I have a sleep apnea appointment in a week’s time, at Papworth. As a result, I have just downloaded data from my AutoPAP, to prove I remember how to do it – I will do it again the morning of my appointment.
The geek factor of this machine is wonderful. I made the decision a few years ago to buy my own machine, which is why I have to download and print reports, rather than give them the machine and let them do it themselves. But the detail is incredible, including both summary information and drill-downs to individual nights.
I am not a doctor, but to my eye, it looks fairly good. Average nightly sleep is a low 6 hours (remembering that this is sleep wearing the mask – I do have a tendency to tear it off in the hour or so before waking up), and a rate of 2 Apnea–Hypopnea events an hour. This is good – when untreated, over a decade ago, it was 20+ per hour, which meant I wasn’t getting any useful sleep.
I do notice that the auto-control of the air pressure is hitting the maximum set fairly frequently, so I will remember to ask if I need to raise this a bit – the idea is that the maximum is what the doctors say I need to stop my apneas, but this smart “auto” machine reduces the pressure when it can tell by my breathing that I don’t need it, only increasing it when an apnea occurs; this makes it much more comfortable to use. So if the machine is hitting the max, we may need to increase it.