Browse Your CPAP Statistics

Introduction: Browse Your CPAP Statistics

For the record, I was diagnosed with Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea in 2009 and have used a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine religiously since. Over the last seven years, I have gone to the doctor yearly to have my machine's statistics read, never really wondering about that information. During the last few months, though, I've begun to wonder about it.

Enter SleepyHead.

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Step 1: Download the Application

I tried a few different standalone readers to view the files created by my ResMed machine, but none worked very well. I finally stumbled across SleepyHead by Mark Watkins. SleepyHead is a cross-platform application written for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

As a zealous Linux user for over a decade, I was rather excited by the cross-platform nature of this application. I regret to say, though, that I found installation of the Linux version overly complicated and opted to install the Windows version despite the dirty feeling.

The first obvious step is to download the installation files. Hit the previous link and pick your poison: Windows, MacOS, or Linux.

Step 2: Application Installation

Open up your file manager and browse to the file you downloaded.

In an effort to not feel so dirty, I decided to install the Windows version on my Linux platform using WINE. Installing via WINE on Linux is identical to a standard installation on Windows. So, if you are on Windows, simply click the installation file and follow the prompts. If you go the Linux/WINE route, right-click the installation file, choose "Open With" then "WINE Windows Program Loader" and follow the prompts.

Step 3: Check Your Stats

Once the application completes its installation, open it up and import your information.

My ResMed saves all of its information to an SD card in the machine. I removed the card and inserted it into the card reader in my computer, imported the files, and gazed in wide wonder at the information I had found. Now I'll be better prepared for my next appointment and have a better understanding of the therapy that I've been dealing with for the last several years.

Step 4: That's It... Almost

Now the typical caveats:

  1. Unless you are a doctor, I would advise against making changes to your machine's settings without approval.
  2. Unless you are a master hacker, I would advise against making any changes to the files on your machine's storage. Some of those files, namely the ones that end in .crc (Cyclic Redundancy Check), are there to make sure the integrity of the data is not disturbed.

I hope that this information can benefit someone. Thanks for reading.

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    4 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Some cpap forums will point you to "clinicians manuals" for most cpap machines. They can be downliaded for free. Or just google (your machine) "free clinicians manual." These machines are amazing, and the patient can access provider menus, usually by holding down a combination of buttons. Write down current settings before experimenting.


    3 years ago

    I also have Sleep Apnea and use that same machine. And another before that.

    My previous machine, with which I travel, lets me set the pressures.

    This ResMed one does not and my pulmonology center claims it does not know how to adjust the settings. While the supplier will not let me observe the servicing of my machine and once switched my machine for one used in a smoker's house... Lots of near lawsuit problems and time getting restored to proscribed operating conditions.

    Hoping you can you point to a site that reveals the code sequence to adjust the machine ?


    4 years ago

    Thanks for that! I've been using a CPAP machine for about eight months now. I've often wondered if the data was accessible or required propriety software.


    4 years ago

    i use one every night also.i'm going to have a look at this.thank you