(12-19-2012, 10:58 PM)archangle Wrote: There could also be some other effects at work. There are a lot of complex feedback mechanisms in the nervous system and respiratory system.
I do not necessarily recommend others to do this, but might be worth doing a short experiment and seeing how it works for you, especially if you're not feeling better.
This could also be caused by light quality and/or circadian rhythm, I've read articles about people having much more energy from light therapy, both artificial blue lights or from sunlight having a pretty big effect on both energy-levels and mood.
When my energy level dropped-off a while back, I realized I wasn't walking my dog as much as I used to, after I started walking her or more accurately, being pulled by my boxer for a half-mile a day my energy level definitely started coming back so I'm still walking.
I think the real test for Rick or anyone debating whether to use either Straight or Auto CPAP would be best served by doing their own blind study.
This would entail training a household member on how to make settings in either mode and they'd have to do a daily interview with you to help determine efficacy. They would be in charge of making all pressure or mode changes (and when) and would also have to cover the CPAP display with masking tape so you would not know what the pressure was until after the experiment was over, this also means they would have to upload the data to SleepyHead or whatever application you use and you would not be able to see it until after your study ends.
It would probably help to always use the Ramp feature with a fixed pressure throughout the entire study for say 30 minutes so you wouldn't be laying there trying to guess which mode the machine was in or what the pressure was, you'd be able to fall asleep at the same predetermined Ramp pressure every night of the study.
I'm sure I missed a couple of variables somewhere but, ultimately doing this would help to determine whether or not our "perceived
" mode of CPAP therapy or pressure is actually having the effect we think
it does or should.
Archangle, Thanks for specifically recommending that others do this!