Hi whodi, WELCOME! to the forum,! hang in there for more suggestions.
If your machine is not data capable and you are intent on self-treatment, then you may have just wasted the money. Without the data, you have no idea if it is working or not. Snoring does not happen with all obstructive events so while it can be a kinda sorta maybe indicator, it's just a wild guess.
People can snore and not have sleep apnea. Your money would have been better spent on an oximeter first. A few nights of using one and looking at the data would have told you a lot. Dips in the blood oxygen overnight would have been a good indicator that something, most likely sleep apnea, is present. The number of times it dipped would have helped, too.
Without data, you have no way of knowing a lot of things, the primary thing being whether you are even having events. If the machine turns out to be a ResMed with "Escape" in the name or a Respironics with the word "Plus" in the name, you just bought a $75 closet decoration.
Sorry to be harsh, but that's the way it is.
Yes, it's possible to self-diagnose and self-treat but only with a data capable machine. And yes, it is possible to do the same with a non-data capable but the only "proof" you'd have is that you may or may not feel better and that the snoring may stop. There's steps to go through, each taking at least 14 days between changes.
We can help you along as much as we can. Here's hoping it is a data capable machine! I hope it is.
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Whodi--Welcome. Here's another possible indicator that you're doing more than snoring. Ask your wife to check (if she hasn't already noticed it) along with snoring if she's aware of any signs of you struggling to breathe at times during sleep (when she awake due to the snoring). There could be some slight body movement (twitching) along with your struggling to breathe at times during apnea events. She may also be able to notice if there are any times you stop breathing for several seconds. These reports from my wife were my first heads-up that apnea was present.
I've asked her if she noticed any pauses in breathing when I was snoring and she said it's a constant steady rate.