Well, I got the results of my study back.
It said I had an apnea index of 0.57 per hour and a hypoapnea index of 3.24 an hour. Isn't that technically under the threshold of sleep apnea? But they told me I had mild sleep apnea. The test did say I once stopped breathing for a full 44 seconds, which is a little scary, but I don't seem to have that many events a night.
But again, the study occurred during one of my good periods.
So, the sleep specialist gave me permission to raise my pressure up to 16. At 15, I'm still having apneas, but at 16, I'm swallowing the air somehow. I keep having to burp. Is this otherwise dangerous?
I'm considering going over 16 if that still doesn't work, even though the nurse asked me not to do that before I come see her again. But I'm so tired, I don't care about that right now.
I keep waking up with my mask on with my heart racing. I'm wondering if it's safe to take a sleeping pill while this is happening, or if it will make things worse? Is it worse to sleep through apneas that severe or let them wake you up? I took Benadryl to sleep a couple of times when this was happening last week, and I feel like I slept better. The sleep doctor said it's fine to take sleeping pills if you're using Cpap, but what if your therapy isn't working and you're still waking up? In that case, can you take sleeping pills?
I'm at the end of my rope at this point.