Have been having issues posting the past couple of days. There was a privacy notice update that I had to acknowledge, but even still was having issues using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
Now, only at work have I been able to construct a response (using Internet Explorer).
Thanks, I will clean my CPAP thoroughly tomorrow!
Here is the last set of statistics, min pressure of 10, max of 10.5, things got a bit worse and perhaps this speaks to your suggestion of gathering weeks of data henceforth, and then making changes bases on the trends/averages.
Would you be interested in seeing an analysis I will be doing this weekend? I have an advanced sleep tracker called the Oura ring, and I will be going through each event and seeing what stage of sleep I was in during each apnea, hypopnea, central event, etc. I am trying to collect as much intel as possible :)
Perfect, thank you, I will try that tonight!
What is the difference between the green and red line? I turned off flex just like you recommended.
Have you experimented with different sleep positions and seen what effect that had on your nightly report?
Any specific guidelines/advice for maintaining/sanitizing CPAP equipment (machine, mask, tubing, water reservoir)?
Here are my results from last night. So now I am starting to gain an appreciation for the fluctuation from night to night, but even still, I my CPAP machine has enabled me to get a much better night of sleep than ever before, and I wake up feeling rested after an hour or two less of sleep than without it which has been really interesting to note. I am in contact with the manufacturer of my advanced sleep tracker Oura ring, and going to see if I can narrow down specific times that I was in each phase of sleep (REM, light, deep) and see if there is any correlation with the specific types of events I am experiencing during those phases of sleep. That being said, even if armed with that information, I'm not sure how I would then apply that to an actionable behavior change to improve my condition. That being said, I am going to try a dental guard to decrease OA events, I will keep a journal/log of my results to find out how best to manage things.
The minimum incremental change is 0.5 cm.
I am considering just setting it to 10 flat, no fluctuation, and run it for a couple weeks as a baseline to draw from.
In theory wouldn't the ideal pressure be the minimum amount required to most minimize AHI without disturbing sleep comfort? I don't mind increasing the pressure if that could prevent more events. I use a 40 minute ramp time starting out at 4.
I turned off the flex feature as you advised so I'm not sure why there is both a green and red line.
Do you use the OSCAR version?
I'd be very curious to see your results with an Oura ring, even with the CPAP on a good night like last night, it detects that I am a restless sleeper which is disconcerting (highly interruptive sleep).
Both of you have come a very long way, that is very encouraging for me..
What position do you sleep in? I just noticed your leak rate being elevated at times.
I use a ChiliPad and set it to exactly 65 degrees so that in spite of every changing external conditions, my bedroom is environment is ruthlessly consistent and optimal/conducive to restorative sleep.
My best night to date! Thank you all so much for your feedback, guidance and direction. The SleepHead application said that my AHI of 1.12 was reasonably good, but this seems to be an understatement, no? I was under the impression that, with a clinical diagnostic cutoff of AHI = 5, it is "normal" for people to experience some degree of apnea/hypopnea over the course of a night of sleep. Regardless, I am very pleased with these results but always open to specific changes for improvement or for a philosophy on how to track and refine my therapy in the coming weeks, months, and years. Thank you all!
Perfect thank you!
What are your daily AHI readings currently, and how consistent are they?
Have you ever worn a pulse oximeter overnight?
I have and never fell below 91% which was very encouraging, that was initially my concern when it had been established that I have moderate sleep apnea.
In this study they reported my result as pAHI, what exactly is that?
Perfect, I will increase the minimum pressure to 9 for tonight, and will get zoomed in screenshots of the area you suggested from last night, thank you!
When starting out with all of this I had it set to a min of 4 and max of 20, whatever the default settings were, I had no idea where to go from there, so thank you for pointing me in the proper direction!
I use the max ramp time (40 or 45 minutes I believe) starting at pressure 4 and ramping to 8, tonight will be 9. Is this advisable?
Thank you so much!
Also, to be perfectly honest with you guys, I have been shooting from the hip so to speak, and managing my sleep apnea on my own, so your input has been invaluable, and I even printed out that article on complex sleep apnea and took written notes on it yesterday, thank you so much!
I had an at home sleep study performed at the end of March (attached screenshots of my results) because for one, my Oura ring sleep tracker was detecting every night that my sleep is restless and also my sister has UARS (upper airway resistance syndrome) and I had a history of a modest degree of snoring. With the current pandemic it only made sense to independently investigate this matter, so I immediate bought the DreamStation out of pocket and seeking any and all knowledge ever since for fine tuning it, this didn't feel like something that should be prolonged. Since starting the CPAP, even though my numbers aren't the greatest, I have required an entire hour less of sleep each night and feel more rested than ever before, so it is definitely helping.
Thanks for all the guidance once again, it means a ton!