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Help needed to optimize my Dreamstation Auto CPAP
#41
RE: Help needed to optimize my Dreamstation Auto CPAP
potentially use omega 3 or omega 6 oil containing items, such as cashews and walnuts. maybe one ounce. near bedtime. leaving a light coating of natural oils in throat. just a guess.

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#42
RE: Help needed to optimize my Dreamstation Auto CPAP
Coincidentally,  I had 2 small packets of cashews before sleep a couple nights ago... still had the dry mouth.  Dont-know

Anyway, my Dreamwear nasal pillows just came in yesterday and I used it with my Dreamwear. Nasal fitment doesn't seems to be as good as the Nuance Pro but I still prefer the tube on top of the head. AHI went up as well. Nevertheless, I will still continue with the Dreamwear with nasal pillows for the time being.

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#43
RE: Help needed to optimize my Dreamstation Auto CPAP
Hi st8800

Very good progress from the charts. I believe you are using a flex setting which for the PR APAP would require a higher min pressure which you are now at 9.5. The machine has to manage the switch between the two pressures (EPAP & Pressure). Since you are getting reasonable AHI numbers, just stay at these settings for a week or two for the body to acclimatize and get used to the presence of the mask. Down the road, you may reduce or remove the flex setting and will probably get better results at the same min pressure. 

If you sleep in air conditioning, that will aggravate the dryness.
lots-o-coffee
The doctor says coffee does not affect my tinnitus and it's got lots of antioxidants....however, the after dinner drinks are a different matter altogether. 
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#44
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Thanks Newbee2016. You are right, I'm sleep in air conditioning. Flex is at default 2. AHI is dropping a little with the Dreamwear mask, still aiming to get it below 1. Will give it a few more tries.... will probably switch back to Nuance Pro mask if the AHI still can't match it soon.

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#45
RE: Help needed to optimize my Dreamstation Auto CPAP
you might get just a little better AHI with another slight bump up in minimum pressure from 9.5 to 10.

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#46
RE: Help needed to optimize my Dreamstation Auto CPAP
Ok Qal... Will try that tonight. Thanks.
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#47
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OK, increasing from 9.5 on Dreamwear seems to have done the trick. Very glad the Dreamwear has worked out. Thanks again Qal.

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#48
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man, that's sweet!
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#49
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Last 2 days on Dreamwear have not been good, I wonder why.... another thing... 95% pressure is at max!



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#50
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It's still not bad, though.

Well done!
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