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AirSense 10 for her questions
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Hello all,

I have recently been diagnosed with very severe sleep apnea (AHI 64) and started using my AirSense 10 for her. I have only used it for one night but could not sleep very well. I am okay with the pressure, but not the mask. I will continue using it, of course, as I understand that it is important. I just hope I will get used to it. However, I am extremely tired because I've only gotten a couple of hours of sleep with this device, and I don't anticipate getting a good night's sleep anytime in the next several days since it takes me a LONG time to get used to new places, devices, etc.

My question is this: When I look at the report it says my AHI is 1.3. Does that mean it's my new AHI with the treatment for that one specific night?

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(11-26-2015, 08:46 PM)Sleepless12 Wrote: Hello all,

I have recently been diagnosed with very severe sleep apnea (AHI 64) and started using my AirSense 10 for her. I have only used it for one night but could not sleep very well. I am okay with the pressure, but not the mask. I will continue using it, of course, as I understand that it is important. I just hope I will get used to it. However, I am extremely tired because I've only gotten a couple of hours of sleep with this device, and I don't anticipate getting a good night's sleep anytime in the next several days since it takes me a LONG time to get used to new places, devices, etc.

My question is this: When I look at the report it says my AHI is 1.3. Does that mean it's my new AHI with the treatment for that one specific night?
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As long as the report period is set to 1 night, then, yes, that's what it means.

Would you kindly fill in the profile of your equipment and setup to the best of your knowledge. For example, what type of mask do you have?


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(11-26-2015, 08:46 PM)Sleepless12 Wrote: However, I am extremely tired because I've only gotten a couple of hours of sleep with this device, and I don't anticipate getting a good night's sleep anytime in the next several days since it takes me a LONG time to get used to new places, devices, etc.

My question is this: When I look at the report it says my AHI is 1.3. Does that mean it's my new AHI with the treatment for that one specific night?

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Try use the machine during the day while watching TV or even taking a nap, will helps you getting used to the machine sooner

Events per hour shown at the top of the sleep report is AHI for last night
The AHI further down the sleep report is AHI for the period selected, you'll set the period to '1 Day' (default 1 month)

AHI 1.3 is good results but you'll need to get more than 2 hours of sleep, but things do get better with patience and perseverance

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I've noticed that my A10 report period is set to a month. I thought I was looking at my nightly AHI numbers or is it a combined average due to the setting being a month??
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The numbers shown at the top of the sleep report are for the current day; the numbers shown below the period setting are the averages for the selected period. I generally set the period to 1 day, although it defaults to 30 days after turning it on or if there is a power failure.
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OK thanks. I wasn't sure whether to change it from 30 days to 1 as I am still in my loaner machine stage and didn't want to skew any results. Sounds like it won't change any data results.
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#7
Hi Sleepless12! I'm going to ask this question because it was the key to allowing me to sleep through the night with it. You said you were "OK with the pressure", but do you ever find yourself fighting the need to breathe in very deep breaths, feeling a resistance on your intake breaths (ie it actually feels like you're breathing through a tube), or taking off the mask to "get a breath of fresh air"? If yes, you might want to consider actually increasing the minimum pressure until breathing feels nearly effortless and almost natural (I say almost because you will notice the pressure a little more at the end of your inhale, but it's what it feels like during the inhale that's most important). They started my sleep study with a pressure of 4 and it felt like I had a SCUBA mask on. I had to rip it off once just to breathe. They ended up recommending a setting of 8 after the meager 2 hours I slept that night, but after a week of playing around I found I felt most comfortable with a minimum setting of nearly 10. I'd also try setting your EPR to 3 to if it's not already. Once I did this I slept -much- better. Generally the recommendation is not to change settings daily since you need an average baseline, but for me that would apply more towards bringing your AHI numbers down once you're actually asleep, not matters of comfort and being able to fall asleep. Being able to fall asleep while using the machine is paramount.
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(11-28-2015, 09:03 AM)StoopidMonkey81 Wrote: Hi Sleepless12! I'm going to ask this question because it was the key to allowing me to sleep through the night with it. You said you were "OK with the pressure", but do you ever find yourself fighting the need to breathe in very deep breaths, feeling a resistance on your intake breaths (ie it actually feels like you're breathing through a tube), or taking off the mask to "get a breath of fresh air"? If yes, you might want to consider actually increasing the minimum pressure until breathing feels nearly effortless and almost natural (I say almost because you will notice the pressure a little more at the end of your inhale, but it's what it feels like during the inhale that's most important). They started my sleep study with a pressure of 4 and it felt like I had a SCUBA mask on. I had to rip it off once just to breathe. They ended up recommending a setting of 8 after the meager 2 hours I slept that night, but after a week of playing around I found I felt most comfortable with a minimum setting of nearly 10. I'd also try setting your EPR to 3 to if it's not already. Once I did this I slept -much- better. Generally the recommendation is not to change settings daily since you need an average baseline, but for me that would apply more towards bringing your AHI numbers down once you're actually asleep, not matters of comfort and being able to fall asleep. Being able to fall asleep while using the machine is paramount.

I feel okay with the pressure of 4 that they set. I do not feel like I have trouble breathing. In fact, it feels quite natural. I think the problem is the actual mask itself. I am a very light sleeper and I have trouble sleeping with foreign objects on or around me. I've alwasy had this problem and have never been able to adapt. It is one reason I get very little sleep on vacations, even if I am extremely tired.
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(11-28-2015, 07:12 AM)pholynyk Wrote: The numbers shown at the top of the sleep report are for the current day; the numbers shown below the period setting are the averages for the selected period. I generally set the period to 1 day, although it defaults to 30 days after turning it on or if there is a power failure.


So, when it says AHI (events per hour) is 3.8 and the AHI below the period setting says 1.8, it means for the current day I had 3.8 events but the average so far for the 1 week (my current period setting) is 1.8?
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#10
Yes. It would seem so.

Why are you using a FFM? Did you try something less obtrusive first such as nasal pillows?
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