10-02-2013, 01:42 PM
(This post was last modified: 10-02-2013, 01:42 PM by luckydog.)
I have been lurking for a while and decided to ask about something that I have noticing lately. I have a Resmed machine set on Auto starting at 8.5 to 18.5, epr is 2 I also have a humidifier and using Nasal Pillow mask.
I have been waking several times through out the evening and the machine is at 18 and my heart rate is rapid. I am a side sleeper (left) and rarely if at all on my back. This happens perhaps 3-4 times that I know of, each time my heart is really pumping rapidly.
Does this happen to anyone else?
I guess I should also mention that I am 45yo Male
This is a common thing in terms of apnea events. But to confirm, take a look at your data.
When you wake up like this, make a note of the time. Doesn't have to be exact. Then the next day, download the data into SleepyHead or ResScan, whichever you prefer (I prefer SH). Look at the data for that time frame. You will probably see some sort of apnea event, probably obstructive. You may just see hypopnea event.
If you do not see an event or even the hint of one, get thee to a doctor. Could be nothing. Could be a bad dream. Could be something else medical that needs looking at. But you will be able to say "My AHI is within norm and no event happens at the same time" which narrows the possibilities down.
How long have you been using CPAP? If you are relatively new to it, these should decrease with time. You probably did these a lot prior to CPAP but slept through them or didn't remember. Now your body is used to NOT having events and when it does, even a minor one, you notice the reaction. This is actually a good thing!
Also, you may think you sleep predominantly on your side but you may not be. Do you have a bed partner? Ask if you do. I used to swear I only slept on my side, rarely moved onto my back (I do when I am hot). But then I find out I have been tricking myself. I go to sleep all nice and propped up but within minutes of sleep, over I go. Then, right before I wake up, I roll back over. I like to play games with myself, apparently!
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What Paula said.
Hang in there for more answers to your question and best of luck with your CPAP therapy.