I tried it once but between the dogs barking, the fish tank filter noise, and the cat purring, it didn't work out.
Kinda cool thing you're doing, though! And yes, I bet it would be freaky as heck to listen to yourself stop breathing!
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Video works even better, but I haven't done that in years.
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If it's midnight and a DME tells you it's dark outside, go and check it yourself.
I still have the video of my first sleep study - scarier than many horror movies I have seen - big, fat, pale white guy thrashing around like the invisible man is trying to choke him to death - not fun to watch at all - reminds me ..well, nevermind.
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I've done the same pre-current-CPAP myself. It was disconcerting, though not as dramatic as it might have been on video. It was motivating too.
It wasn't long before I was re-treating my apnea seriously last year. I guess I'm here to stay now.
I have been using sleep as android but only to record sound and not under the pillow to detect movement. I use it on my Nexus 7 which I also use as a night clock with dulled screen. With the screen dulled there is no other light or distractions in my bedroom which helps my sleep hygiene.
With the recording level turned up it only picks up noise over a certain level and this succeeds in picking up all I need, it also enables me to say "awake" whenever I am disturbed without having to note times or adding to my disturbance. The time of recorded events is shown on the app recording time detail and I can review a whole nights recording in just a few minutes with this system. It has also shown that for some reason I wake up regularly at around 3 am and 5 am with no apparent events showing in data from my CPAP machine but it does correlate sounds (heavy breathing) to my apnoeas. Together with my pulse oxometer which I use six or seven times a month this gives me a really good insight into how I sleep
I'm using an app called SleepTalker on my iphone... it was initially designed to catch what you say in your sleep, which in itself can be a bit of a concern, but it does catch the sound of my breathing and other assorted sounds, some of which you would rather not hear...