CPAP Titration Study
What will be done?
You will be set up for a sleep study with your own mask. When you sleep, you will be monitored for the quality of your sleep, oxygen levels, heart activity, body position and movements, breathing problems, awakenings and snoring. The airflow will be increased gradually until these events are normalized. The optimal pressure is determined and your machine may be adjusted in the morning or at the follow up visit with the sleep specialist.
Quality of Sleep
You may be aware of more awakenings during the night and the quality of your sleep usually starts improving within a few nights. There will be more normal deep sleep as well as significant improvements in your energy, alertness, wakefulness in the morning, moods, concentration and memory. You may also experience pleasant dreams as compared to the distressing dreams you had before using CPAP while you were struggling to breathe in sleep.
Regular use of the CPAP reduces these additional risks and their consequences, in the comfort of your bed. The benefits to your daytime activities, energy and wellness are immeasurable and irreproducible by any drug or known treatment. You can improve your health profile if your apnea is well treated. If you already have one of these conditions your chances of becoming disabled or dying early will be significantly reduced if your apnea is well treated.
Strengthening your breathing muscles with regular cardio exercises helps improve breathing during sleep, and reduces the resistance to airflow in the upper airways. As your energy level improves, so will your motivation to be more active and independent.
Please be aware that some masks lose their efficiency after a period of 6 months to one year, and may require replacement periodically.
Let us know if you notice a return of your symptoms, especially daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea does tend to get worse over time as our body’s strength changes. New medications, weight gain, new illnesses, surgeries or just the passage of time can lead to a worsening of the apnea. If you notice changes, discuss them with your family doctor. The symptoms could be caused by many factors. If you family doctor thinks they might be from a worsening of your apnea, then a referral back to the Lab will be arranged and you can be tested again. A small change in your CPAP pressure may be all that is necessary. A significant weight loss may lead to your pressure level being too high. You may need to be retested and have a lower pressure prescribed.
If you experience significant discomfort, please consult your respiratory supply company. This laboratory is also available for advice if you continue to have any difficulty. We are here to help you
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and that any discomfort it brings is far outweighed by the benefit it
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