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Coming back to Cpap
#1
Coming back to Cpap
Hi guys!

I was using the dreamstation Auto Cpap and couldn't get use to it and hence I stopped using it.

Came back to give it another try.

I have changed the min to be at 4, ramp at 30 mins. 

Popped a melatonin pill to help me sleep and attached the results.

As I have stopped treatment for nearly a year, I am unsure if my results were good.

From what I could tell. my 90% is around the 10 range. I should increase my min to that range to receive a better treatment.

However, I am unable to sleep with such a high min. How could i do that? ramp to start at 4? and increase ramp time to maybe 45mins?

Thanks for the help in advance.

Sidenote: Do you guys use your cpap on the plane? Travelled to UK this year and snored on the plane, causing others to give me weird stares.
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#2
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I'd recommend you set your minimum pressure to 8cm to get better results. Also if you do use Ramp I wouldn't set it lower than 6cm.
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RE: Coming back to Cpap
Hi fyero,

Glad your going to give it another try.  

Your results are not horrible, but not great either.   You really won’t receive effective  treatment using a minimum pressure of 4.  This can give you of feeling of being starved for air.

Move your minimum pressure to 8cm, with a ramp starting at 6 for 15 minutes.  Use these settings until you are used to the feel of the pressure.  But you will need to eventually work your minimum pressure upwards until you see an improvement, at least to 10 minimum.  

Even a minimum pressure of 8 will probably not be high enough to treat your Obstructives,
Snores and Flow Limitations, but it’s a start.

These pressures are not high, it is a matter of you giving it a fair chance.  Try using your machine before bedtime with mask on while reading or watching the television.  This helps distract you and get used to the pressure.  

Yep, no one would be happy to be on a plane with someone that is snoring.   Smile
Also, if you sleep on a plane, try using a small neck cushion turned around and placed under your chin. This will help support your chin and keep your mouth closed, and keep you from snoring.
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RE: Coming back to Cpap
(07-20-2018, 06:27 AM)Walla Walla Wrote: I'd recommend you set your minimum pressure to 8cm to get better results. Also if you do use Ramp I wouldn't set it lower than 6cm.

(07-20-2018, 06:30 AM)OpalRose Wrote: Hi fyero,

Glad your going to give it another try.  

Your results are not horrible, but not great either.   You really won’t receive effective  treatment using a minimum pressure of 4.  This can give you of feeling of being starved for air.

Move your minimum pressure to 8cm, with a ramp starting at 6 for 15 minutes.  Use these settings until you are used to the feel of the pressure.  But you will need to eventually work your minimum pressure upwards until you see an improvement, at least to 10 minimum.  

Even a minimum pressure of 8 will probably not be high enough to treat your Obstructives,
Snores and Flow Limitations, but it’s a start.

These pressures are not high, it is a matter of you giving it a fair chance.  Try using your machine before bedtime with mask on while reading or watching the television.  This helps distract you and get used to the pressure.  

Yep, no one would be happy to be on a plane with someone that is snoring.   Smile

Thank you both for your inputs.

Will do so ! hopefully ill be able to get used to it ! Fingers crossed.

Will do so and upload my results again after a week Smile
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4 is far to low for sure.  Try 8 to see if you can cope with that a bit better, but you might need to go to 10, if you find it a struggle just go to 6 and when you get used to it go to 8 then 10 it you feel you need it.  But you are returning to CPAP so you have an idea how it works.  If you find a long RAMP helps use it, but you are getting a bit of snoring so you need to get to a higher pressure during the night to give you a better treatment.

Above all, never give up!   Smile
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RE: Coming back to Cpap
(07-20-2018, 06:27 AM)Walla Walla Wrote: I'd recommend you set your minimum pressure to 8cm to get better results. Also if you do use Ramp I wouldn't set it lower than 6cm.

Yes, that might work fine, though there is a bit of everything thrown in with the results, but a lot night clear up yet.
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RE: Coming back to Cpap
I think Air Canada, at least, has a policy of not allowing CPAP machines to be run off airplane power - assuming you had a seat with power. I'm not sure if that's because the power isn't compatible or reliable, or just liability issues because it's medical equipment. I don't have a battery unit, so I didn't ask about using my own battery during flight.
I think it probably depends on the airline, so you should call ahead of time.
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(07-20-2018, 06:36 AM)Sleep2Snore Wrote: 4 is far to low for sure.  Try 8 to see if you can cope with that a bit better, but you might need to go to 10, if you find it a struggle just go to 6 and when you get used to it go to 8 then 10 it you feel you need it.  But you are returning to CPAP so you have an idea how it works.  If you find a long RAMP helps use it, but you are getting a bit of snoring so you need to get to a higher pressure during the night to give you a better treatment.

Above all, never give up!   Smile

Thanks ! Will try out these configurations and report back!

(07-20-2018, 06:43 AM)pholynyk Wrote: I think Air Canada, at least, has a policy of not allowing CPAP machines to be run off airplane power - assuming you had a seat with power. I'm not sure if that's because the power isn't compatible or reliable, or just liability issues because it's medical equipment. I don't have a battery unit, so I didn't ask about using my own battery during flight.
I think it probably depends on the airline, so you should call ahead of time.

Will do so! thanks !
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RE: Coming back to Cpap
Hi guys,

I have changed the min to 8 last night and was able to sleep after getting used to it while watching shows on my hp.

I did off the cpap for some time to do my stuff before continuing at night.

Are my results better compared to the previous night?

Thanks in advance !
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RE: Coming back to Cpap
It look's like your going to need to increase your minimum pressure some more. I would continue to increase the minimum pressure .5cm at a time. Give each increase a few days to figure out if the increase is enough.
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