Posted 08 August 2012 - 08:56 PM
I've done the home sleep study twice, once through Kaiser and the second time with the VA at Sepulveda. Basically when you go in the tech will explain how to hook everything up plus give you written instructions. You go home and when you go to bed you have a little box about the size of a pack of cigs strapped to your chest, in the morning you return the unit, with the VA I could send it back UPS, they even gave me a box and prepaid label. With Kaiser I had to take the machine down to Woodland Hills during rush hour traffic. Less than a week after I sent the recorder or whatever it was to the VA I got a call to make a appointment to pick up a APAP machine. As I understand it all of the machine are basically the same, whether they're APAP, BiPAP or CPAP depends on how they're setup, With the APAP machine the pressure will adjust as needed between the set pressures, with the CPAP machine the pressure is always the same, I'm not familiar how the BIPAP machine is set up but I imagine that it uses two different pressures. To me the masks are somewhat of a pain to get adjusted so they don't leak yet are comfortable and you can sleep. Before I got my APAP I was having to take a nap a couple of hours after getting up, with the APAP I can go all day without a nap.
If the sleep study shows that you have sleep apnea please get and use you machine as it can save your life, people have died of sleep apnea plus it can be hard on your heart.