McGiever wrote:My Dr. mentioned also that new technology in CPAPs has them made to being more adaptive to changes throughout a sleep...rather than the old set it and forget it
Yes, in theory it allows for a lower base pressure setting, which ramps up quickly when the machine detects the need for higher pressure.
creek44 wrote:My doctor also mentioned the possibility of an "at home" sleep study
Yes, the new technology McGiever mentioned allows for all that detailed usage and result reporting that Lisa has discussed. Which turns out to be lots of the same information that comes out of a sleep lab visit. So fitting you temporarily with a standard machine may be a good substitute for the more-expensive process.
Since getting and wearing the"Fitbit" wrist monitor I received as a gift, I can now review any or every night's sleep pattern, among other things.
My brother's doctor had him use one of those little blood-oxygen-saturation recorders, the kind they clip on your finger. The big problem with apnea (my understanding, mind you) is not whether you stop breathing temporarily or not, it's the effect of the stoppage on your blood oxygenation. So using the finger thing is directly measuring how much the apnea is truly affecting you. I have thought about buying one of these to use on my own along with CPAP, but I believe the instructions said not to use it for hours at a time; don't know why, except maybe it cuts down blood flow and your finger falls off next day.
Fitbit is maybe even better because you keep all your fingers.