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AHI spikes.
#1
My Dreamstation is set on a fixed pressure of 7.

I have had spikes on my nightly AHI number up over 2 from time to time over the last few weeks, I'd rather have them lower than that.

The average for the last 30 days is 1.84, but I want to stay as low as possible as it is for my ongoing driving licence compliance.

Would it help if I got the fixed pressure bumped to 8 or 9?
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#2
Which Dreamstation do you have?

One cannot know if increasing pressure to 8 or 9 would lower your already good AHI without data.
You could be setting yourself up for pressure induced centrals; that might put you out of compliance.

This may be a case of: "If it ain't broke. Don't fix it."

For driver's license compliance you need what? AHI less than X and Y hours per day use.
You must surely be in compliance. How does it work in NSW? Must you continually show compliance?
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#3
If the events are hypopnea or OA, then a pressure increase is not inappropriate. Give it a try...your life, your therapy. You have to own it. Smile
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#4
I see you're another Aussie who has been hit by the 'sleep police' where you have had OSA recorded as a medical condition on your licence.

As the recommended level is less than 5.0 your figures won't be a problem. I just wonder who the arseholes are who report the condition to the transport department. It happens here in QLD as well. Fortunately neither my GP or the folks who did my sleep study saw fit to pass on the information to QLD transport.

The likeliest reporter is your GP - get rid of him/her. They are more concerned about beaurocracy than your health!
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(10-29-2016, 05:01 AM)holden4th Wrote: I see you're another Aussie who has been hit by the 'sleep police' where you have had OSA recorded as a medical condition on your licence.

As the recommended level is less than 5.0 your figures won't be a problem. I just wonder who the arseholes are who report the condition to the transport department. It happens here in QLD as well. Fortunately neither my GP or the folks who did my sleep study saw fit to pass on the information to QLD transport.

The likeliest reporter is your GP - get rid of him/her. They are more concerned about beaurocracy than your health!

This could have had something to do with it.

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Automatic suspension for 6 months based on "undiagnosed blackout" assessment in a hospital ER. [fourth long day at work, 15 hours since I'd woken that morning, fell asleep at low speed in a back street]

My GP and specialists worked hard to get me cleared and my full professional driving endorsements reinstated, my employer promised I would be reinstated to the driving team if I got cleared and my licence back.

I spent five and a half months and $6,000 on specialist medical tests, doctors appointments, lawyers, and ultimately a CPAP machine.
The final diagnosis was mild sleep apnoea, and subsequent licence compliance requirement.

Even though my full HC [semi-trailer] endorsement was reinstated unrestricted, other than the ongoing annual medical compliance, my employer reneged and terminated my job by claiming "restructure".
I had worked there for almost ten years as a casual driver, unfortunately I had no real legal recourse that would be worthwhile. [this week I finally started a new job]

I'm keen to stay well under my average compliance requirements, I know there will ultimately be nights where I can't manage to do the hours or hit the AHI numbers, the bigger the buffer I keep below the target figures, the more leeway I will have for the "failed" nights.
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#6
So not just motorcycles, huh?
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#7
(10-29-2016, 07:43 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: So not just motorcycles, huh?

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Dielaughing Laugh-a-lot Dielaughing

At least the motorcycle was only because I was trying to ride a fire trail on a road going sidecar trying to follow my mates on dirt bikes. Oops
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