IMO, a lot of people here obsess over the numbers making it tougher on them. Dont sweat it if you feel good
when I first started using a bipap, I watched the data every day to see if it was working better than the S9 auto (the bipap is much more expensive) because if it wasn't helping any more than the auto was, I just didn't want to pay extra for it. As time went by, I would download info once a week and I might look at the overall weekly data or I might not depending on how the week went. As more time went by, I got to the point of not even thinking about doing a download and more often than not, if I think about it or remember, I might download the data monthly. I rarely look at it anymore. It has been 13 months using the bipap and if nothing else, I have the security that if I need a high pressure someday that I have a machine that will go to 25. I have never gotten near 20 yet so I am good to go and in 4 more years, I will hopefully get a new machine with newer technology. Until then, I have the best that was available to treat me 13 months ago.
I looked at the SD card every morning for about the first 6 months. For the last couple of years though I follow the 7day and 30day averages in the menu of my Respironics Auto.
I find that the averages are good for general tracking because it effectively filters the ups and downs that used to drive me nuts trying to fix.
Now I am strongly of the view that if the 7 day average is less than 5, and I am getting more than 6:30 sleep a night, and I am waking refreshed in the morning then my therapy is working well. (as it turns out, my 7 day average AHI fluctuates from around 0.8 to around 1.8 and back again over about a 2 to 3 week period - I can't figure out what thats about but I don't really care.)
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Don't assume because you feel good that your therapy is working well. Many people with really bad sleep test results swear they sleep well. We all need to check the results every so often.
If your readings are bad enough, you need to investigate them . The worse the readings, the more you need to watch them and try to fix them.
Don't obsess over small changes in your readings. Some people do spend too much time obsessing over an AHI of 1 vs. 2, for instance.
If you've done all you can to fix your therapy and your numbers are still high, there's no reason to look at the readings too often if you're not doing anything to fix the readings, and if the readings aren't changing over time. Even if your readings are good, it's good to look at them every so often to see if problems develop.
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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
My AHI is always great there's something that I don't really understand in their graphs and lately I haven't been sleeping good or I don't feel like I have and so I made an appointment with my respiratory therapist or whatever you call them to look at my machine and the information to see if there needs to be any changes and if it doesn't work then I will call my doctor I just never have learned much about the bi-level yet