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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
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

while wearing the cpap with the nose plugs (not the face mask) phobia & will not wear it.  I awoke suddenly and coul dnot breathe, sweating and heart pounding. I attributed it to my opening my mouth while asleep. Scared me silly. I tried again to sleep, same thing happened tht nite and for the following two nites.  I was given a chin strap to try & hold my mouth closed, which did no good. Finally, I just gave up on the machine, since I wasn't getting any sleep anyway. Any suggestions?

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Well said jnk!
You can try desensitizing yourself to the mask and the pressure. If you havent already tried, try sitting in front of the tv set with the mask on and the machine going for a little while every night before you go to sleep. I can help you get used to the pressure and the mask. It may not work but it is worth a try to help you feel better in the morning. Dont get too discouraged and dont be hard on yourself if you dont tolerate it right away. Hang in there and good luck.
Were it while watching tv or reading. Try a little at a time, telling yourself you will keep it on a little longer each time. Many of us took time to get used to wearing if every night all night. Don't give up, just work with it not against it.
I have no suggestions, although initially I thought that any kind of mask was going to cause my Claustrophobia to kick in and when I told the doctor, he said there were mild sedative he could prescribe, if it did. It hasn't yet but what you describe is exactly what my sleep technician said could happen to me in the Sleep Lab, and she made sure I knew how to get the mask off in a hurry, should it happen. She said it wasn't unusual at all.

I think you got some useful suggestion from others and all I've got to say is, "Don't give up. You can do this.!"

And with all these people to help you out, it will be easier than you think!

Good Luck!
Hi I went through the same thing. I have allergys so I had to get a full face mask so I can breathe either way. I would put it on then walk myself through the can't breathe stages by focusing on my breathing in and out. I couldnt use the chin strap. I would still some times wake up in the middle of the night and jerk the mask off but always put it back on and talked myself through since I knew I was still breathing. It just takes time. Good luck and hang in there
I'm brand new but could you perhaps change to the type of mask that I use? It's called a nasal mask vented. I could not tolerate, for more than an hour, the type of mask that shot the air straight up my nostrils. It hurt and I don't know how people do it. I know I mentioned getting an anti-anxiety drug from your doctor but first I wonder if you shouldn't try a different type of mask.

See how much I've learned in a few days?

I feel for you as I'm the queen of claustrophobia but if I can wear a mask, you can, too. You just need to start at the beginning.

Good luck to you!
It adds to your fear when you have trouble trying to breath threw a stopped up nose. That was why I got a full face. I tried for 2 weeks with tha nasal one and couldnt handle it. I'm also claustrophobic but can handle the full face. That stupid chin strap just added to the fear. gl
Good ideas here already. I was also wondering if the pressure was right for you. I had been using my mask religiously for years when last spring I started waking up with my mouth open. It was weird. (I also use nasal pillow mask.) Turned out that I'd gained 5-10 lbs since my sleep study and needed to up my pressure. I also found during that time that my pressure needs are VERY different when I'm lying down and when I'm sitting up. Sitting up I only needed about an 8. Lying down I was up to a 12. Having my pressure too high (like when I was sleeping in a recliner due to a hip injury) I found that I would wake with my mouth open too. That's why I'm hoping to get an apap that will auto adjust my pressure, but that's going to be a long fight I think.

Good luck with finding an answer. It's definitely worth doing some trial and error and detective work.
A mild sleep aid may help you with this problem.

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