My AHI is down from 19 to an average of around four over the course of a month. The sleep doc says that’s a success, the device is working. But is it?
Because I have little money, and thus no insurance, I selected to do a home sleep study test using the Phillips Alice One Night. The results, over two days, was that I have moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
After a month of use, although my AHI is around four, I still wake up constantly. My doctor told me, when I was diagnosed, that the machine would change my life, that I’d never want to go anywhere without. This has not been the case, and the subject of this post.
What is Clear Airway Apnea? For what I read, it’s a guess at what might be a Central Apnea event. What is a normal reading for a Clear Airway Apnea event for someone that doesn’t have Central or Complex apnea?
Why do I have such a challenge just getting to sleep? When I lay down, and only sometimes, my breathing begins to become very shallow. Sometimes, right as I’m starting to fall asleep, that shallow breathing stops, and I have to consciously make myself breathe. And when it happens, I begin waking up gasping for air, ripping the mask off in the process. This can last between thirty minutes to two hours. I’ll just go through this process over and over until I finally go to sleep. Then I just wake up, over and over.
These kinds of nights, where I struggle to get to sleep, always corresponds to Clear Airway Apnea readings. When I don’t have these problems, my DreamStation data shows 0 Clear Airway. This is data gathered of the course of about a month.
The company I had my sleep study test with, they told me that Clear Airway was just another name for sleep apnea. They also told me my problems were due to something else, outside of sleep apnea, but never gave me an idea of what it could be.
Last night, my AHI was 1.3, for 8 hours. I woke up 6 times during those 8 hours. WHY? My AHI my have been 1.3 for the night, but I had to fight all day to not pass out. And I lost, because I had to anyway. And I can’t remember shit, nothing. Simple shit, I don’t remember, I’m so tired I can’t remember much. But, my AHI went from 19 to 4.
No change, nothing has changed except an AHI score. I still wake up, over and over again.