Sorry this is a long 1st post. Sleep Apnoea
I have been using a CPAP Resmed AirSense 10 Series machine for 3 + years, started on a nose mask . Took to it like a duck to water and was so pleased to finally be sleeping well. It has always been a positive thing for me. About 2 years ago I began to have nights were I was quite dry and my throat would sometimes feel red raw. Little did I know this was nothing compared to more recently. I was provided with a humidifier and it work a little for a few months.
About 5 months ago I began to get so dry, my gums stuck to my teeth and my tongue stuck to the bottom of my mouth, throat like I was in a desert. I put it down initially to Keto mouth as I'd commence on a diet (Fast 800) that put me into ketosis. As the diet (12 weeks) continued, the ketosis wore off but the dry mouth continue with vengeance.
About 6 weeks ago I notice that my mouth was dropping open during sleep (normal ageing stuff I guess) so I contacted my supplier who provided me with a full mask. At the same time as delivering this, the technician increased the humidity settings on my machine (I didn't know this was possible!).
Over the next few nights I struggled with the new mask, couldn't get it to fit and sprung leaks several time per night. My dry mouth however was loads better. I went back to my nose mask just so I could get some sleep but my dry mouth was awful so I tried again with the full mask. I concluded that the mask was too small so contacted my supplier and the technician delivered a larger mask on Friday last.
The mask feels a better size, I feel like I have room inside it but, I still cannot get the correct fitting to stop frequent overnight leaks. I have considered calling the technician but don't know how that will help as sometimes the leaking doesn't start until the end of my first sleep cycle. I won't be apparent immediately.
The night before last I had it so tight I ended up with a massive red mark across the bridge of my nose. I sort of know it shouldn't be too tight so loosened it last night and had more leaks (cold air blasting into the corner of my eye!).
So.....I am stuck. Loosen or tighten? Help, I am desperate.