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chessguy
Unread post  Post subject: Any overall observations?  |  Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 7:32 am

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I had a visit with my sleep doctor recently, and she was very pleased. I've been using my CPAP machine for about 9 months now. Just curious whether you all notice anything in general about my sleep data. A few things worth mentioning:

1.) My mouth feels very dry when I wake up. This doesn't seem to depend on whether or not I use the humidifier. It goes away shortly after I wake up, but I tend to have some irritation in my throat for a little longer. I mentioned this to my doctor, and she suggested a pill to increase my saliva production. But I find plenty of drool around my mouth as it is, so I'm hesitant to try it. I thought that it might suggest a mask leak, but she said that those numbers look good.

2.) My brain feels kind of foggy during the day sometimes. I don't know if that has any relation to my sleep apnea or not. Very occasionally, I'll get sleepy, but not often at all.


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SkinnyFemale
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Any overall observations?  |  Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:48 am

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I am newly diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and having a devil of a time getting through the night with any of the masks. Lots of leaking, feels like I never get to sleep. Huge problem with dry mouth, enough to feel like I am choking several times in the night. I have the airsense 10 autoset for her which has humidification (turned up all the way), and use the dreamwear full face mask that tucks under my nose. It is the only one I can tolerate, but still can't stop the leaking no matter how hard I try. Also foggy brain. I have had success a few times that I recognize what a difference it made, but can't seem to sustain it. Thought sleepy head would be good but not sure how accurate that is either.


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LSAT
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Any overall observations?  |  Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:31 am

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Chessguy...You might try increasing your pressure a bit..to 11 or 11.5 to see if the events decrease. Are you a mouth breather? That can cause dry mouth...even with a FF mask.


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Pugsy
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Any overall observations?  |  Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:52 pm
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SkinnyFemale wrote:
Thought sleepy head would be good but not sure how accurate that is either.


SleepyHead software only shows whatever data the machine writes to the SD card...so what you are seeing is what the machine is recording.
You would see the same thing if you used ResMed's software called ResScan.
If you doubt what you are seeing for some reason...it's the machine you are doubting.


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SkinnyFemale
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Any overall observations?  |  Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:36 pm

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Thanks, I do realize that. I am just not very good at it yet. Also have a tired brain. But am trying to educate myself. I am starting to do the tutorials that are offered to become more adept at looking at and adjusting the screen and taking in the information. Part of the whole process is just accessing resources that are out there. Thank goodness for this site and utube.


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TheLankyLefty
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Any overall observations?  |  Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:59 pm
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SkinnyFemale wrote:
I am starting to do the tutorials that are offered to become more adept at looking at and adjusting the screen and taking in the information.
I have some tutorials on how to use SleepyHead/look at the data. These can be found on my YouTube channel if you search for the term "Sleepyhead" while in my channel.

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