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Fred posted a discussion

CPAP - cure worse than the disease

It's ironic that before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2000, I had no problem sleeping 8-9 hours a night. If I did wake up during the night, I had no problem falling right back to sleep, and I wasn't tired during the day.From the first night I brought home the CPAP I haven't had one decent night's sleep. Not one. I don't have any problem falling asleep, but I can't stay asleep. At first I was waking up after 4-5 hours and couldn't get back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now it's more like…See More
Apr 13
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ZolliStar posted a discussion

New mouth device on the market

I've been hearing advertising for this product over the past few days.  It's sold as something to help snoring, but as I look at the information it seems to me that it would work just as well as my mandibular advancement device (MAD).In other words, this could help some of us with sleep apnea.Read about it here.Anybody have any thoughts about this?  See More
Mar 31
99 replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"Hi Richard I mainly use an empty humidifier as it reduces noise"
Feb 16
richard graham left a comment for richard graham
"When I can afford it I'd like to get New machine with heated tube"
Feb 10
richard graham replied to Mary Z's discussion AHI finally under five.
"I would like to see this forum active again as well. I will be more aware of what's going on"
Feb 10
ZolliStar posted a discussion

If you have trouble falling asleep....

I thought that when I got my sleep apnea diagnosis, that -- at last! -- all my sleep problems had come to an end.Ha!I have trouble falling asleep. Indeed, I rarely feel sleepy at night although I do feel tired. I even cut back on computer at night, etc., etc. (and installed f.lux on my computer) but I still had trouble. Now I'm doing something different: wearing special glasses (Uvex S1933X Skyper Safety Eyewear glasses). They block out the blue -- and they're making a difference! First I tried…See More
Feb 1
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"i have purchased some silver the make my own colloidal silver"
Dec 21, 2014
99 replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"just add to the distilled water it is antimicrobial eg cleans your machine and is beneficial for keeping you healthy  from bugs germs viruses you get the picture and when you need to clean the humidifier out, put water on your plants the silver…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"If the heated tube works with your machine I would try that.  They also make covers for your tubing which may help some.  I think the heated tube may be your answer.  Keep us posted."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Richard, some folks just use the humidifier in a Passover mode.  They just don't turn it on, but let the air pick up moisture without heat."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to 99's discussion colloidal silver
"99, where have you been?  Do you add the colloidal silver to your humidifier?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"I Andy, I realize I'm months behind your post.  I have no idea why your S8 would stoop collecting data.  I'm glad to hear  you're having such improvement with your apnea.  I have made great strides since I changed…"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?
"Andy, just found your post.  I don't know anything about this new machine.  How are you liking your new ResMed?"
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for Kay Day
"Kay, I haven't been around myself and miss the old, active forum."
Dec 21, 2014
Mary Z left a comment for richard graham
"Hi Richard,  I don't bother with a humidifier.  Someone on the forum suggested not using it and I'm a lot less congested without it.  A good AHI is under 5.  I use the Wisp and have been since it came out.  I think…"
Dec 21, 2014
hifay replied to Mary Z's discussion Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis
"Always something. Thanks for the information."
Dec 21, 2014
99 posted a discussion

colloidal silver

a humidifier can be used with colloidal silverthis can keep the humidifier clean for day maybe weeks or longer without the need to clean the humidifiersilver colloidal is antimicrobial and you could just top up your humidifier without cleaning and at the same time treat your bodyor you just put silver on it own into the humidifierSee More
Dec 20, 2014
richard graham posted a status
"I feel like the humidifier is making me feel yucky and I'm waking up hacking and having to clear my throat a lot for a while."
Nov 3, 2014
richard graham posted a discussion

what's a good AHI?

I've been using and auto and it says my AHI HAS been between 4 and 6 and wondering what's a good range.
Nov 2, 2014

CPAP Compliance Better When Titrations Include Sedatives

If you are administered sedatives during your titration sleep study, you have a better shot at long-term compliance after the study, a new study shows... thought this was of interest:

by David Douglas

Last Updated: 2009-11-16 16:34:05 -0400 (Reuters Health)

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Giving sedatives during continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) titration will improve patients' subsequent compliance, researchers report in the November issue of Chest.

"Obstructive sleep apnea is becoming increasingly prevalent," lead investigator Dr. Christopher J. Lettieri told Reuters Health. "CPAP remains the treatment of choice for most patients. Unfortunately many people are intolerant of CPAP initially because they find it uncomfortable or because they have a difficult time falling asleep with it on."

"Once they become accustomed to CPAP," he added, "their adherence is typically very good. However, many people discontinue the use of CPAP early on and never get to this point."

Dr. Lettieri and his colleagues at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC randomized 117 patients to receive a 2-week course of 3 mg of eszopiclone or placebo during CPAP titration. Ninety-eight patients completed the study.

Eszopiclone produced significant improvements in mean sleep efficiency, total sleep time and the number of residual obstructive events seen at the final CPAP titration, compared to placebo.

Over the first 4 to 6 weeks, the active-treatment group showed significantly better compliance. They used CPAP on a higher percentage of nights (75.9% versus 60.1%) and for more hours per night (4.8 versus 3.9 hours).

Intent-to-treat analysis, which assumed that subjects who did not return for follow-up did not use CPAP at all, still showed a tendency toward greater compliance in the premedication group.

"Not only did they use it more, but less of them discontinued CPAP," Dr. Lettieri said.

"Given the prevalence of sleep apnea and the common difficulties patients have with CPAP, this and other interventions aimed at improving the initial experience with CPAP may help improve adherence," he concluded.

Chest 2009;136:1263-1268.
http://www.rtmagazine.com/reuters_article.asp?id=20091116clin014.html
Copyright Reuters 2009.

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What I have trouble understanding is why in this day and age w/computers in so many homes and computer use required on so many jobs and therefore so many computer literate people in this country rather than getting anxious and in a twit when a sleep study is suggested or they have completed their sleep evaluation PSG and are awaiting their titration PSG WHY they don't get on the computer and look up OSA and polysomnography and end up in these forums and relieve so much of their anxiety.

My husband is one of "those" people who just does what the doctor says and doesn't question anything and drives me up a wall!!! I do NOT understand people so willnig and content to be so darn IGNORANT of their health condtions and treatment!!!!! My husband has a saying about some people: "He may not be dumb, but he sure is STUIPD!" meaning the person is educated, normal intelligence, etc., etc. but doesn't use his smarts and makes absolutely asinine decisions and mistakes. My husband is NOT dumb - but - when it comes to his medical care he is absolutely STUPID!!!!
This point may be supported
by research demonstrating that an increase in sleep efficiency
(SE) during CPAP titration compared to the diagnostic night
was found to be the only significant predictor of objectively
measured CPAP adherence after controlling for indices of OSA
severity and sleep quality during the diagnostic night. Specifically,
patients who had their SE increase used their machines an
average of 2 hours more per night than those who did not have
their SE increase.
I totally agree Judy.

I know there are several others that have sleep apnea where I teach. I have learned not to discuss it with them cause NOT one can tell you which machine they use, what their pressure is, etc. let alone monitor their therapy. It drives me nuts. How can they not care?
Ahh, SleepyCarol. Our local support group meetings ..... I honestly do NOT know WHY a good number of the members come to the meetings!!! Talk about not knowin' nuttin'!!!

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