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[Pressure] Finding the right Pressure
#1
Hello everyone,

I am new around here, not new to CPAP's, I was diagnosed a little over 2 years ago through a sleep study done in a local hospital. I had a technician come to my house, explain the machine, how to use it etc.

I used it for about 3 months on and off. It seemed I could never get used to the pressure (13.0) & found myself waking up every morning, with the mask off my face. I never actually remember pulling off the mask in the middle of the night. About three months in, I gave up on it.

I have since tried to use it a few more times, with the same problem(s). Last night, was talking to a friend in a different forum & he suggested I come here. Glad I did, I hadn't even thought to look for a sleep apnea board...Smile

I am very frustrated, cause' I sleep like crap without it (grind my teeth) wake up tired everyday but when I have it on, I seem to wake up with similar results.

My machine has the ramp up feature & I use it, but I always wake up several times throughout the night because it feels unnatural to have this air forced into my lungs.

Any advice would be appreciated!!
"I'm not asleep... but that doesn't mean I'm awake."
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#2
It's a long hard road with setbacks. 3 months and still not sleeping all nigh but it's getting better all the time. But I at least every 3rd night I can say "just had my best night ever". I look forward to sleeping and feel better.

Just hang in there. It will get better. Need to make adjustments and every one different. Just fin what wors for you.
HuhDont-knowI am an accountant so any advice given here is not medical. If I give any financial advice, you can take it to the bank. However, you will have a hard time cashing it in. Okay
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#3
I can relate, I wake up at least 3 times throughout the night.

Also wanted to add that I downloaded the SleepyHead software, but still not entirely sure how to use it.
"I'm not asleep... but that doesn't mean I'm awake."
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#4
I am assuming you have a Cpap and "not" an auto Cpap. I'm not that familiar with your machine, but you are using a straight pressure setting. If it is an auto Cpap, you should be using the auto mode.

Does your machine have "smart flex" enabled? This is an exhale relief pressure setting that will drop the pressure a bit on exhaling.

If you are using SleepyHead, can you look and give us some information....your AHI number, and leak rate data.

It sounds like you are uncomfortable with the high pressure. You can try lowering the pressure by 1 or 2cm to help you adapt sooner, then slowly raise it back up in time.
Also enable the smart flex feature, and set it to 2 or 3 and see if that helps.

You also want to make sure your mask is fitting properly, and that you are not experiencing leaks.

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#5
Hi OpalRose Smile

Yes I have the smart Flex feature enabled and set at 3 & it's not an auto-CPAP.

I just downloaded the sleepyHead today so I am not sure there would be any info available until tomorrow...

I had read somewhere else in here to adjust the pressure in .5 increments, but I will try dropping to 10 and going up from there.

Thanks!

"I'm not asleep... but that doesn't mean I'm awake."
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(05-23-2016, 01:08 PM)Winpig Wrote: Hi OpalRose Smile

Yes I have the smart Flex feature enabled and set at 3 & it's not an auto-CPAP.

I just downloaded the sleepyHead today so I am not sure there would be any info available until tomorrow...

I had read somewhere else in here to adjust the pressure in .5 increments, but I will try dropping to 10 and going up from there.

Thanks!

Just so you know, that 10 may be too low for you, but I'd rather see you get back to using it than not. Can always adjust back up as needed.
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(05-23-2016, 01:21 PM)OpalRose Wrote:
(05-23-2016, 01:08 PM)Winpig Wrote: Hi OpalRose Smile

Yes I have the smart Flex feature enabled and set at 3 & it's not an auto-CPAP.

I just downloaded the sleepyHead today so I am not sure there would be any info available until tomorrow...

I had read somewhere else in here to adjust the pressure in .5 increments, but I will try dropping to 10 and going up from there.

Thanks!

Just so you know, that 10 may be too low for you, but I'd rather see you get back to using it than not. Can always adjust back up as needed.

Do you think I should go with 11 instead? I am open for suggestions.
"I'm not asleep... but that doesn't mean I'm awake."
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#8
Yes, take it down to 11, then let us know what Sleepyhead shows.
Will need AHI and breakdown of.......hypopneas, Obstructives, clear airways, leak rate.
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#9
Welcome to the board! The only thing that I will add is that using it "off and on" is not a good way to get your brain accustomed to sleeping with it. It is definitely a different sensation and your brain needs to learn to recognize it as OK and that it is OK for it to keep sleeping normally. Using it overtime you sleep is key to this. Some people adjust to it easier than others.

Chuck
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#10
Thanks guys, I am working on importing the data from the machine to sleepyHead...
"I'm not asleep... but that doesn't mean I'm awake."
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