as you no doubt can tell, i'm new here. but i've been reading here for some time now. i've picked up a lot of handy tips along the way. my thanks to you all.
so i've got something to ask, but first, the obligatory background. i'm a 61 year old male, retired, diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea. for this, i'm grateful. why? because i've read the horror stories from those who have heavy sleep apnea and i'm glad i don't have to adjust to those pressures.
i started this cpap journey back in may of this year. i wasn't one of those who adapted straight away.but i stuck with it and eventually reaped some benefits. for one, no more multiple trips to the bathroom each night.(i didn't even know this was an apnea related thing!) no more waking up at 3 am and laying there and laying there AND LAYING THERE. back to sleep is ever so much easier. and finally, while i didn't have constant headaches at waking up, i used to get them now and then. now, almost never.
of course, life in slumber land isn't perfect, or i wouldn't be here now, would i?
i started out my journey using nasal pillows. i had thought this would be the easier route, particularly given my beard. and i really did give it a try. but no matter how i adjusted smartflex or how i changed my pressure, i would just hit a wall of too much air going into me and inflating me like a balloon. i stuck with that for ALMOST 6 months, then decided to try the FFM i'm wearing now.
what a difference! at once, i was able to tolerate higher pressures with no feeling of blasting air into me. AND my AHI got down to around 3! happy days indeed.
so if the AHI number is looking good, why aren't i sleeping "better"? i still wake multiple times in the night. i know there is the term awakening and the term arousal. i mean the one where i am aware of being awake. and i don't wake up refreshed in the morning.
as soon as i can, i will post sleepyhead graphs. i am not knowledgeable about how to interpret the data, so i'll be depending on you folks.
in the meantime, are there suggestions you can make? are there questions i can answer?
i appreciate it!