Have you ever felt like this in the morning: You wake up groggy and lacking energy. Maybe you have a headache. As you take off your CPAP mask and go to clean it, you think “Did this work last night? Is something wrong? Is all this worth it?”
Of course the answer to “Is CPAP worth it?” is yes! But it’s always helpful to actually see the difference your sleep apnea treatment is making. That’s where tracking your therapy with ResMed’s myAir™ comes in handy. myAir is an easy-to-use web application that connects wirelessly to your AirSense™ 10 or AirCurve™ 10 machine and shows you the quality of sleep apnea treatment your body is getting.
“It’s like having your own personal sleep coach.”
When you wake up, myAir shows you exactly how long you used your CPAP machine the night before, whether or not your mask leaked and how many apneas or hypopneas you had. Seeing this info right away can help you see the quality sleep your body is getting. myAir also sends congratulatory messages through text or email when you achieve great results, and sends troubleshooting tips to help you fix mask leak or other issues right away. It’s like having your own personal sleep coach right by your side.
Easy to read: The myAir score
One reason people hesitate to use a sleep tracker is they don’t want to figure out how to find or understand all their data. But myAir makes it simple: Each morning about an hour after you remove your mask, myAir tallies up a single myAir score and displays it right on your smartphone or computer. It’s based on four factors:
- How long you used CPAP last night
- Mask seal
- Apneic events per hour
- Other mask events (ie, you pulled it off at one point)
If you want, you can go into your myAir score and see the breakdown of each factor and compare it to your recent history. But the score itself is a great way to see how your sleep apnea treatment is helping you.
This is especially helpful if you’re a new CPAP user and still adjusting to treatment; even if you’re still not feeling more energized when you wake up, myAir can confirm that your mask and machine are working properly and how many fewer events you’re having while you sleep. And fewer apneas are proven to lower other serious health risks like heart failure 1 and type 2 diabetes. 2
How do I get myAir?
Visit myair.resmed.com to register for free (available in the US and Canada only). If you use a ResMed S9™ machine, you can view your CPAP data right on your machine’s screen.
Amy Cook is Senior Manager of Healthcare Informatics at ResMed. She helped develop its two leading sleep data trackers: the S9 SleepSeeker program and Air Solutions’ myAir.
This blog post contains general information about medical conditions and potential treatments. It is not medical advice. If you have any medical questions, please consult your doctor.