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Seasonal changes ??
10-05-2014, 03:08 PM
Is there such a thing as 'seasonal' changes in cpap therapy? While my ahi numbers aren't terrible, they seem to be getting higher than usual. I was just curious if others have to make adjustments to your machine when the weather gets lots colder?
10-05-2014, 04:07 PM
(10-05-2014, 03:08 PM)GrammaBear Wrote: I was just curious if others have to make adjustments to your machine when the weather gets lots colder?I don't make changes to pressure settings, just turn up the humidifier
Cold air seem stuff up my nose and that in turn can affect my AHI numbers
Beside AHI, have you noticed any changes to leak and pressure numbers?
10-05-2014, 04:28 PM
Same here. I raise the temp a bit for comfort.
It isn't so much 'seasonal' changes (IMO), as it is humidity changes, possible colds, stuffiness in the head, etc...
The big question is, how are you sleeping? Better? Worse? The same? We can chase numbers all we want, but it boils down to is the therapy working for you, and the best gauge is simply how do you feel when you awaken?
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10-05-2014, 06:15 PM
Lately I've felt more tired than usual, even falling asleep when I watch television in the evening. The leaks are better since I've tried the larger pillows with the AirFit P10. The pressure seems to stay fairly steady between 13 - 15 and the pressure limit is set at 18.
I think tonight I will increase the temperature and the humidity and see if that helps. Thanks much for your help.
10-06-2014, 01:16 PM
I find I only have to bump up the humidifier a little. I don't really need it during our monsoon season as the humidity is us. I also change the filters more often as we have a tendency to open the doors and windows and let the cooler air in.
10-06-2014, 03:36 PM
There are so many things that go into a good night's sleep and using the CPAP is just one of them.
If you are getting sleepy during the day but the AHI is changing just 1 or maybe 2 pts, then it could very well be related to something else. Take a look at what has changed (besides the calendar). Have you turned on the heat? Turned off the AC? Started a new medication or stopped one or changed the dose of one? Are you getting as much sunlight as you did before?
I'm going to be getting a light for my desk and putting one of those full spectrum bulbs in it. I tend to get more depressed in the fall and winter due to the change in light patterns. I sleep longer yet want to nap in the afternoon.
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