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Post: #1
New to CPAP, Hope it Works
There doesnt seem to be many boards out there. Doing this for my own reference and anyone who cares to to read/share insight.

Myself:
-29 years old, military
-~142lbs (only stated due to apnea being correlated with size)
-Havent slept well for as long as I can remember (8 years maybe)
-Fall asleep quick and easy. Then wake up, turn over, fall back asleep immediately from middle of the night until 5am (alarm)
-No kicking, no snoring/coughing/choking/gasping

Family:
-My mother started snoring HEAVILY ~50 years of age, ~10 years ago. My father says that she often coughs during the night.
-Her sister, father, and grandfather all snored HEAVILY
-All are heavier set, not large by any means
-None were ever tested for apnea

Spoke with primary care about sleep, they offered a few different drugs. All had more negative than positive results. Received referral for a sleep study, not specifically apnea as I did not consider it a possibility whatsoever. I just wanted to sleep well.

Did an overnight study at a clinic, the results were explained to me in a way that suggests I wake every time my airway is partially obstructed whereas most with apnea have complete obstruction?

Tonight will be my first night with the Air Sense 10 and a Phillips brand "nose pillow".

Ill try to figure out how to access the results from the machine and post them.

Below are the results from the my sleep study, which I still question whether or not even the mildest form of apnea is present but if the CPAP helps, well I wont complain. Seems the forum is stubborn about clickable links and images....

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01-19-2016 07:22 PM
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Mask Make & Model: Airfit P10
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CPAP Pressure: 8-12
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Location: San Diego, California, USA

Post: #2
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
According to your sleep study, you have hypopneas, which are events characterized by low, shallow breathing due to a partially blocked or narrow airway. While not as disturbing to sleep as obstructive apneas, in which the airway completely closes, hypopneas are figured into the AHI index because they are associated with arousals that disturb sleep and blood oxygen desaturation events, which are harmful to the body and cause stress.

While you appear to have a very mild case of apnea, there still might be some benefit to xPAP therapy. Try it for awhile and see how you feel, as that is the most important indicator of success.

Good luck and keep us posted.
01-19-2016 07:28 PM
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Post: #3
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
Links are limited at first to prevent forum spammers.
I was able to look at your report on Photobucket.
(Thank you for redacting your name -- some people forget.)

You are having a few hypoapneas and a few RERAs (Respiratory Effort, Respiratory Arousal.)
By definition, I conclude that you do not have even mild sleep apnea.
Remember, I am not a physician!
You got into delta wave sleep; which we old folk (like me) seldom get to.

You can use ResScan or Sleephead to analyze your SD card.
You can post graphs as attachments as long as they are under 200KB.

After you get a few posts under your belt, you can post links and you can upload Jpegs from the software to Photobucket; and post them inline with the img tag.

Please read the commercial link policy in the forum rules.
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01-19-2016 07:49 PM
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Post: #4
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
You might wish to edit the photos to blank your name and retain anonymity Smile
edit: lol - i found the unedited one by mistake...


All of those hypopnea's but 1 were while on your back. You might want to try the backpack trick to keep from sleeping on your back.

هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه
Tongue Suck Technique for prevention of mouth breathing:
  • Place your tongue behind your front teeth on the roof of your mouth
  • let your tongue fill the space between the upper molars
  • gently suck to form a light vacuum
Practising during the day can help you to keep it at night

هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه هههههه
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01-19-2016 07:49 PM
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Post: #5
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
Hi CalTech,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Much success to you as you start your CPAP therapy and hang in there for more responses to your post.

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01-19-2016 08:05 PM
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Post: #6
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
I agree with your own conclusion. You have some hypopnea and RERA that falls below mild obstructive apnea criteria, and is only present in supine (when you sleep on your back) position. I doubt you are a candidate for positive air pressure therapy. Your problem with disrupted sleep may come from respiratory effort arousals, but PAP therapy could be equally disturbing.

I'll be interested to see how you feel after trying this a while. I think you will benefit from participating more in your therapy by downloading Sleepyhead software and seeing your respiratory events, and correlating with how you feel. http://www.sleepfiles.com/SH2/ Good luck, and welcome.

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01-19-2016 08:49 PM
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Post: #7
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
Hi CalTech, welcome to Apnea Board.

If your prescribed pressure is 4, please understand that this is too low for most people. If you feel even slightly like you are suffocating because it is a little too hard to breathe in, I would suggest raising the pressure to 5 or whatever feels most comfortable.

Some people prefer to breathe in slowly and low pressure does not bother them. But, personally, I like to breathe in fairly quickly and the higher pressure helps that, so I very much prefer higher pressure than 5 or 6.

Also, I suggest experimenting with EPR, exhalation pressure relief, which makes it easier to exhale. A higher amount of EPR will make it easier to exhale.

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01-20-2016 01:41 AM
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Post: #8
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
Welcome to the forum CalTech! Obviously you are suffering from sleep disturbances or you wouldn't have been prescribed therapy. Whether it helps or not remains to be seen.

The other trick to hinder one from sleeping on their back is to sew in some tennis balls onto the back of an old shirt therefore making it uncomfortable enough to stop you from sleeping on your back.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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01-20-2016 08:31 AM
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RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
(01-19-2016 07:49 PM)DariaVader Wrote:  You might wish to edit the photos to blank your name and retain anonymity Smile
edit: lol - i found the unedited one by mistake...

All of those hypopnea's but 1 were while on your back. You might want to try the backpack trick to keep from sleeping on your back.

Guess I missed a page with my name, no problem!

I always fall asleep on my back but move to my stomach a few hours afterward for the remainder of the night. Im not even sure how Id sleep on my stomach with any of the mask types.

(01-20-2016 01:41 AM)vsheline Wrote:  Hi CalTech, welcome to Apnea Board.

If your prescribed pressure is 4, please understand that this is too low for most people.

Ill take a look at the settings, max was at 20 so I imagine it adjusts based on breathing? The clinic also said theyll make adjustments for me if needed but theyd let me know if they do, all data is uploaded to their cloud via a cellular network.


Thank you all for the input and glancing at the results. Again, I never figured I had a problem that would involved CPAP but Im willing to try anything for a good nights rest.

Sleepyhead reports 2 AHI for last night and I only lasted 3 hours. If theres any other data I should look at in particular please let me know. This will take some getting used to and adjustment of settings. I felt the air was on the warm side, almost thick and that really put me off. I wanted to turn over to my stomach about the usual time of night and the nose pillows made this difficult to do while maintaining comfort.

Ill try to get in bed earlier this evening to play with the settings.
01-20-2016 06:11 PM
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Post: #10
RE: New to CPAP, Hope it Works
I'm in the military also. Stick with it, you'll begin to feel a lot better and have more energy.
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