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Need help with sleepyhead - Gasman1972 - 02-09-2017

[attachment=3174] Hello all again. I hope I did this right. Here is my recent sleephead download. If some of you can decipher this graph for me and tell me what I can do to get my AHI down. I've been racking my brain trying to get this figured out with no avail. Your input would be greatly appreciated.   Thanks


RE: Need help with sleepyhead - Beej - 02-09-2017

I've found sleeping on one's side may help reduce obstructive apneas considerably. I used to get periods of 20-40 minutes with a many apneas as minutes ... or more.

Things which may impair breathing:
alcohol or other depressant drugs (some pain meds, psych meds, some epilepsy meds)
physical activity during the day (ie exhausted and very deep sleep levels)
anatomical issues in your nose, mouth, throat (have you seen and ENT? pulmonologist for lung testing?)
lung conditions which make it difficult to breath (COPD, asthma flares, pneumonia, certain types of arthritis, etc.)
how late and how much you ate
blue moon ...
and so on


RE: Need help with sleepyhead - E.W. - 02-09-2017

How long have you had this machine? I was using an old Remstar Auto up
to this past monday when I got this machine to.  Somehow the pressure
felt a little strange to me at first  and my first night my AHI was high too but
the next two nights were fine.


RE: Need help with sleepyhead - Gasman1972 - 02-09-2017

(02-09-2017, 09:52 PM)E.W. Wrote: How long have you had this machine? I was using an old Remstar Auto up
to this past monday when I got this machine to.  Somehow the pressure
felt a little strange to me at first  and my first night my AHI was high too but
the next two nights were fine.

I've had it for a month.


RE: Need help with sleepyhead - Sleeprider - 02-10-2017

You seem to have the pressure up where it should be effective from 14.5-20, but there are a few clusters of obstructive apnea events that are a problem. You may need to change your sleeping position onto your side, or consider using a soft cervical collar to keep your chin from dropping to your chest and these can cause the airway to close in a way that positive air pressure cannot overcome. If you are aware that you tend to tuck your chin, this is an especially easy problem to overcome. The other alternative may be to try a higher minimum pressure. If you can tolerate 16 cm, it looks like your events are significantly reduced or prevented at that level.


RE: Need help with sleepyhead - Gasman1972 - 02-10-2017

(02-10-2017, 10:40 AM)Sleeprider Wrote: You seem to have the pressure up where it should be effective from 14.5-20, but there are a few clusters of obstructive apnea events that are a problem.  You may need to change your sleeping position onto your side, or consider using a soft cervical collar to keep your chin from dropping to your chest and these can cause the airway to close in a way that positive air pressure cannot overcome.  If you are aware that you tend to tuck your chin, this is an especially easy problem to overcome. The other alternative may be to try a higher minimum pressure.  If you can tolerate 16 cm, it looks like your events are significantly reduced or prevented at that level.
Thanks sleeprider. I've woken before with my chin tucked. I will try your suggestions. Thanks again.