Wrestling with sleep apnea for 1 year, probably had it for years previous to that. I have never gotten the CPAP machine below an average AHI of 10.
thanks, this makes a lot of sense. I know that for both singing and sport, it's important to keep the chin up to maximize air flow. I have a small pillow that I can put under my neck instead of my regular pillow which raises my head. I'll try it tonight. Regards
OK, thanks. I am scheduled to see a specialist.
Thanks! Your comments are very helpful! I used the machine last night with max pressure set to 12 and no EPR. I had data from less than 5 hours because I pulled the mask off, without knowing it. Average AHI was greater than 28 with one spike to 50, while both pressure and mask pressure stayed pegged at 12 most of the 5 hours, so tonight, I am going to set max pressure to 14 and compare the results.
Over my months of using the machine pre-surgery, that was the pattern I saw, with best results at 18. 20 was not possible due to leakage, which is why I requested a titration lab study to see if Bi-Pap might be better for me, and an oral device evaluation. The oral device is being made, and the titration study is in 5 weeks. I'll let you know how tonight goes.
I tried to post pix - could see them in my profile, but not here. If this posts, I will try again with the pictures.
I can't seem to get the pictures to post ...
May 1 was before I even knew about EPR setting. I see nose surgeon today and hope for OK to wear mask again.
May 1 was prior to surgery - I still did not know about EPR
thanks. I have not been using mask, awaiting titration study in 6 weeks. But I am considering trying the mask again at low pressure - like 12 and no EPR. If that does not work, I will have to wait for study.