Post Reply 
"old"-"New" hosehead making changes to improve
Author Message
Inspired Offline

Preferred Members

Posts: 113
Joined: Dec 2015

Machine: resmed airsense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F & P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir heated humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 8-12
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: planet earth

Post: #1
"old"-"New" hosehead making changes to improve
...to make a short story long, I started using an antique Cpap machine in 2001 (NO data except hrs used:oh-jeezSmile, and after 6 or so years I lost 100 lbs thanks to bariatric surgery, so stopped using CPAP to see if my symptoms of OSA were gone....they seemed to be gone, so NO CPAP for about 8 yrs. Now I've gained 30 lbs and symptoms are back. Sleep study showd mild to moderate OSA, AHI 14.5.

A word to the wise...I've learned now that obesity is not the only factor in OSA...the size of the pharynx (too small) and tongue(too big) may be the ONLY cause in some folks...and I am one of them. So I probably should have never stopped using it. So don't stop just because you become svelt!

Glory Halleluiah I found this website in December before my sleep study and began to "mine" the brains of all you smart folks, and took good notes. So I knew to (diplomatically) request a resmed Airsense 10 Auto, with all the bells and whistles. I requested a new mask like the one I had worn eons ago because it never gave me any problems (that I was aware of) BUT now that I have had my new and improved Autopap, and I have FINALLY figured out how to download Sleepyhead, I've found that large leaks are plagueing me...may have been back in "the old days" too but there was no way to tell in 2001...

Y'all taught me to not jump to decisions after one or two days of data, so now that I've got 8 days worth, I'm making some changes because Daily Red, Frowny Face Sleepyhead says I have a 90% leak rate of 55.2 for the past 8 days. Lotsa Large Leaks. The percent of time above Leak Rate Threshold is 45.82. I have worn the respironics comfort classic mask all night without fail, but could feel a small leak at the side of my right nostril most of the time and it sometimes seemed to resolve with fiddling a bit.
Another leak source is my mouth Lolabove which seems to open at times to snort and snore a bit. So I've started using a chinstrap the past few nights.
Also, I'm getting rid of the wedge pillow that I put another pillow on top of to sleep, because although it helps my GERD, as I sleep I seem to scoot "down the hill" .This causes flexion of the cervical spine and subsequent loosening of the mask during the night.

I made an appt with the DME today and requested a trial of a new mask...the dreamwear under the nose nasal mask. I'll let you all know how things go. Once I get more proficient in copying some sleepyhead data on this site, will add some charts/graphs for you. Meanwhile if you have any suggestions for me or questions, I'm "all ears":laugh-a-lot:
Your help has been immensely appreciated!

Inspired
Bigwink
01-20-2016 06:25 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
DeepBreathing Offline
Wiki Editor
Moderators

Posts: 2,295
Joined: Sep 2013

Machine: Resmed S9 VPAP Adapt
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: Resmed H5i
CPAP Pressure: EPAP: 9 - 15 PS: 3 - 10
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Perth, Western Australia

Post: #2
RE: "old"-"New" hosehead making changes to improve
G'day Inspired, thanks for the story. It does indeed demonstrate the value of proper data, and why keep going on about it. If your doc is not reading your data you need to ask Why not?

Good luck going forward.

DeepBreathing
Apnea Board Moderator
www.ApneaBoard.com


Bed

INFORMATION ON APNEA BOARD FORUMS OR ON APNEABOARD.COM SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF A PHYSICIAN BEFORE SEEKING TREATMENT FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, INCLUDING SLEEP APNEA. INFORMATION POSTED ON THE APNEA BOARD WEB SITE AND FORUMS ARE PERSONAL OPINION ONLY AND NOT NECESSARILY A STATEMENT OF FACT.
01-22-2016 03:31 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
Sleeprider Online
Wiki Editor
Advisory Members

Posts: 3,342
Joined: Dec 2014

Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #3
RE: "old"-"New" hosehead making changes to improve
Good luck with the new mask! The Dreamwear mask has been very popular since it was released a few months ago, although if you have mouth leaks, they will still be present. How does the rest of the data look to you?

______________________________________________
Organize your SleepyHead Data
Post your SleepyHead Data from Imgur
Robysue's Beginner's Guide to Sleepyhead
01-22-2016 09:54 AM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
Inspired Offline

Preferred Members

Posts: 113
Joined: Dec 2015

Machine: resmed airsense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F & P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir heated humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 8-12
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: planet earth

Post: #4
RE: "old"-"New" hosehead making changes to improve
(01-22-2016 09:54 AM)Sleeprider Wrote:  Good luck with the new mask! The Dreamwear mask has been very popular since it was released a few months ago, although if you have mouth leaks, they will still be present. How does the rest of the data look to you?
Statistics last week (8 days average) prior to changing to Dreamwear mask were:
AHI 3.37
Obstructive Index 0.14
Hypopnea Index 1.15
Clear Airway Index 1.29
RERA 0.09
Average Pressure 9.54
Min Pressure 8.0
90% pressure 11.20
Average Leak Rate 29.71
90% Leak Rate 61.20
% time above leak rate threshold 47.18 Oh-jeez

Last night Stats: (new dreamwear nasal mask)
AHI 2.12
Obstructive Index 0.43
Hypopnea Index 0.14
Clear Airway Index 2.15
RERA 0.0
Average Pressure 10.0
Max Pressure 12
90% pressure 11.32
Average Leak Rate 13.06
90% leak rate 33.60
% time above leak rate threshold 21.03%

From what I have read as a newbie to all this statistical info, until leaks are acceptable rate, the other stats may be inaccurate so I'm focused on "de-leaking" for now...and seeing improvement. Hope once I am adjusted to new mask the central apneas will decrease. AHI is not too bad for a newbie I think but may not be valid measure just yet.

Thanks for asking. Comments/suggestions welcome.

Inspired
Bigwink
01-22-2016 05:04 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
Sleeprider Online
Wiki Editor
Advisory Members

Posts: 3,342
Joined: Dec 2014

Machine: Resmed Aircurve 10 Vauto
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: Resmed Climateline
CPAP Pressure: Auto Bilevel 18/9, PS 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments:

Sex: Male
Location: Where they make Respironics

Post: #5
RE: "old"-"New" hosehead making changes to improve
The machines do a pretty decent job of seeing through leaks, but they are disruptive. Your results look pretty good. I generally disregard the CA when it is that low, and you seem to have very good results for OA. Leaks cut in half with the Dreamwear....nice! Just keep doing what you're doing.

______________________________________________
Organize your SleepyHead Data
Post your SleepyHead Data from Imgur
Robysue's Beginner's Guide to Sleepyhead
01-22-2016 05:15 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply

Donate to Apnea Board
Inspired Offline

Preferred Members

Posts: 113
Joined: Dec 2015

Machine: resmed airsense 10 autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F & P Simplus
Humidifier: HumidAir heated humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 8-12
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments:

Sex: Undisclosed
Location: planet earth

Post: #6
RE: "old"-"New" hosehead making changes to improve
Thanks!
(01-22-2016 05:15 PM)Sleeprider Wrote:  The machines do a pretty decent job of seeing through leaks, but they are disruptive. Your results look pretty good. I generally disregard the CA when it is that low, and you seem to have very good results for OA. Leaks cut in half with the Dreamwear....nice! Just keep doing what you're doing.

Thanks

Inspired
Bigwink
(This post was last modified: 01-22-2016 05:20 PM by Inspired.)
01-22-2016 05:19 PM
Find all posts by this user Post Reply Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  First week- why is my cpap making me dizzy? sleepjunky 44 26,346 11-12-2016 05:44 PM
Last Post: Clay L
  Any other clues to improve my AHI? jm54 1 290 10-01-2016 12:17 AM
Last Post: Ghost1958
Question Muscle Tone to Improve Apnea (OSA) catherinec 4 342 08-30-2016 06:04 PM
Last Post: storywizard
  Does AHI contunue to improve? NorthernGuy 12 1,159 05-31-2016 11:07 AM
Last Post: Asjb
  Help with settings to improve overly high AHI Jeffo1 12 1,270 05-29-2016 06:20 PM
Last Post: AndyB
Question Help with making sense of the data mikenz 41 3,120 05-29-2016 03:50 PM
Last Post: zonk
Question [Equipment] Air pressure making noise genieangel 7 709 05-18-2016 07:10 PM
Last Post: eseedhouse

Forum Jump:

Who's Online (Complete List)