apple Watch (also on Airplane Mode too) each night to full power.
After 2 nights I still had 25% battery life left in the battery! So maybe I could have gotten a 3rd night? But I did have to get the Cub Scouts home.
try a mask liner or cushion
many different types, look for your exact mask
or try switching to a nasal pillows/cushion mask
I assume it's clean since it's new, but give it a good wash just in case. pop out that vent and make sure nothing is unusual there.
fyi, the n30i nose piece fits the p30i head gear, and the n30i seems to vent very differently if you want to see if it works better for you. it's a cushion vs a pillow.
One thing to consider is smell. I use a free & clear soap that doesn't leave a scent behind. Most recently I've been using Seventh Generation Dish Liquid Soap Free and Clear. Dawn makes one I believe but I can never find it in stock since the pandemic.
That looks much better than what I paid for my battery and it’s only 26wh, but it will get me a full 9 hours on my resmed autoset 9 without humidifier.
Duracell DRPP600 Powerpack 600 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000TKHMWK/
If mine ever dies I’m going to look that one up :-)
Yes, the cable I linked gets around the battery not being able to do a CPAP on the charger included with the device. There is a huge efficiency loss going from ac from a wall outlet to DC for the device that the linked charger skips.
I also got https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072MZM74S?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share just in case, and can use my car battery if a something goes wrong camping or power our for a while at home. A car battery should last at least a week with no recharging if the humidifier is turned off on the CPAP
run a leak test first. large wouldn't work for me at all. Then small felt like it wasn't getting enough air. Medium was ok, but yeah, it still rubbed my nose a little on some nights.
I switched to the N30i nasal cushion medium, just to see if it felt better, and it did. It fits the p30i headgear.
airsense 10 is the machine, what mask are you talking about?
are you washing the straps per the recommended care instructions?
amazon has the hoses, I assume you mean heated:
You can get the frame for about $40 on Amazon if you can't get your insurance company or DME to replace it.
I got somewhat lucky on mine... I went in for a second sleep study, and she took one look at my mask and said my Cushion needed to be replaced. I explained that I had ordered one from Amazon but it was late in arriving and did not show up in time for the new study. So she said we would use one of theirs. She then brought in a brand new Airtouch F20 mask, not just a cushion.. a full mask complete with headgear. She then explained that they would be required to throw it away after the sleep study, and while she can't give it to me, if for some reason it disappeared from the room when I left, no one would question it.
FYI this is the WIFI Card I purchased: Amazon - Toshiba FlashAir 16GB
I just set it up a couple weeks ago in my AirSense 10 AutoSet. It’s connected to my WiFi network and configured as a webdav shared drive on my PC. Oscar is pointed to that directory to import and it’s working flawlessly so far.
It’s definitely quite expensive compared to non-wifi cards of the same size, but for me it’s well worth it for the convenience.
I use the same product that I use on my scuba mask to keep a tight seal. Just a very light coating is sufficient to make a very tight seal
I don't have that particular problem, but definitely try the 'nasal pillows' style, I found it far more comfortable (after 4-5 days of irritated skin below my nose). They seal a lot more flexibly, so you can reasonably sleep on your side with a pillow under your chin, or with your arm curled up there.
You aren't congested, are you? If you're having any trouble breathing through your nose, you'll reflexively switch to your mouth.
A chin-strap shouldn't be prescription, so you could easily try one of those out just to see how comfortable they are - you may find that after sleeping with one for a while, you don't need it any more. Something like this - they aren't that pricey.
This is the whole chamber, but looks like it comes with the gasket. Is this sort of what you're needing?
its the offical android app for the smartmed/resvent devices including the ibreeze
in my experience though the app itself is buggy and never loads my sleep stats, i only keep it on my phone for setting up the WiFi when it drops out.
I strap my hose to the wall so if I pull against it I’m pulling against the wall and not the machine. Works well. Also gives you somewhere to hang the mask.
CPAP HoseHack, New Innovative... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09443RJGF?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I tried resmed, but it's not as deep of sleep so I found that you can swap out the faulty foam airchamber in the DS1 (I really like mine). I've linked this before and it works well in both of my machines and has saved me from using other devices:
I got a 25 foot cigarette lighter extension cord (SPARKING 25FT Cigarette Lighter... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S5K8JN6?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share)
and a DC cord (KFD DC Adapter Car Charger for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P6H994Q?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share) for my Resmed. Ran it off my truck all night with the humidity and heated tube both on. The truck started just fine the next morning. Only really an option if you are camping next to you car though.
I did too, just replace the airchamber with a foamless one, I've done all three of mine:
Something similar to this https://www.amazon.com/Aquatic-Life-Reverse-Osmosis-50-Gallon/dp/B00204CQF6?th=1&psc=1
Fills a gallon in about half an hour. For the countertop distiller I had to leave it running all night for maybe half a gallon yield. RO water is not quite as pure, but really good enough for me, no residues, no problems of any kind so far.
I have this heavy duty model. It is a beast. Highly recommend although price has increased by 25% since I bought it last year! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ANW7HQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I'm not sure if what you are trying to do will work well or not, but I have a few cheap USB humidifiers I use for spot humidity on specific house plants. I've run at least one, if not two cycles a day for over a year on this one without any issues.
Yeah, just kidding about the jumbo humidifier, but it should be a good cash cow for ResMed.
Interesting idea about the water bottle with a float, sadly I don't care enough to try it.
Something like this:
Float Switch 10W DC110V 0.5A Liquid Water Level Sensor Horizontal Float Switch Fish Tank Pump Liquid Level Indicator Alarm -30~125°C https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07K63S6QL/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_VHJBKXRWWZ23Z7ZQ1KMM
DC 12V Removable Pump Head Peristaltic Pump Metering Pump for Biochemical Analysis for fine Chemicals for Biotechnology Fields https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0968W3223/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_JTQP2NTZYYKT0W20MQAG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Plus a 12v power supply.
You could sit your 4 litre distilled water bottle on the floor and use the float switch to control the pump. 🤔
I've used these little pumps to dose my aquariums. Nothing but the best drugs for my fish. 🤣 Plant fertilizer actually.
what nasal cushions have a filter?
Are you thinking of a diffuser? (which I've only ever seen on the frame). Those can be washed easily.
I don't believe there's any such thing as a "p20". there's a F20 and a N20, cushions available separately, eg: https://smile.amazon.com/ResMed-Airfit-N20-Cushion-Replacement/dp/B06XYQPMBM
I'm about to try this one, I have a beard though, so 😳
Lankylefty on youtube recommended this one and its great https://www.amazon.com/Cover-Roll-Stretch-yards-Hypoallergenic-pack/dp/B01F9JFBBY/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=ENF2SZ669RB&keywords=cover+roll+stretch+tape&qid=1650720493&sprefix=Cover+roll%2Caps%2C97&sr=8-3
On the cheap side that you can get today is scotch tape. Its cheap, found everywhere, doesnt leave sticky glue on you
I'm going to take a different approach to this.
Doctors and so many professionals will tell you to have a routine. I know people hate routines but if you want him to wear it, or attempt to.... then you must routine. BOTH OF YOU.
It took nearly a year for me to listen to my wife about apnea and then she recorded me on video. Off to the lab I went.
I hate my mask. Truly hate it. Ok, maybe not hate anymore but it took the full face mask, the nose cone and then the nasal pads and a CPAP friendly pillow.
Ok, routines. Set a specific bed time for both. No phones in bed. No TV in the bedroom. Or at least a firm off time. One of the best things we ever did was get rid of the TV in our bedroom. It's not needed. We have a family room for that. Even reading can be bad if you have sleep apnea. You need to fall asleep with the mask ON. So read with the mask on.....
So if you go to bed at 10, no devices a half hour before. Get ready for bed and just do it. I usually sit on the bed for 1-2 minutes and breathe slowly before I put my mask on. I then sit there for another minute or so to get used to the pressure.
It takes time. It took me a year and a half to really adjust. My sleep still sucks but if I don't use my machine, I am freaking miserable.
He needs to learn. It's ok to go through different masks, chin straps, whatever it takes. Nasal sprays for stuffiness (to start). A glass of water an hour before bed to hydrate to help with being stuffy.
The other option is to show him this thread and how pissed off everyone else gets and reaction from spouses.
I still say routines are best.