Wellue O2Ring Oxygen Monitor Review, Enabling CPAP Machine Alternatives
"My name is Jack Moreland. My wife tells me I snore a lot. She eventually persuaded me to have a sleep study performed by Cleveland Clinic. The result was a diagnosis of sleep APNEA and a recommendation for CPAP therapy. I was very concerned until I saw a Sleep Disorders Guide article from Cleveland clinic, and I saw an ad for the Wellue O2Ring.
I am comfortable that Cleveland Clinic, a world-renown medical center, accurately collected and interpreted the results of the data gathered on the night of my sleep study, and made their recommendations in a manner consistent with accepted medical practice. That said, I worried that they based that diagnosis on data from one night. Are all of my nights the same? What does a good night look like? What does a bad night look like? What is the ratio of good nights to bad nights?
The Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorder Guide provides a list of alternative treatments for milder cases of sleep apnea. The Wellue O2Ring provides ongoing measurement of their effectiveness, i.e. biofeedback.
- An examination of my data extracts so far shows that my SPO2 levels return to normal within 12-16 seconds of an alarm. Sometimes it awakens me. Alarms usually do NOT awaken me.
I usually have goods nights now. Nasacort clearly helps me. My physician told me it was OK to use it as directed every night before bed. Nothing I have seen so far tells me I need a CPAP machine, but my personal sleep study continues. After a long string of good nights, as demonstrated by my Scores, I had a couple of not so good nights. The good news is, I learned from the experience, and I have documented hard facts to share with my physician.
One night, I fell asleep on my back partially on the wedge pillow I use for reading in bed. I slept like a stone for 10 hours. I was very tired from lack of sleep the previous night followed by working hard the following day. When I awaken, I check the O2Ring charts. One night (left side) I had moderate sleep APNEA and multiple alarms. My alarm activates at the default 88%. My lowest SPO2 was 85%. I have yet to see it lower. Not good. But not terrible.
You might think this rare event invalidates the rest of my story. I disagree. The O2Ring is a biofeedback device that lets you know when improvements are indicated and motivating improvements in the remediation effort.
- The information it gave me prompted me to buy and try a mouth appliance, an APNEA remediation device mentioned by the Cleveland Clinic “Sleep Disorders Treatment Guide”. I won’t need it every night, but it is probably a good idea when I am very tired.
- It was a vivid reminder to NOT sleep on my back.
The alarm thresholds are a setting. I use the defaults for now. My SPO2 alarm activates at 88%. I usually sleep through the alarms. Nonetheless, I can see in the extract file that my SPO2 levels typically return to normal within 12-16 seconds of the alarm.
If I ever get to the point where I am not getting a good night’s sleep because of alarms, or my Scores are frequently below the minimum my physician recommends, I’ll be first in line for a CPAP machine. Based on what I have seen so far, I doubt that will happen anytime soon.
My personal sleep study continues with a goal being the safe personal pursuit of an alternative to CPAP. I’ll use a CPAP if necessary, but I want to avoid it if I can. I have avoided CPAP so far. I also want to be able to share hard facts about my progress with my physician as I proceed. The O2Ring does all of that for me.
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