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bigcat Offline

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Machine: Remstar system one apap
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Simplus
Humidifier: not using it
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: Not using software

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Sex: Male
Location: adirondacks

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new apap user and clueless
hi im new to sleep apnea got my apap machine on may 10th the setting is from 9-20 I wear everynight and I swear I feel no difference in energy at all.I had a home sleep test and doc said I had 48 apneas a hour and by the way he talked I would feel great with this machine and I don't.Can you tell me if this is normal and I have read here that a sleepyhead download would help could someone walk me through how to use it or what it does.Thanks for the helpThanks
05-16-2016 10:41 AM
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eseedhouse Offline

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Posts: 881
Joined: Dec 2014

Machine: ResMed Airsense 10 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: SimPlus
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 7-10
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Also on supplemental O2 at 3L/min. while sleeping.

Sex: Male
Location: Victoria, British Columbia

Post: #2
RE: new apap user and clueless
(05-16-2016 10:41 AM)bigcat Wrote:  hi im new to sleep apnea got my apap machine on may 10th the setting is from 9-20 I wear everynight and I swear I feel no difference in energy at all.I had a home sleep test and doc said I had 48 apneas a hour and by the way he talked I would feel great with this machine and I don't.Can you tell me if this is normal and I have read here that a sleepyhead download would help could someone walk me through how to use it or what it does.Thanks for the helpThanks

It's more the rule than the exception not to immediately feel better. *PAP therapy has a steep learning curve and a lot of people give up. Don't give up, because that might kill you and if it doesn't kill you it will ruin your quality of life - we are here to help.

To help you we need more information. We need the *exact* make and model of your machine, the mask, and your hose. Please fill in your profile details completely.

There is a link the the SleepyHead software at the top of this page, under the site title. The links on that line are in black instead of the normal blue, but don't let that fool you. You download and install it just like every other program.

Ed Seedhouse
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I am neither a Doctor, nor any other kind of medical professional.

Actually you know, it is what it isn't.
05-16-2016 01:55 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Posts: 6,446
Joined: May 2012

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: #3
RE: new apap user and clueless
Hi bigcat,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It can take a little time before you notice improvements, so just stick with it.
Which machine and mask do you have? It would help to know that so we can help you better.
Hang in there for more suggestions and answers to your questions and much success to you with your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
05-16-2016 02:28 PM
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bigcat Offline

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Joined: May 2016

Machine: Remstar system one apap
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Simplus
Humidifier: not using it
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: adirondacks

Post: #4
RE: new apap user and clueless
When I first posted I was at work and didn't know machine but it is a remstar apap with a simplus full mask
On my info it says 90 percent pressure is 19.5
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2016 03:29 PM by bigcat.)
05-16-2016 03:28 PM
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bigcat Offline

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Posts: 22
Joined: May 2016

Machine: Remstar system one apap
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Simplus
Humidifier: not using it
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: adirondacks

Post: #5
RE: new apap user and clueless
And my hose is 6 feet long I can't find the name on it
05-16-2016 03:40 PM
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richb Online

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Posts: 532
Joined: Jun 2015

Machine: Resmed AirCurve 10 ASV
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage FX
Humidifier: Built in
CPAP Pressure: Epap 6 Ipap 8 Auto ASV
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Idiopathic Central Apnea

Sex: Male
Location: Vermont

Post: #6
RE: new apap user and clueless
Install the Sleepyhead software and download your machine data to your computer. You might need an SD card reader if one isn't built into your computer. You can learn to read your data and share data so members can provide suggestions based on their own experience. Without looking at the data there is no way to know if your machine is working properly to benefiting you.

Rich

PS Welcome to the Apnea Board Forum
(This post was last modified: 05-16-2016 05:44 PM by richb.)
05-16-2016 05:43 PM
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bigcat Offline

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Machine: Remstar system one apap
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Simplus
Humidifier: not using it
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: adirondacks

Post: #7
RE: new apap user and clueless
Ok thank you very much I will have to buy a computer now I use s iPhone
05-16-2016 06:14 PM
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richb Online

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Posts: 532
Joined: Jun 2015

Machine: Resmed AirCurve 10 ASV
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Mirage FX
Humidifier: Built in
CPAP Pressure: Epap 6 Ipap 8 Auto ASV
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments: Idiopathic Central Apnea

Sex: Male
Location: Vermont

Post: #8
RE: new apap user and clueless
(05-16-2016 06:14 PM)bigcat Wrote:  Ok thank you very much I will have to buy a computer now I use s iPhone

You can get by with an inexpensive computer to read machine data using Sleepyhead software. You may have to add an inexpensive SD card reader.

Rich

Apnea Board Member RobySue has posted a Beginners Guide to Sleepyhead Software here: http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php...SleepyHead
05-16-2016 06:35 PM
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PoolQ Offline

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Posts: 986
Joined: Jul 2015

Machine: AirCurve 10 VAUTO
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Amara View
Humidifier: Integrated
CPAP Pressure: 6.2, 15, PS4.0
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
Location: Sillicon Valley

Post: #9
RE: new apap user and clueless
You can get a card reader for around $10 that plugs into the USB slot. The computer does not have to be powerful. Computer with windows (pretty much any version), keyboard, mouse, card reader. Internet would be great but is not really required, you could tether your phone or do a screen capture from sleepyhead on your computer and transfer the picture to your phone to upload it. Desktop, laptop or even a windows table should work.

Get the manual and make sure you know the type of SD card, it is not a micro card-it's full sized SD card.
You have many settings that are known as comfort settings on the machine. If you are not comfortable you will not get good sleep even though your therapy settings are fine.

I do not use that brand of CPAP, I think there should be a letter followed by 3 digits that tells the exact model #, look for a sticker. look for a DS550 or something similar. You need to make sure that it is data capable before you go buy a computer. Many others here can help you verify if it is data capable.
05-16-2016 09:04 PM
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bigcat Offline

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Machine: Remstar system one apap
Mask Type: Nasal mask
Mask Make & Model: Simplus
Humidifier: not using it
CPAP Pressure: 12-20
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: adirondacks

Post: #10
RE: new apap user and clueless
Thank you very much if I could bother you guys for one more question I starting checking my 90%pressure and its between 16.5 and 19 on my one day and seven day I was wondering should I up my lower setting which is 9 now maybe to 11 or 12 I still have the droopy eye tired brain fog during the day,thanks in advance
05-17-2016 05:50 AM
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