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How to reduce my events while using my Cpap

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@rfries

That's a terrific reply and I thank you. I did go to that site and it's good also. The part that I want to follow-up on is the sleep position. From what you've said it makes sense that I stay off my back – period. Any tips on how? When I wake I am on my side and I don't know when I am on my back. My sciatica rolls me around a lot. I am a 79 year old male. Use pillows as wedges to prevent rolling over? Sleep propped up at 30 degrees? I think my hybrid mask is probably comfy enough. Is it worthwhile to invest in a pillow having one corner cut off so that the mask rests on nothing?

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@rfries, I have bought 3 different CPAP pillows and didn't have much luck with any of them but it might just be me. The first one I bought was spendy and was the worst. It was way to firm for me but had the cutouts on the sides for sleeping on either side. Then I tried the little triangle pillow and it wasn't any better than the first one. I was already using a My Pillow regular size which I really like and saw someone recommend using two pillows. A regular or large pillow and then have your head on a smaller travel pillow that rests on the top of your larger pillow. Here's the one I got (actually got the 2 for 1 deal) – https://www.mypillow.com/rollandgoanywherepillowbuyonegetonefree.html.

Another thing that helped me because I do roll from side to side at night is a CPAP hose stand. I put the base under my mattress so that it holds the hose above my head and out of the way. It make a really big difference. Here's the one I bought on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/North-American-Healthcare-JB5651-Holder/dp/B0034CHMRU/ref=sr_1_5. The picture shows it placed on the side of the bed under the mattress but I've found it works better if I put it under the mattress at the head of the bed.