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Perception of Pressure: at night vs in the morning
#1
Hello:

I've had my machine almost 3 weeks now. Put it on and generally fall asleep promptly, even without using ramp any longer. Very comfortable.

I notice though, that when I wake up in the AM the pressure does not feel as intense when I wake up as when I fell asleep. Is this simply a mental adjustment, being used to it? Or does the machine automatically vary its pressure levels?

It is set to 10. I can't tell if its in my head, the machine, or some complication with me blocking the hose by my sleep position.

Hope that makes sense.

Thanks.
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(04-10-2012, 03:52 PM)hippipdip Wrote: Hello:

I've had my machine almost 3 weeks now. Put it on and generally fall asleep promptly, even without using ramp any longer. Very comfortable.

I notice though, that when I wake up in the AM the pressure does not feel as intense when I wake up as when I fell asleep. Is this simply a mental adjustment, being used to it? Or does the machine automatically vary its pressure levels?

It is set to 10. I can't tell if its in my head, the machine, or some complication with me blocking the hose by my sleep position.

Hope that makes sense.

Thanks.

it feels different in the morning because you are getting used to it. the pressure itself is actually pretty low. it is measured as cm/h20. for instance 10 is the amount of pressure it takes to raise a column of water 10 cm. so as you can see the difference between the top and bottom of the scale is not that great. i think in terms of PSI it would all be in the 2 range someplace.
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#3
Yep, your body has gotten used to it during the night.

Congrats, that means you're using it like you should!

Often in the morning, I have to put my hand in front of the mask to prove it is on.
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(04-11-2012, 12:01 AM)PaulaO2 Wrote: Yep, your body has gotten used to it during the night.

Congrats, that means you're using it like you should!

Often in the morning, I have to put my hand in front of the mask to prove it is on.

How many times have you laid there awake thinking is it on or not, it becomes like a game. Big Grin

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(04-10-2012, 03:52 PM)hippipdip Wrote: Hello:

I've had my machine almost 3 weeks now. Put it on and generally fall asleep promptly, even without using ramp any longer. Very comfortable.

I notice though, that when I wake up in the AM the pressure does not feel as intense when I wake up as when I fell asleep. Is this simply a mental adjustment, being used to it? Or does the machine automatically vary its pressure levels?

It is set to 10. I can't tell if its in my head, the machine, or some complication with me blocking the hose by my sleep position.

Hope that makes sense.

Thanks.

I've noticed the exact same thing and still notice it after 6 months of therapy. I'm guessing that when you first turn the pressure on, it's pumping air into your system and after a certain amount of time, it normalizes itself.
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(04-10-2012, 03:52 PM)hippipdip Wrote: I notice though, that when I wake up in the AM the pressure does not feel as intense when I wake up as when I fell asleep. Is this simply a mental adjustment, being used to it? Or does the machine automatically vary its pressure levels?

Auto adjustment depends on your machine, but like others have said you've probably adjusted to the airflow by the AM, this is why the ramp function works, you adjust over time. Another thing may be that toward morning you're not in such a deep sleep and the machine has lighten up on the pressure if it is auto adjusting.

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#7
his details and post both mention pressure of 10 so i ass-u-me that he is dealing with constant pressure (cpap) and not automatic pressure (apap). in that case, the machine would not be auto adjusting itself. i could be wrong. i was wrong once and paula has it marked on her calendar LOL.....
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(04-11-2012, 08:12 AM)greatunclebill Wrote: i could be wrong. i was wrong once and paula has it marked on her calendar LOL.....
I thought I was wrong once, but I found out later I was mistaken. Smile
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(04-10-2012, 03:52 PM)hippipdip Wrote: I can't tell if its in my head, the machine, or some complication with me blocking the hose by my sleep position.

As you can seen from the other replies, it is all in your head. You're getting acclimated to the CPAP therapy.

This is normal, as is wondering if the machine is still on. I wear a nasal mask (pillows, actually) so all I have to do is open my mouth, lower the back of my tongue, and feel the air hissing out to confirm that the machine really is still on.

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(04-10-2012, 04:17 PM)greatunclebill Wrote: the pressure itself is actually pretty low. it is measured as cm/h20. for instance 10 is the amount of pressure it takes to raise a column of water 10 cm. so as you can see the difference between the top and bottom of the scale is not that great. i think in terms of PSI it would all be in the 2 range someplace.

Let's see, what's the easiest way to do this calculation? Scuba divers learn that a depth of 10.3 meters (34 ft) is what it takes to increase the pressure by one atmosphere, which is about 15 psi.

So, let's see, 10 cm is about one hundred times smaller than 10.3 meters. If we make 15 psi one hundred times smaller we get 0.15 psi. That's not anywhere near enough to unflatten a flat tire, in fact, it wouldn't even blow up a balloon, would it?

But it's enough to keep our airways open while we sleep. Great Uncle, it's a miracle! I can't imagine how horrible my life would be without it.
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