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ZolliStar replied to Fred's discussion CPAP - cure worse than the disease
"I'm wondering: what prompted you to consider whether you have sleep apnea in the first place? Also, waking throughout the night isn't uncommon especially as we (*sigh*) age.  I seem to every 90 minutes or so. This pattern probably…"
Saturday
ZolliStar replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"You can try this website:  http://zyppah.com/ I have a MAD (mandibular advancement device). Dr. Steven Park evaluated my mouth and throat (not everyone can use a MAD, it turns out) and pronounced me a candidate for it. The truth?  I…"
Saturday
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"The link didn't work so me so I couldn't see the product.  I do have experience with a supposedly reliable boil and bite device.  I should know by now I have a small mouth and nothing regular size fits.  I don't think…"
Saturday
richard graham replied to ZolliStar's discussion New mouth device on the market
"If I thought something could work other than this lousy cpap that would be awesome"
May 22
richard graham posted a status
"I moved and have been sick a lot and can't use cpap because of cough and I'm depressed a lot"
Apr 26
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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Apr 13
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

How many of you have actually talked to a Sleep Technologist?

I am not talking about the night of your study either. Forums do not count. I mean a face to face conversation with an educated Sleep Technologist about sleep.

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Never. Not me.
Well, even on my very first sleep study back in 1994, I got a good education from the tech who was hooking me up and I've observed that happening with techs at other labs. But given the way we're hooked up, that might not count as "face to face"!

Luckily I've had the privilege of doing this numerous times with sleep techs I've known whether it be at AWAKE meetings or after.

I've been privileged to be active in the field of sleep apnea awareness for a long time and know a fair number of sleep technologists - I even took a week long course on becoming a sleep tech back in 2003. As you may know, I now represent the "public" as one of the directors for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

What I find to be more rare than talking to the sleep tech is the folks who have ever had an opportunity to talk to a sleep physician!
Dave, what our the requirements to become a certified sleep physician? It is nice to see a representative of the BRPT here.

Dave Hargett said:
Well, even on my very first sleep study back in 1994, I got a good education from the tech who was hooking me up and I've observed that happening with techs at other labs. But given the way we're hooked up, that might not count as "face to face"!

Luckily I've had the privilege of doing this numerous times with sleep techs I've known whether it be at AWAKE meetings or after.

I've been privileged to be active in the field of sleep apnea awareness for a long time and know a fair number of sleep technologists - I even took a week long course on becoming a sleep tech back in 2003. As you may know, I now represent the "public" as one of the directors for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

What I find to be more rare than talking to the sleep tech is the folks who have ever had an opportunity to talk to a sleep physician!
I haven't -- but hey we have you Rock!!
uh, every day and night.... i am a sleep tech... RPSGT.
Never... and not even the DR. in two years.
I have several times. Since I am in the business, I enjoy talking shop with any person who is in the Sleep Medicine industry.
I attend conferences and meetings every chance I get to learn more.I call and discuss issues with professionals in the sleep medicine field and I have joined the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as the National Sleep Foundation and the Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine. I also receive several publications related to the field and read as many articles written by experts as I can.
I have met some sleep Techs face to face who were very dedicated to the field and some who just go through the motions. I feel there is much growth to be made in the field for understanding the entire picture. I am talking to the Sleep Doctors, the Sleep Labs, the DMEs, and the manufacturers of the equipment, and then of course the patients who are trying to get the best health care for their sleep apnea and related conditions. This field is booming and the laws regarding the diagnosis and treatment are always changing. There are challenges behind the scenes that the patients are not aware of, and of course we know there are issues that the patients face that the professionals are just beginning to address.
This field has far to go before it is really working well on all fronts.

Karen
The guy that runs the local hospital sleep lab came and spoke at the last AWAKE meeting....and answered a bunch of questions....
Rock, in the ideal world, when, how often and under what circumstances would we patients speak to a Sleep Technologist?
The only person I talked too is my doctor ,who is also a lung specialist.To tell you the truth I think this is taking them by storm and they need more studies.
That is a good question Mike. One that I can't answer. A better question would be why isn't there more of a dialogue between the RPSGT and the sleep patient. It seems to me that the majority of the sleep knowledge is locked away in the lab from 7pm to 7am. In my opinion the RPSGT holds about 60% of the sleep knowledge with the physicians holding the rest. If the patient is denied access to the sleep doc or tech then who is educating them?
well geeh ummm I guess so since I hand with my fellow sleep techs at meetings and stuff. But I can tell you it does not matter where I am I always end up talking about sleep. I love to help people

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