Quote:Well, I hope you're not asking me to download the data, because I don't know how to do that.
Yeah, I was. But if you can't do that just now that's OK. It's just that a lot of us are data junkies and we love to see the graphs and charts. They can tell us a lot about how your treatment is going, and how to fine tune it. On the other hand, if you're consistently getting below 3.5 and even some zeros, then it's obviously in the right ballpark.
Quote: all I care about is how well I'm sleeping, and if my symptoms clear up, and I do notice that my heart tends to slow down at night, but I am a little skeptical of the results because all I care about is getting better. Maybe my anxiety is getting in the way.
Fair enough - it's really all about getting good refreshing sleep, which allows your mind and body to rejuvenate each night. Anxiety is a big issue for a lot of people - after all you have to learn a new way of breathing, with air blasting into your face from a rubber hose, and with a plastic alien strapped to your face!
It's enough to make anybody nervous, and for most people there is an adjustment process they must go through. A lot of people don't make it, and there is a high drop-out rate. On the up side, CPAP therapy is proven to treat sleep apnea, which in turn will mean that you have a much better chance of avoiding the co-morbidities like high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes etc etc.
Quote:I'm still getting used to this. I've heard it can take up to four months to get fully adjusted to this- I sure hope it doesn't take that long.
That depends entirely on the individual. Some lucky people experience instant results and are 100% better after their first night. Some never adjust and either struggle on for years or else give up. But the great majority seem to get the hang of it within a few weeks or so. In my experience, the first and most important thing to get right is the mask. If your mask is uncomfortable or doesn't fit right or leaks a lot, then nothing else will work. The mask is the key, so if you're not happy with yours, then try optimising the adjustment, try a mask liner (Google Remzz) or try a different mask. The associated problem is leaks. They can disturb your sleep and (if excessive) can compromise your treatment. Your machine should have an indication of how your leaks are going - a green smiley face or red frowny face. If you have a red, then there is definitely a problem. Otherwise good sleep hygiene helps a lot.
Quote:I do take the mask off at times, sometimes for no apparent reason, so I guess I need to keep working at this.
That's a very common problem - in fact I took mine off last night because it was hot, humid and uncomfortable. Mrs DB gave me a nudge to put it back on. Your bed partner can be your greatest asset here - if they notice something is amiss, they can give you a gentle prod to put your mask back on, or perhaps notice if the mask is leaking.
Good luck! This is an important period in your life, and hopefully the start of a much better and healthier future.