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Leak rate and Apnea
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I agree Salty. Just watch things for a few days and see if the Centrals don't calm down on their own. Also, since you're sleeping on your back, if you would elevate the head of your mattress that would probably help to calm down some of the OA's.
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How much would you think I should raise head; 3-4 inches? I would guess I would need to start incline at waist, or raising would be like adding a pillow, which I know won't work. Much higher than that, and it would keep me from even attempting to sleep on my side. Thanks!
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Whatever you can reasonably do should help, Salty... And yes, starting at the waist is a great idea. You want to keep your chin from falling down on top of your chest. As I have said before, your ears should be closer to the floor than your nose.

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(10-26-2014, 08:15 PM)saltydawg2 Wrote: Last night, I really had no "clusters" of apneas, but those I had still shows leak peaks. My AHI was under 7, which was a record low for me, especially for almost 8 hrs. of sleep. I for the first time had more Central Apneas than Obstructive. A few more nights of sleep, and I will consider that an issue.


Your doc might not be concerned unless the AHI is above 5.

Centrals tend to reduce over time as our system adapts to sleeping under pressure.

After a month or two (or longer) of therapy, if your Central Apnea Index (average number of CA per hour of sleep) remains above 5 per hour, then perhaps your doc might become concerned about the CAI being too high. But it sounds like your CAI is already much lower than that, so I would not be especially worried about the centrals.

If the clusters of obstructive apneas return, as Zonk pointed out, these may be occurring while you are flat on your back, which is usually the worst position for sleep apnea.

In addition to raising the head of the bed as much as comfortable, you might try adding a 3 inch "mattress topper" on your bed, to see if that would allow you to sleep on your side. (Works for me.) Also, placing several pillows to keep you at least partly off your back may help reduce the severity of obstructive events.

Take care,
--- Vaughn

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(10-24-2014, 04:18 AM)saltydawg2 Wrote: I have noticed that my air leaks are generally low, average .06-.32%, over the last month. But during those clusters I mentioned, the leak rate spikes at same time, at each individual event, mostly OA. Flow rate shows drop every event, which I would expect. Going all the way down the page, everything else shows increase, as well. If I am at constant pressure, why would the leak rate increase during those events? Thanks for any help understanding.

Keeping the unintentional Leak below 24 Liter per minute is more important when in AutoSet therapy mode. If the unintentional Leak gets higher than 30 L/m, the machine will stop trying to distinguish between CA versus OA. Also, when the unintentional Leak is much above 24 L/m, the target pressure setting algorithm will be less accurate, so therapy might not be targeting the right pressure.

When in CPAP therapy mode, the unintentional Leak might be perhaps twice as high as 24 L/m and the machine might still be able to maintain adequate mask pressure (at the target 14 cm H2O).

But at some point the machine will not be able to pump enough airflow to maintain the 14 cm H2O mask pressure and you may get obstructive apneas from the mask pressure being too low.

Or, it is also quite possible that sometimes even 14 cmH2O is too little pressure (perhaps when in REM sleep while also flat on your back, double whammy double trouble), and when in apnea, perhaps you are moving and causing extra Leak.
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