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[Health] Note to my Doctor about my Sleep Apnea
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Note to my Doctor about my Sleep Apnea
I have now quit the CPAP and my SPO2 doesn’t go below 90%, but is typically higher.  Here is a summary of my efforts to learn about and minimize my sleep apnea:
 
I use the free application “OSCAR” on my laptop to examine the data on my CPAP memory card.  A screen print of my AHI data from OSCAR is shown above for 11/2019 – 5/2024.  This is the entire time that I’ve had the CPAP.
 
The period of 10/2020 – 8/2021 contains a cluster of my highest AHI’s, showing that even the highest was well within the “mild” range.  After this period, the typical AHI dropped very low.  In the last 2 years there was only one night that my AHI was >5 (6.41), 5 times it was >2, and 10 times it was >1. Typically AHI is <1.
 
SLEEP POSITION - An AHI of 5-15 is Mild Sleep Apnea, which was my diagnosis based on me sleeping on my back.  Using OSCAR, I found first that I had fewer apneas using a wedge pillow.  Next, I found I did even better if I slept on my side, with a pillow behind me to prevent me from rolling onto my back.  For much of the time, I found that sleeping on my left side was best, but there have been some periods when right was better.
 
GENERAL HEALTH – In the last several months I have lost over 20 pounds and (more significantly) reduced my body fat by over 7% (to 12.7%) in an effort to gain and preserve health (recently turned 70).  This should help by reducing the tissue at the back of my throat.
 
ANTI-SNORING DEVICE AND PULSE OX - I occasionally checked my sleeping SP02 with a recording pulse oximeter.  Most recently, I bought SnoreX, which allowed me to move my lower jaw forward in 1 mm increments in an attempt to keep my airway open.  At this point, all is good.
 
EXERCISES - I have experimented a little, but not enough, with exercises to strengthen my soft pallet.  It is said that playing the didgeridoo helps, but I think that singing, whistling, and playing the blues on a harmonica should help too, since they all exercise the back of the throat. 


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You should post up some Oscar charts. They tell the real story.
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RE: Note to my Doctor about my Sleep Apnea
If you're seeing an AHI under 5 consistently in OSCAR, this is during and a result of CPAP therapy. Therapy is not a cure. You remove therapy and your Apnea will return at some point soon.
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Happy for ya mate. Provide some OSCAR charts showing the progress and we can attempt to determine which step(s) was (were) the ticket(s). It may be of value for others.
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