I haven’t started an exercise program yet but I figured it might help to pickup a pedometer so I can get an idea of how active I am on a daily basis. I figured this kind of device would give me a good idea of how much I walk throughout the course of a day. Then, I could use that information to increase my daily activity.
I haven’t increased my daily activity but I have developed a general idea of what it is. The device I’m using is a FitBit Zip. It easily clips to the inside of my pants pocket, keeps track of my steps, and can be synched to a computer (using the included USB receiver) or directly to my iPhone 5 via Bluetooth 4.0. I actually purchased two in a pack from Best Buy and gave one to my wife.
But here’s why you probably shouldn’t do this. If your DME and/or insurance company requires proof of compliance via downloading machine usage data then you shouldn’t change anything. Yes, it’s easy, but the insurance company might be able to declare that the act of changing settings is non-compliant (or they could claim that you’re not in compliance because you changed your settings). You might lose coverage or at the least have a lot of explaining to do.
When should you do this? My best guess is only if you’re not dealing with an insurance company or if you don’t have to report compliance data to any other party.
I hope this information helps. If you’re not sure then just contact your DME or sleep doctor.
A little over a week ago I decided to look at getting a different type of mask. I knew there was room for improvement, especially after having some bad nights. I also wanted to have at least one spare mask around. Trying to get through even one night without it would be very difficult.
A couple of weeks ago I started tracking how I felt after a night of sleep using a calendar. I’ve since graduated to maintaining an Excel spreadsheet that logs this information using a scale of zero to five (zero = severe fatigue, five = well rested). A couple of days ago I started checking the morning’s effectiveness stats and recording that in the same spreadsheet.