I think my CPAP therapy is going well, but I have some questions about my data. I’m still having a little trouble with daytime sleepiness, but it’s about 1/10 of what it was before I started CPAP. I have attached a 7-day ResScan report. Last night’s graphs were typical, except sometimes the pressure increases to 15 or 16 for part of the night if I’m congested.
My mask leakage generally sits at a low level below 10 for 30-60 minutes at a time with very few apneas or hypopneas, followed by 30-60 minutes of wild fluctuations, with spikes as high as 40 along with the vast majority of my apneas and hypopneas, repeating throughout the night. Are the spikes of any concern, or can I ignore them since the leakage is over 24 for only a minute or two at a time? I suspect that my mask is bouncing around on my face during a certain stage of my sleep while I’m tossing and turning.
I’ve also noticed that my leakage has increased gradually over the past month since I replaced my mask cushion. I’m thinking about boiling it with baking soda if it continues to increase. I haven’t decided how long I’ll wait.
The detailed graph shows two pressures: average and therapy. What’s the difference?
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I think you have to deal with two issues first. Leak and congestion, If you get awaken or aroused by mask leak from sleep to adjust the mask then it definitely affect the quality of sleep and might explain the daytime sleepiness as you,re not getting into deep sleep. Chinstrap would help if you,re having mouth leaks. For congestion try sinus washes just saline solution helps to relief congestion symptoms and change the humidity setting either up or down some can get congested on higher setting or vice versa.
I don’t think the leak is affecting my sleep, and I haven’t adjusted my mask in the middle of the night in about a month. I think I’m using a headgear that’s too small, and I have a bigger one on order.
I believe I’m experiencing the ongoing daytime sleepiness because I need to stay in bed a little longer. I haven’t exactly figured out how to recognize when I’ve had enough sleep. From the very beginning, I felt better first thing in the morning than I ever had before starting CPAP, and I was getting up after four hours at the start.
I haven’t felt sleepy at all today. I’m going to bed around 11:00 or 11:30 and getting up around 5:30 or 6:00. I’ll try that for another week, and if I’m still having trouble with daytime sleepiness, I’ll start going to bed half an hour earlier.
I have had trouble with congestion for years, and it actually has been greatly reduced since starting CPAP since I’m breathing through a filter. I’m wary of sticking fluids up my nose and I’ll try the sinus washes only as a last resort. I’ll discuss that with my sleep doctor when I go to my follow-up on August 1. I never have mouth leaks.
I feel fortunate that I’m going through this when the days are at their longest since I think 6:00 is a desirable wakeup time, and I don’t like being rushed in the morning. I’m using the sun as my alarm clock for the moment, but obviously I won’t be able to continue this long-term. I was sleeping from midnight until 8:00 before CPAP. I worked at a job starting at 9:30 but I am no longer working there. I was unable to go to bed before midnight because my neighbors in my apartment building would bang on the walls when I snored, and because I lived 4 blocks from a college campus (party noise).