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CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
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CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
Hey guys, I'm new to the forum... I was sent here from reddit.

I've been snoring for many years. I am an athlete and have more muscle mass than the average male. I've recorded my sleep and had people watch me who get scared because I'm gasping for air and not breathing properly. 

I feel tired in the day and don't have as much energy in my peers so I figured I have sleep apnea and went ahead and bough the Phillips dreamstation and Amara view mask.

I haven't been able to do a sleep study yet.

I have tried the cpap machine without the humidifier on the default settings and found myself waking up coughing because I've swallowed air.

Can anyone recommend good settings for this rig to get started. I'm a mouth breather.

Thanks
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#2
RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
Welcome to the forum.

Start with min pressure = 8, max pressure =15
Download OSCAR https://www.sleepfiles.com/OSCAR/
then post a screenshot here, F12 will make a few minor modifications and take the screenprint. Attach it here.
then we can actually see what is going on and start in earnest.
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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
Roger.

I downloaded OSCAR.

Any additional settings? Flex, Ramp etc. etc.

Do I need to wear the mask the entire night or for as long as I can before I report back?

Thanks!
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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
See attached. I haven't used the cpap for a few months because it had me waking up coughing.


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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
Let's see your nightly chart.

Ramp is not used by most of the Pros here, a few do but not many. Start without it.
Flex to your comfort, A-Flex of 1 or 2.

In a perfect world, use it all night, that is the goal.
You will have many here helping you, not just me.

The key for us is to base suggestions on data, and that includes how you feel in details like your coughing. I will ask Why do you think you are coughing? My first thought is that you need more humidification.
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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
I will adjust the settings and use the humidifier tonight. 

I believe I am coughing because my breathing may be irregular and I end up swallowing the air. This almost happened yesterday and took the mask off. 

Also..Sometimes it is hard to breathe out when there is constant air coming out you.

I will try again tonight with the new settings and report back with OSCAR.
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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
Attached is the chart. I had the mask on for abut 3 hours then I am not sure what happened. It was off when I woke up. Please let me know if this is working and these settings are ok and I will try again and hopefully it stays on for longer.


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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
A quick note - You can turn off the VS2 parameter. It can report vibrations as simple as the ribs of the hose bumping along your nightstand's edge.
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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
Thanks - does everything else look ok? Am I right to assume I am no longer snoring with the mask on?
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RE: CPAP Athlete Dreamstation Settings
By the data shown, you're still snoring, Max level was 21... That may indicate you need more air. I'd consider looking into running in auto mode since it's available and may be able to add comfort and better therapy.
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