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SleepyHead - How to know how many real sleeping hours am i having?
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Sometimes, It takes some time for me to fall sleep, so im wondering, is there a way to know how many real sleeping hours am i getting at night? Im new to SleepyHead, so maybe there is some indicator to know that. Im using a new philips dreamstation sinces two months.

Thanks a lot for your time! Have a wonderfull day!!  Thanks
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Hi Kalule1,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
Hang in there for answers to your question about SleepyHead.
Good luck with CPAP therapy.
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#3
There's not really a way to tell on any Software or CPAP machine. Unless of course it's in a sleep lab.
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It's not a perfect science, but if one zooms in on one's Flow Rate graph the breathing pattern when one is sleeping is usually pretty regular and moderately shallow, from my understanding.

Bill
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#5
You might be able to tell by looking at Sleepyhead charts, but as was said above it is not an exact science and though you can tell if you are being disturbed (from what I understand) it is usually a best guess.  The Sleep Labs can tell, but then they are either watching or have a computer wired to your head with a lot more readouts to go on.
If you feel good and refreshed in the morning, is that not what counts at the end of the day?

If you study your own charts you will notice a pattern where you fall asleep, though the machine can't tell so you will just get used to reading your own data and come time you will be able to see when you are having a good sleep or otherwise.

However, I am no expert on Sleepyhead and still trying to work it all out for myself.
I can see where my breathing settles down, but I could not say for certain f this is when I fell asleep or just decided to think of something to help me settle down ready for sleep, mind you, it does not take long for me to get to sleep usually anyway, however, if I turn over or get disturbed I can see it on the data, but there is no way of knowing, did I wake up for a few seconds or did I stay asleep and just turn over?

Good luck with your CPAP treatment and welcome to the forum.
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I'm with Walla on this one. Sleepyhead has its uses, but distinguishing sleep phase or wakefulness is not one of them.
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While far from an exact science, this is what I do to tell how long I lay there awake.

[Image: asleep.jpg]

I look for two things. The flow rate will be all spikey and the pressure will either be flat or only increasing a slight bit. When I go to sleep, zoom, up it goes. Now this is just me. It is not scientific but it holds true for me.

I do not lay in bed and read, I just can't fall asleep.
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Thanks a lot to all of you for your time! Have a wonderfull week!
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(11-14-2017, 11:00 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote: While far from an exact science, this is what I do to tell how long I lay there awake.

[Image: asleep.jpg]

I look for two things. The flow rate will be all spikey and the pressure will either be flat or only increasing a slight bit. When I go to sleep, zoom, up it goes. Now this is just me. It is not scientific but it holds true for me.

I do not lay in bed and read, I just can't fall asleep.

FWIW I too look at the pressure graph and assume its typically brief flatness at the lowest APAP pressure settings is when I am awake. I typically go to sleep in a few minutes and stay asleep...except for (down to) one pee most nights with usual 7 hours A10 time.

Right or wrong, 'til better informed, I tend to set the low pressure high enough (10.2 cm now) so it falls to, or nearly to, that level only when awake or when there are relatively long time intervals after a pressure rise that are both empty of snores and nearly empty of significant flow limitations. I now have AHI mostly less than 1.0, often 0.0 with zero leaks most nights--down from RDI near 60 with desaturations down to near 68 back in September 2015 when I first wore a mask and soon started applying what I learned here on the Board. EPR is 3, no water in my tank.

Thanks to Paula's mention of spikeyness, I'll be looking now at that--hadn't noticed that (you keep learning new stuff here). Another writer's comment that awake breathing is less regular sleep breathing seems fairly consistent with graphs above.

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