I've hit my two month mark on therapy and am a little perplexed because of how I'm feeling lately. First, an update.
My machine data looks, at least to me, very very good. According to the data my average AHI is less than 1, leaks are well controlled, and my average usage is at least 8 hours/night. I couldn't ask for better results. Since I "hose up" every night and sleep with the mask all night long without taking it off, I couldn't ask for better compliance either.
Another plus: my frequency of "central" or clear-airway events has gone down. I now only have one or two a night compared to the 10-20 I used to have when I first started in June.
All indication is that my treatment is working effectively, thanks in large part to the support and information from my peers on this forum.
Lately though I feel as if I've come down from the initial "high" I got on CPAP, for lack of a better word. I'm feeling tired. Last night I went to bed early and got 10 hours of sleep. I had trouble getting up today (wife pulled me out of bed) and when I got up I had bags under the eyes... something I hadn't seen since before CPAP.
The flow charts for last night are posted below along with the summary data. I've compared them to ResScan and can confirm their accuracy, but I'm posting the SleepyHead data because it presents better.
Any thoughts on why I would feel like crap after a long night of good sleep? It's been a trend lately and I want to nip it... get back to feeling rested again.
A couple things:
* I did have a couple nights in the last week where I got less than full sleep (4-5 hours). I believe in sleep debt personally, but some doctors say that one good night's rest should be sufficient. Anyway even after a great night, I've been feeling sluggish & foggy.
* There were a couple nights recently where I experienced some night time blood pressure spikes (that warm / tingly / panicky feeling that we apneacs are all too familiar with). I slept through it. The CPAP data looked normal and AHI was below 1.
I have a pulse oximeter on order and am anxious to start comparing those results with my CPAP data.
I appreciate your thoughts on this and thanks for the continued support! It's been ups and downs, but I feel like I've come a long way already.