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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…"
yesterday
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
Monday
ZolliStar posted a discussion
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
richard graham posted a discussion

sick again

It seems like I am sick with colds more often when I'm on the CPAP. Anybody experience that.
Apr 30
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Apr 20
i have been diagnosed with mild-moderate apnea. unable to use cpap, scheduled for surgery in june. but my question is this: is anxiety/depression a normal symptom of apnea or is someone experiencing this as well? does it improve after surgery? i know everyone is different but just would like some input if anyone can. thanks

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Hi Jeannie,
While I didn't suffer from diagnosed depression prior to *PAP treatment, it would only seem reasonable to assume one would. The severity would vary with the individual.

Your body is suffering from sleep deprivation, which results in all kinds of stresses being placed on the normal bodily functions. This is but one of the severe side effects of sleep apnea, which could lead to death.

The fact that your system can't properly rest along with external stresses, just compound the situation resulting in a vicious cycle, which continually escalates. Your mind is constantly running in different directions.

I am interested in hearing why *PAP failed with you.

Does it improve post surgical? You can do nothing but hope and pray. If it relieves the ill effects you are currently suffering, I would say you should see a reduction in the anxiety level. Sleep does relieve stress.

A positive mind set going into the procedure will assist you in handling the stresses. Talking with other helps calm the nervousness you are suffering. Handle one crisis at a time.

Everyone here has an ear to lend and a shoulder to cry on. We might even throw our 2 cents worth in to help.

Please keep us updated. You experiences always help someone else who may be walking the same path.
Dan Lyons said:
Hi Jeannie,
While I didn't suffer from diagnosed depression prior to *PAP treatment, it would only seem reasonable to assume one would. The severity would vary with the individual.

Your body is suffering from sleep deprivation, which results in all kinds of stresses being placed on the normal bodily functions. This is but one of the severe side effects of sleep apnea, which could lead to death.

The fact that your system can't properly rest along with external stresses, just compound the situation resulting in a vicious cycle, which continually escalates. Your mind is constantly running in different directions.

I am interested in hearing why *PAP failed with you.

Does it improve post surgical? You can do nothing but hope and pray. If it relieves the ill effects you are currently suffering, I would say you should see a reduction in the anxiety level. Sleep does relieve stress.

A positive mind set going into the procedure will assist you in handling the stresses. Talking with other helps calm the nervousness you are suffering. Handle one crisis at a time.

Everyone here has an ear to lend and a shoulder to cry on. We might even throw our 2 cents worth in to help.

Please keep us updated. You experiences always help someone else who may be walking the same path.
Hey Dan, thanks for the input. I was never able to use the CPAP because I felt like I was smothering rather than getting more air. I tried different masks and nose pieces, but just was never good with any of it. I'm not anxious to have surgery by any means, I only want to rest. I've been battling with this for a number of years now and it only seems to be getting worse. Both my doctors have explained the post surgery, but I just can't go on like this any more.
Jeannie, anxiety and depression are all too common with sleep apnea. have you seen this article on the connection between sleep apnea and depression?

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