I can’t wait for my pulse oximeter to arrive. I have to get to the bottom of this sleep current sleep disturbance.
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I ordered a pulse oximeter off Amazon. It’ll be hand-deliverd to me in three weeks’ time. I bought the cheapest recording one I could find on the market, and discovered that my analysis software (SleepyHead) can import the data from that model (Contec CMS50)
In the meantime, last night the power was off, so I couldn’t sleep with CPAP. During my two sleep session today my AHI was 0. We’ll see how it goes tonight.
After a long interval I went to see my neurophysiologist. She can see what I see, and she agrees that there are still some central apeneas present. But my numbers are within the limits set for clinical significance, so there’s nothing she feels she has to do. She did make a small adjustment to the CPAP pressure, but most importantly, she gave me permission to change it myself.
I understand why they’re not worried: they work with seriously ill patients every day. My numbers look perfectly normal to them. I just want to go from feeling good some of the time to feeling good all the time.
AHI 3.3 for last night. I slept on my side, deliberately, and it seemed to have helped. I was awake all day, although the afternoon did drag a bit.
AHI 5 for last night, although I didn’t sleep with the mask all night. Only 4.8 hours, but they recon that’s close enough to be counted as compliance.
This was my last night with the loaned CPAP. I’ll be breathless tonight, and tomorrow I will buy my own. I would have done it today, but it’s a public holiday.
I had a really good day.
My AHI for last night was 8.78. I had experimented with blocking the mask vent to make an unvented mask. It’s not clear that it had made a difference, not if I look at the data. For the last portion of the night I removed the block, and it does not look significantly worse. Clear evidence of Cheyne-Stokes breathing in both portions of the night.
I don’t feel very awake this morning.
For last night’s sleep my AHI was 6.34. I am awake at dawn, before my alarm went off.
For my Sunday afternoon sleep, the AHI was 10. Higher than I hoped, but there were some good stretches of sleep in there.
For the main portion of sleeping last night my AHI was 4.09. This is within the normal range. For the morning’s bit, the AHI was 17.84. This is just in the bottom end of the mild range.
I think I feel better today.
I’m test-driving a smart CPAP machine, and on the internet I found open-source software that can read the memory card. So now I can examine the data for my sleeps myself.
For my nap this afternoon my AHI was 4.0. This is in the normal range.