Agree with Sleepster about raising minimum pressure.
Even though your AHI is low, you are experiencing many RERA's and FL. A pressure closer to your medium pressure should help elimate some of those.
RERAs are arousals from sleep that do not meet the definitions of apneas or hypopneas, but do disrupt sleep. They are abrupt transitions from a deeper stage of sleep to a shallower. May explain why you are tired.
Thanks I will up the pressure tonight. I started with 5, that the dr had as the low and moved it up to 7. Wasn't sure if it was ok to move it up more. I would really love a good nights sleep. fingers crossed!! MY AHI was over 40 before APAP.
(04-05-2016, 05:57 PM)giagray Wrote: Thanks I will up the pressure tonight. I started with 5, that the dr had as the low and moved it up to 7. Wasn't sure if it was ok to move it up more. I would really love a good nights sleep. fingers crossed!! MY AHI was over 40 before APAP.
I wouldn't try to jump from 7 to 11 in one night. I'd increase by at most 1cm per night and see how it feels.
The above is my opinion. It is just possible that I may, occasionally, be mistaken.
I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.
Everything put together sooner or later falls apart.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more answers to your questions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy and good luck getting it fine-tuned to meet your needs.
04-05-2016, 08:40 PM
(This post was last modified: 04-06-2016, 10:50 AM by surferdude2.)
If you aren't sleeping on your side, do so for a night or two and see how it treats you. Apnea is nearly always worse when sleeping flat on your back. Side sleeping can prevent the pressure excursions that may be disturbing you and preventing you from getting the proper rest even though your AHI number is low.
Thanks for all the help. I do sleep on my left side always and hardly ever on my back. I turned my min settings up last night to 8 and my AHI went from below 1 to 1.5 and my flow was still up and down. I was so surprised because I felt so much better this AM I didn't even need my alarm to get me up, which is rare. The mask seal felt better at an 8 and I had almost no leaks. I know it will take more than one night to adjust, just hope it works. Could my AHI going up just be a fluke?
AHI will go up and down, just take it slow. This is where looking at your data will tell you what went up. Was it more Obstructives, hypopneas?
Your minimum pressure should be around your medium pressure or 2 to 3cm below your 95% number. This is something you will have to watch for awhile.