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To Ramp or Not To Ramp? Is that the question?
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RE: To Ramp or Not To Ramp? Is that the question?
(12-14-2014 10:13 AM)Amie87 Wrote:  After seeing a lot of people dislike ramp or prefer not to use it, I shut it off last night.
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..... but starting it at the 4 I think doesn't make sense for me personally.
Other people preference is not a good indication of what might work or not work for you ... to each his own

You can start Ramp at any number below set pressure, not necessary at 4
12-14-2014 04:47 PM
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RE: To Ramp or Not To Ramp? Is that the question?
I am guessing that you are going to end up with a higher pressure to get your AHI even lower. The ramp might be really nice at that point Big Grin
12-14-2014 05:54 PM
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Post: #23
RE: To Ramp or Not To Ramp? Is that the question?
I think the biggest point is that after you get used to it, you don't feel the pressure that much. I start at 16 cm pressure and basically can't feel it any more. I sometimes have to put my hand in the airstream to convince myself it's running.


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12-14-2014 06:21 PM
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(12-14-2014 10:13 AM)Amie87 Wrote:  I noticed that some people dislike the ramp feature because they like to check for mask leaks which makes sense. I however, think that they way my mask fits its very hard to get leaks. I've actually played around with it, pulling it out from my face, laying on my side with it pushing in the pillow and what have you and actually found it was difficult to make it leak. I guess I'm lucky the way my face and mask love each otherBig Grin

Checking for leaks after masking up is apparently more important to those of us who use full face masks. Congrats on being able to use a nasal mask. I agree...you are lucky.
12-15-2014 06:58 AM
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(12-15-2014 06:58 AM)JimZZZ Wrote:  
(12-14-2014 10:13 AM)Amie87 Wrote:  I noticed that some people dislike the ramp feature because they like to check for mask leaks which makes sense. I however, think that they way my mask fits its very hard to get leaks. I've actually played around with it, pulling it out from my face, laying on my side with it pushing in the pillow and what have you and actually found it was difficult to make it leak. I guess I'm lucky the way my face and mask love each otherBig Grin

Checking for leaks after masking up is apparently more important to those of us who use full face masks. Congrats on being able to use a nasal mask. I agree...you are lucky.


I agree, and I bet it has a lot to do with the shape of a person's face and the way the masks fit was well. I'm really happy that the lady at the clinic was able to pick such a well fitting mask for me. The one picked she said was also great for side sleepers as a lot of her clients find it doesn't move around as much as other nasal masks. (It has the support on your forehead as opposed to the straps that just go at the side of your face.)

I'm thinking about investing in a full face mask in the future as a back up. Idk. I'm thinking it would be good to have when I have nasal stuffiness, but I'm not really sure how CPAP works when your sick. I know I for sure can't use a nasal mask if my sinuses are blocked.
12-15-2014 08:37 AM
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Post: #26
RE: To Ramp or Not To Ramp? Is that the question?
I used to use the ramp feature, but now, just put the mask on, start the machine (without ramp) and I am asleep within minutes.

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12-15-2014 01:21 PM
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Post: #27
RE: To Ramp or Not To Ramp? Is that the question?
No ramp here, titrated pressure of 18 found ramp at 4-8 to be as annoying as could be. The longer it ramped the worse it was. I needed to adjust to the pressure and ramp wasn't helping. Turned it off and never looked back.

I feel it's like dipping your toes in cold pool water, takes 3x as long instead of just jumping in. But hey I am an all or nothing type of person, if you're gonna do it, I say JUST DO IT! Smile

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RE: To Ramp or Not To Ramp? Is that the question?
I wonder how many (if any) people with a pressure over 10, and been on the machine over a year, ever use the ramp feature any longer? Seems like most folks stop using the ramp once they get used to their machine.

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(12-16-2014 03:16 AM)Peter_C Wrote:  I wonder how many (if any) people with a pressure over 10, and been on the machine over a year, ever use the ramp feature any longer? Seems like most folks stop using the ramp once they get used to their machine.

Well Peter, I'm one. I have the ramp set to 10 minutes, which is just about perfect for me. Five minutes isn't enough, and any longer than 10 would be a waste. I think it's something that everybody needs to determine for themselves.

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(12-16-2014 05:10 AM)DeepBreathing Wrote:  
(12-16-2014 03:16 AM)Peter_C Wrote:  I wonder how many (if any) people with a pressure over 10, and been on the machine over a year, ever use the ramp feature any longer? Seems like most folks stop using the ramp once they get used to their machine.

Well Peter, I'm one. I have the ramp set to 10 minutes, which is just about perfect for me. Five minutes isn't enough, and any longer than 10 would be a waste. I think it's something that everybody needs to determine for themselves.

I have now gone without the ramp for last two nights (out of the total 4 nights I've had the machine) and I must say, I think it's easier and I fall asleep quicker. It may be partly because I'm getting more use to the machine, but my theory is by starting the machine at the therapy pressure, when I wake up during the night the pressure isn't anything new, and I'm use to it so it doesn't bother me.
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