(05-29-2014, 08:27 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: We mention this a lot but how many of us actually do it?
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What do you keep in yours, if you have one? Or had one in the past?
I don't keep a diary, but I do record each day in a Sleep Log, which I keep in a .txt file on my computer. I download every day, so I'm at the computer anyway - it's minimal extra effort. I use a .txt file format, as it is extremely compact (I use Notepad++ to edit the file), and add a single line per day. I track date, usage time, AHI, and comments (which generally include mask, events like hi or low leak, filter replacement, how I slept, what I used to avoid backsleeping, etc.). Not as comprehensive as your plan, but it was enough to see what was happening fairly soon after I started PAPing, and figure out that backsleeping was the key for me.
I have found that if I make the log entry while looking at the Sleepyhead graphs, I can see what was going on with pressure, leaks, when there was a bio-break, etc., and I have some memory of the night to help make an intelligent entry. If I wait even a day, the memories start to fade and it is easy to confuse which night something occurred. Since I tried that (and failed) a few times, I don't do that anymore. I have to dump and wash the humidifier tank & mask cushion, check blood sugar, and a few other things, so this has just become another item in the morning routine.
One of the benefits of keeping this data in a file is that I will be able to run searches later to check for various kinds of events or situations. Right now, the file is small enough that eyeballing is fine.
I was not entirely happy with my Mirage Quattro FFM, so I am trying a F&P Simplus. After about a week, the data log is telling me that this new mask is a keeper - leaks are incredibly low and AHI is averaging well below 1. I expect the log to be helpful in making a number of such decisions as time rolls on.
Hope this is helpful for you (or someone).