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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
Sleep Apnea can kill you. There, I said it. I didn't want to say it, because I prefer to emphasize the positive aspects of treating Sleep Apnea rather than dwelling on the negative consequences of not treating it. But some among us will only respond to fear, so for their benefit, I'm putting this stark message "out there."

What's the proof that Sleep Apnea can kill? The study published by Terry Young, Ph.D. and her colleagues at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is particularly convincing and ominous. Back in 1988, Dr. Young rounded up a large group of randomly selected Wisconsinites (about 1,500 people) who agreed to be tested for Sleep Apnea. Dr. Young recorded not only whether they had Sleep Apnea, but also if they did, the level of Sleep Apnea severity. Dr. Young asked this group, known as her "Wisconsin Cohort" group, to agree to be tracked over the years, and they agreed. Fast forward to 2006, when Dr. Young checked in on them. After 18 years, some had passed away, some were still as healthy as they were back in 1988. The key for our purposes is that, controlling for all other factors, the folks who were identified as having severe Sleep Apnea and who did not get treatment for it were three to four times as likely as the others to die from something . . . anything, and five times more likely to die from stroke or cardiovascular disease.

So for those of you who need fear to motivate, are you afraid yet? I would be if I weren't paying attention to my treatment.

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Comment by Mary Z on August 16, 2010 at 10:09am
penny, I'm not afraid of dying. I don't want heart disease, high blood pressure, wt gain, or excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue. It's not the fear of dying that keeps me on CPAP. On the other hand I think it's a shame when someone young with a family and everthing to live for dies for no good reason.
Comment by Jeanna Marie on July 8, 2010 at 1:21am
I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea about 3 years ago. A year after being diagnosed I lost my insurance and thought it was not very important to use the machine and my mask broke. but a week ago found my self gasping for breath when I woke up.. i am going to re-evaluate my stupidity!
Comment by Banyon on February 25, 2010 at 4:31pm
Reggie White's widow set up a foundation in remembrance of Reggie for education about sleep apnea:
Comment by robert on February 25, 2010 at 4:10pm
If we have any football fans in the room, Many would remember a great player by the name os Reggie White. He was an untreated Sleep Apnea patient. He died December 27, 2004 at 43
Comment by Mary Z on February 10, 2010 at 10:12am
Ivette, please tell us more about yourself. Were you actually diagnosed and don't have insurance or $ for treatment? I don't blame you for being afraid. There may be someone on the forum who knows options for getting treatment with donated equipment. Dr. Park comes to mind. He did a teleconference a while back and the gentleman that he talked to knew a number of resources for getting treatment. Someone not long ago gave a CPAP machine away on this forum.

Keep posting and please give us your story, you never know who you might help, or who might help you.

Welcome to Sleepguide,
Mary Z.
Comment by Ivette Vincenty on February 9, 2010 at 10:30pm
I living with the condition with no treatment and every night this idea come to my mind. Actually I only sleep two or three hours in the all night and really I living afraid for this situation
Comment by 99 on February 7, 2010 at 1:35pm
new post are tagged onto the end of a thread
in this post new post are put at the beginging
Comment by Joseph Gardiner on February 7, 2010 at 3:23am
I am suppose to use my cpap and have not its very uncomfortabl and I feel like my apnea is getting worse as a result? can that happen if I continue not using my cpap machine?
Comment by Sherry Melanie Edwards on January 25, 2010 at 9:35pm
My doctor said I have the worst case of sleep apnea he has ever seen. It started many years ago. I would take a nap and my children and husband would notice that I would jump every few minuates. My children were small then. I didn't hear of apnia back then but my husband took me to the doctor and he told him that something was wrong and asked if they have a sleep study in our hospital. I was getting out of bed and sleeping in a recliner. I was sent to a clinic and as a result it changed my life a great deal. I don't believe I would be alive now if it had not been dianosed.I'm a good deal older and still feel like I haven't slept much in the mornings and am tired all the time, as well as not being focused well. BUT I'm alive!!!! My mom died age 55 during her sleep and I believe that she had it also. There were not studies then but she did not sleep well and had to elavate her head at night. My mom told me that my grand mother never slept and would sit up all night, I have been told by my doctor that is it enherited.
Comment by Kevin Barthelemy on January 22, 2010 at 3:32pm
78 times a night? I stop breathing over 200 times an hour. Without my CPAP, the odds are pretty good that I wouldn't live to retire.

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