First - thanks to all of you "professionals" who have answered my prior questions. You are all SO much more helpful than my medical professionals.
So - after 4 weeks of using my CPAP every night- I don't notice any improvement in my afternoon fatigue issues. Afternoon fatigue was the reason my doc originally ordered the sleep study - otherwise in excellent health, thin, neither I nor my spouse have even been aware of me waking up and gasping for air. (I am age 64, am not on medications, and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with me other than the sleep apnea diagnosis.)
My AHI readings have been below 10 for the last two weeks - in the sleep lab they were 30 - so I guess that's good. Still - they jump around a lot - occasionally as low as 3.5, but more often 6 or 7. I get 100% mask fit and 0% periodic breathing readings most nights. I haven't been able to download the SleepyHead software because I didn't dare disable the firewall protections on my computer (my office has tight security protocols).
So - what next? Does it take this long to notice a positive effect of using the CPAP? Thanks in advance for your responses!
It's hard to advise if your not using software and there is no data to see.
Do you have any idea what the breakdown of your AHI is? (How many Obstructives, hypopneas, clear airways?).
Does the DreamStation display give you at least a 90% pressure reading?
It sounds like your only option is to use a work computer to download SleepyHead, which I would never do. Could that get you fired??? Somewhere along the way, you may have to consider buying a small computer for home use.
Also, it may take longer to adapt than others and having fatigue can be caused for many reasons, besides your Apap not having the optimal settings, which can only be determined by seeing your numbers.
Have you had a complete physical lately? Have you had your thyroid checked?
Thanks OpalRose - maybe I'll get a different home computer to use for the SleepyHead software. Wonder if it can work on an IPad?
My 90% pressure readings range from 7.0 to 13.0. They are usually around 8.0. Last night - with a 9.8 AHI I had 11 clear apneas, 45 obstructive apneas and 17 hypopneas. The night before I had a 3.4 AHI with 6 clear apneas, 8 obstructive apneas and 14 hypopneas.
I have had a complete physical and thyroid checked - all good.
Thanks for your always insightful responses!