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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
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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…"
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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
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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…"
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"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"
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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
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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

My nose is really sore from sneezing and blowing my nose.  I use the pillow-type cpap and need something to put on/in my nose that won't ruin the nose pillows.

Does anyone have a suggestion?

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Ayr gel can help smooth and repair I believe.  sold at any walgreens, CVS, etc.   will not ruin the nose pillows as far as i know.

I, too, use nose pillows. When I have a cold, I use an unscented moisturiser - Eucerin is good. If you use it throughout the day (not just a bed time), you should find that your nose is getting much less hard and cracked, and your nose pillows much more comfortable. I haven't had any issues with damaging the nose pillows, but *do* wash your nose pillows and hose daily during a cold (if you don't already!), to help prevent prolonging the cold by reinfection (or follow-on sinusitis - learned that the hard way!). One of the benefits that I find with CPAP - colds don't last as long as they used to, thanks to the hurricane blowing in my nose and giving me better sleep than with a cold before CPAP.

When I have a really stuffy cold I have to sleep in a recliner, even with CPAP, just to keep my airway open.

Hope you get over your cold soon!

Thanks for the info, Richard.  I'll give it a try.  I can't use any allergy meds beccause they give me awful anxiety attacks so I'm sort of stuck. 

Rita 

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Lanolin works well.

I was told not to use lanolin by someone in the forum, so now I just use dry skin lotion, whatever I have handy.  They all work.  I was also told not to use anything that has a conditioner in it.  I think that came from the Swift FX for her info booklet.

Thanks for replying.

My understanding is that anything with petroleum products such as vasoline or some lotions should not be used as this may breakdown the silicone. Be careful that the lotions are not scented if you're appying right before CPAP. 

Many users have found lanolin (best is the Lansinoh brand, the NOW brand was yellow &sticky) to soothe and use a very tiny dab just before CPAP and helps seal the pillow. Ayr is simply saline, water soluble, but did not work for me. Be careful with any of these products as the air pressure could drive any larger amount down to your lungs.

If lotions and gels are out, you might ask if water-soluble lubricants (like KY, typically used on other, more intimate body parts) might work. I haven't tried them, but the basic versions are unscented and contain no petroleum products. *All* products have a risk of interactions, use any product with care. I have skin problems with synthetics and wool (so lanoliin can be an issue), but that's *my* skin, not yours - your nose and internals are different than other people's, so be careful using anything new, especially when you're going to have your nose in contact with it, and also inhale it, all night!

Hi Rita, Clear vegatable glycerine by" now" products has been helpfull and is non harmfull.Good Sleep,Chris

That's a good point, Richard. Lanolin does have hypersensitivity issues, so maybe put the product on the skin first unless you've been previously using lanolin creams without reaction. My experience was that the water soluble products such as Ayr did not lubricate enough. Chris, if you tried the vegetable glycerine product to prevent pillow irritation, I might try this next.. pillow irritation is a chronic problem for me.

I can not use Ayr, it bothers my nose. I will find the vegetable glycerine product and give it a try to have something else to use. Thanks

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