SparkPeople Sleep Apnea Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10804 Sleep Disorders SparkPeople Sleep Apnea Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=10804 New to this forum, but not to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x55419093 Hello, I'm Bill, 63, living in China. I sleep with a ResMed CPAP machine. Lately I wake several times a night to use the restroom and have trouble going back to sleep. I'm trying several things to see if I can improve my situation like no caffeine or a large meal before bed. Even less computer and/or TV watching. I've lost about 25 pounds, from 260 in about 2 months. I thought diet and exercise would improve my sleep, but it hasn't. I find I don't feel real energetic when I awake in t... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:10:43 EST Hi! I'm Darlene :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x50702257 Name: Darlene <BR> User Name: darlene62377 <BR> Location: Bowman, SC <BR> Hobbies: reading, shopping, puzzles <BR> How long have you had Sleep Apnea?: diagnosed August 2012 <BR> What are you doing to treat it?: CPAP <BR> Age: 35 <BR> Pets: Cat, 2 Dogs, Hamster <BR> Job: Currently Unemployed <BR> Start weight: 318lbs <BR> Current weight: 303lbs <BR> Height: 5'2" <BR> Favorites: <BR> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:10:46 EST Can we stop using a CPAP after weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x43374038 I have been using mine for about one year. I have since lost 60 pounds. Does anyone know if after losing a lot of weight one can stop using a CPAP? I have lost my job and health insurance so I can’t check in with Dr. about this. I know I’m not ready to give it up yet, but really don't like using it and I would love to think that I could give up it in the future. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 21:17:40 EST kathleen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x42997305 i'm getting an exerciser tread mill next week. we have been saving so we can get it. i'm so happy that we will finally have something that i can work out on for a change. the next thing is the stationary bike which, i ordered from sparks. it should be here sometime in the following year around march or so. <BR> <BR> kathleen <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <em>231</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 04:24:07 EST my name is kathleen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x41288651 just wanted to say hi and let everyone know that i have problems sleeping even with the machine and oxygen all hooked up. they say that there is nothing else they can do for me so i have to just get used to not sleeping that many hours. i sleep for around maybe four hours every night i slept one night for around nine hours and that is the only time it has happened. i would like to get more sleep but that just hasn't happened yet. <BR> <BR> kathleen Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:36:53 EST Buteyko breathing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x40194618 I was suffering from sleep apnoea ever since I had some surgery in November 2008. I had a sleep study and was put on a C-Pap machine. Problem was I couldn't sleep! I had the machine for 2 1/2 months and only slept twice! <BR> I became aware of Buteyko breathing and did the course in November 2010. Since then I have not slept well every night but have had quite a few instances of waking up refreshed ... something that had not happened at all during the previous 2 years. I am persevering with t... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 22:33:25 EST New to this Team but not to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x37637943 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a sparker for 1-1/2 years. Nine years ago I had a hysterectomy and the sleep apnea became a growing issue. My friends and family finally had a sort of "intervention" with me regarding my snoring and lack of breathing.That's what it took to get me to a sleep study. <BR> <BR> Now that I've been using the cpap machine I cannot sleep well without it nor without the 2mg of clonzapam prescribed by my doctor. I've had my share of health issues for the past 12 ye... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 07:49:52 EST Steve - new to Sparkpeople.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x37404260 My name is Steve Boling. I am a 43 year old ICU nurse who is tired of not "fitting" in. I want to be able to ride roller coasters and do other activities like the rest of the world. I'm not a person who feels sick. I'm just too large for the world around me. I hope to find information and motivation. Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:18:46 EST Will I always have sleep apnea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x35857986 Does anyone know if once on a cpap if you can ever come off one? I was diagnosed almost 8-9 months ago and I don't go back to the dr until Dec. I was wondering if I lost the weight would I be able to sleep normally or if once on it always on it. Thanks Thu, 5 Aug 2010 10:48:13 EST Anyone have sleep apnea allergies and asthma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x35563914 Does anyone here have sleep apnea, allergies, and asthma? I was wondering if my asthma and allergies are causing me to feel like I am breathing in a paper bag, not feeling like I am getting enough air, and waking up to rapid heart beats. Will be discussing it with dr next week but would like to know if anyone has these sorts of problems and what they did to try to correct them. Right now dr doesn't seem to know how to deal with my sleep apnea issues. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:52:41 EST SLEEPER'S THIRD CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12075x10804x35563286 This is a little different challenge, but just last week I realized how delinquent I've been about this matter and I think I'm probably not alone. The challenge is this: <BR> Go through all your equipment, i.e. tubing, mask parts, filters, head straps, etc and make sure they are all up-to-date replaced. (gulp) Yes, I'm guilty. I've used the same tubing for over a year and I was starting to get daytime sleepiness and it got so bad I went to the sleep disorder doctor. Then I went home and ch... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 09:21:55 EST need info... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x35330464 I'm new to this forum so hi all. I have a conglomorate of things wrong with me... anxiety, depression, horrible acid reflux, ibs and a few weeks ago my husbands cousin said I quit breathing in my sleep for 30 seconds... sometimes I wake up in a panic like I can't breathe so I think I've gone longer. Also I snore VERY VERY loudly, which is probably how he knew I quit breathing, because his ears got a break. Anyways, I haven't been diagnosed with anything or had any tests run. I have no in... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 03:21:35 EST oral appliance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x35204727 Anyone use an oral appliance for their apnea? I just cannot tolerate the cpap. Thanks, Erica Sun, 4 Jul 2010 20:15:51 EST Mask is leaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x34197168 I spent half of the night last night fighting with my mask. The danged thing! The first half went great. Then up to the bathroom. From then on, downhill. Everytime I rolled over, or even just moved, the mask would start leaking and "burping". I tried the tip I read about pulling the mask off and repositioning. That didn't work at all at 14cm pressure. So, I hit the ramp button to reduce the pressue temporarily. This worked for a while, then I would wake up to the sound of the mask "burping" a... Mon, 17 May 2010 11:02:57 EST biotene for dry mouth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x33086712 I know there's a thread here from a couple months ago somewhere where Biotene was talked about for Dry Mouth, but I can't find it, so I'll start a new one. <BR> <BR> I was just over at Walgreen's, and in looking at their ad they now sell the Biotene there (the ad lists the Dry Mouth Moistureizer Gel, Toothpaste, and Mouthwash). In this week's ad, at least where I live, they're all on sale for 4.99 each. <BR> <BR> Even at walmart, I seem to remember the mouthwash costing more than that (tha... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:11:21 EST I bought my CPAP Pillow, how about you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x32068150 Ok, I finally went a head and paid $60.00 for one of those CPAP pillows. My first night is tonight. I hope it works. Has anyone else tried one? Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:31:32 EST How long does it take to get used to the CPAP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x31868073 Our newest team member, LJSONGAGAIN, writes this message. <BR> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^<BR>^^^^^^^^^ <BR> Greetings Everyone: <BR> I am very new to CPAP. It will be two weeks this Friday. I've gone through so many different stages in that short time, but I still can't use it more than 2 hours before waking up and giving up for the night. It's a phobic thing, I think I can't breath, then it's a nose discomfort thing, it's always some THING. In the back of my mind I am aware t... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 23:40:38 EST SLEEP- WHAT IS IT AND WHY DO WE NEED IT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x31350755 What is Sleep? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is Sleep and Why Do We Need It? <BR> <BR> Sleep is vital for rejuvenating both the body and the mind. Sleep is an active process that goes through several phases each night of becoming unconscious and being able to be aroused from this unconsciousness quickly. <BR> <BR> Why Sleep? <BR> Sleep is an overwhelming force that puts the world, and everyone in it, to bed every night. The average human being spends nearly a third of their lifespan asleep, a... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 18:56:58 EST The cpap pillow, should I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x31231041 The pillow cost so much money, should I buy one? Who has used one that can offer me some advice? Is it worth the $70? <em>24</em> Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:05:49 EST I got a Bipap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x31065870 For a very long time, I have not been doing well after sleeping with a cpap for 7-8 hours. I felt bad, tired, no energy. I slept with the bipap last night. I did well. The technician that came out to set up my machine, told me if I got 6 hours a night on it, that was enough. I have been told my other doctors, that if sleeping on a cpap, you get better sleep hours than natural sleep. I guess that means if you're successful on the cpap.I rarely get more than 7 hours, mostly 6.8 or so. But I jus... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 21:14:31 EST What kind of mask works for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x30909530 I have found that even though I love my nasal mask, I am going to have to change. My nose gets so sensitive, sore and I think that is why I am sneezing so much. Also, my nose runs clear all day long. Anyone else, experiencing symptoms like these? I talked to my provider today, he told me that most people have to wear a full mask, to have fewer problems. Guess I will change. I hate trying to find the one, that is comfortable for me. There are hundreds out there to choose from. I don't have the... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:47:34 EST The biggest obstacle to your momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x30664553 This wise message is copied from a Spark People email in their Healthy Reflections series: <BR> <BR> Farmers rotate different crops on the same piece of land to give the soil a rest and let it replenish nutrients. How do you replenish? How much sleep did you get last night? Two-thirds of Americans get less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Sleep can set the tone for your actions for days and weeks to come, not to mention your mood and brain power. Even small amounts of lost... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:27:54 EST Snoring can be a symptom of Sleep Apnea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x30369454 Although snoring may be harmless for most people, it can be a symptom of sleep apnea (especially if it is accompanied by severe daytime sleepiness). Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing that prevent air from flowing into or out of a sleeping person’s airways. People with sleep apnea awaken frequently during the night gasping for breath, often without realizing it. Snoring on a frequent or regular basis has also been directly associated with high blood pressure. <BR> -Copied fro... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 14:48:18 EST Website about sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x29415572 Here's a link to a Cleveland Clinic website about sleep: <BR> <link>www.360-5.com/MIND/BETTERSLEEP/Pages<BR>/introduction.aspx </link> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 20:25:39 EST panic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x29349389 i wake up sometimes in a sweat thinking all the windows and doors are gone and i can't get out it is truly awful, anyone else have this or similar, thanks, Erica Tue, 27 Oct 2009 18:17:42 EST Repugnant Group Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x29328884 Sorry. I must leave this group. I can't stand that Dressupbybrenda on my screen. It makes my skin crawl. <em>102</em> Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:43:40 EST Sleep Apnea and iIrregular Hearbeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x29327773 I just saw that today's featured health article talks about Sleep APnea and irregular heartbeat. I would post the link to the article, but I can't copy and paste on this computer. <BR> I just skimmed over it, but what I read was interesting. <BR> My mom has had irregular heartbeat for years, and was diagnosed last year with Sleep Apnea (altough I;m sure she's had it a long time. My dad snores louder than her, but I remember she was a snorer back when I was a kid). <BR> <BR> if anyone looks... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:50:34 EST TIPS FOR SLEEP APEANACS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x29265104 Tips for sleep apnea patients <BR> If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Philip R. Westbrook, Chief Medical Officer of Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc., recommends you do the following:1 <BR> • Always inform all your physicians that you have sleep apnea and how that disorder is being treated. If possible, show him/her a copy of this report <BR> • Tell a spouse or responsible persons the details of your diagnosis and treatment so they can inform the physician in an emergency situat... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:49:45 EST What do you use to clean your machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x29009225 HI everyone, I got my CPAP about 3 weeks ago. I was told to get the machine before I see the doctor as I was told I have severe sleep apnea (I stop breathing 69 times a hour)and they wanted my on the CPAP as soon as possible. I seem to be adapting okay to it, last week I was waking up in the morning with it off, I upped the humidity and the last few mornings I still have had it on when I wake up, so that seems to have helped. <BR> <BR> When I picked up the machine I was told to clean it wi... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 21:25:52 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x28979904 I am searching around and I found this team I have been on Sp for almost 6 months I love it. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea around the same time I found sp. I have had a ton of trouble with masks and already had to get a new humidifier( defective) well I can honestly say I may have had 5 great nights in teh last 6 months if that?? I was keeping it on longer and longer everynight So now here is my problem in the last month I have stomach pains and such and they are thinking maybe gallbladd... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:35:24 EST Vote for SPARKS PEOPLE!!! Follow the Link http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x28882753 Hi please read this article and at the bottom it lets you vote for the best weightloss site....I voted SP!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>lifehacker.com/5373866/five-best-wei<BR>ght+ma </link> Mon, 5 Oct 2009 21:37:28 EST Team Mascot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x28454870 Being a newbie I hesitate to ask but can Sharon find a new logo for the team? Something more appropriate? Possibly Sleeping Beauty or Rip Van Winkle? Witchie-Po age 4 is embarrassing. Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:11:17 EST Sleep Study at home? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x28449504 has anyone had a Sleep Study test done at home, or heeard anything about how they are done? <BR> When I went to my DME a few weeks ago, they mentioned there are now tests that can be done at home, so I when I saw my Dr last week I mentioned that, and they are looking into it. <BR> I'm just curious to know if anyone on this team has had one done at home, or even if they just know how they are done or anything else about them. All I know is that supposedly it is possible to have one done at hom... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 11:23:44 EST C Pap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x28140818 Is anyone else finding it hard to get to sleep with the C Pap machnine. I didn't sleep well with it yet. It has been about a month and a half Hopefully I will sleep all night tonight. I feel so tired it is hard to exercise so I can loose weight. Wed, 2 Sep 2009 19:58:51 EST What's so good about a good night's sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x27846689 Sleep is essential for good physical and mental well-being. Natural sleep restores your body and mind and provides enough dreaming time (REM sleep) to sustain learning, memory and mood. <BR> <BR> If you're sleep deprived, you're more likely to develop infections, and have high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. You may also be more prone to make mistakes on the job, take longer to recover from stress, have problems with learning and memory, and experience depression and ir... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:34:43 EST Anybody ever suffered from sleep paralysis? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x27523542 Hi! I had a very bad night! Last night went off the mask as my nose was blocked! During the night, I sort of woke up, I could hear my husband talk to me, but I couldnt move, I couldnt speak just move my eyes! I was panicky, tried shouting but nothing came out, tried moving but nothing. Then I felt that my son had come to our room to sleep and slowly I came back to normal. <BR> I have checked with my husband this morning, and yes he spoke to me and told me the things I heard, but the thing abo... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 13:45:57 EST Exercise habits can affect your sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x27446939 We know that regular exercise can improve sleep, but did you know that you should avoid exercise within two hours before going to bed? Exercising that close to bedtime can boost your alertness and have a negative effect on your sleep. Studies have found that exercising between four to six hours before going to bed has the most positive effect on falling and staying asleep. <BR> <em>278</em> <BR> <BR> ~From the American Academy of Sleep Medicine wellness booklet, Sleep & Health: Sleeping we... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 13:16:18 EST Caffeine in Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x27381530 Here's a quote from a SparkPeople article: <BR> Danger Drinks and Healthy Alternatives <BR> Healthy Eating Goes Beyond the Food You Eat <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> DANGER: <BR> Coffee: Sure, a small coffee only has about 10 calories, but that’s before adding any sugar or milk. And if you drink it black? You are still putting some unhealthy substances into your body. Many people drink coffee for its caffeine, which in fact robs your body of hydration and makes it difficult ... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:48:00 EST intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x27316113 hi, <BR> <BR> I have trouble with the mask i am on my third one, and still can't seem to deal with it i even had my deviated septum operated on hoping that would avail some releif as u know it is the worst feeling gasping for air and the next day i feel so awful sometimes. My name is Erica, i enjoy reading taking care of my doggies biking tennis and now being a member of spark peope i have lost 9 pounds in less than a month. im glad ur all here and to have people to relate to about the tri... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:37:47 EST Sleep and Heart Disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x27161774 There are two distinct types of sleep: rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep (when most dreaming occurs), and non-REM sleep. Typically, when you fall asleep, you begin in non-REM sleep and spend about 80% of the night in this type of sleep. during non-REM sleep your heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure all drop to levels below those occurring while you're awake. During REM sleep - approximately 20% of your time asleep - both your blood pressure and heart rate can fluctuate. Any time you wake up... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:27:32 EST I got almost 8 hours of sleep last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x27125143 Yes, it's true, for the first time in months I got almost a full 8 hours worth of sleep, and I feel wonderful! Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:38:59 EST SLEEPER'S SECOND CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12155x10804x26832572 This is a challenge to get a good night's sleep every night--including weekends. This will be a challenge for me, too, since I included weekends. <BR> <BR> The Challenge: <BR> Post what time you went to bed and what time you got up each day. Try to get 8 hours. <BR> Tue, 7 Jul 2009 12:46:07 EST SLEEPER'S SECOND CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x26832458 YIKES! I POSTED THIS IN THE WRONG PLACE. PLEASE BACK UP AND GO TO THE CHALLENGE SECTION. SORRY! <BR> <BR> This is a challenge to get a good night's sleep every night--including weekends. This will be a challenge for me, too, since I included weekends. <BR> The Challenge: <BR> Post what time you went to bed and what time you got up each day. Try to get 8 hours. Tue, 7 Jul 2009 12:41:02 EST Surprise! Sleep Apnea may cause Type 2 Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x26807806 Researchers at Univ of Illinois at Chicago were surprised to find an association between sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. Here's a link to the article: <BR> <link>www.talkaboutsleep.com/sleep-disorde<BR>rs/2009/06/Obstructive-Sleep-Apnea-Occ<BR>urring-during-REM-Sleep-is-Significant<BR>ly-Associated-with-Type-2-Diabetes.htm </link> Mon, 6 Jul 2009 13:45:31 EST Talk About Sleep Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x26807613 Here's the link to the latest issue of the Talk About Sleep newsletter <BR> <link>view.exacttarget.com/?j=fe6116707662<BR>027d711d&m=ff2412787d61&ls=fdf61075766<BR>00c7d75127771&l=fed815707667047d&s=fe0<BR>b16707465077c76167371&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2<BR>e1673736504787c1774&r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> One of the headlines reads: <BR> Obstructive Sleep Apnea Occurring during REM Sleep <BR> Is Significantly Associated with Type 2 Diabetes <BR> <BR> For some reason, I'm not surprised .... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 13:37:27 EST SLEEPER'S FIRST CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12075x10804x26678480 For all you sleep apneacs out there, here's a simple challenge: <BR> Week One <BR> 1. Log your night's sleep. You can do this as a total hours per night or post what time you went to bed and what time you got up, whichever is easier for you. <BR> 2. Post every time you clean your machine parts; i.e. mask, tubing, etc. <BR> 3. Post when you are due to order replacement parts and the date you reordered. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:15:18 EST Sleep & Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x26654930 Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Or do you sleep too much during the day? While these problems may be caused by external factors (e.g., noise, light) or temporary stresses (e.g., new baby, starting a new job), it is important to understand that these troubles may also be connected to your moods. In some cases, these sleep problems may be related to a condition called depression. <BR> <BR> What is Depression? <BR> Increasingly, depression is being recognized as a condition that involves... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 14:46:07 EST Importance of SLEEP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x26654634 Sleep isn't just "time out" from daily life. It is an active state important for renewing our mental and physical health each day. More than 100 million Americans of all ages, however, regularly fail to get a good night's sleep. <BR> <BR> At least 84 disorders of sleeping and waking lead to a lowered quality of life and reduced personal health. They endanger public safety by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents. These disorders can lead to problems falling asleep and staying asle... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 14:33:28 EST In case you're annoyed by the "meebo" bar below... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x26603200 It took me a while, but I finally figured out how to get it turned off: <BR> Under MY TOOLS, on your START page, at the upper left, click on the (small) Account / Email link. Click on the COMMUNITY tab, and uncheck the box for "Show my profile image on meebo chatbar." Don't forget to click click "Save and Submit" at the bottom. Fri, 26 Jun 2009 20:49:42 EST Importance of Enough Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x26301940 More evidence that better control of blood pressure is associated with a good night's sleep comes from a study that was just published. Here's a link to the article about it in HeartWire: <BR> <link>www.medscape.com/viewarticle/704263?<BR>src=mpnews&spon=18&uac=61065SJ </link> Sun, 14 Jun 2009 08:51:45 EST Lack of good sleep can make us FAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x25850775 Some people may not be aware that lack of enough good sleep can make us FAT! Two hormones in our bodies, leptin and ghrelin, can make us fat if their amounts are up or down. Leptin is good, ghrelin is bad. Good sleep determines how much of each one you have in your body. <BR> <BR> Maybe one reason for the current epidemic of obesity in our culture is that we're not getting enough good sleep! <BR> Wed, 27 May 2009 11:57:26 EST How did you find out you had apnea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x25762798 I have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but my father, an uncle and some of my cousins all have it. Within the last year or so I have been told by various people that I breathe real heavy when I sleep, and within the last month or so I have not been able to get a solid night's sleep. I usually wake up anywhere between two and four times a night with difficulty breathing and then it takes me a while to fall back asleep. I know I should ask my doctor to test me, but the thought of a bunch o... Sat, 23 May 2009 17:14:27 EST Could your child have a sleep disorder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x25506562 This statement is taken from my local health center's Sleep Health Center's brochure: <BR> <BR> sleep disorders also affect children. If your child exhibits any of the following, it may be a sleep disorder: <BR> - behavior problem <BR> - attention problem <BR> - academic problems <BR> - headaches <BR> - night terrors Wed, 13 May 2009 12:39:49 EST Suspect you may have a sleep disorder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x25506262 This info is taken from a brochure put out by my local health center's Sleep Health Center: <BR> <BR> You may suffer from a sleep disorder if you ... <BR> - feel sleepy during normal activities <BR> - still feel tired when you get up after sleeping <BR> - have been told you snore loudly <BR> - have been told you stop breathing during sleep <BR> - have ever had an accident or "close call" from falling asleep while driving <BR> - awaken with headaches <BR> - work nontraditional hours <BR> - ex... Wed, 13 May 2009 12:29:40 EST tapes to aid in keeping mouth closed with mask on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x25480058 Info on Chin Up Strips, link below.... <BR> <BR> I have tried these and they are helpful if you are a really severe mouth breather. My sleep Dr. has also prescribed nasal medications to keep my nasal passages less inflamed and more open. I tend to be stuffy all the time and have never in my entire life been able to breathe with my mouth closed, so I try everything together. I use a full face mask and still find it very difficult. I hope these are helpful, they may have been mentioned befo... Tue, 12 May 2009 14:46:14 EST Importance of Good Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x24551514 Good Sleep is increasingly being recognized as essential to health and long life. Here's a place to post information about why we ALL really need GOOD SLEEP. Wed, 8 Apr 2009 14:11:52 EST How many hours did you use a CPAP last night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x24383925 <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> Thu, 2 Apr 2009 22:17:06 EST A New Study Looking for Participants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x23887561 This study was posted yesterday, and I thought I'd pass it along in case you might be interested and fit the requirements: <BR> *************************************** <BR> Attention people with sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome: <BR> <BR> A study to see if a drug can help with brain function, reason and problem solving <BR> <BR> Volunteers must meet the following criteria to be considered for participation: <BR> 18-60 years old <BR> Currently using CPAP <BR> Have excessive daytime sleepiness... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:48:32 EST Daylight Savings Time - What do you think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x23417218 Just a reminder that this weekend is the Spring Ahead clock change to Daylight Saving Time. I'm planning to get ready for it by going to bed an hour earlier starting about Thursday. Then maybe I'll be better prepared to get up that hour earlier on Sunday morning. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> One of my sisters thinks we should do away with DST altogether because it plays havoc with people's biologic clocks. What do you think? <BR> <em>48</em> <em>42</em> <em>38</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 19:13:04 EST Cpap vs Dental Device http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x22549055 Has anyone tried or know someone who tried these dental devices? In my area there are a couple of dentists who advertise a device you put in your mouth when you sleep instead of using a cpap machine. Tue, 3 Feb 2009 13:16:57 EST Hello. New to the board w/ questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x22359058 Hi everyone. My name is Stacy. I'm 30 years old and tired all the time. I haven't been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Actually, it's kind of the exact opposite. I had a sleep study done just over 2 weeks ago. My referring doctor went over the raw data with myself and my husband on Monday. He said the study showed I had zero incidences of sleep apnea. He said he thinks there was something wrong with the test. On Tuesday I have to go get a home test. Has anyone heard of a test result lik... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 17:57:01 EST Traveling with CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x22316660 With all the new rules and regulations on planes and luggage, I wanted to share with you what I have learned. You can and should carry your CPAP on with you. It is not considered a carry-on because it is medical equipment. I did get a medical equipment tag and attach it like a luggage tag. You do have to take it out of the bag and have it screened by a person in the security area. They are really great about it. The only problem I had was My spray cleaner was larger than the 3 oz. allo... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:38:42 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x22280414 I can't believe there is a Sparks group for sleep Apnea too. Wonders never cease. I joined Sparks last week and boy am I in heaven. I am in my mid 50's and poor health. I don't know how long I have had SA but have been on my CPAP since June. I love it. DH wasn't to happy about it at first because we travel alot and camp also. But after he found out how much better I feel and sleep, he take care of it fir me. He wouldn't even let me carry it through the airport on our vacation. <em>247... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 15:34:59 EST NEWS AND UPDATES http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20657457 CLINICAL UPDATE <BR> A common symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is memory loss. Certain stages of sleep are known to be important for brain repair, such as turning short term memory into long term memory. Sleep apnea sufferers experience memory loss due to the repeated interruptions to sleep caused by obstructive apneas and oxygen reduction. This sleep fragmentation can adversely affect normal brain repair and function. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A study published by Zimmerman and colleagu... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:47:31 EST Support Groups of New Zealand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20657106 Sleep Apnoea Association of New Zealand Inc. <BR> PO Box 72852 <BR> Papakura <BR> Auckland <BR> Telephone: (09) 482 1929 <BR> Fax: 09 482 1939 <BR> http://www.sleepapnoeanz.org.nz/ Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:37:43 EST Support Groups in America -- Alaska http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20657030 <BR> Alaska <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> State: AK <BR> City: Anchorage <BR> Support Name: Providence Sleep Center AWAKE <BR> Contact Name: Jerry Trodden <BR> Telephone: 907-261-3650 <BR> Organization Name: Providence Alaska Medical Center <BR> Zip code: 99508 <BR> Meeting Schedule: Monthly <BR> Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:35:24 EST Support Groups in America -- West http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20656994 Arizona <BR> State: AZ <BR> City: Prescott Valley <BR> Support Name: Prescott Valley AWAKE <BR> Contact Name: Mari J. Hirst <BR> Telephone: 928-772-6422 <BR> Organization Name: Sleep Disorders Ctr. Of Prescott Valley <BR> Zip code: 86314 <BR> Meeting Schedule: Bi-monthly <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> State: AZ <BR> City: Sun City <BR> Support Name: West Valley AWAKE <BR> Contact Name: Jill E. Cobb <BR> Te... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:34:19 EST Support Goups in America- -Central http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20656919 Colorado <BR> State: CO <BR> City: Denver <BR> Support Name: St. Anthony Sleep Disorder Center AWAKE group <BR> <BR> Contact Name: Crintz Scott <BR> Telephone: 303-629-3575 <BR> Organization Name: St. Anthony Sleep Disorder Center <BR> Zip code: 80204 <BR> Meeting Schedule: monthly <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> State: CO <BR> City: Lovetree <BR> Support Name: AWAKE in Suburban Denver <BR> Contact Nam... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:31:52 EST Wonder if you could help please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20656773 Hi! I have recently switched to the full face mask and I am having problems with my teeth. The gums are all inflamed in the morning. I have gone to the dentist who said that I have an infection in my gums but I think it was triggered by the mask. It is in the exact position where the lower part of the mask is! Anyone has had something similar? If yes how was it tackled. It's really frustrating because I cant sleep without the cpap and right now due to hayfever my nose is blocked so I have to ... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:26:56 EST Suport Groups in America--- -Southeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20656607 Alabama <BR> State: AL <BR> City: Alexander City <BR> Contact Name: Greg Studdard <BR> Telephone: 256-329-7371 <BR> Zip code: 35010 <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> State: AL <BR> City: Anniston <BR> Support Name: The AWAKE Group of Anniston <BR> Contact Name: John Harris <BR> Telephone: 256-820-7766 <BR> Zip code: 36206 <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>----------------------------------------... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:22:48 EST Support Groups in America--- -Northeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20656436 Northeast <BR> <BR> AWAKE Network (Alert, Well, and Keeping Energetic) <BR> <BR> <BR> Connecticut <BR> State: CT <BR> City: Manchester <BR> Support Name: Eastern CT AWAKE <BR> Contact Name: Laurie Lawson <BR> Telephone: 860-647-6881 <BR> Organization Name: Manchester Memorial Hospital <BR> Zip code: 06040 <BR> Website: "http://www.echn.org/container/echn.cfm?v=<BR>1,12&p=6,16,4&wS=1&Show=0,21#21" <BR> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------------------------... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:17:10 EST Sleep Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20656021 Sleep Tips <BR> <BR> Besides using your CPAP system routinely, taking care of your general health is also important to the quality of your lifestyle. Below are a number of tips for how to achieve a good night's sleep. We also have many more sleep tips featured in Your Health News™ newsletters. <BR> <BR> <BR> Maintain a Regular Bed and Wake Time <BR> Different people require a different number of sleeping hours each night to feel refreshed. The average person needs 5-7 hours. You should tr... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:05:27 EST Treatment and Side Effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20655854 Avoiding side effects of therapy <BR> <BR> Some people experience side effects from CPAP. These can be resolved if you take the time to understand what might be causing the problem. Below are a list of potential side effects and what can be done to avoid them. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> MOUTH LEAK <BR> Mouth leak occurs when someone using nasal CPAP therapy attempts to breathe out of their mouth and the pressurized air from the CPAP escapes through the mouth. The result is a high unidirectional... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:00:11 EST Does anyone use hybrid mask? (nasal & mouth) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20605050 I've been thinking seriously about trying the hybrid mask, the one with nasal pillows and the mask that covers just the mouth. But I haven't found anyone to give me feed back who uses one. <BR> <BR> I have yet to find a mask that works for me - tried 4 or 5 in the past year (which gets EXPENSIVE, since my insurance doesn't cover it) I'm in a full-face now because I'm a mouth-breather and chin-straps were no help. Mon, 1 Dec 2008 12:55:24 EST What's your secret for a good night's sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x20438996 Some seem to sleep well and feel refreshed. Others seem to sleep well but still feel tired or sleepy. Still others can't seem to sleep well and may be looking for advice. Do you have any secrets to share? Sun, 23 Nov 2008 19:03:19 EST Anyone who has not had any results at all from use http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x19822973 I was just wondering if there was anyone at all who has not had any results from the use of the c-pap. I've been on the c-pap since October of 2007 and I have yet to see any results. I just had another sleep study and the pressure I should be at is what I'm at right now and I don't feel any better. Has anyone been on the machine for this length of time and not seen results? Looking for answers, help, and support. Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:47:16 EST Chest burns, help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x18771049 Last night was my first night using a full face cushion gel mask. I loved the mask, it felt real good. I woke up in the middle of the night and my chest and throat was burning. I took it off. Is this normal? Wed, 24 Sep 2008 14:58:49 EST Full face mask, how does it feel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x18707866 I hate my nasal pillow system and the tech is coming out tomorrow with a full face mask. How do you all like this one? I cant stand having the air forced in my nose. My question is this, can you breath normal with a full face mask? It's hard to exhale with the nasal pillows and is feels like I cant breath with it on. Then I wake up with my mask off or my mouth open. I do this because it feels like my nose is stuffy with a cold, but I don't have a cold. Hard to explain Mon, 22 Sep 2008 17:20:21 EST Do you suffer from headaches after night with cpap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x18699155 Do you suffer from headaches after night with cpap? <BR> <BR> I dont know if it is from cpap or if a flu is coming my way. But this morning I woke up with a sore throat and a big headache. <BR> <BR> On the whole though, I m doing quite well. Today I managed to go through the whole day without feeling tired in the middle. <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2008 12:20:56 EST My first night with the CPAP machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x18626860 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Today I have gone to buy the machine at last! It's Respironics Auto with C Flex and the mask Optilife, the one that is fitted directly in the nostrils. <BR> Have already tried it in the afternoon and it was not that bad. Will see tonight! <BR> Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:57:43 EST Did you sleep well last night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x18494031 How's it going overall? Did you get a good night's sleep? What are your current issues, if any? Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:58:26 EST New to this team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x18315989 Hi I have had apnea for over 15 yers now. I am finding since losing weight I can get by some night without my machine. I usually only do this if I have had a couple of nights poor sleep and want to be free of the mask for 1 night or if I am stuffed up from allergies, I have a difficult time using it. <BR> Would like to hear from others and what problems they encounter. Mon, 8 Sep 2008 17:04:44 EST What type of machine? Please help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x18213968 Hello! I have yesterday gone to see about the cpap machine and he gave me 3 options: <BR> <BR> 1. A basic machine set to the level of the study. <BR> 2. Same as above but c-flex, different pressure when inhaling/exhaling <BR> 3. Automatic - pressure is determined according to your situation that night. Also this type can print a report with analysis. <BR> <BR> Please any help on what is best? <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 14:50:37 EST First week, I have questions, Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x18213039 I am using the ResMed Mirage Swift LT Nasal Pillows Mask & Headgear. My nose feels like rubber now and it bothers me. All day at work I am wiggling my nose to get feeling back into it. Is this normal? Also my ears feel like they are going to pop when I use my machine. You know like when you are going up in a plane or riding in a tunnel. It happens when I have to swallow when I am sleeping. This scares me, is this normal? Almost like going under water and you cant breath. Help <em>24<... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 14:14:03 EST How many Spin Points did you get today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x17864245 <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> I've had 4's all week! Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:15:20 EST Had my 2nd test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x17861231 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Last night, I had my 2nd test, I was fitted with all the sensors again and then the mask. It is just covers the nose so I was not that bad! I even managed to sleep! Now waiting for the doctors report so I can get the machine for home. I am positive it will be better with it. <BR> I just have one query. Since it is a nose mask, I am worried for winter period when I have my sinuses, if it will be that effective. <BR> Anyone has advice please? <BR> <BR> Bye <BR> Odett... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:11:58 EST mask http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x17860403 I have only had my cpap for about 1 month, but i cant seem to keep my mask on at night. I fall asleep just fine with it then sometime in the middle of the night i take it off. Does anyone else have this problem? Because i know it is not helping me just using it part time. <em>198</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2008 14:36:44 EST My hose connections are starting to slip apart http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x17705719 My hose connections are starting to slip apart, and I'm wondering whether anyone has a quick, inexpensive solution? I'm thinking of putting wire twisties on to hold them together. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions would be appreciated! Fri, 15 Aug 2008 17:16:53 EST Sinus Problems? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x17645098 Has anyone had any new sinus problems since you started using a CPAP? The insides of my nose are irritated and red some mornings, and they just hurt all day long. Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:15:45 EST New to team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x17519311 hi all. <BR> <BR> Name is Elita! I have been sparking for about 2 months now and lost 20lbs. I'm hoping the weight loss keeps up. I know it will cause i'm going to make it. <BR> <BR> I am 33, married, 2 furry four legged kids, no two legged ones yet. I have Type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. I'm just a mess. But I'm going to get better. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get to know all of you! Have a sparkling day! Sat, 9 Aug 2008 11:05:11 EST Just found out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x17498163 Hello everyone <BR> I just found out this week I have sleep Apnea and I'm still a little shaken by it. That 2nd study where I had to put the mask on was scary. During that study I experienced bad dreams all night long. The tech said it could be that I haven't slept that deep in a long time and finally had dreams. I knew for several years now something was wrong with me, I was always feeling sick and tired. I went to 6 different doctors in the past 3 yrs looking for answers. All I was ever... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 14:28:21 EST Have to wait some more!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x17395738 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Have to wait some more days for my 2nd sleep study to fit me with a cpap. It's I got impetigo which is some sort of infection usually in children <em>198</em> . I have sort of rash in my nostril and ears, so cannot take the test. More sleepless nights for now!! Tue, 5 Aug 2008 13:33:04 EST NEW TO SP, AND SLEEP APNEA HAVE QUESTION (S) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x17363972 Hello all! <BR> I've been on CPAP about 4-6 weeks now and still wondering where my "good nites sleep is"!!! Tried 3 different masks, now comfy with a hybrid (Mirage Liberty). About 2 weeks ago was experiencing dry/sore throat. Spoke to the RNP who is treating me for SA and she switched me from cool to heated air, setting of 3. That started me waking up coughing/choking my head off. Also began wheezing during the day, so I had appointment with PCP ON 7/29 (in treatment for environmental allerg... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 14:49:46 EST I keep taking the darn thing off in my sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x17350556 My partner wakes me every time (how does she know? The snoring!) to tell me to put it back on, but I just take it off again. <BR> <BR> I've had it for a little over a week. I had absolutely no problem, and a good night's sleep, once: the first night I had it. Since then it's been crap, but only because I keep taking it off. <BR> <BR> I've used the kind that goes up your nose as well as two different-sized nose cones. So far the best has been ths small nose cone. I used it for the first ... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 08:27:48 EST Hello! New to forum and also to apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x17309491 Hello everyone, I'm Odette, 35 years old, married with a 6 year old naughty son and come from Malta. <BR> <BR> I m very very obese (135kgs) and lately I have been feeling very tired. I thought it was my thyroid ( which was slow but then came normal thanks to pregnancy ). and the doctor sent me for a sleep study. <BR> <BR> I did it about 3 weeks ago. It was a very bad experience. I normally fall asleep as soon as I touch the pillow but there I just couldn't sleep. Must have been all the wire... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 12:35:25 EST Does UPPP Surgery Cure OSA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x17110064 This is a question asked often by people with SA, and Ironically this is the only time that AHI of less the 5 seems to be acceptable. What is generally agreed on is that if the surgery is successful, you will get a reduction of AHI of 50% <BR> <BR> So you mean that if I have an AHI of 30 (anything over 30 an hour is severe) If I have the UPPP surgery, MY AHI will be 15 <BR> <BR> YES, that is what that means <BR> <BR> The fact is that most people will still need secondary treatment after... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 18:51:54 EST First night with machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x16711959 Hello! Last night was my first night with the CPap machine. I really do feel better so far this morning--less exhausted. I didn't get up to use the bathroom at all last night and I woke up a good 2 hours earlier than I would have normally. <BR> <BR> We'll see how work goes today. I'm looking forward to being less exhausted. <em>102</em> Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:13:53 EST Newbie with CPAP issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x16688606 Hello everyone, looking for some help from those of you who've gone before... I recently found out I have sleep apnea (53 per hour). I've had my Remstar CPAP and Mirage Swift nasal pillows for about 3 weeks now and I'm so disappointed. Everyone I had talked to who has a CPAP talked about how much my life would change and I'd be so energized. I haven't seen it yet. Still falling asleep (as a passenger) on the ride to work. I also wake up during the night with the pillows pushed somewhat ... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 13:13:14 EST Surgery Options for Teen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x15380308 At our ENT appointment today, I learned my 13 year old has significant sleep apnea. WHo knew! I had her tested after 2 years of arguing with doctors that she didnt have adhd, she was actually sleepy and tired all the time, and acts lazy and would nap day and night if you let her. She has a few central apneas, but a great deal of obstructive. In 06 we had her adenoids taken out, but the surgeon would not take out her tonsils, even though they are very large. Today, they said they will tak... Fri, 30 May 2008 23:12:04 EST Questions to ask the Sleep Clinic after Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x15218964 I'm trying to write a list of questions to ask the sleep neurologist for my next visit and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I have both central and obstructive sleep apnea. <BR> Thanks! Sun, 25 May 2008 19:02:28 EST Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x15196963 Has anyone been told that with sufficient weight loss their sleep apnea will go away? My Dr. doesnt believe in surgury. He stated that if I go down to 180lbs the high blood pressure and sleep apnea will be GONE! Sat, 24 May 2008 18:53:36 EST CPAP & The Head Cold - HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x15072356 Any suggestions? I've got a horrible head cold - stuffy, sneezy nose, throat congestion, post nasal drip, sore throat, irritating cough, etc. I've tried nyquil, nasal sprays, sudafed, claritin, vicks, etc. but I am having a horrible time using my CPAP. I need sleep before I break! I'm trying to figure out whether the cpap is too low or too high of a speed now. Half the time I wake up choking, gasping for air, the other time I wake up choking with what seems to be too much air. I definat... Tue, 20 May 2008 12:30:37 EST Anyone with Central Sleep Apnea? Or combination? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x14920425 I learned just the past month that I have both Obstructive sleep apnea and Central sleep apnea. The obstructive is mild, and I'm on the CPAP for that. They are hoping the CPAP also helps a bit with the Central apnea which is SEVERE! I now don't feel stupid for 'forgetting to breathe'. I never knew that breathing should be effortless, that I shouldn't have to think about it. Well, my brain just forgets to tell me to breathe every now and then. Wed, 14 May 2008 15:08:20 EST Getting Fed Up with my CPAP Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x13184761 I don't know but I am not crazy about my machine. I use the nasal pillows and like to sleep on my side. I find as time goes by in the evening when I move the air sometimes escapes and I have to adjust the nasal pillows. Sometimes I have to rap down in order to settle down again. Also during the night I have to tighten the traps in order to get a better nasal fit. <BR> <BR> Last night I got fed up about midnight and did not sleep with it all night. <BR> <BR> Wondering if I should go with ... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 11:50:42 EST Had A Great Nights Sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x12880062 Well I had a great nights sleep with my machine! <BR> I sleep on my sides and had to adjust the nose piece abit but otherwise it was great. I can tell because the distilled water was down by 3/4. <BR> <BR> The previous 2 nights were awful and I took the mask off but last night was good! <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Mar 2008 08:03:40 EST New to group and Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x12629815 Ok so I had my sleep study on Friday, which was one of the worst experiences of my life. Took forever for me to fall asleep I only slept for half the time I was there. But I was called today and was told that I was having about 21 episodes an hour, which is considered Moderate I guess. So now I have to go back for them to figure out the optimal air pressure and all that stuff. I know it is suppose to help me but kind of scared because I am a bit claustrophobic. I was wondering if anyone else ... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 17:54:42 EST Hello--I'm new to this team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x12477005 I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in July 2007 and it took until now to get used to the c-pap machine. <BR> This morning I woke up with the full face mask on but--no air coming through! Everything was on-- Has this ever happened to anyone??? <em>40</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:14:57 EST it's official: cpap masks are sexy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x12275845 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group (I'll introduce myself in the intro's section in a moment!) and thought I'd share a blog post from my non-sparkpeople blog. <BR> <BR> CF <BR> ------------------------------ <BR> <BR> Today was "Super Doctor Friday" wherein I had four doctor appointments. I took the day off. Anyway, on the way to the third doctor I realized that I was going to be way early. Since I'd already read through my "NZ Let's Go" guide that morning, I needed something else to... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 12:31:57 EST HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x12243476 Hello all, I am still somewhat new to this group and sleep apnea. I am trying to figure out what to expect next. I had a sleep study last night to see if I have sleep apnea. It has been decided that I do have a mild case of sleep apnea. Last night was a good night for me and according to the tests done I had 3 episodes where I stopped breathing and my oxygen stats dropped. I don't have RLS, I don't grind my teeth in my sleep... was tested for these things last night as well. So they are ... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:18:44 EST New Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x11620863 Name: Tiffany <BR> User Name: blink49 <BR> Location: Wisconsin <BR> Hobbies: music,cooking,internet <BR> How long have you had Sleep Apnea?: 1 year <BR> What are you doing to treat it?: CPAP <BR> Age: (optional) 37 <BR> Pets: Yes <BR> Job: <BR> Start weight: <BR> Current weight: <BR> Height: <BR> Favorites: <BR> Three things that may surprise you abut me: <BR> Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:18:27 EST Symptoms of Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x9055009 Sleep Apnea--symptoms <BR> As noted previously, loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms of Sleep Apnea. A decreased size in the throat, mouth, or airway can indicate OSA especially when the sufferer experiences congestion due to hay fever or ther allergies. If left untreated, the sufferer experiences sleepiness during the day and may even fall asleep on the job or while driving. People who are overweight tend to be more susceptible ot OSA. Other symptoms include morning headaches, pro... Fri, 21 Sep 2007 22:09:16 EST Treating Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x9054917 Treating Sleep Apnea <BR> Sleep Apnea can be treated several ways; however, the most common treatment is a Cpap (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. This treatment machine consists of a mask similiar to an oxygen mask over your nose that is worn at night during sleep. A tubing connects to the mask at one end and to the machine at the other. Through the sleep lab''s calculations, the air pressure is set and this air blows into your nose and throat at the calculated pressure for you c... Fri, 21 Sep 2007 22:03:43 EST What Kind of CPAP/BiPAP Do You Use? What Mask? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x9054794 This thread allows you to post the kind of machine you have, the settings, if you have a humidifier, what type of mask you have--anything you want to say to describe your machine and how you deal with it and how long you've been using it. Fri, 21 Sep 2007 21:54:46 EST Problems with CPAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x8906374 This is where you can post any complaints about your CPAP machine. Fri, 14 Sep 2007 14:10:11 EST General Team Discussion Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x10804x8878232 Hi to all CPAPers! All of you are welcome to discuss any problems you have with CPAP or life in general here. Support, too, of course. Come on, now, don't be bashfull. We all know what it's like to go to bed and put a Facehuggeron our faces. Thatt's what it felt like to me. Did you see the Alien movies? It was just like that for me. Thu, 13 Sep 2007 09:33:27 EST CPAP Fashions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x7731039 Don't you just hate that ugly machine? Well, you can do something to it that will change how you feel about that ugly machine: Dressups by Brenda <BR> <BR> Dressups by Brenda are the only covers you can find for the head strap of the mask for a CPAP machine used to treat Sleep Apnea. Dressups by Brenda are made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton and fit most head straps. Even though Dressups by Brenda are fashionable, they also function to protect the headstrap from sweat, hair oil and dirt, thus ... Tue, 17 Jul 2007 10:32:35 EST Symptoms of Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x7729722 Symptoms of Sleep Apnea <BR> <BR> Loud snoring <BR> Daytime sleepiness <BR> Falling asleep on the job or while driving <BR> Morning headaches <BR> Problems remembering or learning <BR> Irritability <BR> Lack or loss of concentration <BR> Mood swings or changes in behavior or personality <BR> Dry throat <BR> Frequent urination during the night <BR> Depression and hypothyroidism are often associated with OSA <BR> Reduced sex drive or impotence <BR> Anxiety <BR> Confusion <BR> Grogginess <BR> R... Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:35:51 EST What is Sleep Apnea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x7729658 What Exactly is Sleep Apnea? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleep Apnea was first described in 1965 as being characterized by interruptions of breathing while the sufferer sleeps. <BR> <BR> Sleep Apnea is a very common disorder that affects millions of Americans. It is as common as diabetes but because of lack of awareness of healthcare workers and the public, most sufferers go undiagnosed and untreated even though this can be a life-threatening disorder that can have long-term consequences if not treate... Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:33:38 EST Sleep Apnea Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x7729621 Sleep Apnea <BR> <BR> <BR> The word "apnea" is a Greek word meaning 'without breath.' Sleep Apnea is a very common, but life-threatening disorder. There are two main types of Sleep Apnea: Obstructive and Central. A combination of both can be present in one patient. The most common type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. In both types, the sufferer stops breathing repeatedly during the night, as much as 20-30 times in any hour and often for a minute or longer. <BR> <BR> OSA occurs when... Tue, 17 Jul 2007 09:32:15 EST Masks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6675245 Would anyone happen to know what the latest, up-to-date, absolutely the best mask is? I have one that fits over my nose, but I believe it's too big. And after awhile, the silicone cover seems to lose suction or the seal and air blows in my eyes or makes a squeeling nose that wakes me up at night. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem and found a good solution? Mon, 21 May 2007 20:58:40 EST Get Rid of UGLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6462022 CPAP machines are ugly. They have an ugly tube that leads from the machine to the mask. The mask is quite ugly alone or with the machine. Did You Know that someone did something about the ugly and designed a fashion that fits the head strap and the tubing? Yes, I created cotton fashions for these 2 ugly things and now I don't have ugly anymore. I have a somewhat large assortment and sell them on my site at www.dressupsbybrenda.net. I don't sell them so much for the money because I don't... Thu, 10 May 2007 08:44:27 EST Effects of Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6419306 Effects Of Sleep Apnea <BR> <BR> Sleep Apnea is a disturbance of normal sleep. Breathing is stopped during sleep, consequently the person goes through life feeling like they are half asleep, in a daze, or just tired and fatigued for no apparent reason. The results or effects of Sleep Apnea can be any of the following or a combination: <BR> depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, trouble remembering or learning, falling asleep at work or when driving. Some researchers have estimated up ... Tue, 8 May 2007 09:43:59 EST Sleep Apnea Quiz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6357833 Sleep Apnea Quiz <BR> Do You Have Sleep Apnea? <BR> Here are some questions to ask yourself <BR> <BR> Do you fall asleep while sitting or reading? <BR> <BR> Do you fall asleep while watching television? <BR> <BR> Do you fall asleep sitting inactive in a public place such as a theater or a meeting? <BR> <BR> Do you fall asleep as a passenger in a car when traveling for an hour without a break? <BR> <BR> How likely is it that you would fall asleep sitting and talking to someone? <BR> <BR... Fri, 4 May 2007 13:26:53 EST Sleep Apnea in Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6357733 DID YOU KNOW THAT CHILDREN CAN HAVE SLEEP APNEA, TOO? <BR> <BR> Some children have enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and various deformities. Children with Sleep Apnea can also have problems with attention, memory, learning, hand-eye coordination, hyperactivity, aggression, and violence. Some of these symptoms are the same as those for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Symptoms also include sleep that is not restful, daytime sleepiness, headache, and confusion. Chronic sl... Fri, 4 May 2007 13:21:56 EST Got Sleep Apnea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6357587 Not everyone with OSA experiences these symptoms and not everyone who experiences these symptoms has Sleep Apnea. Prompt and proper diagnosis is the first step to defining and treating Sleep Apnea. If you suspect Sleep Apnea, please see your doctor. Untreated Sleep Apnea can lead to serious, long-term consequences. <BR> <em>2</em> Fri, 4 May 2007 13:14:44 EST Symptoms of Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6338332 Loud snoring <BR> Daytime sleepiness <BR> Falling asleep on the job or while driving <BR> Morning headaches <BR> Problems remembering or learning <BR> Irritability <BR> Lack or loss of concentration <BR> Mood swings or changes in behavior or personality <BR> Dry throat <BR> Frequent urination during the night <BR> Depression and hypothyroidism are often associated with OSA <BR> Reduced sex drive or impotence <BR> Anxiety <BR> Confusion <BR> Grogginess <BR> Rapid weight gain <BR> Heartburn Thu, 3 May 2007 13:46:34 EST What is Sleep Apnea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6338307 What Exactly is Sleep Apnea? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sleep Apnea was first described in 1965 as being characterized by interruptions of breathing while the sufferer sleeps. <BR> <BR> Sleep Apnea is a very common disorder that affects millions of Americans. It is as common as diabetes but because of lack of awareness of healthcare workers and the public, most sufferers go undiagnosed and untreated even though this can be a life-threatening disorder that can have long-term consequences if not treate... Thu, 3 May 2007 13:45:35 EST Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6292382 Sleep Apnea <BR> <BR> <BR> The word "apnea" is a Greek word meaning 'without breath.' Sleep Apnea is a very common, but life-threatening disorder. There are two main types of Sleep Apnea: Obstructive and Central. A combination of both can be present in one patient. The most common type is Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. In both types, the sufferer stops breathing repeatedly during the night, as much as 20-30 times in any hour and often for a minute or longer. <BR> <BR> OSA occurs when... Tue, 1 May 2007 11:51:50 EST Welcome to the Sleep Apnea Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x10804x6209669 I am called sleeper because I have sleep apnea and hypersomnia, which means I sleep heavily. Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which you stop breathing during sleep. It can be the cause of a lot of life-threatening or long-terms illnesses if it isn't treated. You can take a quiz at http://cpapbipapdressups.blogster.com to see if you may have it. <BR> <BR> If you have Sleep Apnea, or want to learn more about it, please feel free to join me here. <BR> <em>235</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2007 18:24:15 EST