After several, for want of a better term "incidents", I was given an overnight sleep test which diagnosed severe Sleep Apnea.
I thought I had been getting a good nights sleep but was advised it was not a "good" sleep.
To cut a long story short, I am running the equipment as detailed in the panel for 12 weeks, the first 6 without a humidifier.
Humidifier is on 5.5%, going to bed at 2200hrs, I wake at from 0200 to 0400 with a mouth feeling like the bottom of a garbage can.
Healthcare adviser says I am doing well, and see you again next year.
I propose downloading ResScan from this site so that I can analyse my own data.
If nothing improves in the next two weeks I was intending to do without the CPAP for a week, but was considering obtaining a sleep monitor so that I had some idea of what was happening overnight.
Any thoughts or advice would be much appreciated.
11-12-2015, 12:10 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-12-2015, 12:11 PM by DonC.)
First of all welcome - You have done the right thing.
Whatever happens don't give up. If you have Sleep Apnea you have to use the machine.
I don't have a lot of experience but I have to tell you that others on this forum will come forward with the correct advice as they have for me.
The only thing I will say is that most people on here use Sleepyhead software so if you want to use ResMed's version use both of them.
The other thing that is pretty obvious to me is that you need a different Sleep Doctor. I know things are not the same in the UK as they are in the US (I am from Manchester) but your current guy is not helping.
Others will advise on the cotton mouth.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Download the software and get the clinical manual.
Find out the pressure settings (min, max.)
Get a look at your events: type, duration, clustered, leak rate, pressure when events occur...
Dry mouth is not uncommon.
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