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Understanding software and what to do
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jtomal Offline

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Machine: Respironics PR System One REMstar Auto with A-flex
Mask Type: Nasal mask
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Humidifier: REMstar system one
CPAP Pressure: 11 cm H2O
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
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Post: #1
Understanding software and what to do
Trying to learn to read the software results from sleepyhead before I make too many adjustments.
Any advice?
Respironics System One Auto with A-Flex. 11 cm H2O.
Plus a chinstrap.
I have lost weight, lowered pressure from 13. I still have a few incidents per night (Hypopnea, OA, CA, RERA, Snore, PB).
I get air pumped into my stomache now, and I think my teeth might be grinding because of the chinstrap.
Before I ask any opinion questions about those conditions, I'd like to get some advice on how to read the data on Sleepyhead software: for example, could I continue to reduce my pressure, say, 2 cm once per month, and observe the results? What results would I see? Would the incidents begin to increase and so I would know that the pressure was now too low, and should be raised? Even more detailed: what flow rate should I be yearning for? Or what Tidal volume should I set as my goal?
The feedback from the machine is obviously used for something. I fure it shouls be used for me to observe-respond-make adjustments-reobserve-respond again ... etc.
Thanks in advance for your feedback.
Jake
09-13-2012 05:45 AM
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zonk Offline

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Machine: A10 AutoSet
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Activa LT
Humidifier: Integrated /ClimateLineAir
CPAP Pressure: 9/13
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: CPAP since Nov 2010

Sex: Male
Location: Australia

Post: #2
RE: Understanding software and what to do
Welcome to the forum
Set the machine on auto so it adjust to your needs and don,t have to worry about adjusting the pressure.
Its not expected to get zero AHI every night ... at and below 5 is good result.
Its important to get leak under control as it can affect the quality of the therapy
Don,t over-tighten the chinstrap ... its just a reminder to keep mouth closed
Full face mask is another option instead of the chinstrap
Some folk have used some sort of mouth guard for teeth grinding

You may request the manual of your machine via Email (section three)
http://www.apneaboard.com/adjust-cpap-pr...tup-manual

SleepyHead support PRS1 50 series (550) Not the 60 series (560)
The 60 series is the newer machine with the heated hose as shown here

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(This post was last modified: 09-13-2012 06:23 AM by zonk.)
09-13-2012 06:15 AM
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jdireton Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 Elite
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Mirage FX
Humidifier: Resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: 12
CPAP Software: ResScan

Other Comments: ClimateLine Hose

Sex: Male
Location: Florida

Post: #3
RE: Understanding software and what to do
jtomal,

Welcome!

Please refer to the forum Wiki for recommendations on pressure adjustment. I'd recommend you never go more than 1 cmH2O on any adjustment and you evaluate that change for 7 - 14 days before making another adjustment. Looking at you data is critical to really understand the effects. The software is great, but you can also get most of the numbers off your machine display. You just have to write them down every day.

Air in stomach - aerophagia. Common side effect, particularly in new patients. I'll let others who had dealt with this (I haven't) give you suggestions.

Flow rate and tidal volume are detemined by your body. A small woman in great shape may breath very slow and shallow. A large couch sitting smoker (me) will have quicker and deeper respiration. Your doctor should be able to tell you if the numbers are reasonable for your sex, size, shape, and lung condition. Note, when the flow goes to zero, that's an apnea. The time limit the machines us to register an event is >10 seconds. If you look at the detailed flow data, if may see "micro-apneas" lasting <10 seconds. In my case, these come in clusters, something I never would have known without the software.

Several people here can help you with the details on using Sleepyhead.

Best of Luck! Keep us up to date on your treatment.

Sleep-well
09-13-2012 08:20 AM
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big_dave Online

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Machine: PR System One DS560
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: F&P Pilairo Q or ResMed Mirage Activa
Humidifier: PR System One
CPAP Pressure: 14 - 20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Former ResMed S8 Autoset II user

Sex: Male
Location: Eugene, Oregon

Post: #4
RE: Understanding software and what to do
Look at your data every day until it makes sense to you. It took me about a month before I could understand how to use it.
09-13-2012 08:59 AM
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mjbearit Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto AFlex DS550
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: RESMed Swift FX
Humidifier: Heated humidifier - 2
CPAP Pressure: 12.5-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

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Sex: Male
Location: So Cal

Post: #5
RE: Understanding software and what to do
Hi jtomal Welcome
I agree with Zonk. Since you have an auto, you can actually allow it to work the way it was designed and set it on auto. If in a month or so you decide you want to set it back to CPAP mode, you can do that, but at least you will have some data to give you an idea where to set the CPAP pressure. I have the same machine and I have mine in auto mode and it works wonders!

As always, YMMV! You do not have to agree or disagree, I am not a professional so my mental meanderings are simply recollections of things from my own life.

PRS1 - Auto - A-Flex x2 - 12.50 - 20 - Humid x2 - Swift FX
09-13-2012 09:37 AM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

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Location: western NC, USA

Post: #6
RE: Understanding software and what to do
There are two things to look at:

AHI - you want that less than 5.

HYF - how you feel.

The rest just provides reasons for these two.

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09-13-2012 11:02 AM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #7
RE: Understanding software and what to do
Hi jtomal, WELCOME! to the forum.! Best of luck with your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
09-13-2012 01:59 PM
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