11-01-2015, 02:45 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-01-2015, 02:47 PM by Josh.)
Model number is SleepEasy - Canadian 1043239
Yes, that's the one. I already got it so I'd like to try this first and see if it helps, if it seems to help but is still insufficient I will likely invest in a better machine. For now, as it's an experiment, I'll make due with this one and hope for the best (with some help, of course).
Also, as I'm playing with the machine trying to figure it out, I put it on set at 10, then 8. I find it difficult to exhale. I'm using the nose mask. Is this normal?
11-01-2015, 04:13 PM
(This post was last modified: 11-01-2015, 04:23 PM by kaiasgram.)
Josh, you mentioned earlier that you were going to set the pressure at 10 because you think your sleep apnea is mild. Severity (mild, moderate, or severe) and required pressure are not necessarily correlated -- severity is about frequency of apnea events and pressure is about your airway anatomy and how much pressure is needed to hold your airway open. You could have severe apnea but need only a little pressure to keep your airway open, or you could have mild apnea but need a high pressure. So 10cm pressure is a shot in the dark. Any pressure you choose will be a shot in the dark.
Especially since you haven't had a sleep study I'm concerned about you starting out with a machine that cannot auto-adjust and will show no information about needed pressure, mask leak info, or apnea events. There will be very little (almost no) help we can give you if you use this machine because we'll have absolutely no data from the machine to guide any adjustments.
For example let's say you use this machine a few nights and report to us that you feel the same, maybe a little better, maybe a little worse, and you wonder if you should increase or decrease the pressure -- we can't advise you because we have nothing to base any advice on. How you're feeling is important information, but it's not enough information to tell us what you might need to do with the settings on your machine. Increasing the pressure can help reduce some types of apnea events but will not treat and may make worse other types of apnea events.
If you're confident that you have obstructive sleep apnea and you're serious about treating it, please consider buying a machine that reports treatment data. Even if it's a fixed-pressure machine and not an auto-adjusting one, it needs to be a data capable machine so that you have a good chance of making it work.
Wow, that is a tremendous amount of great information. I didn't realize it was that intricate. 10 actually felt a little strong so I will probably start a little lighter and start looking into an APAP.
At this point, I'll take a shot in the dark and hope for the best.
Thank you, that was very informative.