I see your running straight cpap mode on one of the best auto machines made. Or its broken because the pressure didnt rise in response.
Suggestion would be to switch to Apap mode with min of 10 and max of 15. If you wind up on your back etc and have something like that happen again the machine can raise pressure to deal with it. When its over itll drop back down.
If it takes less than 15 to clear a nasty on the back cluster or just a bad night, then you can always drop that max pressure to what is required to clear the events as you figure that out over time.
I run at a pressure of 10 with Aflex and my results have been very good. At 12 I begin to have leaks and it gets worse as it gets higher which causes interrupted sleep. I suppose I could run on Apap and try a higher pressure. It would be nice to sleep on my back. Maybe that will help.
Remember to refit your mask for the higher pressure, if you are going to use a range that may allow higher pressure than what you are using now.
Payton and I are able to get a decent seal with a FFM -- and look at our max pressures.
20 and 19 respectively. Most nights I hit max for a period.
Leaks really bug me -- but, I have mastered the ancient, secret art of the FFM.
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Don't worry too much about a short period of time once in a while, unless it's really bad. We don't pay much attention to "hourly" AHI numbers, just the nightly average.
We also don't pay much attention to a single night unless it's really bad.
Even though you had a lot of apneas, the individual apneas weren't that long and you got a good period of breathing between apneas. There's more to apnea than a simple event count.
However, do keep looking at your data, especially if you occasionally have a bad night.
Unless you need to sleep on your back more often, or this happens again, don't worry about this. If you DO need to or want to start sleeping on your back again, you might experiment with different pressure settings and back sleeping. It's possible you'd be able to sleep on your back without much apnea at the cost of a higher pressure.
How long did you sleep that night? Were you sleeping on your back the whole night and only had one bad hour, or did you have problems the whole time you were on your back?
Lots of things affect your apnea on individual nights. If I had to guess, I'd suspect back sleeping, but it could be other reasons.
Did you take any painkillers that night?
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