Hello Guest, Welcome to Apnea Board !
As a guest, you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use.
To post a message, you must create a free account using a valid email address.

or Create an Account

New Posts   Today's Posts

Picked up CPAP today
I picked up my CPAP today and am getting set up for my first night. They told me to wear it for awhile while I'm awake to get used to it, but I feel like I'm not getting enough air with it on. I've got a ResMed AirSense 10 Autoset for her. Is there something I can adjust or do I just have to get used to it?
Post Reply Post Reply

Donate to Apnea Board  
That "not enough air" feeling is usually because you're on a very low pressure setting. What are your pressure settings? And is the Ramp feature on? Ramp starts you out at a low pressure and builds gradually to your prescribed pressure. Either of these things could be the issue, and both are things you can adjust. If you need help getting into the clinical menu where the pressure information is stored, see here:


When you report back about your current settings we can help you make some adjustments so it will be more comfortable for you.
Post Reply Post Reply
The pressure is 4 to 14 and it's on autoramp. It's currently at 4. Thanks, I'll check out the link
Post Reply Post Reply
(10-29-2015, 01:22 AM)usertc Wrote: The pressure is 4 to 14 and it's on autoramp. It's currently at 4. Thanks, I'll check out the link

That minimum pressure of 4 is the culprit. That's what you're feeling when you're using the machine while awake.

You can turn off Ramp if you want, it's an optional comfort feature but it's not comfortable for everyone. Then, while awake on the machine bump up the minimum pressure from 4 to 5, see how it feels, if still not enough air, try 6, etc. Don't go higher than you need to in order to feel you can breathe pretty comfortably. Some of this is a matter of time and adjustment, but few people ever get really comfortable with 4 and most quickly increase that minimum pressure up so they can be more comfortable.
Post Reply Post Reply
(10-29-2015, 01:22 AM)usertc Wrote: The pressure is 4 to 14 and it's on autoramp. It's currently at 4. Thanks, I'll check out the link
When Ramp time set to Auto, the machine will detect sleep onset and then gradually increase start pressure to the minimum set pressure at rate 1 cmH2 per minute. If sleep onset is not detected, the machine will reach set pressure within 30 minutes

As the minimum pressure is 4, start pressure cannot be lower than 4, so you'll at 4 for 30 minutes, unless you fall asleep sooner and the machine will start auto-adjust pressure as needed

Excuse me, if say, the people who set the machine for you are clueless

Post Reply Post Reply

Donate to Apnea Board  
Welcome to the best SA forum around usertc!! You have come to the right place to get help!

APNEABOARD - A great place to be if you're a hosehead!! Rolleyes

Post Reply Post Reply
I survived the night and it wasn't too bad. The worst was getting past the start pressure. I followed the instructions and turned up the low number and saved it, but it still stayed at 4 while I was awake. I'll call my sleep tech today and see if she can change it.

Anyway, I woke up a few times during the night with mask leaks and discomfort, but fell right back to sleep once I adjusted it. I'm supposed to have a Respironics Amara View full face mask, but they didn't have the right size and had to order it. I have a Contour Deluxe nasal mask from a hospital stay 2 years ago, so I'm using that temporarily.

Only 1 event per hour, down from 50 events per hour Smile
Post Reply Post Reply
Both the minimum pressure and starting pressure for Ramp need to be increased. Chances are, you only changed the minimum pressure range for APAP. As suggested earlier, simply turning off ramp is a solution most of us use.
Post Reply Post Reply
Hi usertc,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It sounds like you are off to a good start. I know CPAP therapy can take some getting used to but just stick with it, it does get better.
Much success to you on your CPAP journey
Post Reply Post Reply

Donate to Apnea Board  
I've had my machine for 6 weeks and started out using the ramp set at 5. My fixed pressure setting is 11. After reading various posts on this great forum I figured out I'd be better without the ramp. The 5 setting doesn't provide enough air--I was breathing very deeply to get what felt like enough then it too awhile to slow down when the ramp was ended. I think I am getting to sleep faster without itI just have to prepare myself for that first blast of 11 air!
Post Reply Post Reply

Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  [Symptoms] Even more tired today trance 61 3,199 06-08-2018, 07:05 PM
Last Post: trance
  [Diagnosis] Got the bad news today. DoubtFire61 27 1,957 04-10-2018, 08:29 PM
Last Post: Sam Wallis
  [CPAP] Excited! Getting new (to me) cpap machine today after 20 years! MikeBear 97 4,433 03-15-2018, 09:20 AM
Last Post: MikeBear
  (Rant) Returning machine today DoubtFire61 19 749 03-10-2018, 12:41 PM
Last Post: SarcasticDave94
  Why We Sleep. An excellent program on the radio today. HalfAsleep 6 510 01-11-2018, 01:53 PM
Last Post: HalfAsleep
  I got my Airsense 10 Autoset today. alarsen77 22 916 11-10-2017, 01:14 AM
Last Post: alarsen77
  [Diagnosis] I got my Home Sleep Test results today. alarsen77 8 515 11-03-2017, 11:29 PM
Last Post: alarsen77

Forum Jump:

New Posts   Today's Posts

About Apnea Board

Apnea Board is an educational web site designed to empower Sleep Apnea patients.