Be careful with Afrin. It can cause the same problems it is supposed to fix.
I have used it and found it to be very effective. Then it would wear off and I would use more. It became less and less effective and my congestion and runny nose got worse and worse. I figured out that the Afrin was causing the problem. The congestion and runny nose cleared up after I stopped using it.
I can exhale with my machine, but it is different. With normal breathing, we work to inhale and relax to exhale. With the CPAP, we relax to inhale and work to exhale. I also noticed this with SCUBA gear, but I would never sleep underwater.
The CPAP machine/ mask can prevent you from sleeping or affect the quality of sleep. Melatonin and Ambien might help.
I have also had trouble with leaks near my eyes drying out my eyes. Hopefully some adjustments or a different mask can help.
I have had air from a nasal mask blowing out my mouth and drying out my mouth. This also means you are not getting the pressure where you need it. A chin strap or a different mask can help.
I am confused about the Sensawake feature on my F&P Icon+. I read that it means it will sense if you are awake and reduce the pressure so you can go to sleep. The data menu has a Sensawake item that says "5". What does that mean?
I heard that you can get used to the machine, which I am trying to do, by using it while awake and not in bed. I am using it now. Does it know I am awake? How? Should I have the feature on or off?
I am not sure what the resistance would be, but I think the failure mode would be open and the resistance would be over 50 K ohms. So it should be between 3 and 50,000 ohms.
You said you have the trouble after 2 or 3 nights. I'm not an expert, but I think it should be dry between uses if you want to avoid bacteria growth. I disconnect the hose and hang it up when not in use. If the heat is working right, you can still get condensation after you turn off the machine.
It looks like I have the same version as in the link: v1.0.0-beta-2, build date 4/22/16, revision cb213cc.
I have been trying off and on for about three years to get my Fisher and Paykel Icon to work. It has something that looks like a USB stick to record data. I think the data is in a hidden file. You are supposed to insert it in your computer and install a driver. It will then transmit the data to your doctor, not you. It will also pick up any prescription changes. I am switching doctors and I don't want the machine to access the old doctor's database.
I installed the Sleepyhead software on my Windows 10 PC, which never had the F&P driver. I disconnected the internet before inserting the device. Sleepyhead said it found a structure and imported it. I have used the machine most nights since 7/9/2018, but Sleepyhead says I only used it once 10/13/17 for 1.5 hours and I had a perfect AHI of 0.0. Windows Explorer does not show a file newer than 2015.
Does anyone here know how the F&P data works or how to read it?
I slept with the CPAP 3 nights in a row, but not the fourth because I was too tired. I then used the machine for about a week and thought I was making progress, but then the insomnia came back in spite of the Ambien. I would lay awake for 2-4 hours and then take the mask off. I am going out west for a bus tour in a couple of days and I'm thinking of leaving the machine at home.
Every appliance has a label (maybe on the bottom or near the cord) that says what the power requirements are. The UK uses 220 volts at 50 hz. North America uses 120-110 volts at 60 hz. Most computers will say 100-240 volts, 50-60 hz. If your label says something like that, you will only need a simple adapter.
I had my appointment yesterday. I talked to the doctor and he prescribed 5-10 mg Ambien. I took 10 mg last night. It definitely helped. I woke up a couple of times last night, but got back to sleep with no problem. I slept from 10 to 7. The humidifier was one quarter full in the morning, the lowest I had ever seen. I have been awake for two hours. I am a little tired, but less than I was yesterday. I think I will try 5 mg tonight.
I did not bring the old sleep study with me. I will have it sent before my appointment next month.