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Using my CPAP again - can anyone help me to analyze my Oscar for improvements?

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anthonylieu +0 points · 12 months ago Original Poster

Hello,

I haven't noticed a large difference since using my CPAP, so I took a break. I've decided to give it another shot, and am wondering if maybe there's something I'm doing wrong. I've attached my Oscar, please and thank you for the help!

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Sierra +0 points · 12 months ago Sleep Patron

Your results seem pretty standard. Some comments:

You are having a few central apnea events but they do not seem to be happening when the pressure is higher. Your pressure setting seem ok. There may be a small benefit in reduced hypopnea events by increasing EPR from 2 cm to 3 cm. You will only know by trying it. It is not clear if you are using the Ramp set to Auto. It may improve your going to sleep experience. I would use a Ramp Start Pressure of 8 cm.

What issues are you having that are not encouraging more use of the CPAP?

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anthonylieu +0 points · 12 months ago Original Poster

I don't sleep well usually without medication, and I don't even take Trazodone anymore because it makes me too groggy during the day.

I wake up often with a dry nose and mouth if I'm lucky enough to fall asleep at all.

I was hoping that the machine would help reduce my depression symptoms, but it hasn't helped with that.

What would reducing the EPR from 2 to 3 cm actually do?

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Sierra +0 points · 12 months ago Sleep Patron

EPR stands for Expiry Pressure Relief, or a pressure reduction each time you exhale. It can make breathing easier. For example if your pressure is 8 cm and EPR is set to 3 cm, then on inhale you get 8 cm of pressure and on exhale it is 5 cm. My experience is that EPR can also reduce the number of hypopnea events.

What type of mask do you use? If it is a nasal mask and you open your mouth during sleep that can cause a dry mouth.

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