(06-09-2015, 10:17 AM)Ailu Wrote: ...Central Apnea: 10.4
Obs Apnea: 64.8
Mxd Apnea: 41.8
Total Apnea: 64.8
Cen. Hyp: 92.6
Obs Hyp: 114.9
Mxd Hyp: 55.9
Total Hyp: 114.9
Apnea + Hyp: 114.9
Obs. A+H: 114.9
Cen. A+H: 92.6
This just underlines how complex all of this is, even though it all seems pretty clear. It also seems pretty clear that it really is a complex issue.
Us lay folk understand the different kind of events, and your xPAP can distinguish between them, somewhat, but a full study such as this example seems to indicate that they are not always distinct types of events, and that an event can have mixed characteristics (something an xPAP doesn't seem to be able to do or to report).
Lots of blurred lines here, which is what we have the sleep docs for. Its easy to forget that this is more complex than we are continually led to believe by a dumbed-down single number every morning as our indicator (AHI).
As for the alphabet soup, Google is your friend. So is the acquired data on this forum on record. The level of motivation is key here, and much more important than random factoids from us will ever be. Brick wall? Back to the sleep doc. I guess we could talk about the Continuous Shuffling Machine they have out in Vegas, but that probably is the wrong answer. Wake After Sleep Onset? Probably a little closer to the mark.
The classic philosophical question "if a tree falls in the forest..." should be changed to "if a patient gets a sleep study, and no one is there to parse the data and make an informed recommendation, was it really worth the $3700?".
The sleep doc should
have all the answers. And he should
give them to you.
A question I like to ask my sleep doc as I write the check
is "if I have a question about any of this, who will be available to answer it?" (this may also be a leading question, leading into a number of follow-up questions). If there is a pregnant pause, or his name is not among those in his response, well, time for a new sleep doc.