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Philips Respironics New Sleep Apnoea Diagnostic Service

If you snore and are tired, you could be suffering from sleep apnoea (see signs + symptoms on our website)…Continue

Started Apr 8, 2018

RAFFLE for out UK Supporters - ends Saturday 21st October 2017

We're extending our raffle to our United Kingdom Supporters *(sorry rules mean we can't share this out of…Continue

Started Oct 19, 2017

Driving with Sleep Apnoea costs unnecessary lives. Please share to raise awareness.
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The father of Toby (the young man killed in a traffic accident) meets up with the driver responsible for his death, due to undiagnosed sleep apnoea.  Both these men live with their own horrific scars…Continue

Tags: tired, sleep-apnoea, DVLA, driving

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sleep2snore Feb 24, 2017.

Research into Snoring Children and those with Down's Syndrome

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers of Children ages 3 to 4 years old (they have enough 2 year olds now) who Snore and those beautiful children with Down's Syndrome to take part in…Continue

Started Apr 1, 2016

 

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Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"You could try that Maxine, but just a piece of material under the straps would at least let you know if it's the straps themselves causing the issue.  The softcap I mentioned is for using without the mask's headgear.  Good luck!…"
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Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Welcome Maxine and good you got diagnosed with such a severe case.  I wonder if the itchy scalp is due to the nights being hotter at the moment or if you've washed the straps with something that's causing an allergy.  If you…"
yesterday
Kath Hope replied to Judy Y's discussion Sleep apnoea and TMJ
"Sorry to head this Judy, and it could well be the fact that you're having to tighten the mask a little too much that's causing the jaw problems.  It could also simply be that the mask isn't suitable for you, so worth asking your…"
Apr 29
Kath Hope replied to Lee's discussion DreamWear full face
"Sorry for the delay as I managed to get myself locked out of the forum lol.  Please don't be messing with the pressures and contact your hospital if your wife has noticed you looking gray.  Perhaps go back to a different mask until…"
Mar 15
Kath Hope replied to Lee's discussion DreamWear full face
"Hi Lee.  Sorry to hear you're still having problems with masks.  It's not normal to feel there's not enough air with the DreamWear as that mask usually give people the opposite sensation of feeling more pressure than…"
Mar 13
Kath Hope replied to Lee's discussion SoClean 2
"I use both the SoClean at the DreamWear mask.  Remember the SoClean is a sanitiser rather than a cleaner, so the mask still needs cleaning of our facial oils.  I use the CPAP Mask Wipes before putting the mask, including headgear, into the…"
Feb 22
Kath Hope replied to Lee's discussion SoClean 2
"I use both the SoClean at the DreamWear mask.  Remember the SoClean is a sanitiser rather than a cleaner, so the mask still needs cleaning of our facial oils.  I use the CPAP Mask Wipes before putting the mask, including headgear, into the…"
Feb 21
Kath Hope replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Blocked nose
"Definitely nothing inside the humidifier chamber except plain water.  Olbas Oil on a tissue or Vicks as Eric states, and there's a more detailed article on the website here https://www.hope2sleep.co.uk/blog/cpap-masks-with-a-cold.html"
Dec 18, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Andy Falconer's discussion First night with CPAP
"Hi Andy. That's a good first night and sounding positive already. You may find your AHI comes down over the next few nights. Ideally we're looking for it to be up to 5 which is classed as 'normal.'  Your other goods will be…"
Dec 11, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Linda's discussion Do charities take new surplus CPAP masks?
"Hi Linda I just wanted to say thanks for sending us your surplus cushions and headgear.  We've already given out one of the cushions to someone who was struggling with a split cushion.  We really do appreciate this and so did the…"
Dec 3, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Judy Y's discussion Could I have developed Central Sleep Apnoea ?
"I don't think those symptoms are specific to central sleep apnoea.  Your app should tell you if those apnoeas are obstructive or  centrals.  It sometimes says 'CA.'  Sometimes when people first wake it takes a…"
Nov 27, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Linda's discussion Do charities take new surplus CPAP masks?
"Hi Linda.  Due to the way some of the manufacturer package their masks, eg multiple sizes of cushions, some clinics just hand the whole pack out to the patients, and then there are others that are more resourceful in that they take out the…"
Nov 22, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Linda's discussion Do charities take new surplus CAPD masks?
"I know exactly what you mean Linda. It's good when people purchase them when unsure of their size, but wasteful otherwise.  You can send them to our Hope2Sleep Charity who run this forum and address is on the contact…"
Nov 17, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Like you say yourself Ruth, warming up the bedroom will help, but also if you don't have a heated humidifier then that would help - as will covering the tube with a Hose Cover."
Oct 28, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Kyla Davies's discussion Soclean machine in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Oh what a shame Kyla.  We are all so different with our sensitivies to smells, as I love the clean smell after using mine.  I'd advise you edit this with the price you're looking for, to save lots of messages agreeing and…"
Oct 5, 2018
Kath Hope replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"This is a common problem Sally, and especially when new to CPAP, irrespective of whatever machines people use.  It's definitely not just an Airsense 10 problem. If you've not clicked on the link I posted above in my reply to Chris…"
Sep 17, 2018

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Respironics PR One APAP
Devilbiss Sleep cube APAP (Known as Intellipap in the USA)
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Respironics Fit Life
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Medications Affecting Sleep

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Posted on October 16, 2014 at 22:27

CPAP TIPS

The following are my own tips in helping with my own treatment, and are not meant as a substitute for medical advice. However, I hope they prove useful. 



CPAP/APAP/BIPAP TOLERANCE PROBLEMS

A lot of people find it hard to tolerate their equipment at first, so it's a good idea to set it up during the day whilst relaxing, such as watching tv,…

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Posted on October 25, 2011 at 20:00

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At 15:32 on November 2, 2017, YasminVaughan said…
Hi Kath I've being using a cpap machine for over 3 years the res meds one and full mask the last few weeks I have been getting bad headaches and dried sinuses making me feel horrid . I've got pressure on 7 a wooly cover for hose humidifier, I'm running out of ideas I did use a nasal spray at nite but was told to stop this I've joined today many thanks
At 15:22 on August 23, 2014, Bernadette Plunkett said…

Hi Kath, thanks for the welcome. Having just started therapy after a 2 year struggle to get diagnosed I have a bunch of questions but I'll try to see if they've been asked and answered on the forum first before raining them down on everyone. 

At 10:26 on March 12, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Thanks Kath, I'll wait until Marion's able to reply. I don't want to disturb while she's poorly - it can wait for now.  Thanks once again for your help x

At 14:01 on March 10, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Hi Kath, thanks for the comment about Marion and sorry to hear she's not well.  I've added her as a friend and am waiting for her to accept.  I'm not sure where I should copy/paste my comment to her though as it already appears to be there?  I'm not familiar with the forum set-up yet - that's my excuse anyway! x

At 0:12 on March 8, 2014, Sandra Gibbens said…

Thank you for adding me, already I've received so much support and information, and it's very much appreciated!

At 15:51 on March 6, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Thanks Kath!

At 15:12 on March 6, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Interesting ... thanks Kath, I'll take a look.  I've also been using mine for years - 15 in fact and get along with it fine now (after a load of teething problems!).  What I do hate is the weight and bulk of it.  I'm worrying about how me and my husband can get away for a few days in the summer as he's just had his driving licence revoked due to ill-health and I can't drive.  I guess I'll be pleading with Papworth again when I go in a couple of months to test me on other (smaller) machines - usually to no avail!

At 19:57 on February 6, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

Hi Kath, thanks again for the useful info. Firstly I did wonder if it's some natural oils coming out of my skin; I always wash before bed and use no creams. You mentioned the change in temperature during the night, well, my face often gets hot and I wondered if that could cause the mask to slip as well as a drop in temp.

I clean my mask every day, wiping with a little washing up liquid then wipe/rinse with clean wet cloth.

The hospital tried me on APAP but when the pressure rose it caused leaking so they change it for me.

I have a medium size mask (the hospital fitted it) and although I have a small face I have quite a big nose lol.

I visited the sleep clinic last June/July at St James Hospital in Leeds, when I was given the CPAP machine. I haven't been asked to go back yet; they only gave me one spare filter. How long would you expect a mask to last and how often should I change the filter?

NB I have just order some items from your website which may help me too; the cleansing wipes, the cream to help sore skin etc and the card (in case of emergency).

 

Thank you so much for your help, glad I found you

At 6:23 on February 6, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

I almost always get off get off to sleep with no problem at all; my mask appears to fit quite well, however, after maybe two or three hours I wake up; mask leaking usually from around top of nose. Trouble is when I awake I then want the loo, anyway, I have realised that if I wipe my face and mask with a damp cloth (I have this at the side of bed) after I've done faffing, I can sometimes go back to sleep for another hour or so, but, sometimes at this time I just cannot get the mask to fit without it leaking; then I give up.

At 17:48 on February 5, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

Thank you Kath it's nice to be here.  I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea about 5 months and have just about mastered the equipment, however, on some occasions I struggle and unfortunately ,I have to sleep without using the machine all night. I found this site when someone on Health Unlocked recommended it

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Maxine Chaplain left a comment for Karen Hamer
"Thank you Karen. Your suggestions are good and I will certainly give them a go. To be honest, I feel so good about life after years of fatigue that this just a minor problem. I'm sure I will crack it! I'm definitely going to try a silk…"
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Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"You could try that Maxine, but just a piece of material under the straps would at least let you know if it's the straps themselves causing the issue.  The softcap I mentioned is for using without the mask's headgear.  Good luck!…"
yesterday
Karen Hamer left a comment for Maxine Chaplain
"Hi Maxine - I also suffered similar problems,  and early on started to use a hair net. Not the sexiest of looks but it helps! You can buy sleep hair nets from High St chemists.. I also have a silk hair cap and a light jersey cap which I got off…"
yesterday
Maxine Chaplain replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Thank you for the reply, Kath. I had thought about making myself a cotton cap but have been putting it off thinking that I just don't need something else on my head during the night! I will give it a go and let you know. "
yesterday
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Welcome Maxine and good you got diagnosed with such a severe case.  I wonder if the itchy scalp is due to the nights being hotter at the moment or if you've washed the straps with something that's causing an allergy.  If you…"
yesterday
Maxine Chaplain replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and new to Sleep Apnoea. I was diagnosed a few weeks ago having 50+ events per night. I'm doing well with my Resmed machine and mask, however I wonder if anyone else suffers from an itchy scalp where the…"
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Eric Swindon posted a discussion

O.S.A. & B.H.P

Obviously I am an elderly male with enlarged prostate and have been on cpap for the last 13 years. My urologist has prescribed TAMUREX (Tamsulosin Hydrochloride) so I researched it and found this review "I'm a 58 years old. I used to get up 4 or 5…See More
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James Kilby replied to James Kilby's discussion Resmed airsence 10 - carry case - full face mask
"Could take £300 as of on holiday next week"
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brand new un-opened and surplus to requirements this is a brand new H5i humidifier water tank and heated attachment compartment, with a climate air tube, also not usedwould be ideal to replace older parts or keep as spares for your machine selling…See More
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James Kilby replied to James Kilby's discussion Resmed airsence 10 - carry case - full face mask
"Located leicester"
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Graham Carr replied to James Kilby's discussion Resmed airsence 10 - carry case - full face mask
"Hi, thanks for replying. I'm still interested in the Resmed unit. Where are you located?"
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James Kilby replied to James Kilby's discussion Resmed airsence 10 - carry case - full face mask
"Still available Having trouble loading images this is the model and same face mask http://store.mainclinicsupply.com/resmed-cpap-airsense-10-p/airsense-10.htm#&panel1-6"
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Chris Vesey replied to Hazel Hall's discussion Mask
"Hi, My machine and mask is made by resumed, they recommend replacing the mask at 12 months. My stuff was supplied by queen's hospital, Burton upon trent but when I need anything replacing I just phone resumed and they send it and bill the…"
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Graham Carr replied to James Kilby's discussion Resmed airsence 10 - carry case - full face mask
"Hi James, I'm interested in getting a CPAP to see if it helps my sleep apnea. How much use has the CPAP had? Do you have any photos? Thanks"
Jun 19
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James Kilby posted a discussion

Resmed airflow 10 - carry case - full face mask

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