Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

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Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

Post by edatlanta » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:57 am

I am now 70 and have snored for years, but not terribly (but how do I know since it didn't bother me). I have also been divorced for 20 years and slept alone most of this time. My ex and I still have a good relationship and we are together all the time and vacation together, etc. We are in Keystone, CO right now on vacation. She retired a few months ago and since I am a full time RV'er she started traveling around with me in the RV. Now the snoring has become a problem.

I had a sleep study done and it showed an AHI of 35. So I was prescribed for an APAP. I ended up with a Dreamstation
APAP with Humidifier and a Dreamwear mask. The mask is the medium frame with all 3 pillows. I am using the small pillow.
My Dreamstation was initially set for a fixed pressure of 7.0 starting at 4.0 and ramping up after 20 minutes. The humidity setting was originally set at 3.

My usage started 10 days ago in central Alabama where I live most of the time or a least in the SE US. I had zero problems adapting to the mask or the therapy. It took a little getting used to putting the mask on, but once I got the hang of it no issues and virtually no leaks and the big one ZERO pain or discomfort.

The first night I sleps for 6:38 hrs with an AHI of 0.8. The next 4 nights the AHI registered 1.6, 1.3, 1.0, 1.8, 0.7. All with sleep times in the 7:00 hrs +/- a little bit. Obviously the process is working for me and working great as far as I am concerned and my ex says the snoring has completely stopped with only an occasional sound coming from me. I have changed the start pressure to 4.5 and the ramp up time to 15 minutes since I was having no issues and this has worked ok.

After the first 5 nights we left for Keystone, CO with an elevation of 9,200'. I contacted my DME to see if the auto altitude adjustment would work at this altitude since I couldn't find that spec for the Dreamstation anywhere. She checked Respironics and they stated 9,200' would not present a problem for the Dreamstation and no settings change would be required.

The past 5 nights have shown similar AHI as at lower altitude with 1.5 +/- 0.5'ish. The one issue I have had at this altitude has been sinus issues due to the cold and lack of humidity. The outside temperature has ranged from -12F to 25F and has never been above 25F since we have been here. After the first night here we have a humidifier in our hotel room set on high and I changed the humidity setting on the Dreamstation from 3 to 5. Things are better now. I was waking up 1 to 2 times a night with completely or close to blocked nostrils. A quick nose blow and then back to sleep. Increasing the humidity setting and the in room humidifier has helped this a lot.

One more night here and then back to Alabama and lower altitude and much higher temperatures. So far life with the APAP is great an was much easier to get used to than I have read about. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones.