The first night I used a CPAP (fixed at 7), I woke up the following morning with so much energy. It is like my body was rejuvenated. Before using the CPAP, I did not even know that my body was tired. I just kept going. And then I went on with my CPAP therapy. It is helping me a lot.
I try not to sleep on my tummy anymore. The last 2 nights, I have been sleeping on my back.
I secured my mask pretty well. I use a garter, an elastic band that goes around my neck, and around the cpap by the chin. This secures the mask on my face. Without the garter, the large leak percentage goes up.
If the Fisher & Paykel CPAP machine with Sense Awake feature is faulty, then I am not interested in using it. When I need higher pressure to open up my air passage, and the machine drops its pressure, this is dangerous to my health.
My machine has A-Flex set to 3. I believe this A-flex setup has something to do with lowering the pressure when the user exhales. I like this feature very much. I had old CPAP machine which does not lower its pressure when I exhale - this was hard on me.
Thanks for replying to my post. I appreciate your help!
Please take a look at the topic "APAP machine, respironics system one". I provided some data, please take a look at the data, and let me know your advice. Thanks a lot!
Let me reformat the data. The data did not show up in order.
Large Leak: 7 day average 1%, 30 day average 1%
AHI: 7 day average 2.8, 30 day average 2.4
90% pressure 7 day average 14.0, 30 day average 13.0
Therapy hrs 7 day average 8:36, 30 day average 8:24
periodic breathing 7 day average 0, 30 day average 0
Hi sleeptech - thanks for your reply! I wear a full-faced mouth. I used to have a software to look at the data - charts displayed on the PC.
I have these data though direct from the machine display:
LARGE LEAK AHI 90% PRESSURE PERIODIC BREATHING THERAPY HRS
7 day average 1% 2.8 14.0 0 8:36
30 day average 1% 2.4 13.0 0 8:24
Please take a look at these data, and let me know what can I do to minimize waking up.
Also, I noticed when I sleep on my back, I usually sleep longer before I wake up. I am more enegized in the morning. (It takes me a while to fall asleep though sleeping on my back).
When I sleep on my tummy, I may sleep faster. But I usually wake up many times. I noticed my shirt is wet and I have to change a couple of times at night. I believe when I sleep on my tummy, It is harder for my system to breathe.
I greatly appreciate if you can give me a advice to greatly improve my sleep.
I have a respironics system one, auto, aflex machine.
It is set to auto mode, min of 5 and a max of 20 mm of water.
The machine start at a low pressure and when I fall into sleep, the air pressure will increase as expected. Say the pressure now is 13.0... I woke up and the pressure will remain at 13.0 almost forever. This pressure of 13.0 will definitely wake me up completely. I will turn off the machine, turn it on and pressure is low again and I can fall into sleep again. This cycle of waking up, turning off the machine, turning on the machine, and sleeping again repeats.
I have a backup machine, same make, same model, and behaves the same. Are these machines behaving properly? Or there is a setup issue?
Now, my question, is there a better machine out there that can sense I am awake and will automatically lowers the pressure?