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I've often thought about having a little portable generator for when the power goes off, but at the moment can't afford one. They are a really good idea.

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This is the portable generator I have. It seems to maintain it's charge. I should check it again. It has been awhile. Works very nice. Can get about three nights use out of it before needing recharging.


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Funny how we were just talking about the power going out.

I'm glad you didn't have to go any longer without your CPAP, however I am bet you are glad you had bought that wedge pillow when you did.

I'm finding is easier sleeping with the Bambillo pillow than previously. My jaw isn't slipping forward anywhere near as much, so the pressure on my lower teeth isn't waking me.

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Well, my power went out for 3 days due to a snowstorm, no cpap for 3 nights! I had a migraine after the second night. I do think the wedge pillow helped because I didn't wake up 3-4 times per night like I used to before getting the cpap machine. Despite that I still felt groggy, didn't have the energy to do much but back on cpap machine for two nights now and suddenly today I enough energy to walk 4 miles.

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No - the buckwheat pillow was too big for the microwave, and there is also a risk of a fire re overheating. I COULD have put it in the freezer, however LOL! It was infused with lavender oil, and altho' to start wit I found it weird to use, I very soon got used to it and loved how supportive it was off my neck/head. If I could get a big one, I would possibly go that route again.

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This is the type of information that is so helpful to new members. Thank you for sharing.

Can't you microwave your buckwheat pillow to kill micro-organisms? We don't get enough sun most of the year to clean them that way.

I do remember how white line dried all cotton sheets could get in the summer. And they smelled so heavenly too.

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I decided to give my Bambillo Pillow (Bamboo) another go. I had used it for a while, well before getting my CPAP machine, but found it pushed my head up too much, so I went back to my buckwheat one, until I had a real bright idea and decided to open it to wash the buckwheat. I then discovered you are supposed to open in and put the buckwheat IN THE SUN to kill anything LOL! Anyway, I decided to try the bambillo one again, but rather than using it how I was, I have it under the upper part of my back/shoulders as well, so it elevates my head as well.

The good news is that
a) It has reduced the sinus issue a little

b) I have slept better because it has also stopped the little bit of air leakage around the nasal mask that had been waking me briefly 3-4 x's per night. I am hoping that as a result of that my eyes irritation may decrease, too.

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I am a side sleeper in between rolling like a hot dog on a spit. Sometimes I end up on my back. I read somewhere that to stop that unsightly dowagers hump to not sleep with a pillow, so I tried it and my back is much happier without a pillow when I am sleeping on my back. It did not take me long to adapt at all. I can be quite vain. I don't want that dowagers hump getting worse and I don't want wrinkles on my face or those stupid keratosis spots anywhere. I won't wear makeup, but I go to ridiculous lengths to fade the age spots. I really don't quite understand myself, but don't really worry about it too much. You just got that little aside so you will understand why I don't use a pillow when I sleep on my back. It is just a stupid vanity.


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I didn't even think about the power going out, that's a great point! The first week I got the pillow it was hard to adjust, my neck was sore and stiff, I figured out I wasn't positioning my head on it correctly, important to keep the curve at the back of the neck.
There are still nights I'm super restless and wake up in odd positions off the pillow or without my mask on, but I think that happened two times in the last month, so overall it has been worth it.

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If you go into other cpap online forums, wedges are one of the recommendations for how to sleep if the power goes out and you can't use your cpap machine. Gravity not only helps the sinuses, but it helps reduce the issues of the soft palate dropping and blocking our breathing.

Of course, I don't even stay on my pillows, so think I would probably just slide off and toss and turn like normal.

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Hello everyone: I too have bought a wedge pillow as i have been having problems with reflux...so when i got my pillow....and used it for a while now...my reflux has calmed down!.

so cool!



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Thanks. It is nice to know a solution before you have the problem.

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That's interesting - thank you for that. I might give it a try.



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Sorry I haven't been on in awhile!
I wanted to update about how using the wedge pillow is going. I bought a wedge pillow from walmart and been using it for over a month now. My respiratory therapist recommended sleeping with my head elevated when I told her about my nasal inflammation, because I am generally the most inflamed while sleeping or after sleeping. I'm on four allergy medications that just don't help enough help sometimes. I don't know how to explain how the pillow works but I think by having your face at an incline there's a little less pressure on your sinuses from gravity. I've been happy with the improvement. :)


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