However, for the last three nights, I am seeing a pattern that did not exist in the first 6 nights:
I will wake up at 3:30 am, go to the bathroom, and then lay in bed for a while. It is hard to tell when I fall asleep. I can feel myself going through a rhythmic breathing pattern which may even be similar to what Sleepyhead labels as Cheynes-Stokes. In the morning, when I look at the chart, that is what is shown. However, I am not sure if the pattern occurs when i am awake or not. How can I tell the next day whether an event occurred during sleep or during wakefulness?
Second question: The more disturbing part of the pattern is that I will enter a 15-26 minute period of CAs or OAs interspersed with the Cheynes-Stokes.
Please note, that before I got up, I had an AHI of 2.3. I was excited to see that at 3:30 am.
However, the 15-26 minute period will cause my overall AHI to drop to 6. Of course, looking at the 26 minute period, my AHI is up to 20 or more for that period.
I know that everyone will tell me to rush to a doctor. I probably should, but I do not like doctors (no insurance, no money, and no time) and am hoping that someone else has seen this and has a solution.
Here is the ugly chart:
[I tried to post these using shared images on flickr, but it did not work. The attachments are now at the top of the post.]
Any ideas on
1. How to tell if I was asleep and
2. What I can do to address these CAs and OAs right after I lay down in the middle of the night?