Category: "Sleep Apnea"

I got an Ultrasonic Cleaner

On cpaptalk.com, it was mentioned using an ultrasonic cleaner to clean masks. So, that got me looking around for an ultrasonic cleaner.

Since the OP got his off of Australian eBay, I decided to get one from a US eBay seller.

It arrived today. I got a bigger unit than the OP, but it isn't too big. In fact when I picked up the package from the UPS store, it was smaller than I expected.

Though for the mask I have now, it'll probably be way too big. Though I have other masks around, and they might need the extra room.

I did a quick test of the machine and then put my glasses in for a short cycle. It sure was interesting watching what seemed like smoke streaming from the rims, hinge and nose pieces. I probably needed to have it in there longer to really get all the gunk out. But, I think my glasses are the cleanest they've ever been....

It'll be Sunday before I get around to run mask parts through it. Want to allow sufficient time for the parts to air dry afterwards....and Saturday I'm helping with communications for the Cabin Fever bike run. Plus I need to brew up some more distilled water....

CPAP Night 5

This night was not too different from last night. Other then a slight rearrangement of stuff around my bed (due to the introduction of a PowerSource 400 and another Night Stand, so now my CPAP machine is completely on the night stand and the hose comes straight off the back instead of deflecting off my alarm clock (CPAP was as far forward without its feet being off the stand, and the alarm clock was as far back the same...and in opposite corners)....now the alarm clock has moved to the other night stand. Might help me from turning it off before I'm completely awake. Though I think the CPAP will have a bigger effect on stopping that from happening. The main changes would be that I washed the nasal pillow using baby shampoo instead of dish soap and the humidifier was filled with distilled water.

Didn't notice any difference humidifier wise, though didn't really expect to. Still have it set lower than I would like to avoid rain-out. According to the tracking number, my order containing the cover was processed yesterday in Nashua, NH....so probably no chance of priority mail getting it to my box today. So, it'll have to wait until next Saturday's trip to my box to get it. Of course, if they had sent it to the shipping address I had specified on the order....I'd have it much sooner. Perhaps I'll have to explore other measures for rain-out prevention in the meantime....

But, I did notice the change to baby shampoo....sadly there was hint of baby shampoo smell instead, when I first put on my mask. Guess I need to work on my cleaning technique. In the morning there was still that smell after the mask was removed, and nose is sore again....wonder if I should give the next size down another try.

I did get up once during the night....got a sip of water while I was up, but not because I had to.

I also did dream last night, don't know if that was good or bad....I guess I was hungry....

Ecotones - Ambient Adaptive Sound Therapy System

Link: http://www.hammacher.com/publish/76034.asp

A little while ago, on one of the gadget blogs I follow, I heard about this product. It then appeared on a few others. I saw a listing for it on Amazon.com, but it wasn't actually available....so I put it on my wish list as something I would get in the future.

This is something I have toyed with getting for my bedroom...to help combat the noises that my neighbors make...though some of the noises they make are just rude, and being a bad neighbor, and I thought this was a no pets property....

And, from the description this sounded like it fit the bill. Later I saw that Hammacher Schlemmer was carrying it. So, I made a note to buy it...so that it would arrive shortly after my return from winter vacation.

It wasn't ordered in time to get it before Christmas...and the UPS tracking said it would arrive on December 30th. But, apparently while I was out getting the CPAP on December 29th...UPS showed up to try and deliver it. So, I waited at home to receive it on the 30th, as originally planned.

Now that I had it...I quickly discovered two (and then a third) problem with it. First, when you plug it in...it goes through a calibration process and emits a very loud tone. And, it does this every time it gets power. Meaning, hope the power never blinks in the middle of the night, or you'll get a rude awakening.

Kind of a problem since I got it to help deal with noise when trying to get to sleep...and stay asleep. But, now I have it on the PowerSource 400 I recently acquired.

Second was that the 12 choices of SoundStories...were the only sound options for it. There's no plain white noise or the like. I figured "Relaxing Fan" would be the one to go with. I have sometimes cranked my aircleaner to full blast to help mask condo noises. But, that level of noise is kind of bothersome....as well...and I prefer to leave it in automatic mode, and not have to remember switching it in and out, etc. Though the ecotones unit is more expensive than the aircleaner....

Later I discovered a 3rd problem...the "Relaxing Fan" SoundStory contains a chime element. Which I found disturbing...and eventually set out to find a different SoundStory.

Other, SoundStories are already not to my liking or contain other distracting elements...like birds chirping or cars honking, sirens.

Currently, I've settled on "Distant Thunderstorm" as my SoundStory. I didn't really want a water based theme, since normally I find the sound of water very worisome and distracting. Too many occasions, where I've heard the sound of water...and something bad is causing the sound. Now I hear something like the sound of water, and spend time wandering my condo checking if there's something wrong.

Plus a real Thunderstorm would usually wake me up at night.....

Nutriteam Countertop Water Distiller Stainless

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Nutriteam-Countertop-Water-Distiller-Stainless/dp/B000ANW7HQ

This is what FedEx brought me today.

Now, I had on occasion thought about getting a water distiller, to deal with the funky taste that tap water has sometimes...the PuR filter dispenser doesn't help with. But, wasn't sure about the expense, or the taste of distilled water.

I had considered getting water delivered to my condo....though not really sure where I'd put a water cooler or how to deal with getting the deliveries and doing the returns. Plus not really sure I could handle the expense...though it might address the question of whether I'm drinking enough water.

But, now that I need access to distilled water to fill the humidifier for my CPAP machine....this desire moved up to the front again.

I know you can buy distilled water from the grocery store, but I live a no-car lifestyle....and its 1.5 miles to the grocery store....and its up hill on the return journey. So, buying a gallon jug of distilled water isn't something I'd like to need to do on a regular basis....ideally, I go once a weekend...though I tend to skip weekends now and then due to weather....too windy, electrical storm, too hot/humid, too icy, too much snow to need to walk through. Plus not all weekends are work....home Wildcat football games kind of mess up traffic in the area.

So, I looked at Amazon Prime to solve this need. And, with that...there was only one choice.

I'm probably only going to use it supply my CPAP humidifier with distilled water. Because it takes so long to make distilled water, and is probably operationally expensive.... Though who knows...maybe when summer rolls around, I'll want to drink plain cold water again...and I might not have done anything to resolve the taste of tap water yet.

At least it isn't San Diego water. &#59;D

Winsome Wood End Table/Night Stand with Door and Shelf, Natural

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Wood-Table-Night-Natural/dp/B000NPSHUC

I've been meaning to get a proper night stand for the other side of my bed for some time...but it wasn't until I became pressed for space due to the addition of a CPAP machine, that I got around to actually buying one.

So, now that I was rushed...I opted to order one online from Amazon.com, that was Amazon Prime eligible (so I could get it quickly) and that was affordable and appeared functional and somewhat attractive.

Well, this night stand turned out to be somewhat flimsier than I had expected, but I probably would've known if I had taken the time to read the reviews on the different options that I was considering. OTOH, there was only one other choice fitting the constraints and it was quite a big more expensive... though it was rated 3.5 stars from two reviews (versus 2.5 stars from 10 reviews).

The other problem with it was that the predrilled holes for the magnetic catch were too close together (so it was use one and not the other)...and the supplied screws popped out the other through the front....so I had to leave the catch loose.

Otherwise, it'll do.

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