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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-by Jack, 19.12.2019
The feedback from the O2Ring is showing me that the best way for me to manage my APNEA is to be very consistent about managing my sleep position, i.e. sleep on my side, not my back. I am gathering and using tools to assist me in that endeavour; Compare this chart to the previous charts. I am making progress.”