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Obviously Not

I don’t know how you are but sometimes the obvious is not at all obvious to me. I use a CPAP machine faithfully and have for several years. Honestly, I do not sleep well at all without it. With that said, I never thought about what I would do if I didn’t have it available or if I lost it. Recently I had a small stroke. My main concern was taking two baby aspirin and getting to the emergency room. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on August 21, 2019 Aug 21, 2019 in Patient Stories

Clinical Trial Of Drug Treatment in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

For the last decades, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been treated with positive airways pressure devices, usually CPAP. But as many patients will attest, CPAP is often uncomfortable and can make it difficult to sleep both for the patient and bedpartner. A number of researchers, including Andrew Wellman and his colleagues at Brigham and Women’s, have sought to go beyond CPAP by developing drug treatments for OSA. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on May 31, 2019 May 31, 2019 in Announcements

Got Stress?

Most people experience stress at some point in their lives. Stress can make you feel bad. Stress can also make your health problems worse. This includes heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, even cancer, and of course, sleep! The important role of stress in health is what inspired MyApnea to collaborate on a new research study about stress. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on May 16, 2019 May 16, 2019 in Announcements

Why Patient-Directed Research Is Good For Business

This post summarizes a recent article published in MIT, Sloan Management Review. Find the full article here The last time we posted, we discussed the concept of patient-initiated research and the “N of 1” approach. Since then, we conducted surveys in 10 countries to learn about all types of consumer-driven product innovations, including those in the medical field. Next, we did more studies to learn about medical-product innovation development, in particular. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on April 23, 2019 Apr 23, 2019 in Research

Starting Out: A guide to sleep apnea

If you are like most people, the diagnosis of sleep apnea was a surprise. All of a sudden you have words and phrases like 'hypopnea', 'titration', and 'polysomnogram' thrown at you. Maybe you are told about treatment options, maybe not. Maybe you were told about other health issues that can occur or be made worse with untreated sleep apnea. Keep reading

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By Ruby on March 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019 in Education

Sometimes it's the little things

We all know that sometimes life is hard. Things just don’t seem to go our way no matter how much we work at them. A post from a person on the forum got me thinking about this. Not that I haven’t thought about it before but I didn’t realize that others felt the same. Sometimes, it’s the little things. First though, let’s talk about the big things. Just some examples from my personal story but I would bet you have lots of your own. Keep reading

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By Ruby on January 21, 2019 Jan 21, 2019 in Patient Stories

No more counting sheep: Proven behaviors to help you sleep

Excerpt of an article written by Dr. Suzanne Bertisch and originally published by the Harvard Health Blog. As humans, we spend about one-third of our lives asleep. Though science has taught us about the human brain’s exquisite control of our daily sleep and wake patterns, tens of millions of Americans still don’t get the sleep they need. Nearly 20% of American adults report using a sleep medication to help them sleep, despite known side effects and information about how well they really work. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on November 21, 2018 Nov 21, 2018 in Education

How to Get Your Brain Back

One of the most difficult things about suffering from many years with undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea (SA) is the serious co-morbidities that came with it. People with long-term undiagnosed sleep apnea can suffer from several related diseases: cardiovascular disease or even congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, strokes, other sleep disturbances, and many other problems including cognitive and memory impairments. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on October 4, 2018 Oct 4, 2018 in Patient Stories

Losing Sleep: Sleep Apnea and Heart Health

Excerpt of an article written by Kim Olson and originally published by HeartBeat Magazine. In October 2004, John Vosberg called his girlfriend, Dianne, to cancel their date. “I won’t be able to see you this weekend. I’m in St. Cloud Hospital. I had a heart attack.” John had arrived at the hospital just in time to save his life. Some arterial plaque had ruptured, blocking an artery, and a stent was inserted to hold the vessel open. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on August 14, 2018 Aug 14, 2018 in Patient Stories

Should Sleep Tests Happen at Home or in the Lab?

Patients can be diagnosed with sleep apnea at home using a home sleep apnea test (HSAT) or in the sleep lab with polysomnography (PSG). Several studies have found that medically uncomplicated patients at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea that get diagnosed either way have similar CPAP adherence and patient-reported outcomes. For this reason, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that either method can be used in these types of patients. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on July 16, 2018 Jul 16, 2018 in Research