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AutoRamp for the AirSense 10 Autoset

Many CPAP machines have “ramp” features that gradually increase pressure to help you fall asleep faster. ResMed’s feature, AutoRamp™, takes it one step further.

AutoRamp starts you at a low air pressure and stays there while you’re still awake so you and your bed partner can fall asleep easier. Once it detects you have fallen asleep, AutoRamp – you guessed it – automatically ramps your pressure up to the prescribed level. AutoRamp is only available on ResMed’s new AirSense™ 10 CPAP machines.

So, how does AutoRamp help your CPAP machine know when you fall asleep?

Your AirSense 10 will know you’re asleep no more than three minutes after. That’s because the moment you turn on your machine, AutoRamp is looking for three things:

a) 30 breaths of stable breathing (roughly 3 minutes)
b) 5 consecutive snore breaths
c) 3 obstructive apneas or hypopneas within 2 minutes

Once any of those signs occurs, AutoRamp steadily ramps up your air pressure at a slow, comfortable rate until you reach your prescribed level.
Plus, no matter when you fall asleep, AutoRamp makes sure you reach your prescribed pressure no later than 30 minutes after you turned on your machine. This ensures that you get effective sleep apnea treatment, based on research that on average, most people on CPAP fall asleep in 20–25 minutes.1

With lower pressures while you’re awake, and a steady, comfortable ramp-up to keep you and your partner sleeping, AutoRamp is one of many new features in the AirSense 10 AutoSet, designed to make treatment more comfortable. If you want to know more about this functionality, talk to your sleep clinician or call our team on 0800 917 7071.

1 Silva RS et al. An orientation session improves objective sleep quality and mask acceptance during positive airway pressure titration. Sleep Breath 2008;12(1)85–9.

5 thoughts on “AutoRamp for the AirSense 10 Autoset

    1. Ramp time is adjustable but how you do it varies according to which device you have. We would suggest you call our team on 0800 917 7071 who can talk you through how to adjust this on the device you are using.

  1. When 3/4 through my sleep session I have a waking moment and the air pressure is blowing very hard. It makes it hard to go back to sleep. My cheeks puff out, the air leeks out the sides. I take as many very deep breaths to see if the air flow slows but it does not. I wind up taking the mask off or turning the machine off and on again.

    1. If you have an automatic device which adjusts the pressure through the night, it could be the device has just responded to a narrowing of your airways hence the air pressure is higher, at which point you have woken and experienced what you describe below. Depending on which device you have, it can take between 10-20 minutes for the pressure to reduce back down therefore in this situation you are already doing what we would suggest, which is switching the device off and on again, so it delivers your lower start pressure allowing you to comfortably get back to sleep.

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