I don't have a link, but I was just reading an NIH article that I linked to from one of Dr. Steven Parks' newsletters that said that it takes around 12 months for brain damage from sleep apnea to heal after a person gets stabilized on xPAP therapy.
I don't know how accurate that figure is ( seems like it might vary from person to person), my main take-away from that statement is that improvement is going to occur over a long period of time.
I have been using CPAP for about a month now and am just now getting comfortable with it. I think we have to work to make sure that our xPAP therapy is working correctly and use it consistently and wait and watch for improvement.
I am already seeing improvements in blood pressure control and not waking up every morning with a headache. I am also having short periods of time where my brain feels more active. I don't really know how to explain that part.
(02-16-2016 10:08 AM)Winterfrost Wrote: Before my home sleep study, I didn't realize I had a problem. I was tired a lot, groggy in the mornings, yawning all day. I thought it was just short sleep (going to bed late-ish but still getting up early for work). Then my fiance told me that I'd begun snoring a lot and he was also witnessing me skipping breaths.
On my study night, my AHI was 6.5, so I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. Oxygen desat went as low as 85%, though I don't know for how long.
Now, after two weeks of APAP therapy, average AHI is around 2.6. I also still show a lot of snore events and flow limitations. I *think* I have more daytime energy but am not sure. Some days I'm still yawning a lot, and I nearly dozed off during a seminar this weekend. Other days, not a yawn, and I'm not fading as quickly in the evenings.
But is that enough? Is the 2.6 AHI with lots of snores/FLs acceptable or do I need to work it down even lower? Do I need to be using an oximeter to see what's going on there? How do you know when you're out of the woods?