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I suspect I was the same, and blamed apnea on living a life of excess/poor sleep patterns/worklife stuffs.
Stomach sleeping was where I got my best sleep, and back was worst apneas so unconsciously I learnt to sleep on my stomach.

Just got a wheat pack, apparently laying one across your stomach helps the sub concious and comfort side relax while your on your back as the feeling is close.
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Hi shakes,
I'm sure I've had sleep apnea at least 5 to 6 years before diagnosed. I could only sleep on my side, if I tried to sleep on my back, I felt like I couldn't breath, so would roll back to one side or the other.

Now, on CPAP for 8 months, and wow, I can sleep on my back for short periods of time. I still prefer side sleeping, but have hip and shoulder pain, so then I roll over and park myself on my back without realizing it and fall asleep.

My AHI goes up a tiny bit while on my back, but having an Auto machine helps. That's what it does best, adjust the pressure as needed during the night. You pay a bit more, but isn't your sleep quality worth it?

If I stay on my side all night, AHI is always around .7 or under.
If I find that I have been on my back, my AHI is usually at 1.2 to 1.7.

I don't mind the rise in AHI, because it is still very low, and my comfort comes first!

So, don't dismiss the auto machine. If your want to use it at a straight pressure, you can. But you can't change a straight CPAP machine back to Auto.
Sleep-well

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Haven't dismissed it eyes are very wide open to all options...

I'm finding the fixed disturbs me less during the night.

7.2hours last night and 0.7ahi!
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(07-01-2015, 03:07 PM)shakes Wrote: Haven't dismissed it eyes are very wide open to all options...

I'm finding the fixed disturbs me less during the night.

7.2hours last night and 0.7ahi!


Yes, it's true that some folk are bothered by the changing pressures of an APAP, but you don't know what your future needs will me. So again, you can set an APAP to CPAP mode and use it as such. Then if your needs change, instead of going for another sleep test, you can actually titrate yourself on an APAP if pressure changes are needed.
By the way, your AHI is very good. Best of luck in whatever you decide. Smile
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