So, this is officially my first post. Where to begin...
Every now and then, I would wake up gasping for air... Sometimes, I'll even wake up with my heart racing at what feels like 800bpm. My wife will wake me up, just to remind me to breathe and my response will be: "Leave me alone, I'm sleeping." Every day I would feel like a zombie, tired and exhausted.
I never knew the implications of these symptoms. I never even know it WAS symptoms. Until, at a family gathering one day my brother-in-law mentioned he's going for a sleep study. After explaining his symptoms I thought, hey, let me Google that. After diagnosing myself as having 7/8 out of the first 10 symptoms that pops up, I realized I have to do something about it and visit a sleep clinic.
My first visit wasn't too bad.
I didn't sleep very well, but I've slept worse.
The second visit was better.
At first I was fitted with a nose mask. I decided to sit around for about 45 minutes to get used to it before trying to sleep. After 20 minutes of trying to fall asleep, I called the nurse. I felt like a balloon getting blown up and had to force all the air from my lungs every minute or so, just to 'deflate'. I have to mention, I have quite bad sinus problems as well as a deviated septum restricting air flow to only one nostril.
She swapped it for a full face. Much better!! It was something to get used to at first but I slept much better.
My results as follow: Before CPAP (1), During CPAP (2)
Baseline Oxygen Saturation: 91%, 90%
Minimum Oxygen Saturation: 53%, 82%
Desaturation Index: 80/Hour, 3/Hour
Apnea/Hypopnea Index: 78/Hour, 2/Hour
Snoring Percentage: 21%, 2%
This was eye opening!
Yesterday, two weeks after my second study, I was like a little boy on Christmas morning. Oh, I have to mention, the morning after the 2nd study, I woke up at 3am ready to take on the day. That whole day I felt like I could conquer the world! It was like upgrading from a small box TV to a 65" Ultra HD TV! Wonderful!
So, yesterday I left the DME with a huge smile on my face. I couldn't wait to go and sleep.
With the following settings the DME set the machine, I went to bed last night:
PAP Mode: APAP
Pressure: Min 6 Max 14
EPR Level: 3
Sleep time: 6h:18m
Pressure: 4.02 (Min), 10.82 (Max), 9.28 (95%)
Leak Rate: 0.00 (Min, 95%), 21.60 (Max, when I removed the mask to scratch my nose without pressing the power button)
Snore: 0.00 (Min, 95%), 0.38 (Max) (According to SH, it lasted 2,5min.)
I'll share all the stats as attachments once I have enough posts...
How is it possible to have such good results on the first night?
Also, how do you pause the A10? By pressing the power button it creates multiple sessions in SH. Taking the mask off, registers a leak. What's the right way to pause?
Thanks for all the great info!!