I am a new cpap user. I was diagnosed with mild/moderate sleep apnea (16 events per hour).
I received my cpap machine (in CPAP mode) 7 days ago today. I have been 100% compliant in that time.
Here are the 7 day averages from SleepyHead:
Average Hours per Night 7:20 (this is slightly skewed. The first two nights were 4.0hrs and 6hrs respectively but this has increased steadily to over 8 hours for 2-3 nights and 9+hrs as of last night).
Obstructive Index 0.1
Hypopnea Index 0.02
Clear Airway Index 0.02
RERA Index 0.02
Average Leak Rate 0.33
90% Leak Rate 0
% of time above Leak Rate threshold 0.35%
While I do have a lot to learn, based on my research, these numbers seem to be ok. Nothing major appear to be out of order.
However, ever since I started, I have felt much more fatigued than before. I am finding myself wanting to sleep longer and longer.
Whereas before CPAP, I would have no problem staying up late (11, 12, 1 AM)--in fact, it was quite easy to do so. Now, I am lucky if I can make it much past 10:00 PM. and despite going to bed earlier than normal, it's tough to wake up--by which I mean, I wake up a little groggy, but not terribly so. I have low energy through out the day--although, sometimes my energy picks up after I work out (I walk ~2 miles a day most days and lift weight for about an hour 3x times a week).
Generally speaking, I do feel like the quality of my sleep has improved somewhat. While I have been adjusting much better than I ever imagined, I am still not 100% comfortable with the mask. That is, I am still conscious of it and I do find that I wake up once or twice because of it (roll over and it pulls just enough to wake me but not enough to actually pull the pillows out of place).
I have had others tell me that they have noticed a profound difference after starting therapy. Indeed, a few said they noticed the difference right after the night of their sleep study--more energy, feeling refreshed, etc. I expected their experience may be related to the severity of their condition (50+ events).
Naturally, I was expecting something similar--albeit, not to the same degree because I wasn't as severe.
I have read about "sleep debt." There seems to be mixed opinions about it.
I decided to download the SleepyHead software in case there was something going on with my setup/settings. That is, since there wasn't a consensus on "sleep debt," I decided it was prudent to check my stats (of course, I was also curious). I admit that I don't have much idea where to look.
I'd appreciate some feed back on this experience. If there are key stats that I should looking at, please let me know