05-13-2013, 08:03 PM
I'm new to this forum, new to cpap but like most not new to sleep apnea. I have been on cpap for just over 6 weeks now and have gone from an AHI of 44 to between 1 and 3. I certainly can feel the benefits.
Like many I have good days, better days and the occasional duds. The duds are interesting trying to track down why I feel the way I do. Personally I have noticed that the way I feel the next day may not be reflected in the data from the night before. Is it a leaking mask? Often not. Higher AHI? Sometimes it can be a lower AHI. Did I snore more than usual? At times not at all.
I feel one of the factors for me, and here is a confession, having a late meal or solid snack has a significant impact on the next day.
Well I kow that was long winded but "what ruins your sleep or next day?"
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I know what you mean about eating a meal too late, especially a heavy meal, such as pizza or pasta, at about 3 in the morning or so, I'm still full. I get what I have heard called a food hangover, that's no fun, )Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha.)
Best of luck to you.
There are soooo many factors that go into a good or bad night's sleep. Food, stress, lack of stress, drink, activity level, ambient atmosphere, weather, on and on.
One thing you can do is to start a sleep diary. Just a few notes before you go to bed (good day, no meetings, good food) and first thing when you wake up (good dream, odd dream, and cramp in left leg). Add in the data from the machine and you may start to see patterns. If you use SleepyHead, there's a note section where you can input stuff.
AHI is but one tool we can use and is just part of a bigger picture.
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