Since then, my wife has kicked me out of the bedroom and I never sleep well. So I went crazy, logged on here and decided to see if I could get a CPAP with a 4 year old prescription. I'll be darned, you can. Figured I should get an auto machine since my sleep doc just put "start at 6" for the pressure on the prescription.
Anyway, now to the geek part. I set the S9 to a range of 4-20 and let er rip. love all the data that thing spits out. Had 8 apneas and 4 hypopneas according to the data. Also registerd a central apnea. AHI was 2.1. The S9 kept the pressure at a min of 10 and most of the time at 14 to 15. I'm using a full face mask because of the whole lumberjack thing. Got the same results on the second night (last night). Leaks were minimal and the snore index seemed low. My wife thought I had died because she walked by the guest bedroom where I sleep and didn't here me sawing logs.
So, the data indicate to me that I may be worse than that sleep study lead the doc to believe 4 years ago. I would like to characterize just how bad just to satisfy my curiosity. Can I set the pressure to 4, turn off the auto feature and see what the S9 records for events? I'm thinking this might capture how bad I was without the CPAP.
I also got an oximeter to see if my O2 sat goes haywire without the CPAP.
I know I should go back to the doc, but I like this geeky analysis stuff. I don't see any danger to me personally because I've spent 45 years sleeping like crap. Also spent 20 years sucking on positive pressure oxygen in a fighter jet. Not sure there is any real danger here experimenting with myself.
So, that's that. Would appreciate any inputs on the self sleep test outlined above.
And thanks for this site. I would not have gotten a CPAP on my own without the advice I found here. Of course, there are those that would say I shouldn't get a CPAP on my own. Not sure who's right but I'm having a blast with this stuff.