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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…"
Monday
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'm not sure what's causing it but when using my CPAP with a humidifier, I wake up numerous times with a out of control cough. So now instead of my snoring waking my wife up, I wake her up with a nasty cough. The cough is so bad that I have to remove the CPAP and go sleep in another room. One way or another I'm not solving my sleep apnea problem. Somebody please offer a solution, I'm constantly exhausted and can't take it anymore!

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Cpap tends to focus air more intensely so maybe you are getting a bigger dose of allergens. Do you use the humidifier. Maybe you are drying out. I have allergies  and ashtma and so keep a cough drop in the drawer of my bedside table. Calms the cough. And yup, go to sleep with it in my mouth. In many, many years, I've never once choked on one.

Thanks for your reply. I'm thinking maybe too much humidity because I feel like I'm swallowing some fluid or maybe it just seems that way. I was going to try cutting the humidifier moisture level down. What do you think?
I can try the cough drop. I'll respond to which method works if any.
Thanks

It's possible that it does need to come down. I have mine all the way up because my nose stays so stuffy.

Alan Gurwitz said:

Thanks for your reply. I'm thinking maybe too much humidity because I feel like I'm swallowing some fluid or maybe it just seems that way. I was going to try cutting the humidifier moisture level down. What do you think?
I can try the cough drop. I'll respond to which method works if any.
Thanks

Depending on the humidity level where you live, you may not even need the humidifier.  To use it in just passover mode turn it off and just let the air pass over the water- you may need less humidity.  If you're having to move to another room take the CPAP with you- I know it's a lot of trouble.  Maybe temporarily set up in another room until you get the caough under control.

I'm quite sure Upstate NY is dry in the winter. I tried the cough drop technique and it did not help. I am still coughing too often to sleep well and disturbing my wife. I can take the CPAP in another room but I'm still not sure whether to increase or decrease the humidity. I will experiment.
Thanks.

That's the logical thing to do.

Alan Gurwitz said:

I'm quite sure Upstate NY is dry in the winter. I tried the cough drop technique and it did not help. I am still coughing too often to sleep well and disturbing my wife. I can take the CPAP in another room but I'm still not sure whether to increase or decrease the humidity. I will experiment.
Thanks.

Benadryl is somewhat of a cough suppressant and will also help you sleep.  A vist to the doc may be in order if this doesn't start to clear up.  The only thing you can do with the humidifier is start at a point and move up or down until you find the sweet spot. The humidifier and cough may not be conected though.

Get the humidified version.  If already have it, there is eucalyptus oil that can be added to your water or to your pad.  Says not to add stuff to your cpap but you will have to be frugal with the application  I can imagine one or two drops would go a long way and purchase quality vs quanity.  Oh also you could be allergic to the WHITE cpap filter.  I know I am.  Cant use it, I can only use the black filter.

Keep in mind that anything you add to your humidifier you will be breathing.  Nothing but distilled water is recommended. The aromatherapy pads are fine.

Well, night before last, I woke up with a coughing fit that took two hours out of my sleep. Grrrr. Given that this has happened the last few nights, I decided that despite the humidity keeping my nose clear, perhaps I was having too much of a good thing. I turned it down a notch from 5 to 4 and no coughing or choking at all. I was a bit stuffier but not so I couldn't breathe.

Alan Gurwitz said:

I'm quite sure Upstate NY is dry in the winter. I tried the cough drop technique and it did not help. I am still coughing too often to sleep well and disturbing my wife. I can take the CPAP in another room but I'm still not sure whether to increase or decrease the humidity. I will experiment.
Thanks.

Tell me about the aromatherapy pads. I'm not sure what you are talking about with all the congestion I experience, it sounds interesting.

Mary Z said:

Keep in mind that anything you add to your humidifier you will be breathing.  Nothing but distilled water is recommended. The aromatherapy pads are fine.

I do have acid reflux. However I have been on Omeprazole (generic form of Prilosec) prescription and CPAP for quite sometime and have-not coughed until recently. I take one Omeprazole in the morning and one at bedtime. I don't get heartburn anymore so I assume it is working. I did not know that CPAP can make acid reflux worse. I guess I need to look into that. Thanks.

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