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Hi, I was diagnosed with chronic obstructive sleep apnoea and got a cpap machine a year ago after a few years exhaustion , depression and falling asleep all the time. It was so bad, falling asleep in the middle if conversations, at work at my desk, if I sat down with a student, I'm sure you all know how it feels. I was extremely embarrassed and upset by the thus and eventually a doctor at my practice referred me to hospital. I was terrified to find out that I stopped breathing about 100 times an hour. I was given a machine and instructions, I feel the difference as I can now sleep at night and not during every other time. I'm still not sure i understand the sleep apnoea totally so I'm looking forward to reading others experiences on this forum. I use a full mask as I was asked if I breathed through my mouth. I'm always left with marks on my face and sometimes wake up with blood shot eyes that I think comes from the air blowing in my eyes . I would love to have a mask for mouth breathers that doesn't have head gear but I don't know if they exist. I also have the humidifier and this helps a bit. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you cx

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That's great to hear how your life is so improved after a year on CPAP Cathy.  We're the lucky ones to have got diagnosed, as there's so many poor folk out there, unaware they're sufferers of OSA, struggling on as best they can whilst their physical, emotional and even mental health is deteriorating

There isn't a full face mask without headgear, but I use the Soft Cap Headgear with mine, and a lot of others do, with great success.  It's hard to describe, but as one of the reviewers states on the website "it almost feels like the mask isn't strapped to my head anymore."  This sums it up for me too.  Here's the link http://www.hope2sleep.co.uk/products/70  I've been using the lycra one, as there's a mesh one as well, so am going to try that one soon to see the difference.

Regarding the air blowing in your eyes, take a look at this discussion about making some mask liners out of old t-shirts.  They can really stops the leaks http://hope2sleepguide.co.uk/forum/topics/masks-and-air-leaks  Another option is to buy a thin sleep eye mask which are fairly cheap and I know several people who use these without them causing leaks.

Fisher Paykel make a oral mask called a Oracle which fits in the mouth and the strap fits more on your neck rather than your head.

I bought one but I could not get on with it but I still keep it around .It could be useful if my nose and face got sunburned for instance

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