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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…"
Monday
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
Monday
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
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"As of now I no longer have to use a chin strap.  I am anxious about the sleep study.  Wondering if I will be able to sleep WITHOUT the CPAP….even thought I hate it it is a part of every night now and is what I am used to.  "
Apr 20

Having Moderate Sleep Apnea is like having had a moderate heart attack: while better than "Severe," it's still dead serious. Mistakenly, my first reaction when getting the diagnosis of Moderate Sleep Apnea was relief. "Well, at least I'm not too far gone," I thought, as I let my guard down and didn't get serious about my Sleep Apnea treatment.

Then I did some research and found out what Moderate Sleep Apnea means.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) defines Moderate Sleep Apnea as having an AHI of greater than 15 but less than 30. AHI, in turn, stands for "Apnea-Hypopnea Index," and is a measure of the total number of times you stop breathing or have shallow breathing during sleep divided by the total number of hours you were asleep. For an an episode of interrupted breathing or shallow breathing to count as a true event, it must last 10 seconds or longer. The bottom line: a "moderate" case of Sleep Apnea means a person stops breathing or has dangerously shallow breathing for more than 10 seconds at a time, on average, 15 to 30 times PER HOUR! Certainly not something to be taken lightly, as this magnitude of Sleep Apnea will usually adversely impact daytime functioning and cardiovascular health.

An AHI of greater than 5 but less than 15 is deemed "mild" sleep apnea; an AHI of greater than 30 indicates "severe" sleep apnea.

If you don't know what your AHI is, find out. Your life might depend on it.

Do you still have questions about Moderate Sleep Apnea?  Post your questions here and we will answer them as best we can: http://www.sleepguide.com/forum/topic/new

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Comment by Mike on March 29, 2009 at 1:13am
Ruth, here's a quick way to tell your friends who suffer with sleep problems (especially apnea) about us: http://www.sleepguide.com/main/invitation/new
Comment by Judy on March 28, 2009 at 8:18pm
Ruth the ResScan 3.7 software is compatable w/the Resmed VPAP Auto 25 which is Resmed's latest and greatest bi-level. So as long as your local DME supplier seems to like to provide Resmed devices AND you INSIST on the VPAP Auto 25 you should be good to go if you got the software and cable reader. IF you are interested e-mail me at downeast at concentric dot com You can see a sample of two of the reporting pages from ResScan 3.7 in the "ResMed Data Report - interpretation request" discussion.
Comment by Mike on March 28, 2009 at 7:42pm
Ruth, there are some very knowledgeable people on here who use the ResScan 3.7 software. I'm sure they'll be able to advise you further. By the way, if you like the site, be sure to shout it out to the world so that people know we exist! We're small, but growing, and not very well known right now.
Comment by Ruth Rayceen on March 28, 2009 at 7:26pm
I have visited several sleep sites, but this is the first with articles written by Sleep Doctors and Sleep Professionals. The articles I have read by patients have are more detailed & professional than others.This article was especially interesting to me. I was previously diagnosed with severe sleep apnea with AHI of 98 per hour. I had UPPP surgery - I would never recomment it, I have complications, and I still have sleep apnea.
My Dec, 08 sleep study reported an AHI of 32 per hour. Because of the large decrease, I have not considered
serious, so I am very appreciative of the information in the article.

I have ResMed 8 Elite ll,and record the stats daily. My last week averaged 24. AI's for the same period were 4.9. This week my AI's average 2.6. . Although the AI's have been under 5, I have been dishearted by my therapy because of the UPPP. The air from the CPAP seems to float around in my mouth, at times fill my cheeks until they puff out.

I don't know if getting ResSkan 3.7 and the download cables would help me moniter my problems areas better.
I have hesitated because my Sleep Doctor has been considering a BIPap. RuthRayceen

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