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Still Feel Exhausted in the Morning Even Using CPAP?

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gsykes42 +0 points · almost 5 years ago Original Poster

My father-in-law is also on CPAP. He hasn't been on it as long as I have, but he's been on it long enough to tell if it's making a difference for him. He says he can tell a HUGE difference with the way he feels in the morning. He says he's well rested and has no groggy feeling at all.

Me, on the other hand, I'm wondering if it's time to to adjust my pressure? My doctor didn't seem to think so, although my apnea numbers are, slightly, going up per night. I don't feel well rested at all. In fact, it takes a lot of time to wake me up in the morning. I'm usually so out of it that I can't talk to anybody for a good 30 minutes after getting up. Yet, the records from my CPAP show that it's working, but I'm not feeling any benefits - other than the benefit of not dying during the middle of night (which is a great benefit to have!) I go to bed at a decent time at night, even on weekends. I get, on average, 8 hours of sleep a night, but I'm still tired in the morning.

Also, I wake up feeling like my heart is pounding out of my chest. I know this isn't normal, but what in the world???

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sleeptech +0 points · almost 5 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

Sounds like it couldn't hurt to increase your pressure. I'm not sure why your doctor would be against it as it's fairly harmless. Usually the only down side is decrease in comfort as pressure increases, but if you do it slowly and sensibly that should no be a major problem. What exactly is your AHI and how has it changed?

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gsykes42 +0 points · almost 5 years ago Original Poster

Before CPAP, it was 50+ episodes a night. After CPAP, dropped dramatically down to 1. It's not averaging 3 per night. Still great! I just have never felt that well rested feeling in the morning. I still feel lethargic in the mornings, and my heart is pounding when I first get up in the morning.

My levels are automatically set, between 7-14. On average, the levels get up to 9. Would messing with the ramp help?

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sleeptech +0 points · almost 5 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

The ramp is simply for comfort. If you are falling asleep OK it won't help you.

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gsykes42 +0 points · almost 5 years ago Original Poster

Wait a minute. I think I mistyped. My AHI was much higher per hour. It was in the extremely severe level.

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sleeptech +0 points · almost 5 years ago Sleep Enthusiast

An AHI of 50+ would usually be considered severe. Anything over 30 is severe. Having said that, I've seen AHIs of 200 odd.

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