SparkPeople Sleep Apnea Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10648 A place for those dealing with Sleep Apnea SparkPeople Sleep Apnea Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10648 WINTER 2015 CHAT AND SUPPORT FOR SLEEP APNEA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x60057891 Dear Friends, <BR> Decided to go ahead and get a jump on a new Chat thread for the New Year before we all get crazy with the holiday celebrations. I woke feeling really great this morning, so am assuming it is the extra water and fewer sweets making a difference or maybe the stars and planets are aligned correctly or possibly just a change in atmospheric conditions. Whatever is going on, I intend to embrace it and move forward into health even before the New Year. <BR> <BR> So, my Decembe... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:02:04 EST sleep apnea causes depression. . http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x59790606 Hi, <BR> <BR> Snore... Oh, I'm sorry, I fell asleep! LOL. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I just want to say I experienced something very interesting about four months ago. My Bipap broke and I was waiting for another one close to three weeks. During that time I became very depressed. Some other things were going on in my life so I thought it was that, but in retrospect I realize my depression was sleep apnea related! After approximately a week of using my Bipap machine my depression lifted. I ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:47:20 EST What small change will you make today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x59533049 This is just a place to help make ourselves accountable in order to reach our goals. So go ahead and announce your simple plan(s) to the world, (ok, team)! <BR> <BR> Today I would like to start an organization habit by putting away 10 things a day. Yes this is slow but every journey starts with a single step. <BR> <BR> What will your change be? Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:16:48 EST Have a couple of questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x59284329 Hi everyone! <BR> I have been AWOL from Sparkpeople for awhile--I had a bad fall in July, broke my leg in 3 places and have had had very limited mobility since then. Fortunately I am now able to walk with a walker and hopefully will be able to start losing the pounds I put on during the time I was pretty much confined to the bed/recliner! <BR> <BR> My first question is--When I first put on my CPAP (nasal mask) at night I can feel the air blowing in my nose (my pressure is 12) but within a fe... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:26:09 EST Difference in Well Moisture Usage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x59269391 Happy Friday, All !! I hope that you all slept well last night. I have had a cpap for many years, and my husband has only had one for about 2 yrs. We both have the same Resmed machine, water well & heated hose ( not sure of the correct terms) . <BR> Our pressures are both 10. Because I have had a problem with allergies in the past ( stuffy nose), my specialist prescribed my machine to be set at a pressure range of 7 to 14 just in case I need a bit more pressure when my nose is stuffy and a l... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:52:13 EST 5 yr Bipap patient now non-compliant. Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x59145207 Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I know with your help I may be able to overcome this. <BR> <BR> I have been a Bipap and full face gel mask patient for approximately five years. <BR> <BR> I have Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease and a very bad back. My worst time is when I wake up. Lately, for the past three months, I've been waking up after 3 to 4 hours of sleep with a lot of pain and stiffness. I do some stretching and apply heat. Sometimes I need to take a pain pill. The problem I've been having latel... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:43:53 EST Recovery from chronic sleep deprivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x58829968 I've been trying to find evidence based articles online about recovering from chronic sleep deprivation due to apnea. Specifically, I'm trying to find something to inform my expectations about how long it will take to pay back my sleep debt now that's I've started CPAP therapy. Or even if it's possible to do so. <BR> <BR> I've checked the forum & several online sources for apnea info, but can't find anything about recovery except as it relates to short-term sleep deprivation. <BR> <BR> Al... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:40:24 EST Howdy from New Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x58573635 Hi, I'm new to this team, though not to SP. I was referred for a sleep study last Fall but couldn't get into the local center for a sleep study until February. That study resulted in a diagnosis of moderate apnea. It took three more months until the next available opening for my titration study, which was in May. Now, two months later and after navigating the maze of insurance authorizations, it looks like my autoPAP will be shipped to me in the next week. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking fo... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:12:19 EST Hiii! New to team, but not new to sleep apnea. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x58551820 Hi everyone! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> And hi from Florida! I am a 64 year old woman, who has had sleep apnea, at least diagnosed 5 years ago. I'm sure I had it for years before, though. I have obstructive sleep apnea type. Plus I have Delayed Phase sleep Syndrome. That was diagnosed twenty years ago. My settings are high which requires a bipap machine. I had no idea there was a sleep apnea team on SparkPeople. How nice! Now I can share war stories. Lol. I am an RN and used to work in the h... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:44:24 EST SUMMER CLEANING REMINDER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x58356282 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:34:24 EST MASK LINER QUESTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x58356271 Has anyone used mask liners? Do you like them? How well do they work? What is your favorite brand? Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:32:46 EST SUMMER CHAT AND SUPPORT FOR SLEEP APNEA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x58295888 Today is the longest day of light in the Northern Hemisphere. I am running on fumes. Got up at 4am (sky starting to lighten even then) to drive DD to work and got to see the sunrise at 5:30 just as I got home. Heading to bed. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:32:26 EST Future Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x57717833 <link>pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/01/09/n<BR>ew-implantable-device-helping-sleep-ap<BR>nea-patients/ </link> <BR> <BR> This might help the people who have tossed their cpaps. Those who don't stick with this team. But for those who can't stand the mask, here is an alternative. Thu, 1 May 2014 13:44:36 EST What is the best pillow for Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x57665093 I have tried many pillows, down, foam, side foam, but none seems to give me <BR> a good nights sleep. Either they are too soft or too hard? Any suggestions? Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:58:25 EST I got a good report today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x57464608 I'm not sure if this is the place to post this, but just had to share my good news. I went in today to get my nasal mask (I had been having trouble getting a good seal with the FFM) and they checked the little card thing that keeps track of my episodes of apnea. I have gone from 57 episodes an hour on my initial sleep study to only 3 episodes an hour with the CPAP! WOO HOO! No wonder I am feeling better. the respiratory therapist said anything under 5 episodes an hour is considered normal for... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:40:02 EST Mask question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x57421761 I am currently using a full face mask. They originally recommended a nasal mask but I was afraid I would open my mouth and negate the benefits of the CPAP so we went with the FFM. I have been using it for about 10 days with no problems until last night. I have the option of switching out the mask for another one at no cost as long as I do it within 30 days. <BR> the problem I had last night was intermittent leaking. I kept waking up feeling like the mask was leaking air. I would readjust the ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:32:00 EST REALLY stupid question!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x57348131 This is probably the stupidest question anyone every asked! But I have been wearing my ffm CPAP for 3 nights now. the first time was a little dicey--I had trouble going to sleep and kept waking up. The second time I got everything adjusted and went right to sleep--only woke up briefly once. Last night I fell right asleep and didn't wake up til the alarm went off--didn't even have to go to bathroom which is a big difference! I didn't even feel like the mask was on, but it was and appeared to b... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:23:00 EST aromatherapy for cpap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x57336980 Has anyone tried aromatherapy oils with their machine? I saw a set up advertised that had a wafer with an essential oil on it in front of the air vent to give the air a nice fragrance. I love aromatherapy but was wondering if anyone else had tried it or if it actually worked. The machine does kind of have a plastic smell. <BR> Also one other dumb newbie question--do you change the water in the humidifier daily even if it still looks full? <BR> Thanks! Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:01:22 EST New to the team and to CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x57325008 Hi ya'll! <BR> I am a 58 year old recently diagnosed with OSA. I have been having severe sleepiness and lack of energy for several years now, as well as a worsening of my depression and general feeling of not being well. My sleep doctor and my psychiatrist believe that long standing but undiagnosed OSA is probably the culprit in all of these problems. I am also about 60 pounds overweight. <BR> Today was my second day (I work night shift) to use my brand new CPAP machine. I use a full face mas... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:23:39 EST SPRING CHAT AND SUPPORT for Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x57274247 Been working almost full time for a couple of weeks now. Moving you all over here to chat to see if we can draw in some of the newer members. Probably won't get caught up for a couple of weeks. Have one more week of vacation leave I am covering at work. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:25:21 EST Hi Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x57245366 Been a 'hose head' *smile* for over 10 years now but I still have sleep issues. <BR> I joined the goal to get to bed on time every night since I have trouble getting to sleep. Maybe a routine will help. Go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day may reset my circadian rhythm. I've tried it in the past and it only lasted a couple days and I was back to my old horrible pattern. Doing it with others maybe just the ticket! <em>247</em> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:16:01 EST Solutions for Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x56867631 Found this on my CFS/FM website: Much applies to us too. <BR> <BR> <link>www.cfidsselfhelp.org/library/soluti<BR>ons-sleep </link> <BR> Improving Sleep Environment and Habits <BR> <BR> Sleep can be disturbed by factors like irregular hours, a noisy environment, an uncomfortable bed or a noisy sleeping partner. You may be able to improve your sleep by changing your sleep environment and your sleep habits. Here are five ideas to consider. <BR> <BR> 1. Have a Comfortable Environment: Pr... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:52:54 EST SPRING CLEANING REMINDER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x56867612 Yes it is almost Spring. Is your machine and equipment sparkling? For your health it should be. Here is the same boring list. Read it again. I know this helps me. <BR> ****** <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check f... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:50:30 EST February Chat and Sleep Apnea Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x56636941 Here we are hoping for spring to come right around the corner. Many of you mentioned your cold temps. I think I bragged too fast last week. We are dropping into the freezing lever for highs this week. No moisture to speak of. Not good for the snow packs on the mountains. It will mean water shortages and more forest fires this summer. Of course it will mean more beach on the river. That is kind of fun. <BR> <BR> Have you cleaned your mask today? Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:06:28 EST New to CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x56186539 I've been on CPAP for almost 1 month. I was struggling to lose weight and my doctor couldn't find anything wrong so she set up with a sleep study and sure enough I had OSA. I've had my machine for almost 30 days now, but they still haven't got me the correct mask. Both my parents and one of my brothers have OSA (the other one has it but refuses to treat it, and my sisters probably have it but have never been checked) I also have a sister inlaw that was a respitory therapist I went in hav... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:46:38 EST New Year's Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x56157529 Anyone make New Year's Resolutions? I've mostly stopped because I don't follow through. This year my goal is to try to figure out why I don't feel right. Last night was the first night since I've been on Christmas break that I didn't sleep 10+ hours! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:22:40 EST NEW YEAR, NEW HOPES CHAT AND SUPPORT 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x56157500 Here we are. My first resolution is to be supportive to my friend with the foot ulcers. I am challenging her to three day cycles of healthy living. In the meantime, I plan to juice and eat lots of veggie soup. I want to feel stronger and more energetic again too. I have been a slug since Halloween. Too much sugar, wheat and processed foods. <BR> <BR> Chat about anything, but what is on your bucket list for this year? I am curious. I want to visit my Sis in Texas and I want to save eno... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:20:20 EST New to the Team, Not to OSA or CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x56129601 I was diagnosed a number of years ago. I have never been able to get on track with my machine. Finding a mask that I am able to wear was the biggest obstacle. Well, finally found one I can live with (full face mask), but my machine is not working properly. The humidifier is not working, so I wake several times throughout the night with my mouth hurting a lot from being so dry. I have had it changed out twice and it is the same. If we change the settings, it produces so much condensation that ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:58:50 EST Great hopes for CPAP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x56004178 Was diagnosed with apea a few months back and got a CPAP loaner, but other health issues took priority. Did take time for three weeks' vacation in Virginia, where I thought I would be able to get used to the CPAP. No outlets in the bedroom we had (remote in the mountains -- gorgeous and exactly what we needed, except for the CPAP). Luckily, the provider has lent me the machine until end of May (because of the other health issues), so tonight is night 1 (again). <BR> <BR> Everyone I've spo... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 20:24:04 EST CPAP and migraines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x55975721 I suffer from migraine when the barometer changes, and my CPAP technologist said that using the CPAP may cause them because it changes the air pressure in your head. Has anyone else heard of this, and have tips for dealing with it? In the alternative, does anyone have experience with CPAP helping alleviate or avoid migraines? Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:17:57 EST DECEMBER CLEANING SCHEDULE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x55969606 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scou... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:18:17 EST New Travel CPAP Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22125x10648x55865497 This may come back to me as a warning but I thought it would be worth a mention. <BR> <BR> I saw on another board that I frequent a new CPAP machine that is about the same size as four smart phones stacked. This unit easily fits in the palm of your hand. So if there are frequent travelers out there it could be a good option. I don't have the link readily available but I know it can be found by googling HDM z1. I have also seen another travel CPAP made by Transend. This unit is not as small... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:41:23 EST DECEMBER APNEA CHAT AND SUPPORT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x55844456 Dusty and I decided it was cold enough and dark enough in our parts of the world to start a winter chat thread. Since there are so many of us now, I think I will go back to once a month, to make it easier for Newbies to find our thread. Also, it won't get bogged down for the poor souls that still have dial up. <BR> <BR> Ellen, I forgot about musinex. That should loosen the chest up. Thanks. <BR> <BR> Kathleen, I am sorry hubby is fighting flu. At least I have avoided the fever. also, ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:56:06 EST Holiday Challenge FUN WITH CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x55717692 Post ideas, pics, links here of fun things you can do with your cpap for the holidays and beyond. Here is my offering for today. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPwOnbhDt5A </link> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:52:50 EST Traveling with your CPAP machine~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x55631186 I am going away this weekend. This will be my 1st time taking my machine along. My supply company gave me a travel bag to store it in. My question is -- what should I do about the distilled water? I really don't want to lug a gallon jug of water for 2 nights. I guess I'm thinking of just putting it some tupperware. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any better ideas for me? I'd love to hear any stories of traveling with your machine. <BR> <BR> Kristyn Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:18:57 EST I have a question about the humidity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x55569589 I have always had sinus problems and after the first couple of nights of using my CPAP machine I found the moisture really helped. Then I found out if you have a cold you should increase the humidity to make things better. This has been great but I am wondering with all this humidity will the water build up in the lungs & cause pneumonia. I have been waking up with kind of a heavy feeling in the chest & coughing up lots of mucus. This could still be my cold but I was wondering if the CPAP ma... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 23:29:45 EST NOVEMBER CLEANING SCHEDULE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x55483671 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scou... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 04:56:17 EST what do you like/dislike about your equipment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22125x10648x55467747 I am kind of new to this whole sleep apnea thing. I had 2 weeks on the Resmed S9 then they put me on a Philips Respironics C-Flex. I have been on this for a week & 1/2 I found the tube on the C-Flex has a connecting piece that is too big & it keeps knocking the mask off my face. so my question is what kind of equipment do you use. what do you like or dislike about it? Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:34:58 EST New CPAP user http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x55228303 Hi, I'm Kristyn. I am so excited that I found this board. I have recently been diagnosed with having apnea. My problem is that I have an enlarged tonsil that is creating the problem. Although, I've been a life long snorer and may have had it before. I also have a lot of weight that I need to lose. This has been very motivating for me. This is my 1st week with the machine. I'm struggling with the fact that I am having a hard time staying asleep where before I always slept through the n... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:57:52 EST AUTUMN Apnea Chat and Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54995074 Hey friends. Looking forward to more active and lively support here. I love that each of you is making more progress each day. <BR> <BR> Jimmy, Thank you. I am going to send you a leader invite. You don't have to do anything but accept it right now. It will give you a chance to look around at the site and find out what your privileges are. After you are familiar and comfortable, I would love for you to send team goodies out to whoever you wish. I have actively ignored. them. I wo... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:33:44 EST CPAP CAN MAKE YOU MORE ATTRACTIVE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54953129 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/14/cp<BR>ap-younger-attractive-sleep-apnea-appe<BR>arance_n_3916443.html </link> <BR> <BR> Love the Huffington Post. Great article. Also check out slideshow at bottom. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:49:11 EST another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x54950911 Hi I was just diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was a bit surprised because I never snore (although I have been known to sing from time to time) I am new to all this, any suggestions on what I need to ask, or features I should be looking for in a CPAP machine would be appreciated. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:17:49 EST AUTUMN 2013 Cleaning Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54911024 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scou... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:18:02 EST Felling tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54803192 it's been hard getting to sleep and staying asleep, partly due to my cpap but also just me, it takes a bit to get started in the morning but I'm good and then it hits me I could just sleep till the cows come home <em>24</em> , what sucks is my dr stated if things continue he wants to put me on some meds stay more alert, I tend to that 1 in mil sensitive to meds <em>39</em> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:54:53 EST Chin Straps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22125x10648x54700330 Dear Friends, What type chin strap do you use and do you like it? We have an uninsured friend on this team who is looking for one. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:14:18 EST first appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54595646 So I had my first follow up and got to meet my doctor since my diagnosis, they did want me to go without the cpap until i saw him... nice and actually listened to me.. He will be helping with my asthma too :) so hopefully he can help at least my breathing and my chest pains here's crossing my fingers. I'm scheduled for lung test again Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:51:45 EST SleepSeeker or SleepyHead software? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54588730 I have a ResMed S9. I am curious on what software (if any) you prefer to track and view machine data. I downloaded SleepyHead from sourceforge.net and so far I am impressed. I might like it better if I actually could discern all of what it is telling me on all of it's data logs. I haven't tried SleepSeeker from the ResMed site yet. Just trying to find out what folks prefer. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:28:53 EST 'Quattro Air' Mask Leakage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x54582866 I have been just starting out on therapy for about two weeks. I have been making progress with increasing my sleep time. My problem is I wake up to leakage after one to four hours of having the unit on. I try the subtle adjustments and lie back down and the leakage continues. Is anyone else having or had this issue? What have you done to alleviate the problem? Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:29:19 EST So excited!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54581762 My home medical company just called! I pick up my machine tomorrow afternoon!!! I am so excited. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:47:36 EST Alarm Clocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54567300 As I wait for my machine to come I wonder if I'll actually hear my alarm clock over the machine. Does anyone have a problem of not hearing their alarm clock over their machine? I'm wondering if I should be getting a vibrating alarm clock. I'm also thinking about a Fitbit. I don't know yet how much, if anything, this machine & mask is going to cost me, so I don't want to needlessly spend money, but at the same time I don't want to rely on my husband waking me up every morning. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 11:32:51 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54562586 thanks for your concerns and advise, my asthma tends to flair if to hot and humid or to cold, lately it had been bad i try to stay in where it's cool but got take out my lil dog and run errands. <BR> i will be meeting this week with the pulmonary doctor and see if med need to be change takes longer to recover, Sat, 17 Aug 2013 23:04:29 EST flip flop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54522934 was hard getting to sleep chest hurt, kept trying to catch my breath...(asthma been bad) tried both mask and finally gave up toke off and eventually feel a sleep, but toss and woke several times 2,4or5,7 i put my mask on at one point slept a few more toke off due to getting up and fell asleep till 10am figured no where to go today the ribs still soar.. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:07:40 EST good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54507188 <em>224</em> I hope everyone slept well, once I fell asleep I managed 5-6hrs with my capa my best so far.... still lil sleepy .some stiffness but I'm good. Time for some stretching Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:41:00 EST Counting Sheep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x54489089 <em>102</em> just wanted to say sweet dreams Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:27:06 EST Titration study http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54462670 Going to my 2nd sleep study tonight. This time I'll get to wear a mask. This ought to be interesting! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:45:44 EST New Here but not new to cpap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x54356660 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a member of the Biggest Loser Challenge for several years. <BR> <BR> I just discovered this team. <BR> <BR> I've been a cpap user since about 2006. I did the sleep study and discovered I desparately needed a machine, my level, not sure which one was down in the 20s. <BR> <BR> Later my doc found I had a mass growing on my thyroid which turned out to be cancer. I had been under the care of an endo doc for 5 years and on synthroid. The cpap doc referred m... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 16:01:46 EST Ready to give up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54343427 Hello, I am so frustrated I started using a Cpap machine o July 25th and the first two days were awesome. but now <BR> <BR> I have so much sinus pressure it actually hurts my head <BR> I am so short of breath that i went to the ER and had to get a chest x-ray and a breathing treatment <BR> <BR> I was fine before the CPAP. what am I doing wrong I really want to continue but I feel so bad. <em>46</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:30:50 EST Just diagnosed a couple of hours ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x54254124 I did my sleep study Monday night. The doctor's office called me back and said it didn't look like I'd need to do another study, to go ahead and keep the follow up appointment. So, I did. He started rattling off numbers, 20 + episodes of sleep apnea in an hour. I don't remember if that was during REM sleep or not. I do remember that the # of episodes was higher during REM. My pulse/oxy dropped into the 80s also. I wish I had remembered to get a copy of my numbers. <BR> <BR> Anyway, ne... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:54:30 EST Check this thread. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x54140770 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48<BR>459880 </link> New user has a dinosaur for a mask. Go to the other thread with this link and see if you have any recommendations for him for a full face mask. Thanks. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:08:25 EST I'm new, anyone home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x54059492 My name is Ellen and I've been lurking on Sparkpeople off and on for a couple of years now. SInce my dx with severe sleep apnea in April, I've become committed to losing a tremendous amount of weight (My alltime high was 265 during my sleep study and I've lost 11 lbs. over the past month, mostly by changing my diet). I'm having a hard time adjusting to my machine and mask, even though I have a state of the art bilevel machine (my pressures are set way high, 25/15) and I'm on my third mask, ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:32:04 EST Summertime Chat and Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x53591724 Hi troops, hope the good weather is keeping you busy with fun and healthy activities. I walked a linear trail yesterday with Buddy. Also getting some cleaning done around the house. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 17:06:03 EST beeping machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x53306131 So my machine woke me beeping this morning. I added water, pushed buttons and finally put it on the floor so it would not be annoying. It didn't seem to be beeping when I woke. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had alarms go off on their machine? What did it mean? Sat, 11 May 2013 16:45:09 EST Scared... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x53204485 Hi, Every one <BR> I am new here I was just told that I have severe sleep Apnea. The sleep study went well and they got all the data they needed. Then at the doctors today he said that my blood oxygen level dropped all the way down to 76% and that I needed to go to specialist right away. I know nothing about sleep apnea, so I'm doing some research but the online forum I read made it seem like the CPAP Machine was horrible. Fri, 3 May 2013 10:35:28 EST APRIL CLEANING SCHEDULE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x52830038 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scou... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 17:42:16 EST Just Diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x52782175 Hi. I was just diagnosed with sleep apnea -- I haven't even been set up with a CPAP machine yet. That comes Thursday night. I'm quite concerned about the fact that I stop breathing at night, but I'm also concerned that I won't be able to sleep with a mask. <BR> <BR> Please, tell me this is all going to work out and I will feel SO much better. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:16:54 EST SPRING CHAT LINE April Showers bring May flowers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x52597606 Hi Merri and everyone else. <BR> <BR> Merri, thanks for keeping the other chat thread going. I blogged about my hospital stay, so won't repeat it here. <BR> <BR> The flowers are blooming here. We had a few days of sun and milder temps. This is the perfect Oregon spring and much more typical than the last two years. I am seeing forsythia, camelia, daffodils, crocuses, snowdrift, lawn daisies and the dandylions are even threatening to come up. The moles are very busy. The star magnolia ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 02:41:51 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x52589738 Hello all! My name is Kelly. I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea about 7 years ago and I started using a CPAP machine about the same time. The change in my sleep patterns was immediate and I've never looked back - I refuse to sleep w/o the machine, even for a quick nap. Nice when I'm at home but not so much if I'm somewhere else. <BR> <BR> So, I want to lose some weight to try to lessen the severity of the apnea that I may not need the machine anymore. I don't even know if that... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:11:04 EST Good Soap Suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x52476822 I had been using Johnson's lavender baby soap for 2-3 years, but have developed an allergy to it. I am going to guess it is the fragrance & there is probably one w/out fragrance I could try. Couldln't figure out what else it might be. <BR> <BR> What are some of the soaps you find work well for you? I know I have an allergy to formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing preservatives that are used in some soaps. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:12:34 EST HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x52466535 I haven't been able to sleep well for a long time. I have a cpap machine and it is working fine according to the clinic people, but my sleep is little or none. I lay there tossing and turning, and feel exhausted the next day. When evening comes I am so tired and drowsy I can't even sit and enjoy tv with my family. Actually there are days where I can't even make it through the afternoon without feeling exhausted. <BR> <BR> There are factors here to consider is guess. One is stress. My husban... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 08:25:38 EST Tracking Sleep with Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x52393453 I'm using my fitbit to track sleep, but don't think it means too much. Anyone have experience? It tracks any movement. I dreamed and felt I slept pretty well last night for 7+ hours but because I moved in my sleep fitbit says I slept only 4. Anyone else using this? Love to hear what you think! <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 06:03:55 EST March Cleaning Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x52376721 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scou... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 01:37:36 EST How did anyone get used to using this machine! Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x51951055 Well I have had my machine (adj rate) for about 1 1/2 months...I can't use it for more than 1-2hrs a night...ugh. Most of the time while wearing the mask, I am trying to get to sleep! Many, many nights I give up figuring at least a few hours of non-restful sleep is better than no sleep at all. Other nights, after a while I can dose off but something also wakes me and I have to take it off. I am figuring that it is the large amount of air pressure it takes to get me to breathe again. But ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:25:52 EST new to this team, not to sleep apnea... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x51689471 Hi everyone!! Just introducing my sleep-deprived self. I'm Lana and lately even the machine doesn't help. I still don't sleep well. Sooooo tired... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:17:11 EST New Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x51678658 Hi, I am returning to spark after 4 yrs. I am new to this team. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea a couple years ago but haven't used cpap faithfully. Doctor says my weight is part of the problem and after incident couple weeks ago that terrified me I have started using cpap regularly. And decided to lose the weight so I can enjoy my retirement. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:42:10 EST So frustrated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x51674165 So, I have been with my CPAP machine for a little over a month now and I have never felt better! Well, except for last week when I was sicker than I have been in a long time but that was a big exception. Other than that, I am amazed at the affect the machine has had on me... I have more energy, I am getting stuff done.... the list goes on and on. So, why am I frustrated??? It's my husband.... <BR> <BR> He went for a sleep study before I did but did not go into a deep enough sleep because... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:12:52 EST Travel with CPap Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x51643103 Is there a smaller cpap machine available to rent for someone who is going to travel to Europe for 10 days? I told my sleep Dr. today about this site and he said to ask for a patient he has. Anyone know? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:29:22 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x51506741 I am a 65 yr old man in Ireland. I have had a cpap machine for about five years,. <BR> <BR> My relationship with the machine is fairly fraught, I wake up a lot during the night, sometimes thirsty. (I have a humidifier), sometimes, I need to go to the bathroom. <BR> <BR> These interruptions mean I sledom seem to get the three hours plus sleep ypou need to get any benefit. <BR> <BR> I am thinking of going for another sleep study. I am currently set on 13 (mm Hg/), I wonder is that too high.... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:35:53 EST New to the Sleep Apnea team... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x51365343 I have had sleep apnea since 2006. If I fall asleep in my lazyboy chair I snore so loud it wakes me up!! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:30:02 EST 5-Letter Word Game (A-Z) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x51285047 About Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:51:30 EST New here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x51209630 Just joined today.... I will try to give a little background without getting too windy! lol I was just diagnosed with Severe Sleep Apnea around Thanksgiving and just got my CPAP machine last Friday. I always thought I slept ok but was very surprised when they put me on the CPAP machine at the sleep study and I woke up wanting more sleep with the machine! I was anxious to get my machine because I knew I would start feeling better because I was sleeping better. After a week of use, I do fe... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:09:06 EST VINEGAR AND.....? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x51171162 Do you do regular (daily/weekly) cleaning w/ a vinegar and dist. water solution? My cleaning schedule includes a weekly soak of all my non electric equipment. The only thing is I then have half a bucket full of vinegar and water and it seems so wasteful. <BR> What do you do with your solution if anything, before tossing it? <BR> <BR> 1) all Bob's and my sunglasses and eyeglasses go for a soak. Then we rinse, towel dry and they are so clean. No film. <BR> 2) a few times a year I take my wi... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:40:15 EST CHAT LINE WINTER. Think hot tea, warm slippers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x51164053 Hi all pour yourselves a cup of hot tea to stay warm and for our Australian friends, you might want to consider iced tea. <BR> <BR> I wonder how our Aussie is and if he is in London yet. <BR> <BR> My friend, I have been taking to the doctors on Mondays has to have a skin graft next week. I hope she will finally start healing. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:50:02 EST Winter Cleaning Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x51146379 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask with soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> HUMIDIFIER TANK: Is it scou... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:02:10 EST Finally!! Tomorrow I will be getting my machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x51110874 Yep, started in September and just now will be getting my first machine. I seriously can not believe how long this process as taken...gee not like this can't kill me or anything people! Ugh! <BR> So anyway looks like I need the "cream of the crop" yep of course the most expensive out there...variable machine with heat/humidifier. Well at least this one worked at the 2nd sleep study....I really didn't think they would find something that would work for me. And yes, it was stated that I hav... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 13:16:06 EST New to sleep apnea and the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x50745020 Hi. I have been recently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea after my husband demanded I see a doctor and have a sleep study done. I haven't been sleeping well for years. I will be getting my BiPAP machine tomorrow morning. I am very nervous because I am claustrophobic and have to wear a full face mask because I am a mouth breather............ I don't know how much more complicated I can make things than that. LOL Anyway, I joined this team for support and hints and tricks etc. to deal wi... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:36:29 EST Surgery before starting CPAP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x50504520 Has anyone have surgery done before starting to wear the mask? Just thinking, sense the air pressure would have to be so high, surgery would hopefully help and lower the air pressure amount. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:56:52 EST 2nd sleep study here i come..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x50503972 Surprise, surprise. Drs office just called to say that I need to have a second sleep study done. This one is for the air pressure; no question that I have sleep apnea. Diagnosed with severe obstructive apnea....95 events per hour! Ouch, ok I knew I was bad but wow. <BR> Anyway, I'm not looking forward to this study...they couldn't get the air pressure high enough to stop the symptoms (I have no idea what the pressure was at). I basically at a panic attack the last time and ripped the mask... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:16:04 EST HELP HELP I can not stand this air what did you do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x50334481 I just can not stand the air blowing in my face. Tried the nose thing then the mouth and nose. The air even though they say is very low and will increas later makes me want to hold my breath and I just cant breath and have to take it off to breath. It's like sticking your head out a car window at 55 looking streight forward and trying to breath. How did everyone else do this. I just dont know what to do but my heart doctor says this is killing my heart. help please. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:22:02 EST Finally have a sleep study scheduled!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x50330556 Yippee, finally heard from the sleep study lab and my insurance will cover this! I have my first study scheduled for this Friday night. Ok getting excited about it (really want to know just how bad my breathing is) but also very nervous (don't like the idea of people watching me while I sleep). Oh well, at least I will get some answers soon. <BR> <BR> One question, does anyone have problems with pets getting tangled in the tubing? My husband thinks this will be a problem with my pugs. ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:42:04 EST Hi I'm new to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x50238963 Hi! My name is Shirley. I am new this team. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 3 years ago and I use my c-pap machine every night of the week. It has changed my life. So glad I have found this team, so nice to meet other people with the same problems. Have a great day! <BR> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:49:34 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x49966682 Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with SA back in December. After getting my cpap, my life has improved dramatically. I can't imagine trying to go without it for even one night. I've also got RLS which doesn't help anything. <BR> <BR> The two issues I'm having are excess gas in the morning and the indentation marks from the mask. I've spoke to my doctor about the gas and she said that it's because I'm losing weight. We've already bumped my pressure down a notch but I think I might need to... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 21:27:04 EST Dental Appliance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49955201 Tortoise110 asked on another thread if anyone else was using the dental appliance for Sleep Apnea. She has had good experience with it. I thought it was a good question and deserved a new thread. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried the dental appliance or thought about it? Sun, 16 Sep 2012 04:37:27 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x49938345 Hi everyone! I was first diagnosed with sleep apnea last February, and only after my DH came with me to a doctor's appointment for what I thought was an unrelated problem. You see, I was sleeping a lot but not feeling rested. I was having trouble breathing and it was this concern (along with swelling of my ankles) that led me to see my doctor in the first place. My DH mentioned that I snored a lot and appeared to gasp for air during the night. I was then sent to a clinic and after using ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:47:46 EST Experiences with my Cpap Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49794005 My Cpap has changed my life in more ways than better sleep. I sleep on a lower bunk bed (use the top for storage.) I hang my mask when not in use on a loop hanging from the top bunk. One day when putting it on the loop while laying down, the mask dropped onto my left eye, hit my implanted lense, caused it to move and I had to have another cataract surgury to replace the lense. Have put in a lower loop so now if I miss, it falls to my side. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else had unexpected experi... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 08:05:25 EST SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49791914 Anyone have a September birthday or know someone with a September Birthday? This is the place to honor yourself and others and let us indulge you with emoticons. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 01:51:04 EST CHAT LINE...AUTUMN, Crisp Leaves, brisk weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49791907 I know technically it is not Autumn yet, but I love the word and time of year. School starts. Remember the line from "You've Got Mail" about the "freshly sharpened bouquet of pencils". I can even smell the pencil sharpener in my mind. Homecoming is coming soon. Bonfires and school spirit. They sustain small towns and the big ones too. After that we have our little spooks and goblins to entertain us and lastly, my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. I do love Autumn. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 01:49:28 EST SEPTEMBER CLEANING REMINDER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49791889 <BR> **************************** <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order mo... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 01:43:07 EST New to forum & Seeing Dr tomorrow for Diagnosis ?s http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x49647043 Good Morning, I am new to this forum and have just started back with Sparkpeople. I need to lose about 30 lbs and have tried for several years with no luck. I have not been diagnosed yet with sleep apneas (obstructive) but I know that I have it and have since a child. <BR> <BR> Are there any specific questions that may be a value to ask the doctor tomorrow? <BR> <BR> Does everyone have to have a sleep study done? I do not believe that the full cost is covered by insurance. : ( <BR> Tha... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 11:29:02 EST new to cpap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x49496693 I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea (just over the range for treatment) and restless leg syndrome. i am having a really hard time with this. I've tried several meds for the RLS but can't take any of them. I started using a CPAP 1 month ago. That is not working well. It's the usual problems with it being very bothersome at night. The medical supply company changed the size of the face mask and at least now it does not blow air up into my eyes. I bought one of the Contour sleep apnea pillows ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 05:51:13 EST SIX THINGS YOU WOULD NEVER DO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x49475658 We had a challenge at Writers Workshop to list six things we would never do. Then we had to write about being forced into doing one of the things. What was interesting is what people chose to list. One of our writers is deathly afraid of water. <BR> <BR> Here are six: <BR> 1) jump out of a perfectly good plane with a parachute <BR> 2) eat escargot <BR> 3) snow ski <BR> 4) grow a beard on purpose <BR> 5) walk a tight rope <BR> 6) go on Survivor and survive <BR> <BR> What are your six? Wed, 15 Aug 2012 18:42:56 EST CPAP Decorating Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49440191 Be honest! The cpaps are boring and ugly. Time to dust off the creative skills and decorate the thing. I found the most wonderful picture on google images of a bagpap resplendent in plaid. <BR> <BR> Please post your pictures in the team photos. Pictures in progress will be fun too. We can all have bragging rights. I was thinking of just decorating the machine in shabby chic till I saw the bagpap mask and headgear decorated in plaid. I am going to have to rethink my strategy. <BR> ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:25:08 EST Quick question regarding mask/cushions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49439762 OK it's not even to save $$ since my insurance covers my supplies, but they recommend changing out the cushions on my nasal mask every 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I wipe it down daily, do a weekly 30 min soak in distilled water and white vinegar (my DME's recommendation). <BR> So QUESTION: why do I need to change it out every 2 weeks? Can I go longer? Obviously if my mask were leaking or raggedy etc, I wouldn't be asking this question. Is it vital that I change it out every 2 weeks and if so do yo... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:53:42 EST When did you ask for a new sleep study? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49423903 I've lost 30 pounds so far (which is about 10-15 pounds less than when I had my original sleep study). I'm wondering how much weight is likely to affect the sleep apnea. I have to lose another 70 pounds so I'm not thinking anytime soon but I'm wondering, 50 pounds, 75 pounds or wait till I've gotten to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> <BR> What has been other people's experience? <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:43:10 EST Traveling with the C-PAP Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x49409041 I don't know about the rest of you but I really don't sleep well without my machine. I actually fell asleep without it last night and I feel like crude this morning...even slept later than normal. <BR> So...the thing is...I have to travel with it. Does anyone else not want to stay with family and friends when you travel just so they don't know that you have to wear a C-PAP? We have a family reunion coming up at the end of this month and I've been fielding all kinds of questions about why... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:40:39 EST C-PAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x49369773 Hi Folks! I'm new to the team. I've been using a C-PAP machine off and on for several years. I can tell you that it makes a big difference for me. Just wish it was a little more comfortable. I sleep on my side so the thing frequently moves while I'm sleeping and scares the stuffing out of me. :) Wed, 8 Aug 2012 16:59:41 EST August Cleaning Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49265962 **************************** <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 22:03:59 EST How Has Your CPAP Changed Your Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49264098 I know this could lead to a lot of long posts but I am looking for a 'long story short'. I will start. <BR> <BR> I have only had my machine for about 4 months. Before I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea I had waited over a year to get get into a sleep clinic. I had been tired since I was about 19. (At the time I weighed about 125, a healthy weight.) I was 40 when I was finally diagnosed. The diagnosis showed I was waking up on average ever 45 seconds! Before I got my machine I was ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:12:29 EST ever heard of a avap machine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x49084986 Hi ! I've been through the mill and back, so to speak. I am now on an avap machine, something like a ventilator. I feel as though I've gone from bad to worse. Anyway, at least I'm sleeping at night now. Still having sob on walking, but that's supposed to be because of my weight, even though I have lost almost 60# since 2004. I am going slowly on purpose to retrain myself to change my lifestyle; this was my thought when beginning on Spark in 2010. At that time I had only lost 30#. You realiz... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:24:36 EST CPAP sleep study tomorrow night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x49066108 Hi all, <BR> I'm Jenn. New to the group and recently diagnosed w/severe sleep apnea. I'm opting to go w/ a CPAP and see if I can loose some weight before considering having my tonsils removed (they are HUGE from having months of strep throat in the last year and are believed to be part of my sleep apnea issue (possibly a large part)). So, I have my 2nd sleep study tomorrow night. I've been told once study results are in I'll then get to choose my preferred CPAP. Anything I should know or... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:26:59 EST I have a quick question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x48908876 I use a Respironics Remstar with a humidifier. The DME rep and the instructions say to fill the humidifier reservoir to the Maximum line. But I don't like a lot of humidification (usually set at 1 or 2 as Texas summers are HUMID). So when I wake up in the morning I have 3/4 of the water still in there. I know it's not ultra expensive but why waste it? Does anyone know if it functions just as well only being filled to 75% or even 50% capacity? The reps. therapist at the DME provider is on... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 22:18:15 EST Using Apap Since January - AHI Readings Rising? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48893083 Hi everyone, so glad I found this group! <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea in January of this year. I've been 100% compliant with my therapy, but recently my AHI readings are much higher than they've ever been - from 10 to 15 or so. My initial AHI at diagnosis was only 7.1. <BR> <BR> I've lost weight since diagnosis (about 10 pounds) so why would it be going up - and in such a short time? Any ideas? <BR> <BR> When I get back from vacation I'm going to have my DME provider se... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 00:36:48 EST Back to SP .... new to CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48818632 This has been an ongoing struggle for me. Way back 25 years ago (I was thin then) I remember going to the doctor, telling him how I often woke up gasping for breath and I felt as if my heart was hammering. He kind of said "yes, uh huh?" Fast forward to 7 years ago. I had 2 sleep studies which were rousing failures as they expected me to go to sleep at 10 and go home at 5AM. (I usually fall asleep around 2-3AM). So I had studies where I never slept and just had a tech constantly telling ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 00:57:02 EST Educational cpap videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48817734 <link>www.freecpapadvice.com/Educational_V<BR>ideos.html </link> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 23:37:15 EST Distilled Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48792479 Does anyone know why it must be distilled water? <BR> More importantly where do you store the water? <BR> Can it go in the fridge so its cool? <BR> Must it be used for cleaning the equipment? Mon, 2 Jul 2012 12:38:28 EST July Cleaning Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48776348 **************************** <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:39:14 EST JULY BIRTHDAYS 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48776334 Anyone have a Birthday this month? Let's Party! Happy Birthday! <BR> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>468</em> <em>236</em> <em>335</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 13:38:30 EST Newly Diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48761950 My name is Jennifer I am newly diagnosed. I did one sleep test but didnt sleep much so I redid it several months later with a cpap machine and clocked in at 30.6. Basically I stop breathing every two minutes on average which I am told is pretty severe. How can you go years without knowing this? Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:33:26 EST cleaning well chamber http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48497931 Hi! I am wondering if any of you have had this problem. I have had my water chamber for the first time in the last six months and have used a cpap for about twelve years. <BR> <BR> I have the resmed S9 machine with a well that does not open. There are only 2 only openings- one is much smaller that a dime and the second is about the same diameter as the tubing since this is where it attaches to the machine. <BR> <BR> Resmed suggested that I use a mild dish detergent that rinses easily lik... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 20:32:59 EST Sleep Study Results AHI - 121.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48482647 I got my sleep study results today. My doctor was quite concerned that I have not looked into this sooner. My AHI is 121.1 for the study without any REM sleep. He was also amazed that I managed this while sleeping on my side with my mouth closed the whole time. I did well on a very low pressure (5) and actually had some REM sleep while on the CPAP. I am now waiting to get a call about getting a CPAP for home. The adventure continues...... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 21:44:12 EST How did you know you had sleep apnea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48476715 Hello! I wanted to know how most of you found out you had sleep apnea. I have been having problems sleeping and sometimes catch myself at a pause of breath while waking up or falling asleep. I went to do a sleep study a couple months back and I was so nervous during the study that I barely slept. By the time I got my results back it came out negative. However, I still have trouble sleeping because it's always on my mind. I don't wake up gasping for air, nor do I snore loudly, but I do wake up... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:01:35 EST My introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48459880 Hi, Dan here. <BR> According to my wife, and I believe her, I have had sleep apnea for the last 10-15years, started while I was still in the Air Force, and has continued since. Of course, my weight gain has accelerated since "Uncle Sam quit breathing down my neck", and that has seemed to make the apnea worse this past year or so. Unfortunately, I continue with working shift work, the shift changes every few days with 1-2 days off in between if I am lucky. I have noticed recently a tendenc... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 12:48:17 EST JUNE CLEANING REMINDER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48396252 **************************** <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Cleaning checklist: <BR> DAILY: Wash all pieces of mask soap and water and rinse out hose. Change water in humidifier. <BR> WEEKLY: Scour humidifier tank, wash hose with soapy water, check filters <BR> MONTHLY: Wipe down machine, change and wash filters <BR> <BR> Equipment checklist <BR> FILTERS: Are they changed, do you need to order more <B... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 01:26:15 EST What does this all mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48357879 I am not officially diagnosed but I sure it is coming at my next appointment. I had a sleep study last night. My mind was racing and I finally fell asleep at 1:00AM. The technician woke me at 2:30 and said I met the criteria "very quickly" and put me on CPAP. It took me an hour to get used to it and I slept for 2 hours when they woke me up to go home. As I leave they tell me I may need to repeat the study because they prefer 2 hours to verify criteria and they did not have enough time to ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:07:18 EST Lynnwood541 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48285031 I would like to thank Blue Kittygp.come, I'm sorry I don't know how to add a friend. Tue, 29 May 2012 21:36:23 EST CPAP lover having WLS on Wednesday Grand Intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x48271511 Drumroll please.....I have Sleep Apnea and have used my CPAP since 2006....Would like to meet new friends, and share my knowledge of Sleep Apnea and my journey with Gastric Sleeve Bypass Surgery coming up Wed May 30th, 2012. New to SP I am looking to help and share my stories with others. Nice to meet you - Glenn Tue, 29 May 2012 00:54:56 EST Questions, Help, Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x48263466 I've had a CPAP for yrs and have tried 4-5 different masks. Now I'm using one that I tried before and seem to be having some success, only: <BR> <BR> 1. I go to sleep and wake up in the same position and horribly stiff. <BR> 2. Don't dream, much. <BR> 3. When I wake, still feel like I need more sleep. <BR> 4. Sometimes I wake dizzy and nauseous. <BR> <BR> Is any of this normal? Any other insights? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 28 May 2012 13:05:55 EST Effect of weight loss on CPAP pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x48066003 Hi, everyone -- I have lost approximately 30 pounds, and I plan to lose about 40 more. I have an auto PAP, so I can switch from CPAP to APAP mode if needed. I currently use my machine in CPAP mode at the pressure I was prescribed after my sleep study, when I was at my heaviest. I was wondering whether other team members who have lost a significant amount of weight found that their pressure needs changed as a result. I've heard some people say that their required pressure went down, while ... Mon, 14 May 2012 17:20:53 EST fatp1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x47946450 Hello, I am new to spark people and I have a trach in my throat and I HAVE TO LOSE 140 TO GET THE TRACH OUT, and I would love all the help and guidance I can receive. Sun, 6 May 2012 23:02:15 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x47844668 Hi, everyone! My name is Sara, and I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea a little over a year ago. My sleep study showed that I was getting 0% REM sleep. I have been using my CPAP machine faithfully, and life is so much better now that I am able to get restful sleep! <BR> <BR> Sara Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:11:32 EST Basic Info on Other Sleep Disorders http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x47549952 <link>www.realage.com/insomnia-and-sleep-p<BR>roblems/sleep-disorder-types?cbr=advpm<BR>_mn&eid=1010663011&memberid=24690914 </link> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:12:29 EST Weird Creases and drinking your water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x47530620 This morning I have railroad ties on my arm. They have not gone away. I just realized they were from having the hose wrapped around my arm. The other realization is that obviously, I am dehydrated or my skin would have plumped back up by now. <BR> <BR> Even as older people our creases should plump up within an hour or so if we are properly hydrated. So here is my three day challenge to increase water consumption. Record your kitty whiskers (from straps) and other weird creases and then g... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:31:38 EST CHAT- Flowers and Showers and Sunshine too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x47468723 The sun is glorious this morning even if it is only 28* out at the moment. Suppose to get up to 60 today. Better get off here and get ready for work. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 11:24:24 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x47454391 Hi everyone, I'm back to the site after a stint in 2007. I'm older and wiser and ready to try this stuff out for good. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with sleep apnea when I was in college, I would say in about 2004 I think? I always remember how I realized something was wrong. I was cleaning apartments at the school I went to while the students were gone for the summer, and I was constantly falling asleep...I even fell asleep one time while cleaning the inside of a refrigerator. It's a mirac... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:51:46 EST Last night dreams were weird, even by MY standards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x47122670 Have to share this, just so that I can get it written down before I forget it. <BR> Dream 1 - I was in a car/SUV/some type of vehicle and a some sort of rescue vehicle drove up in front of us and a nurse got out and handed us a newborn baby boy to take care of until his adoptive parents came to get him. This sounds straight-forward, but all the details were surreal - like he was swaddled, but still kept slipping out of my hands. Suddenly we were at a house and there were a bunch of toddler... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:30:03 EST REALLY, REALLY TRYING THIS TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x46963452 just joined and hoping that if I can stay away from my vices"so I will not need the surgery I am considering "the sleeve"! I have never really lost weight just kept increasing over the years...now is the time to think about the future and my children! I'm wishing anyone reading good luck as well! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:42:06 EST NEW BEE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x46941705 HI MY NAME IS KATHY <BR> <BR> AND I PERFER TO BE CALLED KATHY OVER BRAYSHOME. <BR> <BR> IVE HAD SLEEP APNEA GOING ON 2 YEARS <BR> <BR> THANK YOU Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:09:44 EST New Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x46927708 Hi. I'm Lori. I just had a sleep apnea test this weekend. My doctor and I are relatively sure I have sleep apnea. I keep waking up from snoring and choking. <BR> <BR> I had just started a job I loved about three months ago. I was asked to resign just over a week ago. My last week of work, I just couldn't get out of bed. Despite sleeping for over 80 hours that week, I just crashed. Every bone in my body hurt. I couldn't function. I couldn't remember things, etc. I spent a few days just freaki... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 00:33:18 EST tired and frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46709348 I was diagnosed several weeks ago with sleep apnea. I've had my titration study done. Now I am just waiting for the paper work to go through so I can get my prescription to get my CPAP. but its taking forever! I think the Dr. is on vacation. Meanwhile, I am getting more and more exhausted. My life is on hold. I can't function, I've had to cancel clients. I've had to quit doing things i enjoy, i'm just too tired. I can hardly type this. I need to start CPAP but I'm not looking forward to that.... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 09:30:59 EST adjustable cpap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46589763 Hi ...just had to share. <BR> I have been holding off using my new cpap because I was anxious about the possibility of bph being inhaled since it is in the well of the humidification unit. I have used a cpap for about 12 plus years and am really feeling the result of the dryness since I have never used an attached humidifier. <BR> <BR> I broke down and used it 2 nights ago. I cannot remember when I have had a better night's sleep. I hit the pillow and then it was morning. I have not done ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:03:06 EST just got diagnosed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x46563379 Hi i just got diagnosed with sleep apnea. I am to get titrated for CPAP soon. Has anyone tried a dental appliance? Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:06:22 EST Water in hose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x46447086 The last couple of nights I've been awakened by the noise made in my hose by what I assume is condensed water. Does anyone have a solution for this? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 11:17:43 EST Cat loves my CPAP hose http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46424258 Does anyone have any good suggestions to discourage my cat from entertaining herself with my CPAP hose? It's a Fisher Paykel machine and because it has a heated coil, they specifically state in their manual not to put the hose under the covers. I did it anyway after the first two holes (which I repaired with Tuck Tape) but it causes problems with overheating. I love her but three nights ago she waited until I was asleep and put several more holes in the hose while I slept. The hose costs ... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 00:47:53 EST Acupuntcture and Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46397709 <link>blogs.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/2007<BR>/05/acupuncture-and-sleep-apnea.html?u<BR>tm_source=apneatreatmentg&utm_medium=e<BR>mail&utm_term=2&utm_content=Tell%2BYou<BR>r%20Sleep%20Apnea%20to%20Stick%20It!&u<BR>tm_campaign=apneatreatmentguide </link> I love acupuncture, but don't know of anyone local that does it anymore. It just always made me feel better and cleared up my sinuses. It also reduced the back pain. I love that it might tone muscles too. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 11:15:24 EST Post Here If you are doing Throat/Tongue exercises http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x46380513 Just curious if some of the cpap mask haters have joined me in exercising the throat and tongue to help ditch the equipment at some point. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 11:56:33 EST Valentine and St. Patricks Day CHECK IN AND CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46380380 The sun is shining and I feel wonderful. I wanted to post a Spring Check in and Chat, but since it is still winter, I decided to focus on the next two holidays that tend to side rail healthy eating. <BR> <BR> In addition to discussing whatever we want here, I would like for us to list some healthy ways to transition in to spring. This is also the Lent season, but I don't want to chase away people that may not be as passionate about Lent as I am. Oh and of course there is the Super Bowl ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 11:46:44 EST Orofacial Exercises for reducing Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x46322562 Okay, many of you will remember me talking about this a couple of years ago when I pointed out that singers and wind instrument players don't have apnea. The researchers are starting to catch up with me and some speech pathologists are embracing it. <BR> <BR> I challenge you to experiment with one exercise a day. If we can at least lower our pressures to avoid the wind storm and aerophagia (air in gut) it would be wonderful. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ehow.com/how_5178372_do-exercise<BR>s-... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:11:56 EST Wobblywildwoman Apnea Screener http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46321773 Welcome to the team and thank you for sharing in the Spark Mail. This is the thread that I am going to use to post links for you. I do encourage you to share on the team, because we have several great members with good ideas and helpful thoughts. Most of them have been through what you are going through too. We want to help you get the support and equipment you need. <BR> <BR> First link is an apnea screener <link>sleepapnearevealed.com/sleep-apnea-t<BR>est/ </link> <BR> <BR> This l... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:31:16 EST heated tubing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46290151 Hello there, I finally got my auto pap with heated mist and heated tubing was and option that was covered. The way he explained it, it sounded good so I got it. Does anyone have any experience with this type of tubing? <BR> <BR> I have yet to use my machine. I have avoided it for 2 days. It seems like a rocket ship to me compared with my retired dinosaur. <BR> <BR> I mentioned BPA to the med. supplier and he had no idea what I was talking about. I was concerned about the plastic reser... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 15:57:50 EST frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x46097143 I am frustrated, the my mask is not working for me, I don't know why, It has got to the point where i have even slept without it on for a few nights because it is getting worse. <BR> <BR> It seems to be cutting into my nose and there is the sound of leaking air, Could it be related to the really hot weather in South Australia.... I suspect that the mask is too small for me, The DME provided me with a small mask, it worked ok in winter but now we are in summer it is not working. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:36:51 EST hello / weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x46078991 This may post twice. The first time, I am not sure what happened: <BR> Hello everyone. I have been using my machine for one week now. I do feel better already. I dreamt for the first time in years last night. I think I have had sleep apne for 20 years, but have managed it well being young, in great shape, and a very healthy weight. After kids, I no longer had time to excercise, or nap, the both my kids were not good sleepers, so in addition to the apnea wakenings, I was also up a lot ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 08:48:46 EST hi everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x46072710 This is all new to me. I'm from Copperas Cove, Texas. Any members close by? I'm in the 50+ age catagory and I have diabetes aand need to loose 100+ pounds. Im kinda looking for a buddy/friend in same boat. I have never posted to a board before. I have face book only to see my kids post and keep up with them. looking to really make this work and hear from someone. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:30:09 EST new machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46031924 Is anyone familiar with a new (do not know if it is new, but it is the first time I have heard of it) <BR> c pap machine that adjusts in pressure to your breathing? <BR> <BR> Mine is broken and I am able to get another covered by my insurance, but will need to pay additional money to get the above model. <BR> <BR> I have allergies and am congested at night much of the time. My ENT suggested it, but I do not really know how much experience he's had with it. <BR> <BR> What is it call... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:15:06 EST SP FEATURE Privacy WARNING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x46017031 A new feature on SparkPeople automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! <BR> <BR> To delete this "Share bar" feature from your blog do this: <BR> <BR> Go to your SparkPage. <BR> Click to Edit the page. <BR> On the top right Un-check "Show share bar on my blog posts". <BR> Save your changes. " <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:49:42 EST ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x45993677 <link>www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/cures-for-<BR>sleep-apnea.html </link> <BR> <BR> So you know you have apnea, but you don't have your machine, or your power is out, or you hate the cpap mask so much you want to get off the machine. Please use this thread to include links to information about alternative treatment. In the meantime, if your machine is working USE IT! Sleep apnea kills. I almost died. Even if you don't die, each apnea event makes it harder for your body to recover, leav... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:11:19 EST I am new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45975239 On Monday, I joined SparkPeople. Because it was 2:30 AM. A few hours later like 10:30 AM, I was still awake and not been to sleep yet. At 3:30 pm. I tried to get into my Spark People Account and of course, I could not remember if I had even joined or not! <BR> <BR> My Sleep Apena Machine broke in November. I have been trying to get an appointment with the Sleep Apena Doctor. I had my Sleep Study Test, but have not gotten the results back yet? <BR> <BR> Should I change doctor's? <BR> Any wa... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:59:06 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45959835 Hello! I'm new to SP, and thus to the board. :) I am so glad to find this board!!! I've had a BIPAP machine for a couple of years, but I can count on both hands the number of times I've actually tried to sleep with it on. I went into this process thinking how wonderful it would be to actually wake up feeling rested, but I haven't been able to: <BR> <BR> 1) fall asleep easily <BR> 2) keep the mask on my head all night once I'm asleep <BR> <BR> I have terrible trouble falling asleep when... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:45:26 EST I'M NEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45952847 HELLO SPARK FAMILY I HAVE SLEEP APNEA BEEN SURFING WITH IT FOR 7 YRS NOW Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:25:48 EST Another new member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45949857 Greetings and Happy New Year everyone. I just joined Sparkpeople on January 5. I've been on CPAP for almost two years now. It seems to be working well even with these 25 extra pounds but I know I would feel better and sleep even better if I could get it off and keep it off. I was actually very thin when my sleep apnea was discovered - the result of a run-away thyroid gland that was burning calories faster than I could eat them. When that stabilized, the weight started coming back on as f... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:29:14 EST HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45937265 Hi, I'm Jazaray. Nice to meet everyone. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Jazaray Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:54:44 EST Registered Sleep Tech with Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45874396 I just joined Spark and was thrilled to see a group for sleep apnea. I am a registered and licensed sleep tech, and I also have apnea. I am glad to help answer questions if needed. Good luck to everyone with their goals! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 04:26:12 EST Tech support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x45867786 We have a new member who has experience with cpap equipment from the DME point of view. Check out this thread and ask questions. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45<BR>857583 </link> Fri, 6 Jan 2012 19:18:39 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45857583 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I don't have sleep apnea but I work for a DME that supplies them and know alot about the condition so I thought it might be helpful to have someone on the team who could give perspective from that angle, answer questions, etc. Just here to be a resource for everyone! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:36:12 EST Savor the Season Slow Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x45762909 <link>crreader.com/2011/11/15/A-Taste-of-M<BR>indfulness-Savoring-the-season-by-slow<BR>ing-down </link> <BR> Check out the link and report back on one thing you did to slow down and enjoy. I found such joy in practicing this with the 24 Days of Christmas, that I wanted to continue it. <BR> <BR> Today, I savored repotting some bulbs. I look forward to seeing them bloom in a couple of months. I got joy from getting my hands dirty while Buddy watched and barked at the neighbors cat. <BR... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 05:09:52 EST Main Message Board Forume http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45740597 Hi,my name is Dora,I'm 61 yeaes old.I have many health problems,sleep apnea,acid reflux,Diabetes 2,nerve damage,muscles and back problems.Over the years I have lose weight,but these last 10 Ifind I take it off ,2 years later it;s back on.I find it harder to lose weight,because of my health problems,of which I have others not mentioned.This is the first time I have come on line about my health issues.I need to lose 25 - 30 pounds,or I will need to go back on diabete and high blood pressure pil... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 05:32:50 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45721743 Hello everyone - My name is Kerry and I'm new here. Looking to get a new lease on life and get back to where I feel good. Guess I'm feeling that I'm much to young to feel this old :-) And yes...I have sleep apnea. <BR> <BR> Looking for all the help / support I can get! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:31:29 EST New to Sparks and new to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45685082 Hello. I am new and hope to get healthier. I am 63 and decided it was time to do something. I don't seem to have any energy when it comes to spending time with the grandkids or with my Cadette Girl Scout Troop. I am a Sleep Apnea person who has been on the CPAP since 1996. I have tried different masks and found that none of them seem to work completely great. My biggest problem is leakage. Most of the night is no problem as once I go to sleep I do not move, but when I start waking up a... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:36:06 EST Things to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=22125x10648x45613345 Taking a leap of faith that we are all honest during this season of love and compassion. I have spare hoses. They are all used, but still no leaks. I also have an old machine (pre computerized memory card). I have saved it for emergencies, but realize now since a dear team member sent me spare masks, that it is better to share and open my heart than to hoard for an emergency. <BR> <BR> Many of our new members have to wait a long time to get new equipment and some of our old members are i... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:05:49 EST New to the Team and the mask(sorta) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45575721 Hi I'm Janay. I was tested for sleep apnea last year. I got my machine and everything and HATED IT. I admit I never gave it a real shot and figured I was doing well all this time without it, I would just ignore it. So I lost the machine when I was moving from one place to another. So now I have gotten serious with my weight loss and I exercise everyday for 30 minutes and eat fiber rich foods within my calories and I still can't lose the weight. I know without a doubt the last piece of the puz... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:16:50 EST tumbled off the cpap sleep wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x45568383 Hi I seem to have dropped my cpap mask of the edge of a bed. or um sat on it on the bed. Some how I have managed to dislodge a part of the mask near the bridge of the nose and now there is so much air escaping that it isnt working properly. I did this late last week and havent used my mask for two days now, <BR> Today I am back to being tired and sleeping all day, <BR> I dont have the money to buy a new mask at the moment and it is a requirement of keeping the machine on loan from the hospit... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:43:01 EST New Member from Spokane http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45550285 I'm trying to lose 10+ pounds in a Biggest Loser challenge at my workplace. My goal for now is to track the number of calories I've burned each day. I love healthy recipes, especially those that use some amount of prepared foods such as those at Costco. Sat, 17 Dec 2011 14:51:56 EST Claustrophobia, anxiety and the mask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x45532595 Found Lanky Lefty again. He is my favorite tech. <BR> <BR> I know the new people to the cpap and mask tend to fight it mentally even if the fit is good. Here are some strategies to help. <BR> <BR> <link>www.freecpapadvice.com/Claustrophobi<BR>a_Anxiety_and_CPAP.html </link> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 03:17:13 EST New Member from Mississippi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45512314 Hi, I'm Carrie and I have sleep apnea. <BR> <BR> In September, I was officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, but I don't know which kind. I didn't really know what questions to ask when I talked with the doctors. Now, however, I do. When I get my titration study done on Dec. 27, I will know what to ask. I know the questions because of forums like this one. Everyone who has gone through this, and learned some of the tricks, should be teaching us newbies what to do and what to ask. I'm gl... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:06:32 EST Sort-of New User http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45480970 Good Morning Everyone. <BR> I am new to this group and searching for information and answers to some of the issues I have run into. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed last October as having sleep apnea. I have been falling asleep at inappropriate times since I was 18. (It started in my college classes - needless to say, I had to drop out of school.) <BR> <BR> The provider worked with me right through to the end of January, trying different masks. It turned out that my skin is very sensitive so ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:41:01 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45444366 Hi, I am so glad I found this forum. I have been dealing with EDS for years, and finally I have a doctor who thought it was more than just being a busy mom. She sent me for a sleep study, and it appears that I have Central Sleep Apnea, along with periodic limb movement. She has put me on carbidopa/levodopa at bedtime and I am going in for a titration study on Sunday. I am a little freaked out because both my older half- brothers died around age 50 of heart attacks, and now I am 50 and fin... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 13:27:12 EST What part of your machine did you clean today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x45414130 Just a challenge to help us remember to keep the cpap Sparkling. <BR> <BR> I am cleaning my mask and hose when I send this and checking my filter. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 12:07:02 EST WINTER CHECK IN AND CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x45413906 Hi Dear friends both old and new. Hope that this winter brings good sleep and serenity to your lives. I wrote my newsy chat on the Autumn thread. <BR> <BR> Barb. I am praying for healing for you. <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:49:15 EST THOSE CLEAN MACHINES.. ....better for your health http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x45413647 Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Here is an equipment checklist <BR> <BR> 1) filters: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> 2) humidifier tank: Is it scoured and smelling fresh? Do you need to buy more distilled water? <BR> 3) all pieces to mask: Is it washed, does any part need replacing. <BR> 4) hose: Are there any air leaks? Have you run soap, mouth wash or other cleanser through it? <BR> 5) hea... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:32:05 EST diagnosed in june http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45405948 Hello I am new to SP and I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea in June this year, I believe i have had it untreated for many years. I am using a cpap machine and it is very helpful. But I am not making the most of the machine and am lucky i havent consistently had colds. because i havent been cleaning it regularly enough. <BR> <BR> this is one of my challenges and I might even set it up as a goal on mytracker to clean the cpap mask cover daily, and clean the filter once a month (at least) ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 21:49:18 EST Introducing myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45372780 Hello, everybody! <BR> Just discovered SparkTeams a few days ago, so I thought I'd join a few that were of interest to me... like THIS one! <BR> I was diagnosed with OSA in March of 2007, and got my CPAP in April. It was pretty rough at first, but I've established a certain amount of peace with it since then. However, one of the many motivations for me to lose weight is the possibility that I might one day be able to put it away and NEVER have to use it again. I was already overweight when... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 20:46:24 EST TRY THIS INSTEAD OF THIS....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x45323835 I had a wonderful light meal last night. It got me to thinking about substitutions. <BR> <BR> Try Organic Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with some chedder cheese grated on top instead of Cambells tomato soup with crackers. <BR> <BR> <BR> What are some of your substitutions? Thu, 1 Dec 2011 13:42:06 EST EAT FOR BETTER SLEEP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x45323786 http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/spir<BR>it/get-to-sleep-guide/what-to-eat-for-<BR>better-sleep/ <BR> <BR> quote******* <BR> <BR> "My teammate started raving about her surge in energy thanks to a new 'whole foods' approach to meals," Jenniffer says. <BR> "I was so tired all the time. I seriously thought I had a sleep disorder. Suddenly I wondered, could it be my diet?" After hearing her friend describe how she was sleeping better and waking up raring to go, Jenniffer decided to clean u... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 13:38:42 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45217859 Hi there im mike im new here and working on losing wieght this time really trying lost 5 pounds so far this week Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:25:33 EST I need some sparkle in my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45184836 I have tried just about every diet out there. I have not tried to diet for over 3 years because of my lack of sucess in previous diets. I am here to try to find that motivation again to try to lose some weight. I have a lot to lose so I am hoping that this will be the place to jump start it all for me. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:03:22 EST Equipment "improvements" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x45144325 Okay, seems that CPAP masks are like New Balance shoes -- no sooner do you find a model that works for you that they change it. <BR> <BR> I managed to find a mask I liked (Mirage Swift) over the course of my CPAP trial. So, it came time for me to buy my own equipment, and the respiratory therapist brought in the newer model (I think it was the Mirage Swift FX). I hated it! So -- fortunately, I have a good relationship with this guy -- he exchanged it for what we thought I had been using. So ... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:01:11 EST New to Sleep Apnea team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x45047287 My name is Becky. I have been using Spark people off and on for a few years. I have found the site to be very useful when I am faithful. Just found this team. My husband has a CPAP machine, and about a year ago, he suggested with my "sleep sounds", I should ask my doctor about Sleep Apnea. Kaiser has a well-oiled sleep department and soon, I had my own device. Now we have HIS and HERS. One night my sweet husband quipped " Pilot to co-pilot...good night" Sat, 12 Nov 2011 17:22:02 EST recover from illness faster after CPAP?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x45004086 Anyone notice whether or not they seem to get sick less, or get over illnesses faster after going on CPAP/being treated? <BR> <BR> I usually get a few colds a year, and I just got my first once since starting CPAP. It used to take me weeks to get over a common cold, but now it's been 3-4 days and I'm already feeling significantly better. Still battling a stuffy nose, but overall it doesn't seem like it's taking the same toll. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if this was a fluke thing, or if other ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 20:10:53 EST Hi started today, but didn't do so great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x44938534 But I will do better tommorrow! That "PMS" cravings got in the way today. UGH! Sat, 5 Nov 2011 21:08:48 EST Anybody use the SleepWeaver soft cloth nasal mask? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x44750760 Still new to all this sleep apnea stuff and struggling -- with the help of a therapist -- to find a mask/machine combo that works for me. I found the SleepWeaver mask on the internet (produced by Circadience), was attracted to this soft, plastic-free mask, and ordered one, which I got last week. It is SO much more comfortable than anything I have tried so far but such a problem with leaks. Has anybody here tried it? Any advice? I see my respiratory therapist on Wednesday, and I'm sure he'll b... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 02:20:04 EST Mask leaves marks on my face http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x44622464 Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been using a nasal pillow mask for over a year and I noticed lately that the marks left on my face in the morning are more noticeable and last longer. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions to make it stop or make it go away. <BR> <BR> thanks! Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:52:58 EST rash on face http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x44534645 I dont know why but I have a permanent red mark on my face, it is like a rash it itches. I use a full mask and I do wash it regularly. some mornings are worse than others and it does not go away threw out day, though it doesnt get worse. any ideas? Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:24:27 EST "running" in my sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x44525133 My husband tells me that I "run" in my sleep almost every night. I don't notice it myself and don't feel like I have to move my legs so I don't know if it's restless leg syndrome or not. It wasn't commented on during either of my sleep studies (with and without the BiPap) <BR> <BR> Does anyone else do this or know anything about this? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 18:41:18 EST AUTUMN CHECK IN AND CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x44282846 This is my favorite time of year. Pumpkins, new school clothes, harvesting, warm sweaters, golden and red leaves. I even love Halloween with all the little goblins pretending. I think I never grew up which is why I enjoy playing with the preschoolers so much. Dressing up is great fun and I think that is the appeal of Halloween. Of course I remember crisp Autumn days waiting till after dinner to go trick or treating. The neighbors were the first kids out and they would swing by to colle... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 13:44:42 EST Where do You Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x44163810 Be Mindful <BR> The kitchen will work, too. Why? Because experts believe that eating in the kitchen or dining room, rather than the living room in front of the TV or the office in front of the computer, will help you focus on your food -- not what's on the screen. And that's important, say a growing band of researchers. They suspect the real culprit in the growing obesity epidemic may be a bevy of bad behaviors that fall under the category of "mindless eating." It's a distracted kind of eatin... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:45:47 EST Allergies + Mask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x44017752 Hi All. I'm new to SP and to this group, but I'm looking for some suggestions. I'm struggling with seasonal allergies this fall and as soon as I put my mask on, it puts pressure right at my sinuses and makes nasal congestion worse. So basically, I haven't slept well in about a week and a half and it's making me crazy! Anyone else have this problem? How have you handled it? Recommendations? I'm getting desperate for a good night's sleep! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:25:17 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x43967765 Hi! My name is Suzee. I've been on SP for about a month now. Enjoying my journey so far. I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea about a year ago. <em>213</em> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 00:17:15 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x43920229 I'm new and was surprised to find a group of people like myself. Have had my CPAP machine for a month now and hubby is sooo happy!! LOL Mon, 5 Sep 2011 18:01:38 EST Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x43888528 Anyone have both sleep apnea and narcolepsy? I was just diagnosed about 3 weeks ago with severe sleep apnea. My symptoms of daytime sleepiness and fatigue have increased since starting to use my Cpap machine. They are now going to do another sleep study this week on me to see if I have narcolepsy. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 19:19:41 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x43764546 I was just diagnosed with severe sleep apnea a little over a week ago. I have been fatigued for a couple years and had been desperately searching for an answer. For the last couple months the fatigue has become overwhelming. I am having a hard time doing the most basic daily activities. I am 39 years old and otherwise healthy. I should not feel like this. I got my Cpap machine and have been using it. I have had a lot of trouble finding the right mask. I have not felt much benefit yet but am h... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:32:41 EST What mask do you use and why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x43487939 I got the Respironics Mirage Quattro mask. <BR> <BR> I knew I needed a full face mask because I was sure I couldn't keep my mouth closed all night.I wish I'd had a chance to try the Quattro FX mask, but I think there were four masks for me to try at the sleep center. One was a hybrid mask, one was a nose-only mask, one had nasal pillows and the last was the Mirage Quattro. <BR> <BR> I have a cover around the mask that has a cushion for the forehead bar. I got them from Pad-a-cheek. I also ... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:32:10 EST Dream thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x43471605 I thought it might be interesting to have a place to talk about dreams. Do you dream? Do you remember your dreams? Are there any common themes? Any thoughts as to why? Just for fun. :) <BR> <BR> I've been dreaming about bugs, lately. I had a stinkbug invasion last year and it's about that time! I also am debating on calling the landlord again because I had a problem with carpenter ants due to a clogged drain-pipe, not to mention someone on a forum was talking about Palmetto bugs and tarantul... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:43:13 EST How long until you felt less tired? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x43382726 Hi folks! I've been sleep-deprived for years, literally. I wonder how long it took each of you to start feeling less tired during the day? I just made it to the three week mark, using my mask every night and I think I've slept well but I still want more sleep! <BR> <BR> I'm yawning all day, having trouble staying focused and if you handed me a pillow at any minute and told me to "go to sleep," I know I'd be out cold in 10-15 minutes. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:54:14 EST Anyone else have/had a fibromyalgia diagnosis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x43280347 Hi folks! I'm 31 and diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Well, in June I got my Sleep Apnea and Upper Airway resistance syndrome diagnoses. <BR> <BR> I am wondering if anyone here had symptoms like: pain all over the body (roaming pain), unrefreshing sleep, problems remembering or thinking of words...? <BR> <BR> Did you have a fibromyalgia diagnosis? <BR> <BR> How are you doing now that you got treatment for sleep apnea? <BR> <BR> I'm wondering where I may go from here. I'm two and a half wee... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 22:37:01 EST Benefits of using the machine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x43153824 The last few months of pregnancy, I was able to "borrow" an automatic machine, and actually had a good sleep. Now, I am using my machine again, and am finding that I don't feel as rested during the day, and I am having problems. It is hard keeping the motivation up to keep the machine maintained, and to use it all night every night. So, I want thinking about all the reasons I use the CPAP (apart from the long term consequences). So far this is what I have come up with: <BR> <BR> -I can stay ... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 19:17:03 EST the s9 cpap machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x43137540 does anyone else have this machine i like it although the only problem i have with this machine is it uses the slimline hose and it breaks on me just wondered if anyone else has this problem. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:56:22 EST Sleeping Aids and Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x43078646 It will be some time before I get squared around with my CPAP and my question is: <BR> <BR> Before you were diagnosed and got your machine, did you ever take sleeping aids (pills) to help you sleep? I'm afraid to try them because I'm thinking if I fell into a deep (blissful) sleep would I wake if I can't breathe. <BR> <BR> I live in northern Louisiana where the heat and humidity are very high and I don't even try to think about going to bed at a decent time. I will try to go to sleep arou... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:44:42 EST Sleep Study Scheduled http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x42975264 Hello everyone I am just at the beginning stages for diagonosis. I met with the Dr on Monday the 11th and have my sleep study scheduled for Aug 13th. The Dr believes that I have obstructive sleep apnea. To add to the issue I may have to have my tonsils removed as they are quite enlarged. He wants to wait til after the sleep study is conducted but is pretty sure he will start me on a cPap right away and see if that helps. He is hoping that my tonsils will no longer be enlarged when the un... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:01:45 EST Mike and Molly's CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x42817892 Good Article to ponder. By the way, I love Mike and Molly. I think their struggle is real. Including thier missing the point periodically. I spent too many years doing some of the same things. <BR> <BR> Link is at bottom <BR> **********Mike & Molly, a traditional CBS sitcom with three cameras and a laugh track, is the most controversial new show on television this fall. The show is about an obese Chicago couple in the early stages of their relationship. <BR> <BR> Health pundits rail on ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 17:32:14 EST Laughter for exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x42788611 <link>www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughte<BR>r_health.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Well, here we go.This is along the lines of David Letterman's Top Ten Lists <BR> From the home office in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota The Top Ten Alternative Uses for CPAP <BR> <BR> 10.) Leaf blower. <BR> 9.) Indoor kite flying. <BR> 8.) Blow out dust and dirt from computer keyboards. <BR> 7.) Attach to flagpole to keep flags flying on windless days. <BR> 6.) Blow up balloons for parties. <BR> 5.) Hair dryer. <BR> 4.) ... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 01:12:18 EST What IF the POWER Goes OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x42782600 Teddy asked a really great question. What are our resources? <BR> <BR> She recommended sleeping in a recliner which will help keep the palate open using gravity. <BR> <BR> Other links and ideas: <BR> <BR> Battery packs aren't cheap but might be worth it. <BR> <link>www.cpap.com/cpap-battery-power/cpap<BR>-battery.php </link> <BR> <BR> Converters for tapping into car batteries <BR> <link>www.cpap.com/cpap-battery-power/inve<BR>rters-converters.php </link> <BR> <BR> Generator,... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 17:06:32 EST SUMMER CHECK IN AND CHAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x42641341 Starting a new thread for any dial up friends we have. <BR> <BR> Barb let us know how that new mask works for you tonight. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 00:28:48 EST Sedona's CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x42618204 Congrats on getting the new cpap. Let us know how your first night went! I loved mine instantly, but hated the mask. Still it was worth a good nights sleep. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:07:36 EST Three Foods that Eat Your Bones and cause fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x42602303 <link>saveourbones.com/the-3-foods-that-ea<BR>t-your-bones-and-what-you-should-eat-i<BR>nstead/ </link> <BR> <BR> Good article. Let me know what you think. We probably would all sleep better if we ate better. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:17:05 EST Blueberries and other healthy foods Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x42568101 Help me make a list of 25 healthy foods we can take to a church potluck or family picnic. <BR> Copy and paste in reply then add to the list. <BR> <BR> 1. blueberries <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 00:47:51 EST Greetings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42513452 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a thirty two year old chick from a small town in Manitoba, Canada, I am on maternity leave right now, I have a 2 month old son and a 3 year old - things are often busy! <BR> <BR> I found out a year ago that I have sleep apnea, the apneas themselves were not hugely significant, but there was somethig like over 600 apneas in a one hour period. My guess is I have had apnea for a long time. I believe that a complicating factor for me, is that I have an overbite, w... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 10:54:34 EST Happy to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42512321 I am originally from Ma and live here in Fl. for the past 14 years. I amv61 yeas old and widowed. I have 2 wondwrful sons & 2 grandsons that I adore... I just battled a stage 3 overian cancer... And just received my I survived report from my doctors. I can now get back on track and start a new dventure in life by loosing weight and getting healthy once again. Thank you sparkpeople so glad to have found your site Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:37:08 EST Introducing me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42497909 Hi, I am a 62 yr. old retired RN who has met her Spark goal, but one goal that has been out of reach for me ALL my life (seriously) has been a good night's sleep. <BR> <BR> As a teen, my home-life was very stressful so many nights every week I would cry myself to sleep. Then in nursing school, I would lie awake to "stress" the upcoming day and would get out of bed to get ready long before my roommate's alarm would go off. This pattern persisted all my life, and I actually had been able to f... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:10:43 EST nuvigil and other aids in addition to cpap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x42459525 Has anyone used nuvigil? Is their any other things you are doing with your doctor in addition to your cpap? I have an appointment with my doctor next week for a "check-up." I have taken nuvigil and it seemed to work for a while. I don't take it on the weekends b/c it's so expensive and I feel like I may have to suck it up and take it everyday. I also feel like I need a stronger dose. Wanted to see if anyone else uses this prescription or any other methods they use with their cpap machine. sug... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:30:57 EST Hello.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42415303 I did the sleep study a few years ago and was told I have sleep apnea. For reasons I don't want to get into I can't have any machines to help me. Unless I Make myself get up, I can easily sleep 12 hours a day (I frequently sleep 9-12 hours). My boyfriend says he hears me stop breathing when I sleep. Its frustrating to have no energy! <BR> <BR> Oh, and Hi, I'm Ally. <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 04:07:26 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42297643 hello everyone, I am new to sparkpeople and to the cpap machine. I have been on the cpap about six weeks and it has taken awhile to get comfortable with the mask. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 20:10:19 EST hubby's new CPAP machine now hehas nasal congestio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42291536 my hubby just got his new CPAP machine with nose mask last week, heated hose and humidifier - but he's complaining about sinus congestion now and his nose is plugging up making the nose mask hard to use. He's playing with the controls for humidity but he's getting impatient. <BR> Does anybody else have the same problems? Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:54:36 EST Sleep Apnea (New Member) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42285737 Hi my name is Melanie Louse Jackson, (aka Grease 31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this group, cos recently, when i am asleep, my family, have noticed that i stop breathing, & keep tossing & turning, but whats especially worse, is that i snore a lot, even though i dont notice it myself, please can you give me any advice to stop this from happening <em>212</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 09:08:02 EST Just Another Reason to Lose Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x42174951 So I went on vacation to visit my daughter. Last year when I went, the TSA people at the airline took me aside to examine my CPAP. They told me that I should have put it in a clear plastic bag. This year, that is exactly what I did. I still had to remove it from my suitcase to put it on the belt (like you would a laptop). Things went smoothly. The trouble is, I had to go to a larger suitcase to accommodate my clothes AND my CPAP! And before I left to come home, I had to ship stuff back... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 17:09:06 EST Changing my life - 1 meal at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42145744 Hi. I'm Monica 35 single no kids and I am ready to change my life. I am at my heaviest in my life! I'm tired of crying about it. It's time for action Tue, 31 May 2011 13:01:06 EST Getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42082467 Hi! Bette here. Just getting started with SparkPeople. I'm 67 yrs young, but need to shed 70-75 pounds. Any help will be most appreciated. Thanks. Fri, 27 May 2011 22:07:37 EST Greetings and Salutations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x42035178 Hello, <BR> I have been and "on and off" sparkpeople user for several years, but it wasn't until today that I discovered this team. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea a few years ago, I received my machine and used it for a while. Then I stopped, then I started again, then I stopped again. It's not that I don't want to use the machine, or is it? When it comes time to clean it, it just stands there and I do nothing. I should have seen my doctor a year and a half ago. I know that it would r... Wed, 25 May 2011 12:12:03 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41999308 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> New to this board, but not sparkpeople. An off and on visitor, who's on again. I'm not officially diagnosed with sleep apnea yet, though I'm set for a sleep study and it seems very likely. It's going to be at least a few months before the sleep study, so I thought I'd see what others were going through before diagnosis, sleep studies and after. <BR> <BR> I'm hopeful that with a diagnosis and a solution that I'll feel better rested and more energetic. <BR> <BR> Tha... Mon, 23 May 2011 19:01:23 EST Help: face breaking out under CPAP Mask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41970211 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been struggling to find a CPAP mask that works. I'm currently wearing a Fisher and Paykel mask that goes over both my nose and mouth. I'm washing the insert that touches my skin every day. However, I'm having a terrible time with my face breaking out and getting infected around my mouth. I find that I need antibiotics and to stop wearing the mask for it to heal. I used to put on facial moisturizer morning and night, but since the breakouts, I've stopped putting moistu... Sun, 22 May 2011 10:08:26 EST Hello Everyone - New to Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41913306 Hello! I'm new here and looking forward to sharing and learning from this group. <em>304</em> Thu, 19 May 2011 04:50:11 EST New here and on my last days with a CPAP machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41860190 Hi, I'm Ruby, 54 with diabetes 2 and fibromyalgia. Sleep apnea... apparently I was born with it. My mom kept me in her bed until I was 3 or 4 because I'd stop breathing in the night. <BR> <BR> It was the unrefreshing sleep I have and the advice of friends that took me for a sleep test which resulted in my trying out the CPAP for about a month. So far, I've found the machine unbearable. The mask I chose is the nostril one because I knew I couldn't handle the darth vader mask due to panick iss... Mon, 16 May 2011 15:50:41 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41856488 Hi everyone. I'm grateful to find this team. <BR> <BR> Our family has been diagnosed with sleep apnea for a little over two years. My daughter's CPAP titration was on December 23rd 2009. We woke up on Christmas morning in the hospital. <BR> <BR> It was October last year when I was diagnosed with REM related Sleep apnea and had my CPAP titration. I did okay for awhile with my machine then got pneumonia. It was quite awhile before I could breathe well at night. Having claustrophobia and tryi... Mon, 16 May 2011 12:57:09 EST New member here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41770137 I was diagnosed yesterday after a sleep test last week. I go next week for a "clinic" at which I guess I choose my mask. The tech tried masks on me during the test, and they were not comfortable. I need to minimize pressure on my upper lip. While there I schedule another sleep test. It seems a lot to do, and I want to feel better NOW!! <BR> <BR> I have read around some of the posts and threads here, and you are all very helpful. I haven't found anything, though, that guides me in dealing wit... Wed, 11 May 2011 21:20:14 EST May/June Filter and Equipment Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41763881 It has been months since I posted this. Sorry! <BR> <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Here is an equipment checklist <BR> <BR> 1) filters: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> 2) humidifier tank: Is it scoured and smelling fresh? Do you need to buy more distilled water? <BR> 3) all pieces to mask: Is it washed, does any part need replacing. <BR> 4) hose: Are there any air leaks? Have you run... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:18:20 EST MAY/JUNE ///Equipment Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x41763844 Here is the challenge. <BR> <BR> 1) Go through all your equipment. <BR> 2) Toss anything you may never use again. Donate old machines and seldom worn masks. <BR> 3) Order what you need. <BR> <BR> Come back and let us know when you completed these tasks. Wed, 11 May 2011 15:16:11 EST Fun Goals for Next Decade Birthday! What is Yours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x41682092 SereptaJane wrote a nice blog about somersaulting when she turned 60. It amused me because I want to lose the rest of the weight and climb the climbing wall to the ceiling of our local climbing gym when I turn 60. Mom and Dad went white water rafting in their 70s. The joy of getting older is that we want to play more. What do you want to do. <BR> <BR> What is your goal for turning 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, or even 100? Sat, 7 May 2011 12:47:07 EST Had my study done last night with the CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41667644 Oh man, this morning when they woke me up at 6:15 from a night of sleeping with the CPAP for the first time ever... I was up outta that bed in no time. Not groggy, nothin. It still wasn't the best night's sleep ever because the bed was much more firm than my own so I woke up a few times needing to shift from side to side to get comfy. But it actually wasn't that bad sleeping with the mask on (I tried out the "nasal pillow"). I was also excited to hear that they were able to keep me at the ver... Fri, 6 May 2011 15:23:04 EST Hi! Thanks for the welcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41662977 This is a quick hit, because I should be working. ;) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with OSA a year ago. This occurred after working in a healthcare company that's involved with treating OSA. After reading about it and working with information about it for years, I couldn't ignore that what my doctor was saying about my health, being overweight, and all off the other signals that point to this being an issue for me. Everyone knows the tiredness, the headaches, falling asleep at the drop of th... Fri, 6 May 2011 10:41:15 EST Important Blogs and Links! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41647243 <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=42<BR>07361 </link> <BR> <BR> From a new member. She got some really good information from her doctor that we should all be asking our doctors. I don't know any of this information about myself. I only know my pressure numbers and apnea frequency. Wish I knew my oxygen levels and length of apneas. I did not know about the hormones. I knew sleep deprivation caused fatigue which causes inactivity which causes... Thu, 5 May 2011 14:47:13 EST type of mask effectiveness &not cause facial lines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41624802 What type of masks do you use that you find most effective? <BR> I used to use a small nasal one, but it enlarged my nasal passages. <BR> <BR> Previous to that I used a gel mask...too hard on the face. <BR> Now I use a full face mask and it seems to be tugging and "enhancing" LOL <BR> the lines under my eyes each night. I do not know what mask to request next. <BR> <BR> Any ideas???? Thank you in advance. Wed, 4 May 2011 14:19:53 EST New Members....Team Growing Exponentially! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41623156 Has anyone noticed we have tripled our team size recently? I think we must be a recommended team for those who list sleep apnea as a health issue. This is really great, but I am not getting notices for all the new members and am finding it really hard to sift through all the new members listed below to send welcomes. If you are new and I have missed you, I apologize. Please jump in anywhere and introduce yourself. If you post we will find you! <BR> <BR> We wish you the best for your he... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:58:08 EST Noniherbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41474268 Hello, I am new here. I am trying to monitor my nutrtion to better know what I am eating and can and cannot have. I like the site. Just have to get my main foods listed to make the job easier. Hopefully will lose weight with this approach. i want to monitor my carbs, protein and fat to see what I need to get rid of the hunger during the day and late evenings. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:12:09 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41474243 Hi all of you "hose noses"! I have been dealing with sleep apnea since 2002. I found I adapted well to my CPAP, with the exception of mask comfort. I have used standard masks, but recently I discovered Res-Med's Mirage Vista. It is a small interface with no forehead pad. Anyone else tried it? Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:11:25 EST Provent for those who can't use CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41391534 <link>http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000<BR>1424052748704004004576270972075338848.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Good article and a good picture of the device. I think it would be great to have a few around in case of a power outage. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 00:50:45 EST Hello, I am New....z zzzzz... Ha.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41386365 Nice To be here at Sparkpeople, I love this site! I would love it even more if I could stay awake <BR> while I am reading everything! I have had 2 sleep masks, and I think I have given up on the masks. I have really tried to keep them on, and then I can't take anything on my face like that, <BR> when I am sleeping. I heard of something recently where you have something inserted in your <BR> mouth to help you, without a mask. Anyone heard of that, or has done it?? <BR> <BR> Have A great Eveni... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:17:34 EST New to Team - Hi From Ontario Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41331383 Hi Fellow Sparkers!!! <BR> <BR> I'm Joanne and I live in Southern Ontario, Canada. <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> Last year I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea ("severe" like many of you) and have been using an APAP machine (Automatic PAP that has variable pressure throughout the night) with Nasal Pillows mask since August. <BR> <BR> The beginning was hard but now I LOVE IT. <BR> <BR> I even got my husband to have the sleep study and he now has a CPAP too! We look VERY romantic going to bed. <e... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:23:07 EST CPAP and neck pain....advise type of pillow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41329482 I have been having chronic neck pain since the end of December and at first thought it was related to my job. Now I think it is the position I sleep in....with my CPAP...I was told after my last study at the hospital that I get more oxygen when I lie on my side at night, but getting my neck in a comfortable position while lying on my side has been difficult to impossible. I just purchased a pillow on ebay for CPAP users and am hoping it will help. If anyone who is a side sleeper has had go... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 22:18:54 EST Hi from Winston Salem NC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41328594 I am excited to be back on the Spark Journey. I was here 2 years ago and strayed away. This time I intend to be a "lifer!". I would love to have a buddy to share this healthy journey with so please check out my SparkPage and let me know if you would like to join me in getting Healthy! <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:41:57 EST Sleep deprived http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41292976 Hello all you sleep deprived members. I've been on the "machine" since 2000 and now have the honor of being on a bi-pap due to my worsened condition. It's imperative to lose weight to see if I can get off this machine. <BR> Happy Sleeping! <BR> <em>43</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:19:57 EST Sleep deprived http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41292955 Hello all you sleep deprived members. I've been on the "machine" since 2000 and now have the honor of being on a bi-pap due to my worsened condition. It's imperative to lose weight to see if I can get off this machine. <BR> Happy Sleeping! <BR> <em>43</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:19:09 EST Trouble getting my breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x41272234 Hi....I'm Susan and just new here to the sleep apnea forum and have used the cpap machine for 3 nights now. It is still set on auto and sometimes goes as high as 14. I haven't slept much at all these last three nights. I find that I have trouble getting a relaxed breath after I take off the mask in the morning.....is this normal. Maybe this is just adjusting to the machine but I haven't see this question asked here. I have been off the mask since 7:30 and it is now 9:00 and I still have ... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 09:08:37 EST I'm Vikki and a total newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41211066 Hi I found this site today trying to find vegetarian weightloss diets. Saw this one and thought I'd give it a go. Have got shed loads of weight to lose. Currently apathetic, lazy and severly lacking motivation to do anything physical. This has got to change; had my kids late in life and want to see them grow up and have kids of their own. Currently have high bp and cholesterol. Apart from these 2 (not taking meds) and my weight consider myself to be somewhat healthy. All I know is I feel hung... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:49:39 EST Hello, I am new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x41135803 Hi, <BR> I signed on to this site about a week ago and I love all the tracking tools, advice and positive comments. I have been working at it for about 3 weeks and I am seeing results. I am pretty excited about it. More excited than I have ever felt about fitness and nutrition. I hope this means that I have hit on this at just the right time. This site has help so far. Thanks for being here. <BR> <BR> TAK Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:17:44 EST new member & CPAPer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x40944260 Although I am new to this group and relatively new to wearing a CPAP for sleep apnea, Dec. 22, 2010, I am not new to SP. I am hoping to get myself back in the groove of things, now that I have one more piece of my health puzzle figured out. <BR> <BR> Any of you wear a flexible pressure CPAP. I had been a nurse for several years and had not heard of it, but that is my new best sleeping partner. <BR> <BR> Amanda Fri, 1 Apr 2011 17:41:45 EST wearing mask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x40886899 I started using my bi pap machine in October and I still do not use it every night. Sometimes I am so tired I fall asleep before I can think about putting it on. Other times I am taking off while sleeping and not knowing it. I am also self conscience since my husband told me it blows air at him all night, and many nights my kids are with us. <BR> <BR> What can I do to make this a habit? Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:47:03 EST SAYING GOODBYE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x40853505 I AM LEAVING SLEEP APENA , I NEED TO MOVE ON RIGHT NOW AND I KNOW I WILL MISS YOU ALL ... THIS WAS A HARD DECISION FOR ME BUT ONE I MUST MAKE AT THIS TIME ..KNOW I AM ALWAYS NEAR AND IF YOU NEED ME FOR A PRAYER YOU GOT IT ... PUT HOW LIFE MOVES US SO DOES INTEREST IN MY LIFE .. TAKE CARE AND BE WELL AND WILL SAY SEE YOU LATER HUGS AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL LOVE DEE Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:27:13 EST Did apnea go away with weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x40850927 Hi, I have mild sleep apnea and my MD gave me the choice to either lose weight or use a machine. I'm opting to lose weight but does this really make the condition go away or symptoms decrease? Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:53:46 EST Spring Time Check in and Chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x40682536 I sure got a lot of responses about the chair exercises. I think I hit a nerve. It felt good to have reached some people who were looking for that sort of thing. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:03:06 EST Just diagnosed with Severe Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x40663338 I've had my sleep study done, and had the follow up with the specialist on Thursday. He told me that I woke up 81 times an hour (severe range), before they put the CPAP on me, and my oxygen levels went as low as 72%. After the CPAP, it was down to just 3 times an hour (normal range) and my oxygen levels were up in the 95% range. <BR> <BR> The study really opened my eyes up to why my Blood Pressure has been so high, even with new medications, and why I've been having heart palpitations. The ... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 20:07:08 EST 12 hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x40292363 Hey, everyone. I've been super busy, and today I had a day off so I didn't set an alarm. I slept 12 hours!!! This was a regular thing for me before being treated for sleep apnea, and I thought that this kind of oversleeping would stop once I was treated, but it hasn't. <BR> <BR> If I set an alarm, I'm fine on 8-9 hours sleep, but if my body is left to do what it wants it seems like it consistently wants to sleep 12 hours. I mentioned this to my sleep doctor and he didn't seem concerned becau... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:10:00 EST March Filter and Equipment Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x40261424 New month! <BR> <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Here is an equipment checklist <BR> <BR> 1) filters: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> 2) humidifier tank: Is it scoured and smelling fresh? Do you need to buy more distilled water? <BR> 3) all pieces to mask: Is it washed, does any part need replacing. <BR> 4) hose: Are there any air leaks? Have you run soap, mouth wash or other clean... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 16:34:12 EST Moisturizer Use question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x39803000 Ok ladies I have a question about using moisturizer and a full CPAP mask. I have always used a moisturizer but I just realized that my mask slippage (mid night after a good fit in the beginning) is due to my moisturizer. I don't want to not moisturize so I was wondering if any of you had this problem and if you had found a moisturizer that didn't cause slippage. Thanks. <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:03:53 EST Where were you 25 years ago? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x39677449 I was living in Portland, single, two school age children, working as an educational assistant in special ed. The weight had started creeping up then, from stress and responsibilities. I forgot I needed to take care of me to do a good job of taking care of my family. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 4 Feb 2011 04:51:23 EST getting a good seal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x39673029 do you ever have trouble getting a good seal? Thu, 3 Feb 2011 21:34:59 EST FEBRUARY FILTER AND EQUIPMENT CHECK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x39645753 New month! <BR> <BR> Time to wash and change filters, do a thorough equipment check and cleansing and order replacement parts. <BR> <BR> Here is an equipment checklist <BR> <BR> 1) filters: Are they changed, do you need to order more <BR> 2) humidifier tank: Is it scoured and smelling fresh? Do you need to buy more distilled water? <BR> 3) all pieces to mask: Is it washed, does any part need replacing. <BR> 4) hose: Are there any air leaks? Have you run soap, mouth wash or other clean... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 20:25:00 EST HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x39640618 Well I just joined the team and I have read where most of all here are in love with their machine. I have sleep apnea I am told it is very bad. Most days I function with out the machine but here lately I am exhausted. I can be setting at a table and feel like falling a sleep and the next think I know is I am panting for oxygen just feel like I am not getting enough oxygen but have never been told it is low.I CAN NOT USE MY MACHINE BECAUSE I just can not stand the air blowing in my face i... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:41:46 EST Newbie ... Hi!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x39541371 I am Nicole, a special education teacher, PhD student, and photographer. My husband and I have 2 dogs and a parrot and are trying to adopt a baby. <BR> <BR> I wear my CPAP religiously every night. In addition to apnea, I have eds (excessive daytime sleepiness) -- I was a few minutes too slow falling asleep during the mslt test to be diagnosed with narcolepsy. I take 250 mg of nuvigil daily and am still exhausted all the time. I know that losing weight and being more active will help that a ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 20:47:02 EST Message from Coach Jen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x39441428 This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, but can easily get out of hand. <BR> <BR> I'd ask that you spread the word to prevent things like this from continuing. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:04:22 EST Welcome New Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x39249163 Hi Kimosabe! I can't open your Spark page so wish to welcome you to the team here. Let us know how you are doing. Join some of the games and tracking. Glad you joined. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:08:35 EST My Nose is Freezing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x39198369 Help! For the past two mornings I've woken up with a FREEZING Popsicle nose. The temp in the house had gone down a few degrees (we heat with wood) and the outside temps dropped. Yesterday and today I've been blowing and sneezing all morning. What's going on with my face mask? Do I need a hose cover or a way to make the water in the chamber warm?!? This has happened before but these last two days are the worst! <em>198</em> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 09:13:18 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x39075902 Hi there! My name is Eric and I was diagnosed with moderate OSA (24 episodes per hour) a little over two years ago. I come from a long line of loud snorers and I'm sure I have relatives who had undiagnosed OSA. <BR> <BR> I won't lie, I absolutely hate having to wear my CPAP mask at night. I definitely get a better night's sleep with it on, though. I still am holding out hope that losing some serious weight and increasing my physical activity will someday cure it, but we'll see. Apparently my... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:03:54 EST new to sleep apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38934593 Well first my name is Ronda and I live in Ohio. I have been complaining to my doctor for years that I am always tired no matter how much sleep I get. She ran a slew of blood work and said I had low iron and B 12, put me on meds and after a year I still felt the same. After talking to many people I started putting the pieces together and called and demanded a sleep study. She agreed and I set it up. After study I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in Oct of 2010. I started using my cpap on 10-5 an... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:30:55 EST Cold and Headache: CPAP related? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38888711 I had a bad cold for almost a week. It's mostly cleared up, but now I've got a headache. I read that using a cpap with a cold can cause fluids to build up in your sinuses. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else experienced this? When you have a cold do you still use your cpap machine? Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:44:18 EST 3 year old diagnosed with sleep apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38853113 My three year old son was diagnosed with sleep apnea today. He all ready has had a T&A(due to ear and sinus problems..it didn't cure either). We have an appt. Friday to discuss what are options are and I'm just curious coming from people with sleep apnea..what are my best options for him? Mon, 3 Jan 2011 19:41:59 EST New to Team but not to CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38696617 Just wanted to say Hello... I was diagnosed with sleep apnea approximately 3 years ago. I spent the first two to two and half years using a nasal mask, however, with each one I tried, I eventually wound up being noncompliant becausse of recurring nose irritations. I had refused a full mask in the past as I had panicked (SP) years ago when someone put a mask on me in the OR and I fought them. However, we decided about 8 months ago, it was time to try the full mask. <BR> <BR> I used it r... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:04:06 EST Reflections and Resolutions 2010 - 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38677544 Re-introduce yourself here. <BR> <BR> I tend to get long winded, but would like to encourage you to reflect and resolve as much as you want. <BR> <BR> <BR> Reflections: <BR> What a roller coaster. <BR> Winter 2010: Not well, getting harder and harder to do job at work. Turned down offer to go to evaluation team. Preferred staying local with the families I love. DIL pregnant with baby boy due in August. We are all excited and happy. <BR> Spring 2010: Work cuts my job to 1/2 time and fo... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:08:07 EST Hello from Colorado! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38669790 Hi! I live in Colorado. <BR> Been a CPAP user for 5 years now. <BR> <BR> I don't mind it and am glad to do it as opposed to <BR> dying in my sleep .... <BR> <BR> It would be nice to get off of it, don't know anyone who has .. . Mon, 27 Dec 2010 03:15:06 EST Liners for CPAP masks: RemZzzs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38665453 The following is the link for the website where you can read about RemZzzs, a liner for CPAP full masks and nasal masks. <BR> <BR> I was a bit disappointed when I opened my sample pack (6 of them) as they appear to be thin material and I just couldn't believe they could help...until I tried them last night after I was awakened by a persistent leak in my mask into my eyes. It actually worked and I will try it again tonight. <BR> <BR> The sample pack cost about $1 each but buying a 24 pa... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 20:21:59 EST Grand Lodge Spa and Resort to Rest and Revitalize http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38655546 Please join me on this winter retreat to help us get ready for Spring. Be sure to pack your bags with swimsuit and sun screen as we need to get plenty of vitamin D. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste the questions into your reply: <BR> <BR> 1) Where would you like to place the next Grand Lodge? <BR> <BR> 2) Why? <BR> <BR> 3) What clothes would you pack? <BR> <BR> 4) Who would you take with you? <BR> <BR> 5) What would you pack to stay healthy? <BR> <BR> 6) How would you plan your ... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 04:52:48 EST Winter Check in and Chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38591557 Did anyone get to see the solstice lunar eclipse? <BR> <BR> <BR> HoHoHo... <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as<BR>p?id=SANTA_CLAUS </link> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:05:04 EST One Line Tips....Any Topic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38581261 Check filters weekly. <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 21:41:41 EST Positive thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38415329 <BR> <BR> "People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom" <BR> <BR> - Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 08:18:55 EST New CPAP user from MN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38398482 I started CPAP in mid October and have shown 95% compliance in spite of problems with desaturations, frequent awakenings, mask leaks, etc. I had a second overnight test at the hospital with the CPAP machine and showed definite signs also of RLS (restless legs syndrome). I had previously written this off to discomfort from recent knee replacement surgery (in May of this year and June of last year) but the tech said it appeared to be RLS and I noticed it was jumpy, twitchy movements. I sleep... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 08:15:44 EST Cleaning Tubing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38366482 Does anyone have any suggestions on how to clean the tubing on the CPAP machine without making a huge mess in bathroom. When I picked up the machine the technician said I should clean it inside and outside with baby shampoo and warm water every morning. I've been making a solution of baby shampoo and water and pouring it into the tube and then shaking it. Then running water through the tube. I can't seem to get all the shampoo out of tube :( Wed, 8 Dec 2010 14:54:52 EST Hello from Georgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38301184 Hi everybody, I'm new to SP and relatively new to Sleep Apnea treatments. I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea and moderate narcolepsy about 7 months ago, but it took another 2 months to start with cpap treatment. At first my sleep specialist tried treating me with Nuvigil, which worked pretty well during the day but didn't address my sleep issues. After a few more tests I started using a cpap nightly and taking the Nuvigil on an as needed basis. <BR> Since starting my cpap I've seen ... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 11:14:32 EST Happy Hanukkah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38229981 I want to wish you a Happy Hanukkah to all those who are celebareting the Festival of Lights tonight.. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 16:22:04 EST Getting My Machine on Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x38213606 I pick up my CPAP machine on Thursday. Anyone have suggestions to making the adjustment go smoothly? Thanks in advance Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:09:23 EST Greetings from St. Louis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x38113639 I am new to SP and this team. I was just diagnosed with Sleep Apnea two weeks ago and just finished my CPAP fitting study last Saturday. I have a feeling I have had Sleep Apnea for a long time, but finally got my doctor to prescribe a sleep study. I am hoping to enjoy a good night sleep sometime soon for the first time in a very long time. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:36:21 EST Central Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8678x10648x37929269 Hello Everyone! i was diagnosed with Central Sleep Apnea a couple years ago. This means that I do not have a physical blockage, but rather that my brain "forgets" to breathe while I'm sleeping. My doctor's advice, back at the time of diagnosis, was to lose weight. While I've lost a significant amount of weight, it has improved, I still have episodes. I have found that it is terrible on nights if I drink alcohol. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone here has Central Sleep Apnea, and wh... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 20:42:05 EST Do you read or meditate or ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=15825x10648x37547187 What do you do each night to relax before going to bed? <BR> <BR> last night I knitted a row Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:13:41 EST what would you like to see http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x37483786 I am trying to find different postings so you can post, but nothing is working ,,So I go to you what do you want to see... thanks Sat, 23 Oct 2010 08:44:30 EST cpap for 6 months and still night eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x37479425 Hi - I am new to the site and starting up my fight to lose the extra weight. I has a sleep study done because I wake several times a night and have the compulsive need to eat. I end up consuming throughout the night around 400 kcals. Sometimes I remember it all, other times I do not. In my sleep study in turned out the I have sleep apnea during REM sleep. I started cpap but I have found that it is not stopping all of my awakenings, in fact I wake to frequently find that i have taken my m... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 22:28:02 EST Found this article on SPARKS and you can get 3pts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x37141720 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=643958 </link> <BR> <BR> Please read this article and you can get 3 pts for reading it tooo Wed, 6 Oct 2010 08:25:55 EST STRESSED Come and KICK IT OUT (EMOTICON) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x37014494 <em>216</em> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 08:42:12 EST newbie Cpap user http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x36903271 Hi my name is J and I just got my first Cpap machine on Tues. I've been able to use it every night for the whole night. the hardest part for me is when I first lay down to go to sleep. I've been lurking through the sleep studies etc and thought now is the time to introduce myself. Fri, 24 Sep 2010 21:34:01 EST I Think CPAP is Bloating my stomach! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10648x36785310 Since I started using my CPAP and nasal pillows, my stomach seems to be really distended, and it feels very uncomfortable. I think I'm swallowing too much air. I've always been a mouth breather, but some nights I sleep good with the CPAP, but on others I wake abruptly, snatching my mask off & not wanting to put it back on. Any advice? <BR> Sun, 19 Sep 2010 13:04:13 EST Hi, I am new and scared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x36741664 I didn't even know I had any sleep problems but my heart doctor told me I had to get one. I went to the ER in Nov, in V-Tach and had to go to the heart hospital for 3 days. They said I have an electrical problem with my ventricles of my heart. I finally gave in and had the sleep study done. I couldn't sleep all night, high anxiety and used to sleeping in my bed which is like a hospital bed. It raises up and that is how I sleep due to bad nosebleeds. I asked him for an ambien and he said... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:19:00 EST hello, I'm new to this one http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10648x36738403 I have had Sleep Apnea for a long time, but haven't been using my cpap at all. I have an appointment to get all squared back away coming up, and thought if I joined this team i'd be more likely to use it: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 21:16:39 EST