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richcrab Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
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Humidifier: AirSense 10
CPAP Pressure: 11/15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Boston, MA

Post: #1
Should I be satisfied?
Hi everyone, after a failed start on CPAP therapy a number of years ago, I've had better luck the second time around. This is partly due to more effort on my part, but also to better equipment (AirSense 10 and AirFit nasal pillows P10). Over the last three months, my AHI has averaged 2.83 (obstructive 1.35). What I wanted to ask was how satisfied should I be with that AHI? I have actually had a handful of nights where my AHI was below 1.0. Is there an obvious tweak in the pressure settings to help stay down there? I've attached a recent SleepyHead report below. Thanks for any insight!

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08-30-2016 06:54 AM
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Rcgop Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: AirFit P10
Humidifier: installed
CPAP Pressure: 6.0 - 10.0 / EPR 2
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Orlando Fl

Post: #2
RE: Should I be satisfied?
I would be happy if I was sleeping well, all night. The number is not as important as the quality of sleep.

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
08-30-2016 07:22 AM
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Sleeprider Offline
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #3
RE: Should I be satisfied?
I have been doing this since 2008 and recently I get my AHI to less than 1 more nights than not. However an average AHI less than 3.0 is a good accomplishment, and will probably improve in time. Usually when obstructive apnea is still a feature in your sleep, slowly applying small increases in the minimum pressure is a good tactic. Give any change plenty of time to average out, and don't make large changes, or you'll miss the sweet spot. The obstructive apnea is often replace by CA and H resulting in what seems like no progress; however the CA seems more likely to drop out in time, and is not as disruptive when it is in isolated sporadic events.

Good luck, and welcome to the forums. Images should post for you after 4 posts.

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08-30-2016 08:15 AM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
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Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #4
RE: Should I be satisfied?
Hi richcrab,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for more answers to your question, it sounds like you are doing pretty well.
It's good that you decided to restart your CPAP therapy, good luck to you as you continue it.

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08-30-2016 09:42 AM
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richcrab Offline

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Machine: Resmed AirSense 10
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed AirFit P10
Humidifier: AirSense 10
CPAP Pressure: 11/15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Boston, MA

Post: #5
RE: Should I be satisfied?
Thanks for the advice, much appreciated. Will try to slowly bump up the lower pressure (currently 11/15).
08-30-2016 04:55 PM
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richcrab Offline

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Joined: Aug 2016

Machine: Resmed AirSense 10
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed AirFit P10
Humidifier: AirSense 10
CPAP Pressure: 11/15
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Boston, MA

Post: #6
RE: Should I be satisfied?
Bumping the pressure from 11/15 to 12/15 did help produce a better AHI for the night - 1.68 with an OA of 0.46. Took a little adjustment and I swallowed air a couple times, but not too bad. Thanks!
08-31-2016 03:02 PM
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Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Sex: Male
Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #7
RE: Should I be satisfied?
Glad that worked Rich. Again, give it time to average out.

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08-31-2016 03:17 PM
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