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Poor sleep with low AHI after surgery

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sleepy2233 +0 points · over 2 years ago Original Poster

i’d like to know if anyone found successful strategies to improve their sleep with a lower AHI.

I recently had double jaw surgery (MMA) and a sleep tracker shows that I have less awakenings at night, but that’s mostly been replaced by light sleep, not deep or REM. I still wake up exhausted and I can’t sleep the full eight hours. I’d guess my AHI is about 5 now (but could be wrong).

over the years I think I found strategies that did lower my AHI, but nothing ever really helped me get a lot more deep sleep or sleep for full 8 hours.

i’m trying out some strategies, including Buteyko reading, which could help. But nothing works so far.

Thanks for any help!

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Sierra +0 points · over 2 years ago Sleep Patron

I would start with using OSCAR to display the data from your CPAP. You may want to look to see if there are any opportunities to reduce your AHI further. An AHI of 5 is not really low. Over 5 for AHI is considered to be mild sleep apnea. Many people average under 1.0 for AHI. If you want to post your daily report screen I can comment on what I see.

You may want to look into CBTi. It is discussed at the website below. There are some good sleep hygiene tips at the site also.

Sleepwell - It is no dream

Some of the things that I found that have helped me are:

  • Try not to nap during the day and only try to sleep for 7 to 8 hours and not more. The idea is to build up a sleep demand.
  • Keep your room cool. If the room is too warm or I have too many covers, I do not sleep well
  • Avoid all caffeine after 12:00 noon. I only drink caffeine free drinks after 12:00 noon.
  • I have not tried Buteyko, but I do mouth tape each night so I only breath through my nose and my nasal pillow mask. It stops mouth breathing.
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