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First Night on S9 Auto Set (not Escape!!)
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I slept 7.3 hours total. I started out on my right side so I could see how things looked sleeping on my side. Later I switched to my left side so I could see the data sleeping that way. Then I switched to my back. I used the machine from approx. 9 PM until approx. 1:15 AM and then I got up and stayed up until about 3:15 AM and went back to sleep and woke up at around 6:38 AM. I downloaded the info and surprise!! At least last night, my pressure was above the setting I had on my s9 Elite most of the night. I also noticed that it was lower when I was sleeping on my side as opposed to sleeping on my back (no surprise there for me).

The data shows the following:

Apnea index: obstructive .2; central .1; unknown .0; hypopnea .2; AHI .6;

Leaks median 0.0; 95% 0.0; maximum 2.4

so, not bad except my pressure was much higher than the 12 set pressure I was using for 2 years. I don't think I woke up every 2 hours and I certainly did not get up every 2 hours. I am going to watch my pressure over the next 2 weeks and I hope that it goes down from what it was last night. There was some snoring but it never went to the highest snoring sound and barely to the medium sound. So, I will watch and see but all in all, I felt safer knowing that most of last night I was above the 12 pressure setting and that is probably why I was not sleeping well. I sure hope that I don't have those high settings all the time or I may have to get another sleep study. I don't know if I need to check and see if I need to do the overnight pulse oximetry test to see if I need oxygen as well. Any thoughts on this? I had a sleep study in April 2011 and I am not sure how often they are needed to monitor things. My previous DME did not watch me very well that is for certain.
Thanks for all of your support!!
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Hi me50,
Glad your first night went so wekk.
Hang in there for more responses to your post.
trish6hundred
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Just keep in mind that one night's worth of data is not worth much. Gather data for at least a week, hopefully more before making any changes.
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(09-11-2013, 02:32 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Just keep in mind that one night's worth of data is not worth much. Gather data for at least a week, hopefully more before making any changes.

i agree one night is not worth a lot but it was so much more improved as far as waking up every 2 hours and I think it is b/c I was getting a higher pressure than 12 which is what my s9 elite was set at!! I loved getting 4 hours of sleep at one time....I haven't had that in over 7 years unless I was sick and slept for that reason or when I had dental surgery and the vicodin kicked my fanny!! Can't wait for the results at the end of 7 dalys and then 14 days!!
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Keep at it! You're doing good! Seeing the data and noting differences is a wonderful feeling of empowerment!

Go you!
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#6
Congrats.
Let us know how it goes after tonight when you start to relax and trust the machine.
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#7
Nice work me50!
You are doing Science!

Keep up the good work and let nothing stop you now.

Sleep-well
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." - Thomas Foxwell Buxton

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(09-11-2013, 11:32 AM)me50 Wrote: I sure hope that I don't have those high settings all the time or I may have to get another sleep study.

Umm, why? If the AutoSet pressure range is successfully treating your OSA, why have another sleep study to confirm what you already know?

There are several things that happen in a sleep study. Mostly, we here concentrate on Apnea, but a sleep study will also identify abnormal sleep patterns not caused by Apnea. When Apnea is present, it will identify whether it is Obstructive Apnea, Central Apnea, or a combination of both. And finally, with a CPAP titration, it will determine a fixed pressure that seemed to successfully treat your OSA. That one night. In a strange environment. In whatever sleep position(s) you happened to be in.

With an Auto-CPAP machine, the titration is useful for setting your initial pressure range. But thereafter, the machine should keep you at your optimal treatment pressure. You do need to monitor the data to see if you are hitting any of your pressure range limits, but other than that ...
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(09-12-2013, 03:15 PM)RonWessels Wrote:
(09-11-2013, 11:32 AM)me50 Wrote: I sure hope that I don't have those high settings all the time or I may have to get another sleep study.

Umm, why? If the AutoSet pressure range is successfully treating your OSA, why have another sleep study to confirm what you already know?

There are several things that happen in a sleep study. Mostly, we here concentrate on Apnea, but a sleep study will also identify abnormal sleep patterns not caused by Apnea. When Apnea is present, it will identify whether it is Obstructive Apnea, Central Apnea, or a combination of both. And finally, with a CPAP titration, it will determine a fixed pressure that seemed to successfully treat your OSA. That one night. In a strange environment. In whatever sleep position(s) you happened to be in.

With an Auto-CPAP machine, the titration is useful for setting your initial pressure range. But thereafter, the machine should keep you at your optimal treatment pressure. You do need to monitor the data to see if you are hitting any of your pressure range limits, but other than that ...

Another sleep study b/c my first study showed the pressure at 12 was recommended and with the auto set, it appears that most of the time I am at pressure 20 which is the maximum so what if I need a higher pressure than 20? Does this make sense? I hope it does b/c if 95% of the time on an auto set, I am on pressure 20, I may need a different kind of machine that allows for higher pressure?????
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Yes, that does make sense. If you truly need a higher pressure, your ResMed option for an Auto Bi-level device is the S9 VPAP Auto, which can go as high as 25 cmH2O. It would allow you to re-use your existing H5i humidifier.
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