Sven..to address the BMI issue. For the large majority (no pun intended) we have a high BMI due to having untreated SA. Untreated SA causes us to put on the weight..it is not always the case that we put on weight which causes us to have the SA. I know I have had issues all my life with sleep...I have a very tiny mouth and small airways..weight did not cause this..it is the way I was born. Extra weight does usualyy make the SA worse..and the symptoms more apparant. Please though..do your self and your wife a favor..get back into your marriage bed..you are not only punishing yourself but her too...and hey, she may think men who wear masks are a turn on
. My husband calls me his own Seven-Of-Nine from Star Trek. I guees the hose going up the side of my head is Borgish to him.
Get your mind set straightened out..you are not on a ventilator..you are using something that keeps your airway open...you still do all the breathing..the machine is not doing it for you.
If I were you..I would see if I could get a machine that shows your AHI and leak rate from an LCD screen..where you can wake up in the morning and see it..not something that you have to rely on someone reading a card for you. Yo will get better therapy..because you will recall possible reasons that caused the prior night AHI to be higher than normal or find what helps keep the AHI down.
Nazamova: according to my Sleep Dr...an AHI less than 5 is considered treated..and no longer having SA in the clinical sense of it. The goal is to have the AHI as close to zero as possible..but this can not always be achieved..and for most it is not. Having Mild SA is when one has an AHI of 5 +.
As for AHI improving the more you xPAP...often in the beginning..the first few weeks of using the xPAP, we tend to have a little higher AHI..we are getting use to the machine & mask and all the quirks that go with it. After a couple of weeks the AHI usually levels off. So No, the AHI does not really get lower and lower over time..making it go away... Just in the beginning during the breaking in process many see that the AHI lowers a little more..or say if they get a new machine or new mask that is better therapy for them..EX: I switched to a BiLevel and my AHI dropped a little more due to me needing a BiLevel verse straght CPAP.
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