Beneficial effect of CPAP on snoring even not using CPAP device

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Beneficial effect of CPAP on snoring even not using CPAP device

Post by Aspidium » Sat Jan 21, 2023 2:54 pm

Diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnoea syndrome in July 2022 (AI+HI index 60/hour), I have been using an APAP device (adapting incoming pressure but not decreasing pressure at expiration) for 6 months, which proves to be dramatically effective (AI<1 per hour and AI+HI < 5 per hour. While before using the device I was heavily storing ⅔ of the night, I am no longer snoring while using the machine. Moreover, and surprisingly, I am no longer (or only little) snoring while happening to sleep without device. Then, I am making the hypothesis that expiring against the pressure generated by the machine (7.5 cmH2O) might have strengthened my pharyngeal/tongue muscle, therefore reducing snoring. I looked at the medical literature but found no article supporting my observation. I am interested knowing if anyone made any similar observation.

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Re: Beneficial effect of CPAP on snoring even not using CPAP device

Post by Julie » Sat Jan 21, 2023 5:32 pm

Generally what is seen when lots of hypops and snoring are reduced is that the person has stopped back sleeping so much and has begun side sleeping - usually makes a huge difference.

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Re: Beneficial effect of CPAP on snoring even not using CPAP device

Post by chunkyfrog » Sat Jan 21, 2023 6:48 pm

"Happening to sleep without cpap"---please try not to do that.

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Re: Beneficial effect of CPAP on snoring even not using CPAP device

Post by ozij » Sat Jan 21, 2023 8:40 pm

There's a "carryover" effect. When I was retested in 2017, my doctor wanted a "flushing out" time of 2 weeks without CPAP. I've heard others say 48 hours is enough.

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Re: Beneficial effect of CPAP on snoring even not using CPAP device

Post by chunkyfrog » Sun Jan 22, 2023 1:55 pm

ozij wrote:
Sat Jan 21, 2023 8:40 pm
There's a "carryover" effect. When I was retested in 2017, my doctor wanted a "flushing out" time of 2 weeks without CPAP. I've heard others say 48 hours is enough.
Oops, I read "retested" as "arrested"--and got a little bit excited . . .
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Re: Beneficial effect of CPAP on snoring even not using CPAP device

Post by Janknitz » Sun Jan 22, 2023 5:48 pm

CPAP is a treatment, not a cure. Like wearing glasses, they help when you are wearing them, but don't help when you are not. While there might be a brief carryover effect, it doesn't mean you are cured, and going without CPAP even every once in a while is NOT a good idea. Even if you aren't snoring for a night or two, it doesn't mean you aren't having apneas and desaturations.

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