i have learned more in 48 hr here than in 3years from the peoples supposed to help me. they want to keep everything a secret so they are in control.
translate AHI to beginner. i had no idea i could access this stuff.
no i dont get restful sleep without the resmed. but with it i have got no sleep. cant get to sleep and cant stay asleep.
about 3 years ago i had a nose mask but the air escaped through my mouth. the pressure was set low back then maybe 5 mm. then they raised the pressure to 9 a year later. for the next year i got some sleep and was wearing the full face mask. then something changed with me. after another study they raised the pressure to 13. haven't slept since. [ 6 months ] i can turn it down to about 11 and sleep a little.
usually it is a leaking mask that wakes me when it is set at the pressure they say i need. last night i had the mask so tight i had to take it off. i have 2 different face masks. one resmed quattro [ i think] it is comfortable but i cannot stop the leaks. the other has a support up between my eyes and i think it is too small.
i am considering going back to the nasal mask and duct tape. [for my mouth] i cant seem to keep my tongue in place to stop air from escaping.
machines? is a new one in order? is this one out of date? or do i just need more instruction.
i am very grateful for the help. extremely
06-26-2015, 05:40 PM
(This post was last modified: 06-26-2015, 05:40 PM by AlanE.)
Deep breath my friend. I have a lot of the same issues. After doing so well I'm fighting leaks like the little dutch boy plugging the dyke. Load up Sleepyhead and take a look at your data. There are many threads on how to interpret the data it's almost mind boggling. But there are lots of people here that know much about it and are patient enough to explain the graphs. As they used to say in NASA decades ago, lets work the problem.
Using FlashAir W-03 SD card in machine. Access through wifi with FlashPAP or Sleep Master utilities.
I wanted to learn Binary so I enrolled in Binary 101. I seemed to have missed the first four courses.
06-26-2015, 09:49 PM
(This post was last modified: 06-26-2015, 09:55 PM by bwexler.)
No dreams, the first thing you need to do is tell us which S9 machine you have. S9 is lik saying Ford, there are many models. The name is usually above and to the left of the start button. If you have the Escape model, there is no useful data stored. The others store data and you can get a glimpse of it on the screen by turning the knob and pushing it at the right time.
The best solution is to download Sleepyhead and install it on your computer. There are plenty of folks here who will help you figure it out.
It may be counter intuitive but when your mask is leaking it may be too tight. Most modern masks inflate the seal like a balloon to mold to your face and prevent leaks. When you make it too tight, you are crushing it so it can't inflate to fit to your face.
leaks - On the Quattro F10 FFM and other similar masks, the leaks do not have to be completely eliminated. Enough leakage is disruptive to your sleep and jets of air can dry out your eyes. But, using a soft fabric lining between mask and face results in less (or no) perceived leakage, as the air travelling through the porous fabric only serves to cool the skin slightly. This soothing feeling can actually be a calming effect. Yes, experiment with slight loosening of the mask to see if leakage can be controlled.
sleep - is there any position you favor over others when you successful in nodding off? generally, obstructive apnea tends to be worse if you are lying on your back. a variety of positional options exist, including sleep in a recliner, back sleeping with head of the bed somewhat elevated (3 or 4 inches), sleep on left or right side (one is usually better than the other). I believe you'll get most to tell you that sleeping of their left side is better than on the right side. I think there is a physiological reason for that.
staying asleep - Some of us have trouble staying asleep, like sleep for real, but wake every 1.5 to 3 hours. Don't be incredibly worried about that, just decide to sleep way more often. I usually get 3 chunks of roughly 2 hours per night, with 60 to 90 minutes in between.
staying on therapy - Some do not keep their masks on every time they try to sleep. It really helps if you can convince yourself to always use the mask, even if that means getting 5 hours of sleep attempts instead of 5 hours with mask on plus 3 hours without.
other medical conditions - do you also suffer from one or more of the conditions that relate to apnea, such as high blood pressure, afib, diabetes, COPD, restless leg syndrome, nocturia? You'll notice several of us have these conditions and that sleep with CPAP often makes some of the symptoms reduce.
settings - most of the newer models can adjust the treatment pressure throughout the night. If your model is one that can be set on "auto", you may find better results can be had.
be sure to get your sleep test results, as this may answer some questions, especially if your model of CPAP does not have data or autosetting features.
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