I have been a cpap user for years but I'm new to SleepyHead (a week).
The information you get is wonderful and a little overwhelming as I get up to speed as what everything means.
I have been experimenting a few nights switching between nasal pillows and a nasal mask to look at the sleepyhead results.
I am curious if it correct to make a general statement that a lower AHI between two masks would indicate that that would be a better mask for you.
AHI 1.8 for nasal pillows
AHI 3.5 for nasal mask
makes me think that nasal pillows are the optimal solution for me.
Leaks do not appear to be an issue and I do recognize that I need more days/weeks of data to see patterns.
I gather that AHIs below 5 are good but the lower the better?
10-27-2013, 08:55 AM
(This post was last modified: 10-27-2013, 08:56 AM by DOOM_NX.)
Hi! Welcome to Apnea Board!
The only meaningful data you can collect over a few nights is the leakage one. The AHI number could be just a coincidence. You need a longer period of repeated testing to say that pillows cause lower AHI.
But if it turns to be true, then you should go with the higher performing one, if it doesn't cause any comfort issues.
For a good example, I have posted results from my last two nights in another thread, using the same equipment. I am a long time PAP user, and am completely compliant, but one night was way better than the other night, for no known reason. So I agree with Doom_NX, you would need maybe 1-3 weeks on each mask, then (besides comfort) if you saw a trend, it may make sense to act on it, but only if comfort is a non-issue between the two.
Comfort = better sleep overall, and your numbers are very good with either mask it seems. It would be interesting to see if you get more or less leaks with one mask over the other.
*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.
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