How to reduce my events while using my Cpap

Posted by alan bruce @alanbruce, Feb 25, 2019

I track my events, usage, seal and total score daily on Myair which is a Resmed product. I have used a Cpap machine for about 6 months and have had good success however my events seem stay below 5 for a few days and then jumps up to 8 or 9 for a day and then goes back to below 5.. It seems to be a regular pattern however I have not been able to determine why my events go up. Any suggestions are ideas on how to reduce my events would be great.

@thankful

@johnbishop– Did you say you also purchased that C-pap hose cleaning brush? I recently did and I'm having a terrible time pulling it through my hose? Jim @thankful

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Hi Jim @thankful – I bought a hose stand but have never purchase a brush to clean the hose. I've just used the soap for my SoClean machine and washed the hose by filling it full of soapy water and lifting and lowering each end of the hose to slosh the water back and forth. Then rinsed it the same way. I hang it up over the shower door so it can air dry and not get water all of the regular floor ☺

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So mom is doing pretty good. Thanks everyone for the great advice. The first night she wore it 4 hours, then 5 hours and last night for 9 hours! (including reading time). The report says she has a good mask fit, but she doesn't like the full mask either, @thankful, feeling claustrophobic like you mention. We'll soon compare apnea hypopnea index (AHI) scores from the early days to next week and the week after. But initial results are encouraging.

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@colleenyoung

So mom is doing pretty good. Thanks everyone for the great advice. The first night she wore it 4 hours, then 5 hours and last night for 9 hours! (including reading time). The report says she has a good mask fit, but she doesn't like the full mask either, @thankful, feeling claustrophobic like you mention. We'll soon compare apnea hypopnea index (AHI) scores from the early days to next week and the week after. But initial results are encouraging.

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Thank you Colleen Young for the update. Your mother is doing great. It does feel claustrophobic at first, but in time it will feel strange to sleep without it. The fact that she went 9 hours with the mask on shows your mother can overcome that feeling. Thanks again for that wonderful report.

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@colleenyoung

So mom is doing pretty good. Thanks everyone for the great advice. The first night she wore it 4 hours, then 5 hours and last night for 9 hours! (including reading time). The report says she has a good mask fit, but she doesn't like the full mask either, @thankful, feeling claustrophobic like you mention. We'll soon compare apnea hypopnea index (AHI) scores from the early days to next week and the week after. But initial results are encouraging.

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@colleenyoung– Sounds like mom had a promising week! Great to hear that and I'm sure your help and encouragement had a lot to do with it! Happy Zzzz's mom. Jim @thankful

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@muffy

John, thanks so much for the link. I found it easily that way. Very thoughtful of you.

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John, I have been using the CPAP hose stand for 3 nights. It is a definite improvement over my moving the hose out of the way several times during the night. Thanks for suggesting it and I will be recommending it to my CPAP using family and friends.

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I've been using my CPAP at night for a long time. I had to add oxygen to it a few months ago. It helped.
My question is how many of you use your machine when you take a nap? I know you're supposed to but I find I sometimes fall asleep before putting it on. Or I don't expect to sleep long so I skip it. Am I the only one who does this?

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@pearlbaby7 I don't use my CPAP for naps at all, but I often nap in a recliner chair with my torso "propped up", so I am not completely flat. I think that might be okay, but I am not sure. Also, my naps usually don't last longer than 1 hour, and often more like 30 minutes.

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@muffy

@pearlbaby7 I don't use my CPAP for naps at all, but I often nap in a recliner chair with my torso "propped up", so I am not completely flat. I think that might be okay, but I am not sure. Also, my naps usually don't last longer than 1 hour, and often more like 30 minutes.

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@muffy I too thought sitting up sleeping would be OK. The sleep doctor told me I could still have events sitting up. My naps are mostly short like yours. Occasionally though they can be 2 hours or more. Thanks for the feedback!

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@pearlbaby7 – Oh, thanks for letting me know. I still think I won't be using the CPAP for my shorter naps. But maybe I should use it for the longer ones.

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@muffy

@pearlbaby7 – Oh, thanks for letting me know. I still think I won't be using the CPAP for my shorter naps. But maybe I should use it for the longer ones.

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The upper part of your mouth is what collapses so sitting up to sleep helps gravity to pull down your upper mouth and close off your throat. Even a short nap can cause your heart to stop and thus cause blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes. So you should use your CPAP for even short naps. That said I must confess I do not always do so.

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Oh, thanks for letting me know.

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