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Just looked up when I got my Sleep Apnea Machine. Feb 1999, wow.. almost 18 years.

After many test over the years my pressure for the machine is now at 18 psi.
Hey a car tire takes 35 psi

One of the problems that I encountered over the years was filling up the vapourizer reservoir.  Each morning it is empty. 

I now have a solution. I went to the local Swish Maintenance and bought a 1 gallon jug with a pump that will disperse the water into my reservoir without spilling the water all over trying to get it into the small hole in the reservoir. I then got a plastic hose that fits over the end of the pump just long enough to reach the reservoir when I place it in the bottom of the sink. 

See photo. It takes about 10 strokes to get the proper level in the humidifier.

 

Resmed  Here is what I use to fill the reservoir   Fill the jug with Distilled water to dispense it. .jpg



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First of all, it's not 18 PSI. Your lungs would explode at those pressures. It's most likely 18 inches of water or mercury.
I used to go through a lot of water with my full faced mask, but since I've changed to the nasal mask I don't even use the humidifier anymore. It now sits in the cupboard collecting dust. One thing I would like to have is a heated air-hose especially in these winter months.

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I suffer from sleep apnea also and use a cpap machine..It took me a while to get used to it, but now I actually get a restfull nights sleep! Years ago while I had it, I would fall asleep while driving..Many times I had to pull over and take a short nap in my pickup!..Remember riding down the 3 lane freeway in the right lane at normal speed at night and my son was wondering why I was changing lanes when no other cars were around us..as I reached the far left lane and was heading for the shoulder he grabbed the wheel and steered us back on the road..then I woke up! Scared the crap out of me and I went and did something about my problem...so I can see the reasoning behind the drivers license ordeal you guys are discussing...If any of you have this problem sleeping I urge you to get checked out and use a cpap machine if presrcibed to you..The alternative to not use it can result in death...Don't know if you guys remember a famous linebacker named Reggie White? He passed away from sleep apnea.. I think my real wake up call was when a friend of my sons who was only 34 passed away from it also!

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I am still really curious what is causing these issues for so many folk's ,as well you're scare n the crap out of me passed a guy the other day an could of swore he was sleep n at the wheel...
Just found out my brother uses one..Hmmmm



-- Edited by Ground Pounder on Sunday 8th of January 2017 09:04:54 AM

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Being overweight is one cause according to my doctor..causes your airway to narrow
..in my case I'm far from overweight, but my tongue is receeding when I sleep blocking off my air...when your airway is closed off it awakens most people with a sense of panic which in turn causes heart attacks!

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cr55 wrote:

Being overweight is one cause according to my doctor..causes your airway to narrow
..in my case I'm far from overweight, but my tongue is receeding when I sleep blocking off my air...when your airway is closed off it awakens most people with a sense of panic which in turn causes heart attacks!


 I remember waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air. It felt as though you were underwater for a couple minutes and you resurfaced. Also used to take daily naps because couldn't go through the day without feeling exhausted. I would never say I was so tired I couldn't drive, but then my apnea was not as severe as some. I still hate wearing the stupid mask every night, but have to admit it has improved things. 



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Anyone considered this may be perfectly normal ( since it's so common) , and that they've just figured out a new scam?



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johnod wrote:

Anyone considered this may be perfectly normal ( since it's so common) , and that they've just figured out a new scam?


 Cancer is fairly common also, is that normal?

Research shows that 1 in 5 suffer from "mild" to "moderate" sleep apnea. Those cases are excluded from the insurance companies and the MTO.

Only severe cases are reported, which is 1 in 15 of the people  that are diagnosed with the disorder. So theoretically that would be 1 out of 75 people, are moderate to severe cases.

So yes fairly common, a scam...doubt it.

Studies show that people suffering from moderate/severe sleep apnea have a 15 times greater risk of an accident.

I have been looking into this rather extensively, as it affects me.

What I'm trying to find out is, who did the studies and for who? 

 

Had to add, in my opinion, I'm still a better driver and more alert then a vast majority of drivers on our roads today. I couldn't count on two hands and two feet how many collisions I've steered away from in the last year.

I got myself a dash cam, just cause I'm sure it might come in handy some day.

I personally haven't volunteered the info to my insurance company, and I haven't heard from the MTO either. I'm positive they have been notified, as my system is on WIFI, but they are just waiting for something to happen to deny my claim or...? 

 



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johnod wrote:

Anyone considered this may be perfectly normal ( since it's so common) , and that they've just figured out a new scam?


 I realize the insurance companies  will do just about anything they can to get higher rates,  but a scam? I don't think it is. At least I hope not!  Lots of people suffer from this and the amount of machines I see in people's homes is staggering. I've been reading of a system that eliminates the cpap machine..just waiting to see how this progresses!

 

  On a side note,I have a dog, who's NOT trained as a  service dog, but seems to know when I'm going to have an attack. I fall asleep on the couch or chair in the evening and just before I wake up  choking, he wakes me up by slightly bumping my face with his! Don't know how he knows, because my wife says I don't start choking or gasping for air, but he knows! 

 

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Your dentist can make you a fixture to solve your problem and not require a cpap machine.

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gkent wrote:

Your dentist can make you a fixture to solve your problem and not require a cpap machine.


 Do you really believe it's that easy?



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Worked for my wife. But you seem to be skeptical of everything anyway !!



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Petebil wrote:
gkent wrote:

Your dentist can make you a fixture to solve your problem and not require a cpap machine.


 Do you really believe it's that easy?


 Some mild sleep apnea patients can be treated with this..My wife is one!  But for the rest of us with this , we have to suffer along with the cpap machines!



-- Edited by cr55 on Sunday 5th of March 2017 07:38:59 AM

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Many of you are rationalizing why YOU should not or could not get treated for severe sleep apnea. So let's look at this responsibly.
1) Resolve this for YOUR Health. So YOU live longer, and healthier. You Sleep better.
2) Don't wait until it affects your Driver's License, your employment or your recreation.
3) Treat this and let YOUR Family sleep better. Even your Mother wants you to sleep better.

Stop Your Snoring and interrupted breathing. Let YOUR wife sleep better from your snoring or gasping ending.
Let her sleep instead of listening for you to begin breathing again.
Don't Die on your wife and kids and grandkids because you refuse to treat YOUR Sleep apnea. They rely on you.
Don't Die on your friends, they rely on you , too.

The dental appliance MIGHT work for you, or one of the many types of masks. There are APAP, BPAP and CPAP machines. I don't know the difference. I do know that my WIFE sleeps better since I stopped my snoring and gasping. I sleep better. I NEVER slept this refreshed before getting my machine. If I do have to sleep without it I DO NOT sleep refreshed.

During Power failures I hook up CPAP and alarm clock to generator. I SLEEP BETTER WITH CPAP. You Will TOO!
Most Hot Rodders go to other Hot Rodders funerals. I will try to go to yours. Don't make it from Sleep Apnea.

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Backfire wrote:
johnod wrote:

Anyone considered this may be perfectly normal ( since it's so common) , and that they've just figured out a new scam?


 

What I'm trying to find out is, who did the studies and for who? 

 

 


 

Now there's 64,000 dollar question.



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I went to my family doctor. He referred me to a Sleep Clinic. There are plenty of them, at least 2 in Newmarket. Then I got referred to Vital-Aire. The nice Lady at Vital-Aire did the forms, then fixed me up with what I needed. First night was cumbersome getting used to CPAP. 2nd Night was Dream Land.

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cr55 wrote:
johnod wrote:

Anyone considered this may be perfectly normal ( since it's so common) , and that they've just figured out a new scam?


 I realize the insurance companies  will do just about anything they can to get higher rates,  but a scam? I don't think it is. At least I hope not!  Lots of people suffer from this and the amount of machines I see in people's homes is staggering. I've been reading of a system that eliminates the cpap machine..just waiting to see how this progresses!

 

  On a side note,I have a dog, who's NOT trained as a  service dog, but seems to know when I'm going to have an attack. I fall asleep on the couch or chair in the evening and just before I wake up  choking, he wakes me up by slightly bumping my face with his! Don't know how he knows, because my wife says I don't start choking or gasping for air, but he knows! 

 

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 most likely with his better hearing he can hear your attack coming before your wife does

I had a pet rabbit

I could lean over and pet him no problem , even with both hands but I know he could hear the catch in my chest as I tensed up a little when I was about to try to pick him up .. every time, as he would hop away in just that moment if he could

I know some dogs have been reported to know their owners had cancer even before they or their doctor knew

I'm sure they can smell it or maybe even sence a difference in body temp at the cancer's location



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