That's an interesting theory. My sleep study has no info about the duration of my desats, only the max, min, and average. Not very helpful.
My AHI on my back was 51.4 and on my side it was 90.3. However, my RDI on my back (85.7) is quite similiar to the RDI on my side (92.8). This means, I think, that I wake up pretty much the same amount on my back and side for breathing problems? Not sure what to do with that.
When I'm feeling better, I'll have to do some experimenting. I'm just too tired to puzzle it out right now.
Thanks for the ideas everyone.
I'm really hoping the insurance company isn't going to take too long. I don't have a mild or questionable case of apnea and I am positive I have coverage for cpap. If the new company starts dragging their feet, I will definitely ask the doc to advocate on my behalf.
I did look online at some used cpaps but they are just a bit out of my price range. The cheapest I found for used was $299 (not including shipping). Any tips on finding cheaper ones are appreciated. If I had $300, I most definitely would buy one but I just don't have it. Insurance most definitely will have come through by the time I saved up enough for one. Any tips on finding cheaper ones are appreciated.
Luckily, my insurance will pay 100% for cpap, supplies, and sleep related appointments. But the waiting in challenging. But I'd rather wait and have insurance than not have insurance at all. Oh yes.
(10-30-2013 07:33 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Even the cheaper ones have an alarm that can be set to go off when the O2 goes below whatever level you set.
My theory is your AHI appears to drop when you are on your back because they are lasting LONGER.
Let's say you have an AHI of 60. That's one event a minute. You are on your side. When the event happens, you don't have to wake up very much for the muscles to "tense up" and reopen the airway. Now you are on your back. The airway closes. Your brain screams at you to wake up. You kinda do but now your muscles are also fighting gravity. The event lasts a few seconds longer. Your brain continues to yell. Your leg twitches. You wake up further. You finally wake up enough to open the airway completely. More than a minute has passed. You fall back asleep. You have another event. Repeat. So the AHI is less and it looks like it is better but, really, it is not.
If you have your sleep report, look to see if it tells you the length of time the events lasted while you were on your back.
Meanwhile, sleep in a recliner or some other method to stay off your back.
If you can, check Craigslist or some other local sales paper to see if someone has a used CPAP for sale. Before you buy one, though, check with us to make sure you get one that is good for you to use!