Just curious what other people's symptoms are. For me, it is the non-restorative sleep...I feel like I basically just went to bed like an hour ago, even after up to 8-10 hours of sleep. Other odd symptoms, I can't seem to match with other people's experiences. Throughout the day, there are times when I feel like my lungs want to "lazy breathe" and after the exhale, it is like I'm too tired to inhale against and simply don't want to because it feels like so much work. I do and my body does it naturally, but sometimes I feel like I also have to "remind" my body to. It may simply be because I'm just really tired.
During the day on days when I don't go to bed early enough and get like 4-6 hours of what would be sleep (probably ends up being half or a little more of actual sleep)...I feel like a "pressure" feeling in my face. My blood pressure does not register as high, but my face will be moderately flushed red at certain times of the day. My lips will also tend to be a bright reddish color every morning (as if really chapped) if I don't sleep well...I presume this is blood pressure high only in certain particular areas causing it? If I sleep longer on the weekend when I don't have to work, they aren't. But overall, the blood pressure itself is not high when taken via a test. At night, as soon as I lie down and put my head on the back of the pillow, I tend to feel this pressure on the back of my head like someone is forcing the back of my head into the pillow. I also feel the pressure in my face. If I bend over to pick something up, I feel that it increases in my face.
Feeling "jumpy/jittery" throughout the day in general. I know that I have high RERA's/RDI, but no actual O2 desaturization.
What are yours?
So basically RERA's may not be technically detected by some of these home sleep studies?
My only concern with the home sleep kit is that it may not detect specific RERA's, which I apparently have a lot of without oxygen drops.
I'm waiting to hear back from an employer that will be contacting me soon and then I'll be fine to spend some of the money that I have saved. I think I'm going to try the home sleep study because I really want to see if I can get better results than the in-lab that I had. I'll be at home in my own bed and won't have to worry about asking someone to go to the bathroom or "focusing" on sleeping - it will be almost like a regular night minus the equipment that will be a little uncomfortable. Also, if they send the unit to you and you don't feel that you got good results on that night, you can keep it for another night and try again before sending it back to them. Definitely can't do that one with an in-lab study. They will write me a prescription based on the results. I'm just really looking forward to trying to get some closure for this after all of this time. It actually seems like it is getting "worse" with time. I have days like yesterday and today where I sleep 8-10 hours and it feels like I just went to bed an hour ago and I get up just about to fall on my face tired. I woke up sleeping on my stomach this morning, but some nights it seems like sleeping on my stomach is also the same as on my back. I'm starting to wonder if I don't have a combination of both Central and OSA. I'm not just "tired" during the day, I'm jumpy-tired as in muscles don't want to work the way they should, reflexes are out of whack, etc. I'll see what the study results say and try the Air Sense...if I don't see any improvement with that over a reasonable time period, I guess I'll be checking with an immunologist or endocrinologist. I'm ready to punch my pillow some mornings and wake up "angry" because I feel so bad.
Well, it "was" mild OSA technically, but he made a big deal about the 4.7 AHI instead of 5.0 and kept quoting the stupid 0.3 difference that prevented him from officially diagnosing me. Meanwhile, that 18.1 is pretty high and those 50 combined events and RERA's were plain as day. The only thing was that my oxygen levels never dropped.
My only thing with a used one is how much I have read about catching other people's germs from them. I know that they can be "cleaned" somewhat...I'm just iffy about it. Every article that I've read seems to say to stay away from used.
Well, no insurance right now, anyway. I have some money saved, but my sleep doctor's office is being dumb and he wants another visit and still may not write me a prescription for CPAP/APAP. Getting quite frustrated with them and sleep seems to be getting worse.
It is basically a mail-order home sleep study. https://homesleep.study/
Apparently it is $299 with free shipping and they ship you this device called SleepView Monitor and the accessories to hook up overnight to do your own sleep study at home. Then you ship it back to them and sleep techs/doctors review it and email you the results. The whole process is supposed to take 7 days total, including the to/from shipping. Just wondering if anyone has tried this service in the past. If it is discovered that you have Sleep Apnea, then they contact you and assist you with getting APAP/CPAP equipment at a "significantly discounted price" somehow. The test is supposed to be able to diagnose Central and OSA.
I looked up said device and it is about $3,200, so definitely a higher-end one that is just made to be simple for patients. https://www.medicaldevicedepot.com/SleepView-Monitor-p/700-0011-1.htm
8 channels, so it checks for Respiratory Effort using a belt, body position, airflow (thermistor and pressure-based), snore (from the cannula), heart rate, pulse oximetry and actigraphy.
It would probably cost the $299 for me to go back for a visit with the sleep doctor "just to talk" for a third time and I no longer have the insurance that paid for a lot of the previous stuff and the sleep study. Think it is a better shot? They sure don't have much interest in my health.
So they have declined a prescription until I see the doctor for yet a third time. Saw him before my sleep study, after my sleep study to review results and then I had a surgery a few months after that and had to wait months to heal up from the surgery. He wants a third visit for some reason. Probably just wants more money instead of writing a prescription. My condition certainly didn't magically change.
I'll probably order the Swift FX headgear and the Fit Pack when I order the machine and accessories so that I'll have everything together at once. Very curious to see what my results will be after I get used to it and see if CPAP is going to help me or if I need to start looking at other things. I didn't even want to get up this morning. Alarm was set for 8am, but didn't get up until 10. Even after 10 hours of "sleeping"...I felt like I just went to bed an hour ago and was getting up. Even if I wake up just once halfway through the night for a bathroom trip, I just have that feeling that I haven't been sleeping for long at all. Same feeling every morning. It's so awful.
So they're finally, finally, FINALLY going to give me my prescription so that I can buy my own CPAP online from the place I want. They want $1,600 to $1,800 for the Air Sense 10 at the sleep clinic. Found it online for 1/3 of that price and will probably be about $800 or so with everything else that I need with it. I'm going to try to get the For Her version, as well, for the lower pressure setting.
Which mask? A long time ago when I was first considering it, I asked about it, but I can't find the post now. Is the AirFit P10 any good? I see something Philips puts out called Dreamwear, as well. Looking for whatever will have the least amount of stuff going around my head, too.
Of course, like so many...I'd like to find the most comfortable and quietest one. Just as a reminder, 4.7 AHI and 50 total events of just under 3 hours. 18.1 RDI. So if that was correct from my sleep study a long time ago, I'm on the mild end. No notably drops in SPO2. I also want the machine to kind of do my own sleep tests and also see how it makes me feel in the mornings. If it doesn't seem to be working out, I'll keep looking into it with other options. Blood work was done previously, so nothing wrong was found. Brain scan, neurologist, etc. Nothing wrong found. Minor essential tremor and I feel my body "moving" some nights when I get extra tired. A few extra hypnogogic jumps here and there, but I don't think that happens while I'm sleeping. Just when drifting off to sleep. I still feel absolutely awful and drained of energy every morning. UARS and/or my tongue falling back.
So what say you regarding the "best" mask to get starting out? P10?