(11-03-2013, 04:26 PM)vsheline Wrote: Before investing in the card reader, I suggest keeping in mind that a very capable used S9 AutoSet or used Philips Respironics System One Auto sometimes can be picked up cheaply. I picked up a used S9 AutoSet on CraigsList for $250.
Supplier #2 advertises "Gently Used DS560 REMstar Auto AFLEX Machine" for $389, and can get Heated Humidifier later for $70 when saved up more money.
I really appreciate the help from everyone. You all seem to have been down this path and I hate to stumble along on my own, while there is so much experienced help willing to chime in. If you all want to jump in with ideas, I continue to explain my thoughts.....
The path of buying a card reader to collect data for the S8 machine seemed the best option since my out-of-pocket expense for the entire setup would be the cost of the card reader itself. Everything else has been donated, so the loss of a few data points that the S9 offers at first glance seems insignificant.
If there is a compelling set of reasons to migrate to a S9 or compatible machine, like the data to be mined from the S8 will not help answer why I'm sleeping 4-5 hours a day, then I'm all ears. I've reached the goal of keeping an AHI below 5.0, but I don't know what to do next. Even with the low AHI averages, I still feel lifeless in the mornings with volumes of coffee 10 to 2 to jumpstart the afternoon.
I'm hoping that the added data offered on the S8 software will provide clues of what else could be causing the broken sleep patterns I appear to be in. Will the S9 type machines offer significantly more information to get to a solution?