I have been on APAP therapy for 5 months now and I feel better starting to get to the gym and gradually improving quality of life. I had an issue with nasal decongestion and unfortunately I immediately jumped on the fast train of using decongestion on to find the train went nowhere and wasn't going to stop. So I managed to migrate to the Nasonex solution and set my humidifier up to 5 (6 was too high I ended up swimming). My AHI is averaging 1.3 which is great as my sleep study AHI was 67 with 80 when supine.
The only problem I seem to be having is the occasional time I might transition to a little sleep cycle and I awake with a feeling that I cant breathe almost like hyperventilating. It seems that I cant get enough air and after a few minutes I have to take the pillows off.
Does anyone have an ideas? or advice
I'm fairly new, so it may not be the proper advice. But i turned off my autoramp feature and bumped my starting pressure from 4 to 6 cm H20 from the start.
I had the same feeling, but it was immediate, perhaps this doesn't pertain to your circumstance.
Most people that feel they are not getting enough air are using a setting around 4 on the low side, or are using ramp to start. I would turn off ramp and set the low pressure to 12 (as your profile indicates that is what you use.) I believe that will solve the "can't get enough air" issue. Then if you feel you can't exhale and it's keeping you awake, go back to fiddling with the ramp starting pressure (I stopped using Ramp the first day and so I don't recall what settings are available.) The Nasal pillows feel a little harder to exhale with than the full face mask, so be prepared to give it a night to become accustomed to exhaling against the pressure. I tried nasal pillows are couldn't deal with them at all. At home I tried them again and got use to them and love them, I don't notice the pressure at all when I wake up in the night - and I have to let them leak little to make everything is working - it just took a day or two.
I am not a Medical professional and I don't play one on the internet.
Started CPAP Therapy April 5, 2016
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