Anyway back to the subject matter, finally after several years of annual physicals (3 or 4) from my primarily care doc and complaining about loud snoring, gasping for air, weight gain, hypertension did he finally referred me to a sleep doctor. In the past he just said "everyone snores". He is no longer my primary care doc!
My first and only sleep study was a split study in May 2007. I had very severe obstructive sleep apnea, AHI 126/hr, SpO2 nadir <70%. I struggled with my prescribed CPAP, Fisher & Paykel SleepStyle 600 with humidifier, and various masks for over 5 years. The CPAP was initiated at a pressure of 12 cm H2O. It was a love / hate relationship. I hated it and I was in denial about my condition. I tried to use it most of the time.
Fast forward 2012 - follow up visit for overnight ox test. I wanted to reduce the constant pressure so I could sleep easier. Well a new brick was prescribed, since my old machine was very outdated. The sleep doc prescribed a ResMed S9 Elite. I've been using the S9 more than I used the previous model. It has/is a struggle to find a mask that works the best for me. I was using a ResMed AirFit F10 but the cushions wore out very quickly and I was not able to replace them as often as I should have. Two nights ago I began using a Simplus FFM and I hope this one will work better.
I am using sleepyhead software to view my data. Hopefully with the help of the members I'll be on the road to a better nights sleep. Attached is a graph from last night and I would appreciated any comments or tips.
I have an appointment with the Sleep Doc in Jan 2016 (can't believe he's that busy). I plan/hope to get a script for a auto CPAP, perhaps a ResMed S10 Auto.
Thanks for such a great resource and support from all members.