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Having Moderate Sleep Apnea is like having had a moderate heart attack: while better than "Severe," it's still dead serious. Mistakenly, my first reaction when getting the diagnosis of Moderate Sleep Apnea was relief. "Well, at least I'm not too far gone," I thought, as I let my guard down and didn't get serious about my Sleep Apnea treatment.

Then I did some research and found out what Moderate Sleep Apnea means.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) defines Moderate Sleep Apnea as having an AHI of greater than 15 but less than 30. AHI, in turn, stands for "Apnea-Hypopnea Index," and is a measure of the total number of times you stop breathing or have shallow breathing during sleep divided by the total number of hours you were asleep. For an an episode of interrupted breathing or shallow breathing to count as a true event, it must last 10 seconds or longer. The bottom line: a "moderate" case of Sleep Apnea means a person stops breathing or has dangerously shallow breathing for more than 10 seconds at a time, on average, 15 to 30 times PER HOUR! Certainly not something to be taken lightly, as this magnitude of Sleep Apnea will usually adversely impact daytime functioning and cardiovascular health.

An AHI of greater than 5 but less than 15 is deemed "mild" sleep apnea; an AHI of greater than 30 indicates "severe" sleep apnea.

If you don't know what your AHI is, find out. Your life might depend on it.

Do you still have questions about Moderate Sleep Apnea?  Post your questions here and we will answer them as best we can: http://www.sleepguide.com/forum/topic/new

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Comment by Mike on March 29, 2009 at 1:13am
Ruth, here's a quick way to tell your friends who suffer with sleep problems (especially apnea) about us: http://www.sleepguide.com/main/invitation/new
Comment by Judy on March 28, 2009 at 8:18pm
Ruth the ResScan 3.7 software is compatable w/the Resmed VPAP Auto 25 which is Resmed's latest and greatest bi-level. So as long as your local DME supplier seems to like to provide Resmed devices AND you INSIST on the VPAP Auto 25 you should be good to go if you got the software and cable reader. IF you are interested e-mail me at downeast at concentric dot com You can see a sample of two of the reporting pages from ResScan 3.7 in the "ResMed Data Report - interpretation request" discussion.
Comment by Mike on March 28, 2009 at 7:42pm
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Comment by Ruth Rayceen on March 28, 2009 at 7:26pm
I have visited several sleep sites, but this is the first with articles written by Sleep Doctors and Sleep Professionals. The articles I have read by patients have are more detailed & professional than others.This article was especially interesting to me. I was previously diagnosed with severe sleep apnea with AHI of 98 per hour. I had UPPP surgery - I would never recomment it, I have complications, and I still have sleep apnea.
My Dec, 08 sleep study reported an AHI of 32 per hour. Because of the large decrease, I have not considered
serious, so I am very appreciative of the information in the article.

I have ResMed 8 Elite ll,and record the stats daily. My last week averaged 24. AI's for the same period were 4.9. This week my AI's average 2.6. . Although the AI's have been under 5, I have been dishearted by my therapy because of the UPPP. The air from the CPAP seems to float around in my mouth, at times fill my cheeks until they puff out.

I don't know if getting ResSkan 3.7 and the download cables would help me moniter my problems areas better.
I have hesitated because my Sleep Doctor has been considering a BIPap. RuthRayceen

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