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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
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
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
Sep 29
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
Sep 29
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Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
Sep 25
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
Sep 25
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"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
about 40-60% of sleep apnea patient are unable to use cpap because of complete intolerance. out the rest 80% of the do not comply with the recommendations and the time on cpap for more than a year. these are compelling stats about a condition that still has to find a consistent and friendly approach. one of the most common causes of poor compliance is the presence of nasal congestion that for some people is even difficult to identify as the main  cause of the difficulty tolerating the mask. indeed nasal congestion can aggravate sleep apnea by increasing the negative pressure necessary to maintain air flow in the nasopharynx and also increasing the positive pressure during cpap. what is the experience of more seasoned users of cpap in regards with the management of nasal congestion during cpap use?

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I've been using my cpap for almost 6 years and cannot sleep (breathe) without it because of the nasal 'congestion' in addition to the obstruction.  I cannot use a mask, and use pillows.  When the congestion gets really bad, I also put on breathe rite strips.  If I could wear the strips 24/7, I would.  One surgeon said my turbinates collapse, and could be rectified by surgery.  I asked 3 others who had had the surgery if it was successful, 2 people told me that it worked for a while then gradually went back.  I've also found that dairy increases the congestion, and bizarre as it may sound, make my ears ring.

I find a prescription nasal spray, or on occasion, Afrin relieves my nasal congestion.  I also use a Total Face Mask (the FFM break down the bridge of my nose) which enables me to breathe through my mouth as well as my nose when  the congestion clears.  I agree the mask is the achilles heel of CPAP.  However I think those of us with severe symptoms and health consequences are more likely to make the commitment to work through all problems- including the mask and nasal congestion.

Doing research, such as figuring out dairy is the source of some problems is an example of commitment.

Hi Cesar,

               Do you have vasomotor or allergic rhinitis?

               Do you have a heated humidifier?

               Do you have a room ioniser/ filter?

               Is your machine filter replaced in a timly fashion?

               Are you using enough humidity? (Distilled water)??

                                                            Good Sleep,Chris



Chris H said:

Hi Cesar,

               Do you have vasomotor or allergic rhinitis?

               Do you have a heated humidifier?

               Do you have a room ioniser/ filter?

               Is your machine filter replaced in a timly fashion?

               Are you using enough humidity? (Distilled water)??

                                                            Good Sleep,Chris

hi chris thank you for your replay. i have chronic perennial rhinitis and i use allergy shots. when i was diagnosed of sleep apnea 4 mo ago. i thought this was no longer problem. but after i started using the cpap there were some nights that i need more pressure in the resmed to above 14 and i usually was doing fine with 12. i thought it was the mask getting old with the leakage but later i realized i had nasal congestion that likely oblige me to be a mouth breather. i use a full face mask. i started using nasal steroids with modest results. needless to mention the frustrations of trying to figure out what was going on. further research indicates this is a very common problem that apparently does not have easy solution. i am to the point of contemplating oral appliances or surgery. albeit my ahi is 30 and OA may not works as good. it is funny but my BMI is 25 and i always had athletic training. in any event thank you for your answer and concern.

Hi Cesar, 

Are you using a heated humidifier?

 Have you cranked up the humidity?

  Is the machine filter clean?

What are you cleaning your mask with??

Poorly treated apnea means you are going to have more stress hormones and that makes weight even more difficult to deal with.

How much caffein and how close to bed time are you eating?

Keep at it ,Good Sleep,Chris

hi chris

i use a resmed 9 with humidity at 3. i found out that higher condensates with in the mask. i also has dry mouth syndrome that makes more difficult to deal with mouth breathing.

i was cleaning the silicone cushion with alcohol but i found out it was not advisable now i just use soap and water.

i need to get new filters. no caffeine at night only during the day. i eat about 1 hr before bed time.

Hi Cesar,

   If you cover your hose it wont condense in it as soon so you can crank up the humidity.

   Simple soap with no perfumes and hot water is fine.

   Eating  1 hour before bed is not enough time for things to be settled . I know a busey schedual makes it difficult .  

 Good Sleep,Chris            

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