For the past two months I have fought to get used to using my new ASV machine. (See: http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...ASV-to-get For details...More about the findings of positional apneas start with http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/Thread-...need-these
During this time I was sleeping in a recliner (still recovering from a quad bypass) and ever so often I would get a low AHI reading..Even on night a 4 and 1/2 hour sleep run with a reading of ZERO AHI.
BUT I could not repeat this "Happening", I just could not do it twice...
It seemed that on top of having Apneas, then Complex sleep apneas needing a ASV machine I now find that I also have POSITIONAL APNEAS.
That is: my number of apneas and kind of apneas are caused or changed by what position I am sleeping in.
For weeks I have tried to figure what relined (leaned back) position was working every so often in my recliner.
I was sure all I need was to find the right reclined position that worked and I would have it done...
I could not find it.
I tried a wedge in bed and failed to get better numbers...I tried it in bed flat on my back again high numbers.
Then I found that I could now sleep on my left side and get low numbers, in fact ZEROs and I could do it every time.
But why?? And what was happening with those good nights in the recliner?
Well I have found my smoking gun.
It is NOT that I need to sleep at 90 degrees off my back, it is that I need to be not flat on my back.
And this maybe how I had good nights in my recliner, I could turn a little to the left (or perhaps right, will check…) and lower my AHI.
SO I tried putting a thin pillow under my right side in the recliner… and turned to the left a little bit and I got less than 5 AHI. I again woke with pain..but it was a little AHI.
SO I tried it in bed. Propped my right side up with pillows and again I got low AHIs. In fact crude as my set up was I still stayed below 10 AHIs overall.
Well I was right…I only need to keep myself from lying FLAT on my back, my last test I slept on my left side with pillows set to catch me if I roll over and stop me and keep me slightly raised so I do not get flat on my back.
I woke up lying against the pillows and with low numbers so now as I can shift position in bed in my sleep I have less body pain.
I am a much happier camper/sleeper now.
It was hard hunt with the chair confusing things as I seemed to be sleeping flat and only tilting myself back…I can in hine sight see I may have been twisting just enough to change my apneas.
Tonight will be the final proof of the pudding.
Zeros is nice, but I got too much body pain in a fixed position, sleeping with pillows holding me at 90 degrees to the bed on my left side... so if I can sleep better and stay below 10 AHI I should be happy.
Getting better, still having pain in bed, but I feel it will stop being a problem soon. (I just need to get used to a bed again...I hope)
Now I will need to break my four+ month habit of waking up 5 to 6 times every night after only a hour to a hour 1/2 of sleep.
I started this as a new topic for those whom may not even heard or considered position as part of sleep apneas.