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"but I did get a stern lecture from another person who said I absolutely must be seen in person. She informed me that my CPAP machine is a prescription device, and they would absolutely not make any changes to any settings"

So different from my experience. When I got my last CPAP, I was able to learn how to enter technician mode and change any settings I like. I did end up changing the pressure a few times until I got a setting that seems to work fine and is comfortable. I felt fine doing that because the new recommended setting is lower than the old one used to be so I didn't worry about the pressure being too high.

I think they don't want you to set the pressure so high that you blow a hole in a lung, which won't happen with a healthy lung but if one's isn't, who knows?

>>*That one really gave me a good laugh. Hope those in Europe or elsewhere can see it.

Yes, we can. And we sympathize deeply. And also, we hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.

-The Netherlands

Love the SNL sketch. Rang very true to this British engineer.
But missed an opportunity to mention some of the bigger differences we see from this side of the pond such as differently sized pints/quarts/gallons and use of “cups” in recipes. Great reference to football too! But didn’t realise I’d no idea how to spell glamourise…

The different measurements sketch is hilarious! Couldn’t see it in Canada, but found this link
https://www.metatube.com/en/videos/543852/SNL-Washingtons-Dream/#brid_cp_player

Great skit, but the metric system didn’t get started until 1799 and the French Revolution. I think that the subject of the skit may have been something else.

A very high percentage of CPAP problems are due to mask issues caused by improper fit and/or sleeping positions that mess up the fit. Speaking from several decades of experience.

I have been using a CPAP machine for about 20 years and I have used it almost every night since I first started using it. It really does help me sleep better and get a get sleep.

I agree with James that sleeping position can really affect how many apneas or as my machine names them, events, I have during the night.

For me, sleeping on my back seems to be a position that makes the number of events increase a lot. Sleeping on my side turned a bit to my toward my stomach seems to work best for me. I have used the same an Air Fit P10 nasal pillow mask from the start of CPAP use. I also use a chin strap. Seems to work well for me and is not uncomfortable.

I know the machine is a bit of a bother but keep with it for sure.

What's your experience with masks, nasal pillow and what-not? I'm starting therapy soon, with a visit to the sleep clinic coming up tomorrow.

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