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Is this a pillow or a position or pressure issue?
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Is this a pillow or a position or pressure issue?
Been on apap ~ 6 months, going great, typical AHI is around .5   If I sleep on my side that is.  I can go to sleep on my side and wake up not having moved most nights.

In the mornings I do tend to want to sleep on my back, or go back to sleep but usually I can’t.  I’ll still be awake, on my back, and I’ll catch something in my airway blocking for a split second and it keeps me up. Could it be solved with some kind of contour pillow to keep my neck supported and airway open? I just use a normal pillow now.  Am I just stuck being a side sleeper now forever? It’s working as far as the numbers are concerned I guess. It’s just not as comfortable, shoulders/arms bug me, sometimes back too. 

And finally the pressure always feels much lower in the morning.  Can it go lower than the minimum?  Or maybe am I just more adjusted after 6-7 hours of having it on?  I haven’t actually pulled up Oscar in months because I feel great and the AHI numbers look fantastic, some nights are 0 even.  Do I need to get into Oscar and find some info there to shed some light on all this.  I haven’t thought to look for anything when I feel the airway cut off because it’s so fast and really doesn’t change my breathing. 

Thanks,
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RE: Is this a pillow or a position or pressure issue?
The charts give us info, indirectly, on positional issues. Verba)y it sounds like you may be tucking your chin, if so that usually shows as a clustering of events.
Per your profile, your inhale pressure cannot go lower than 7.5, depending on your flex settings your exhale pressure can only go down to about 5 and is variable.
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