I've long wanted to know what position my head was in when Apnea events occurred.
There were also some strange waveforms in my breathing data that I theorized
were movement related and sometimes were reported as Clear Airway Apnea events.
I started with a clone WII controller and an Arduino microcontroller. That project
was scrapped well before the fruition because I became concerned after waking a
few times with the CPAP hose wrapped around my neck. I was concerned that I
might strangle myself in my sleep with a thin cord.
I spent many hours looking for an affordable compact data logger with an integrated
multiple axis accelerometer. I settled on X16-1C from Gulf Coast Data Concepts, LLC.
It's bigger and heavier than I would like but it's also 1/2 to to 1/3 the price of
the next better choices. Check out xlr8r-1.html
The graph is a result of a short test displayed in the tool that came with the
device. The highlighted areas are walking between bed and computer. The other
area is the actual test. I held the device on my head where I intend to strap it
onto my CPAP headgear. The red line at center is when facing ceiling. Then it
rises to indicate left side of my face in the pillow and falls to indicate right
side in pillow. The squiggles in the green and blue lines are a few sit up like
gestures just to see how they would be displayed.
The test convinced me to forge ahead and integrate the data into my monitoring application.
The first night my attempt at strapping the device to my headgear failed. Night 2
was better but I had not configured the device properly and had way too much data
to be useful. The stars aligned on night three with good data for the full night.
A few more hours of hacking code and now it's mostly integrated. Scaling is still
somewhat arbitrary and the other two channels still need to be integrated to be
able to tell if I am face up or have my face buried in the pillow.
This is one of those strange waves mentioned above. It shows about 20 seconds of
breathing. The horizontal lines represent zero, plus and minus 25 lpm. Note the one larger
inhalation followed by a period hovering around zero.
Here it is again with overlaid head position data. The blue line shows rolling
over from right side down to right side up. I appear to be holding my breath
Here is a 5 hour slice of the night showing periodic roll overs.
Another benefit is being able to explain some of the loss of signal in the CMS50. The blue line shows activity in the more less same position. The orange lines in the pink panel is where the Oximeter has lost signal. The green lines are SpO2, the blue line heart rate. There is a strong correlation with the head movement and lost signal. I'm guessing my hand moved too.
The device can also be strapped to a leg monitor Restless Leg Syndrome, yet to be explored.
... more to come...