Looking around I didn't see a forum for introductions so I'll post here. If there is a more appropriate forum for this, admin please feel free to move this post.
I'm at the tail end of the silent generation. (I don't think my ex-wives would agree, particularly about snoring.)
I've used 'my' machine less than a week. So far so good. I don't officially have sleep apnea I'm told as my number falls within the "normal" range. But because of other issues, the pulmonary doc suggested that I try a loaner machine for a week. I did so with good results (including headaches going away in 3 days) so I sprung for the co-pay and have had my own for 5 days. I got used to it quickly in two days and use about 7 hours a night now, very low pressure from the min 4 to about 6. I'm sleeping better and I think not snoring as I no longer wake up with a dry mouth. Nobody on the other side to let me know. Sigh.
I'm still working on understanding the terminology, options available in software, and all the rest.
A couple of questions already from reading a few posts:
1) what is total obstructive apnea, central apnea, and hypopneas? I guess that should be 1-3.
2) The machine I have comes with sleepmapper software available. Pretty basic, not much info, and the web program crashed for two days and not yet working correctly again. Emails to support say they are working on it. Because of this, I looked around and found SleepyHead which has a lot of info but still quite buggy as in beta and crashes every session. Any recommendation as to another choice in software?
Thanks for any info.
Firstly welcome to the boards.
I have no idea yet about the software side so I'll let the experts handle that.
An obstructive apnea event is caused by your airway being physically blocked. This could be your tongue or neck fat etc.
A central apnea event is not caused by a blockage of your airway. This is caused because your brain forgets to tell your body to keep the airway open. This is very simple way of explaining things.
Hypopneas are events that are less severe than full apneas. These would be considered as very shallow breathing or a reduced respiratory rate. Simply put these aren't complete cessation of breathing like apneas are. Just note that hypopneas can be just as problematic as apneas if they constantly arouse you out of deeper sleep stages.
Hope this helps and again welcome to the boards.
Which version of SleepyHead do you have? It should say on the top border of the SleepyHead window.
The 0.9.8-1 version of the program is greatly improved over 0.9.6.
Take out the water tank and turn the machine over. Look for something like "REF 560P" on the label on the bottom. Then you can put your exact machine type in your profile.
Get the free SleepyHead software here
for information on the main alternative to CPAP.
If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.