I have a friend who asked a doctor about their CPAP machine. It was their opinion that in a pinch the machine could be useful as a ventilator type device, increasing airflow to compromised lungs. We might be lucky to have them perhaps
Have you read anything here on "Chipmunk Cheeks". Don't know your particulars, but you might find it's not the mask.
Lately I have had some Cheyne Stokes breathing reported on my Sleepythead data. Most of the time it is around 4% with one occurrance of 9%.
I am recovering from a head cold and runny nose.
Should I be concerned? Has anyone else dealt with this issue?
Thanks for any feedback or similar experience.
You can change a setting on your machine so that it delivers a CONSTANT pressure instead of a range. You might experiment with it to see if you get better AHI numbers.
As for the Ambien, it is not the hours that we sleep that is important but the quality of the sleep. If those extra hours help you then stick with it.
Have you tried sleeping without the ambien? Sleep meds can adversely affect your AHI. You might also try changing you setting to straight CPAP if you are using the Resmed A10 in APAP mode.
Everyone is different, but an AHI of 5 is a common goal.
I sometimes suffer from indigestion type symptoms and bloating which do not respond to antacids or the usual remedies. I am wondering if it might be caused by swallowing air with CPAP. Does anyone have similar symptoms . Is there a remedy or is just a side effect that one has to live with?
Thanks for your experiences.
Right now I am working backwards from the APAP settings with the machine set in CPAP mode. I see that some of reported CA events are not true CA events, but I do find that they do nonetheless contribute to unproductive sleep. I seem to do better at a lower constant pressure. Still trying to find the bottom but I think I'm on the right track. I think I may have to accept the occasional spike in AHI due to the random nature of some CA events. It seems I have to find that sweet goldilock's setting where I average an acceptable AHI. Thanks again for your input.
I would accept a higher number of obstructive apneas if it reduced my central ones and lowered my totals. It seems like solving the obstructive issues is simpler since it is a question of pressure only. Complex apneas could have multiple causes. Causes that might not show up in a titration study.
I have had a number of sleep studies and I find that doctors just use the data to suggest pressure settings. They don't make any money looking at your data. I need a doctor who treats the patient and not the data.
I would be interested in where you read that. I highly suspect that it is accurate since by definition an apnea must last 10 seconds. Can this happen to many people? Probably about none. Please use this forum more wisely.
Thanks for the input.
I use a Dreamwear full face make and I suspect that occasionally I can drop my jaw below its' bottom. Would I not see a drop in mask pressure associated with the central apneas if this were the case?
I find your suggestion regarding circulation interesting. I am on a very low dosage of Metropolol (25mg) which I believe lowers my heart rate and my diastolic pressure has also been on the low side recently. I would gladly trade a slight increase in my blood pressure for improved sleep.
Looks like I have further investigation to do.