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[CPAP] Ramp and Other Issues
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Blaifarm Offline

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Ramp and Other Issues
Would someone explain the ramp usage and/or purpose? Also, I read here and on other sites that someone will have a not too pleasant night and wake to take bathroom breaks. I have been told that I will sleep right through from going to sleep to waking up. Is that not true or is this treatment just to help one to breath but things such waking up during the night will still happen? Also, will I still have good nights and bad nights? Hope everyone can understand my questions. I know many of you know and understand what I am going through right now. A whole new world has happened to me.
11-28-2013 07:18 AM
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RE: Ramp and Other Issues
If the therapy pressure bothers you you can set ramp to start at a lower pressure and then build up to therapy pressure over a specified period of time - usually intended to reach therapy pressure after you are asleep and don't notice.

CPAP should keep you from waking up due to issues caused by untreated apnea, but won't make you stay asleep for unrelated things. If you drink a lot of water (or other fluids) before bed or have a weak or aging bladder, you still will likely have to go to the bathroom at night. If you have nocturia as a complication of untreated apnea (many do, I used to have to go to the bathroom several times a night before CPAP) then effective therapy should straighten that out.
11-28-2013 09:15 AM
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Tez62 Offline

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RE: Ramp and Other Issues
Make sure you follow good sleep hygiene as well, a cool, dark, quiet room. Going to sleep and waking at the same time each day etc. you will still have good nights and bad nights because every night is different, hopefully you will have a lot more good nights than bad
11-28-2013 03:33 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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RE: Ramp and Other Issues
Ramp is where the pressure "ramps" up from 4 to whatever your treatment pressure is. You can set the time span for it.

But if your profile is correct, and your pressure is 5-15, then ramp for you is really kinda useless. The machine can't go any lower than 4 and your minimum is 5 so all it will do is sit there at 4, maybe 4.5. You probably will feel rather smothered at that low.

As for good nights / bad nights, no two nights are the same. There are soooo many things that go into a night's sleep. Some people put on the mask for the first time and take to it immediately. Others struggle for a long time. Some are in between, good nights and bad nights all mixed up. But the thing is, using the CPAP is a good thing no matter what. Each night you sleep with it, you're doing your body and brain a world of good.

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11-28-2013 05:46 PM
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