Welcome. I am new also, using an Aloha pillow mask. I found that trying different size pillows was key to getting a good seal so I could sleep leak free on my side. From everything I have read on this and other sites, it takes some work to get the masks to work well. You are getting good numbers and are feeling better, so you are way ahead of the game at this early stage. Keep up the fine tuning and good luck.
Well the Mirage Micro Nasal Mask made it 5 hours with minimal leaks and only 1 OA. Then I woke up and removed it (don't know why). I had been stuffed up even with the humidifier to to 85F and level 4, so maybe I just wanted to mouth breath at that point.
It may also be I forgot to start the SPO2 recorder and thought the night was a bust without both. Wish I had left the mask on though.
If I can get comfortable for with this one for a whole night it might be the better of the two in my case. The only other issue is I have some sinus headache today and it almost feels like it's reflecting the msk and headgear....
Sleepyhead wil allow you to define and track events less than 10 seconds using User Flag 1 and 2 event functions. Ultimately though, whether these shorter events are of consequence depends upon factors such as a decrease in oxygen saturation level. Unless you are wearing a pulse oximeter you won't know this.
The AHI is one indication, but it's not everything. My AHI was low as soon as I started on APAP, but I still kept feeling worse. An overnight oxymetry showed my oxygen levels were below 90% most of the night and below 80% a lot. I had supplemental oxygen added and that's when I started, slowly, to feel better.
Some times it just takes awhile for you to start feeling better, you are different from everyone else and your experience will be different to. You need to discuss this with your doctor.
I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.
Actually you know, it is what it isn't.