My stats, hmmm....
My initial sleep study showed an AHI of 10. My AHI over the past year is 0.93 (nope, that's not a typo). Just call me 'lightweight.' Or a CPAP success story. I tweaked my minimum pressure from 6 to 8 and cut it in half to 0.45. I can get it above 1 very easily. Take an Ambien, AHI=1.5; take a melatonin, AHI=1.1; have a drink or two, AHI=1. The first two do make me feel more rested.
Average leak = 0.54; 95% leaks = 2.4. Average pressure = 8.54, 95% pressure = 9.44. I am not an expert in interpreting the numbers, but they seem very good.
I think PsychoMike and bwexler are right. The improvement is so gradual, I do not notice.
Last month, they sent me new mask and I asked for a nasal pillow. I can tell you that's not for me. Have you ever tried to talk to your significant other with the nasal pillow on and running? I sound like something out of a Wes Anderson movie.
Anyways, I have griped enough, I will go over and post in success stories (I do have good stuff too). Thanks to all in the forum. I don't post much, but I read a lot.
Still Waiting !
I'm a new user less then a month and I have never had that feeling your talking of. Will it come ? I sure hope so but right now I don't feel the benefits of the therapy , at least not yet!
Last night my AHI was a low .69 and with numbers like that I thought I would be feeling better but not yet!
I think the generality statements such as "are you feeling better?" or "are you sleeping better?" (my doc's favorite) are not necessarily good for us to focus on. I much prefer the more solid ideas such as "is my heart happier now?" or "am I saving water since I don't have to flush the toilet 5 times a night?" That sort of stuff.
For me, I measure my happy place by little things: For instance I don't fall asleep behind the wheel of the car anymore. Now granted, that might seem like a small thing, but it's really kind of nice knowing you can go from point A to point B without killing someone.
So, look to the symptoms themselves. Do you define "feeling better" by not snoring anymore? Certainly those thumps in the side all night can make for sore ribs. What is it for you?