So I have been gathering data, and here are some results from the past five nights. Mostly settings have not been adjusted other than the 28th. Blood oxygen has been somewhat low sometimes - I am having syncing issues with Oscar and the 02 ring, so for now I have included the report exports. If you or anyone has thoughts, please let me know : )
(the above day was using the full face mask due to nasal congestion)
It looks like my CA events have been somewhat on the decline, so perhaps my body is beginning to adjust to the CPAP machine. I believe I took the CPAP mask off prematurely on the night below though which would impact quantity of CA events.
Last night, I introduced a Ring02 sensor to better monitor impacts on blood oxygen (not expecting significantly accurate data). Below is the updated chart. I began wearing the 02 sensor slightly before starting the CPAP machine, so that shows in the data. I'm not sure if there is a better way to order the graphs - I can adjust if needed.
I will say that sometimes when starting my CPAP machine, I maybe wish there was a hair more pressure (I can feel ever-so-slightly out of breath, nothing terrible) but I'm a little unsure if I should be tweaking anything at this point, as results don't seem too bad. I can't say that I feel much in the way of a positive effect from the CPAP yet though.
Oops, included the wrong image.
I did sleep well - I only remember waking up once in the night instead of a bunch of times. However, in the morning, I felt more tired than I usually feel for some reason, so it was odd. Not how I was expecting to feel. I am wondering how tonight will go - I am planning to not modify anything and see how the data changes.
The RERA events do seem strange. I also had some data on Tuesday night that didn't look particularly good, but of course I don't really know what I'm talking about at this point. I didn't get a chance to highlight this the other day, so I'll include it now.
The chinstrap worn last night wasn't my favorite, but it didn't bother me all too much and seemed to make the nasal pillows fit a little better. I wasn't able to improve the seal to the same level with just the strap adjustments on the nasal pillow oddly. I'll stick it out with the stylish chin strap for now haha. My stomach also wasn't full of air when I woke up which might be reason alone to keep at it with the chinstrap. Hopefully I'm in for another night of solid, but more restful sleep!
I can grab more data if needed, but I think last night's information is promising and worth reviewing first. I wore the chin strap that came in with the nasal pillows, and I think it made a significant difference:
If I'm interpreting this right, it looks rather encouraging. Do you agree?
Here is last night's data with maximum pressure reduced to 8 and no other changes. My humidifier may have ran out of water at some point in the night. Today, I definitely noticed aerophagia which became apparent kind of midday, which I did not feel the previous night. I had a few drinks with a friend before bed, so I don't know if that impacted anything.
I do notice our flow rate curves look different. Not sure what that indicates.
Chin strap and full face mask are here today. I am tempted to try the full face mask tonight to see how that is.
Thanks Sierra for all the help!
Here's my latest data after the suggested adjustments:
Thanks for taking a look! I've made the suggested changes for tonight - fingers crossed for better results! I truly appreciate the recommendations and will get some fresh data and try to post results tomorrow evening when I am back at my computer.
I am hoping the chinstrap (also arriving Wednesday) and some practice still allows the nasal pillows to be doable, but at least I will have some options to test out!
Thank you so much for the advice! I'll definitely look into those changes - all super helpful.
I got another night of data last night with a slightly lower pressure (8-20) and had both lower CA and hypopnea events. With this adjustment in pressure, I did not seem to have the issue of air in my stomach, but I don't think I wore the equipment all night and didn't sleep for super long, so perhaps it wasn't a great test.
I did have some mask leak problems - I am not sure the nasal pillows are for me but I'm still experimenting. I will have a full face mask (f20 I believe) to try Wednesday.
If you or anyone else spots anything interesting or has more feedback, please let me know. This is all fascinating, and I'm looking forward to getting this all properly set. I have huge issues with memory and sleepiness, and I am hoping this will help improve that.