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AHI Question- "Average" vs Graph.
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So the AHI that shows up on my machine and in the detailed summary in SleepyHead is pretty good; averaging 2-3 overall.

The issue is that when I look at the data graph my AHI many nights spikes into the 11-16 range during the middle of the night. A few of my worst nights I wake up, go to the bathroom, and when I come back the AHI graph appears to have plummeted because I took the mask off for a bit.

Is this pattern "normal" or should I talk to the sleep clinic about it? I have 4 weeks until my first "follow up" appointment. I'm already planning to talk to them about putting my machine from fixed 9cm into "Auto" with a range of ~8-14 to observe what pressures it uses.
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#2
It's normal. The detailed summary for a night is averaged over the entire time on the machine.
The AHI graph is a moment in time. That graph is sort of useless.

Sort of like your car speedometer telling you you are going 85 miles per hour at an instant; when the cop pulls you over and says: "Do you know you were going 85 MPH?" And, you answer, "That's impossible; I've only been driving 10 minutes." /joke

Or, making the analogy more serious: At a point in a car trip you might register 85 MPH on the speedometer; but averaged over the trip, your average speed might be only 45 MPH.

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You should post your sleepyhead graph for the night. An AHI zooming to 10-16 for an hour may mean that your cpap pressure is not fending off clusters of apnea and/or hypopnea events when that AHI zooms. You may need to raise the pressure by a modest amount to fend off such clusters of events.
PRS1 Auto & Dreamstation Auto w/ P10 and straight pressure of 7cm. 
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#4
Another thing to take into consideration is what were you doing at the time? Were you really asleep or were you lying there awake and trying to get back to sleep? The machine doesn't know when you are asleep or not and often treats your normal awake breathing pattern as apneas. I see that quite a bit in mine when my wife wakes me up and I just lie there. See the spikes in my AHI.



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