(10-08-2013, 08:41 PM)Sleepster Wrote: Keep with it, Realtor 1. The first few weeks for me were bad, I got less sleep instead of more. Eventually I started having some good days, and those days eventually got more frequent. Looking back, it's been almost two years and my life is different now. Much less stress, and lots of other good benefits, too.
Remember, you are fighting for your life. Without CPAP therapy we live a miserable sleep-deprived life and die early of a heart attack or stroke. With CPAP therapy we can lead a normal life. It just takes some of us a lot longer to adapt than others, but in the end it's worth it.
I want to agree with the above! So many people throw in the towel and give up on their machine, rather than take the time needed to get used to their 'dream machine' and/or get it set up correctly for them.
It took a total of four studies, plus both nose and throat surgery before I became completely comfortable - everyone is different.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
"Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you. Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your Soul, the other for your Freedom."
Realtor 1 I'm in close to the same boat as you are. I have the F&P Icon with the pressure set for 8 and have been using the SensAwake feature. It is showing being activated about 20 times per night. Now I don't recall waking up 20 times though and my AHI's are around 1.
Just speculating here, but you mentioned your AHI's were around 6 per hour and a pressure of 11. Maybe you need a higher pressure to keep from having the interruption and then you'll get some sleep? Instead of it defaulting down to 4, maybe going down to 6 might work better for you?
Also give it a try without the sensawake on. Once you turn it off, if the initial pressure is too high, use the ramp feature so you build to your final pressure over a 20 minute period. I have a problem going to sleep if it ramps right up, so that helps me get accustomed to the final pressure a bit easier. To get the ramp feature to work you either have to hit the button once and hold it for several seconds and the ramp feature will turn on, or hit it and then hit and hold it (sorry, can't remember which). Once it is activated you'll see a little ramp symbol on the display.