The sleep center called and wants me to buy a CPAP and the price point up front, plus the monthly fee (10 months of payment to own) seems ridiculous, even with insurance.
So I know, or at least seriously feel, that's waaaay too high.
I'm still not up to speed, beyond the basics that I have a sleep disorder, and knowing a CPAP will help, I've looked at a few sites with the CPAPS looking at the features etc, and I have the faxed sleep study results (below).
What do I need to get and why?
What do I need to look for when buying online?
Is there a thread that explains the different machines?
Nose thingy? Full nose/mouth thingy like at the sleep study (I snore loudly) and had no problem with the overnight study sleeping with the CPAP nose/mouth thingy?
Whats up with software? Does it come with the units? What's it for, etc.
If I get my own CPAP, what do I need to have to follow up with the sleep clinic? Or do I even need to and why or why not? Is it just to make money for the clinic/Dr?
Is there a wiz bang pop CPAP that will auto adjust as I change/improve?
Basically do I need the sleep Dr for anything in the next year(s) or so or can I self diagnose with the CPAP going forward, maybe that's what the software and groups like this is for, like taking blood glucose readings as a diabetic to make insulin adjustments, consulting with others having similar health issues?
I beat diabetes in 5 months (between HA1C tests). So now I'm diagnosed as a diet controlled diabetic (7.4%HA1C to 5.4%HA1C), looking to lose more weight and I'm working out, with the goal of health and minimal body fat, so things will change for the better, as I understand, as I continue to lose weight.... and this will help with that.
Looking to slay sleep apnea next, or at least have a non-drug fix and go forward plan.
Thanks in advance!
Here's some info from the sleep study....
SLEEP ARCHITECTURE: The total time in bed 481 minutes, total sleep time was
401 minutes and the total wake time was 80.0. Sleep efficiency was 83.4%.
Sleep onset was 11 minutes with a REM onset of 91 minutes. While asleep, the
patient spent 6.1% of time in stage 1 sleep, 60.5% of time in stage 2 sleep,
0.0% of time in stage 3-4 sleep, and 33.4% of time in REM sleep.
The patient had 12.0 arousals. 2.0 associated with respiratory events, 0
associated with PLMS and 9 were spontaneous arousals. Overall arousal index
RESPIRATORY SUMMARY: The patients baseline O2 saturation was 95.0% and the
lowest O2 saturation observed was 87.0%. The patient had a total of 46.0
respiratory events with an AHIof 6.9/hour. The maximum event duration was 28
seconds. There were 5 Obstructive, 7 Central, and 18 Mixed Apneas. There
were 16 Obstructive Hypopneas.
ADDITIONAL SUMMARY: The average EKG rate was 66.5.
1. Previously diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, with overall good
response to PAP therapy with REM Supine sleep noted.
2. Significant Periodic Limb Movements were not observed with index of
3. Mild sleep fragmentation
4. Normal Sinus Rhythm noted.
1. CPAP pressure of 10cm H2O with heated humidity.
2. Follow up in sleep clinic in 4-6 weeks.