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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.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
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Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Mike, you need to learn a bit of technique, it sounds like to me. No way that didge is going to play/feel like a big-bore C# molded plastic unit. Relax and call Pablo, man!   ;-)"
Mar 1, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"A few thoughts:"Circular breathing"  is fun, and when you get it you'll feel like you're "in the club." Which is cool, and I don't doubt that CB can be a helpful part of the technique as far as OSA is…"
Feb 29, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Wow, Mike, enjoy that new stick. What changed your mind?"
Feb 29, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Cool: 612-521-4308.What does your lip do when you try? "
Feb 18, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Well, a few things: The network website only went live a couple months ago. LA Outback is a didg dealer in LA, nice guys. But we're not competitors. I'm not a vendor, I only stock some sticks for my students and friends. And the ones we…"
Feb 18, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Thanks, Mike and Marcia. Marcia, if you call me I can easily describe an exercise that will let you try circular breathing.Mary, I think there's much more to instrument selection than sales details. There are poor choices: If a beginner gets a…"
Feb 18, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Hah, sounds like you have it all figured out, Mike!  ;-)Cheapest usable option: those black tubes golfers stick in their bags to keep their clubs from clanging. $2-3 bucks at a sporting goods store. "
Feb 17, 2012
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Feb 17, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"I've been asked to watch posting links. That's why I deleted links from my post above. So if anyone wants didgeridoo recommendations, please contact me directly."
Feb 17, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"We stock these: http://didgeridoostore.com/didgeridoo_modern2.htm and also the 1-piece version in D (flared didges at the bottom of http://didgeridoostore.com/didgeridoo_modern1.htm ) . I prefer these for a variety of reasons: they sound…"
Feb 17, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Yeah, the tuba just doesn't use the same techniques as the didg. But most didges are played with a relatively loose embouchure, when compared to say, a trumpet. They tend to be more like a trombone, baritone or bass. If you need one, I can…"
Feb 17, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"I used to have OSA, never used a machine but I don't have it anymore. FWIW, I also perform and teach Tuvan Throat-Singing and did long before taking up the didg, but that didn't help (I believe). Those styles of singing use the tongue and…"
Feb 17, 2012
Steve Sklar replied to Judy's discussion Bananas, Didgeridoos and now Surface Lubricants and OSA
"Hi,  Actually, the didgeridoo can help some people.  I invite you to visit us for more info at http://sleepapneadidgeridoo.com Thanks,Steve "
Feb 16, 2012
Steve Sklar is now a member of SleepGuide
Feb 16, 2012

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At 10:10am on February 17, 2012, Mary Z said…

Steve,  as a member of the SleepGuide Crew I would like to welcome you to the forum. SleepGuide is all about helping each other navigate the world of sleep apnea and its treatment. We have some experts on the forum, but it's mostly users supporting other users and families/friends.  We're here to help you understand and take charge of your own treatment, solve problems and pass on tips and tricks to other members.  A forum is only as successful as it's members make it by posting- a short intro would be great, or responding to others threads.  An easy way to keep track of all the current discussions is from the main page.

Glad to have you, Steve.   I don't know how many musicians we have on the forum, but your instrument has certainly been discussed.

Mary Z.

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