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Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
Sep 1
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Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
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Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
Mary Z replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I've been doing well.  I think you were going to try the cpap without humidity- did that help at all?  I haven't had a cold for a couple of years."
May 14
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"CPAP seems to cause stuffiness in many of us.  ANother reason I hate it so much!Do you rinse your nose with saline once a day…maybe before you go to bed for the night? "
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do wake up stuffed up most days"
May 5
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I do have non allergic rhinitis. Now I'm thinking that's probably it because I only feel that way for a day or 2. Thank you"
May 4
Ginny Edmundson replied to richard graham's discussion sick again
"I have been lucky.  Not one cold past three years. Could some of your problem be allergies?"
May 4
Hope this does not act as a jinx...lol I usually suffer from seasonal allergies and have sinus issues. Since beginning CPAP therapy my nasal passages have been wonderfully clear..has the CPAP contributed to this?

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Ralph, I am absolutely CERTAIN that CPAP has contributed significantly to your improved nasal passages!!!!!

LOL!

You know darn well I have no freakin' idea what I'm talking about!!! But I'm happy for you if you're feeling better--THAT'S true!!

Susan McCord :-)
Ralph,

I have had patients that tell me the same thing but it's uncommon. In general, like the other posters, it gets worse temporarily.What you're describing is probably explained by the fact that your chronic rhinitis (or non-allergic rhinitis) condition is improved since using CPAP. This is a neurological imbalance of the involuntary nervous system. Many sleep apnea patients by definition have this and it can present as allergies. It responds somewhat to allergy medications so you don't know what you're treating. It's been shown in a recent study that people with laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (and obstructive sleep apnea) have a relative hypoactive state of the sympathetic nervous system in the nose, with a relative hyperactive parasympathetic nasal nervous system. This is what makes the nose chronically stuffy or runny. The CPAP machine's humidification and filtration system helps too.
Thanks, Dr. Park! It's great to have you on SG, per usual, always with something truly helpful to contribute.

Hey, you guys, check out his book. It's called "Sleep Interrupted"--you'll find it on our SleepGuide Book Club site, along with several other books written by member of SG and others. All have been screened and are worth a look.

Susan McCord
Thank you for your concise reply. I appreciate your taking the time to provide an explanation.

Steven Y. Park, MD said:
Ralph,

I have had patients that tell me the same thing but it's uncommon. In general, like the other posters, it gets worse temporarily.What you're describing is probably explained by the fact that your chronic rhinitis (or non-allergic rhinitis) condition is improved since using CPAP. This is a neurological imbalance of the involuntary nervous system. Many sleep apnea patients by definition have this and it can present as allergies. It responds somewhat to allergy medications so you don't know what you're treating. It's been shown in a recent study that people with laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (and obstructive sleep apnea) have a relative hypoactive state of the sympathetic nervous system in the nose, with a relative hyperactive parasympathetic nasal nervous system. This is what makes the nose chronically stuffy or runny. The CPAP machine's humidification and filtration system helps too.

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