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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
Kay Day left a comment for Kay Day
"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
Mary Z posted a discussion

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. 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

My Dog Snores

Trying to get her to wear CPAP too.

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Comment by Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN on October 5, 2009 at 11:01pm
It should be easier working with dogs/cats (with their shorter life spans) to get some answers regarding the question of OSA = AD. I would think a vet school might jump at the chance to take on the project. When proven, I can see the animal PAP machines and masks flying off the shelves because nothing will stand in the way of an devoted pet lover intent on getting the best for his/her beloved pet. This is in contrast to some of us humans who too often take a less than enthusiastic "la dee da" attitude toward OSA.
There are not any CPAP masks or other interfaces for dogs to my knowledge. Are you listening ResMed? It seems a little far fetched, but how about the dogs doing scuba diving with their water/air tight masks we have seen on the animal channel? And then there is always the possibility of treating with a trach with a plugged stent.
If your dog or cat snores, then in my opinion he/she is at risk for CDS or what is equivalent to Alzheimer's Disease in humans. It is time to find out exactly what is going on and if what I suspect proves to be true, then we must do whatever it takes to put a stop to it.
Comment by BeeAsleep on October 4, 2009 at 10:28pm
My little dog snores so loud I thought my husband was snoring right through his CPAP...nope, it was the little doggie girl under the bed. The vet said that dogs throats get loose with age and collapse, sound familiar? I don't think she will let me strap a CPAP to her little muzzle.
Comment by Mike on October 4, 2009 at 9:58pm
To be honest, yeah, i was just messing around / joking. But I like the way you are thinking about this Dr. Jones. I'll read the link you gave us. Very interesting.
Comment by susan mccord on October 4, 2009 at 8:56pm
Wouldn't surprise me ONE BIT if the vets beat the MDs to the punch!!!

Comment by susan mccord on October 4, 2009 at 8:55pm
Irma! CPUP?? LMAO!!!!!!!

Now THAT is FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan McCord :-p)
Comment by susan mccord on October 4, 2009 at 8:51pm
So is she compliant?????????

She doesn't look all that thrilled with your intervention, Mike! I'm just sayin'
Comment by Mack D Jones, MD, SAAN on October 4, 2009 at 4:30pm
Mike, I assume the mask and head gear around your dog were just props for the effect of humor in the photo. But I have been wondering for some time do snoring dogs have sleep apnea and if so what are the long term effects. Do they suffer the same health disasters that we do? Do they have what might be the equivalent of Alzheimer's Disease?
I googled the question and found out that sleep apnea is common in dogs and cats. Not too surprising to me was the finding that both cats and dogs suffer from a medical condition known as canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) which causes disorientation, confusion, memory loss and personality changes that are very similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. Canine Cognitive Dysfunction is sometimes referred to as "old dog syndrome", "brain aging", "doggie dementia" or "senility" according to Sandy Moyer Beta amyloid plaques, similar to those in AD patients, are found in brain specimens.
Could OSA in animals cause what is equivalent to Alzheimer's Disease? I believe so. Here is something to ponder: When canine and feline lovers learn that OSA is the cause of CDS how long do you think to take them to get treatment for their pets? Will the veterinarians be the first to make the association of OSA to AD? Will they beat the medical establishment to the discovery which will lead to the end of AD in both humans and other animals? It's going to get interesting. Oh, and what about the other animals in the animal kingdom? I boggles the mind.
Comment by Irma Kulikowski on January 6, 2009 at 11:24pm
Think he needs CPUP:)
Comment by Tracy Leask on January 2, 2009 at 3:39am
Mine snores too - it's comforting when the hubby is out of town.
Comment by E.M. on December 30, 2008 at 2:00am
What a good puppy for letting you put that on her. Now only if there was a way to help puppies when they snore.

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