|Quoting aloges (Reply 7):|
My father gets several episodes on an average day and none of them is less than, say, fifteen sneezes.
Sorry to take so long in responding.
If you father is sneezing a lot it may well be because of cold, dry air hitting his nose (sinus area). Heating humidifiers are fantastic for solving my problem. I just checked the ResMed site to se if the humidifier I use (the original HumidAire) was still available. it isn't.
These days it appears that the only heating humidifiers will be the ones built to physically integrate with the cpap/autopap. The one for the S9
that I use ( http://www.resmed.com/us/products/products-patients.html?nc=patients
) is designed to act as one unit. I continue to use my old one as it allows me to have almost everything in a "go bag". I use the full kit (including heating hose) when traveling.
The heating hose is also important to me as it keeps "rain" (condensation) out of the hose. In the old days i wrapped insulation around the basic hose. Then I found heating hose from Sleep Zone in Australia (now in the US at http://www.sleepzone.com.au/8997/Sle...ne_Heated_CPAP_Tube/United_States/
) and found that to be a blessing.
With the ResMed S9
you can have a special heating hose integrated with the cpap and basically use a thermostat to set the heating level. Very slick and effective.
|Quoting ltbewr (Reply 8):|
I also seem to have nasal problems, mainly allergies, that makes it difficult to use the CPAP consistently.
Nasal problems are common and are a major reason why patients cannot be compliant. That was the case in '98 when I started treatment and it is the same today. It might be because of insurance company policies that some people don't het a humidifier system, but i really recommend one.
You might check various online companies selling cpaps for information on humidifiers for the cpap brand you have.
|Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 9):|
On another note, my girlfriend has a sleep disorder.
Has her problem been defined in a sleep study?
If not an easy way to get an indication (not a diagnosis, but an indication) of OSA is to time her for an hour or two. People with OSA will generality stop breathing, then start again with a "snort". the timing is simple - she is snoring and then stops making any noise, then starts up again with a snort. You need to time that "silent" period. Anything over 10 seconds is considered an apnea "event". In my original sleep study I averaged 55 events an hour, wit the longest one lasting 45 seconds.
One interesting factor (using mine as an example): I "woke up" 55 times an hour. In an 8 or 12 hour period I might have had 1 hour of "sleep".
|Quoting klm672 (Reply 18):|
This is VERY unlike me, and I am worried about my job.
Telling your boss that the problem is being addressed can help solve any work issues.
In my case I was awake after 8 hours of sleep on my first night on cpap. Some people take a bit longer, but you can move back to normal pretty fast. I would recommend no beer. wine or other drinking for the first 2 to 4 weeks, and only very mild drinking after that. Alcohol isn't good for OSA patients.
|Quoting klm672 (Reply 18):|
The sad thing is, at 26, I've decided THIS is the company I want to retire at.
No reason why you can't. Get your machine, get compliant and get on with your life. Join a sleep forum ( http://www.talkaboutsleep.com
is the one I used for a couple of years) and you can get support there. Feel free to PM
me if you have questions "from a long time user". And be positive about the future treatment. Actually you might PM
me when you are told you will be getting a cpap. Push for the heating humidifier and hoses and (with luck) a cpap.