CPAP/Nasal Pillow User... Hard To Exhale
Hi all. I'm newly diagnosed with sleep apnea and received my cpap machine a week ago. I'm strictly a nose breather at night, so chose the nasal pillow system as it seemed to be the least cumbersome and restrictive. It's comfortable and seems to have a good seal. However, I am noticing that it's such an effort to exhale against the force of the incoming air. It wears me out. I am wondering if other cpap users have noticed this problem with exhaling. Is this a normal occurrence across all systems? Or is it just the nasal pillows? With the force of the incoming air, and given that the the pillow openings are smaller than the nasal openings they sit against, how does the exhaled air get back out to the exhaust vent? I keep wondering if the carbon dioxide I'm trying to exhale is just mixing with the incoming air and going back into my lungs. So far, I'm not feeling any better in the mornings than I did without the cpap.
Would really appreciate input from any cpap vets who can enlighten this newbie. Many thanks.