Have never had night terrors. Glad of that.
Only upon my own dreaming and recall, very few nightmares and all seemed to be in same sleep architecture with 'good' dreams. During my 6 months of therapy, for only 4 cases in almost 800 dreams was my sleep during dreaming odd looking (like I might not have been in REM). None of these 4 occurrences were nightmares.
REM (for me) shows itself with shorter, faster respirations with a 15% decrease in TV, but mostly maintained minute ventilation.
Dedicated to QALity sleep.
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I can absolutely relate to your results. When I started treatment, I felt wonderful. I spent years of waking up tired, being tired all the time - even worried about falling asleep driving. I always thought it was just the way I was. When I started to gain weight and was diagnosed with pre-type2 diabetes, I asked my doctor about it. After a sleep study, I had a crazy AHI in the 70s. I am 10 years older than you, but life has been just a fight. I am so happy there are forums like this!
I get zero support from my wife as the machine is really only an annoyance to her.
(05-19-2015, 06:59 PM)bronty Wrote: I get zero support from my wife as the machine is really only an annoyance to her.
So she wants you dead?
I use my PAP machine nightly and I feel great!
Updated: Philips Respironics System One (60 Series)
RemStar BiPAP Auto with Bi-FlexModel 760P -
Rise Time x3 Fixed Bi-Level EPAP 9.0 IPAP 11.5 (cmH2O)
Great story for the first couple of days use. I sure wish I'd been introduced to CPAP therapy 20 years ago when I was 37. The thing I didn't understand was the linkage between obstructive apnea and atrial fibrillation. My father developed Alzheimer's symptoms from decades of afib causing mini-strokes. My physician detected afib last summer and a cardiologist immediately sent me off to a sleep center. I've known I had sleep apnea problems for many years but nobody had ever explained the health risks beyond feeling tired.
I'll echo loading up the software to monitor how you adjust to the machine and make tweaks as necessary. I pulled down ResScan from this web site on day #1 and never felt the need to use the open source SleepyHead software. The nurse practitioner at my sleep center let me take charge of things. I consulted her when I wanted to tweak something and got the Rx changed so my DME was kept in the loop. Since this is a life-long process, I changed things very slowly and gathered weeks of data. At this point, I just use the DME for spare bits & pieces and won't talk to the sleep center until my insurance company thinks I need to.