N of 1 trials: the case of the didgeridoo

Posted by HealthHackingWithNof1 on October 30, 2017 in Research

Last time we got the ball rolling on how the community could provide a forum for sharing and testing new solutions to the challenges of living well with sleep apnea. This time we would like to share an experiment people with sleep apnea did to see if playing the didgeridoo helped their breathing and tell you more about how to put an N of 1 experiment together. Back in 2015 a blog post here on MyApnea. Keep reading

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Free Online “Teach-Out” About Sleep Deprivation, and What to Do About It

Posted by MyApnea on October 17, 2017 in News

The University of Michigan Sleep Disorders Center and Office of Academic Innovation are excited to announce that a new Teach-Out, Sleep Deprivation: Habits, Solutions, and Strategies, will begin on Monday, October 23. This free, online event is open to participants around the world, free of charge. Keep reading

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine- Join us for a Focus Group Webinar

Posted by SarahHashmi on October 16, 2017 in News

Your opinion matters! Assess and provide your viewpoint on the development of a patient- friendly version of the Clinical Practice Guideline Diagnostic Testing for Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea which was published in March , 2017. Why are we doing this? The goal is to promote credible and accessible health information that would better facilitate dialogue between you and your health care practitioner. Keep reading

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Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Posted by HealthHackingWithNof1 on October 4, 2017 in Research

We have probably all heard the adage, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” Like so many of the things your parents taught you, this one is in fact true. When whatever is available to solve a problem is inadequate, people will search for new solutions. Current research strongly supports the notion that people will seek to meet their unmet needs through experimentation and innovation. Keep reading

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AASM Survey to Identify Patient Priorities for the Surgical Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on September 7, 2017 in News

Written by Christopher Harrod, AASM The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is in the process of updating its ‘Practice Parameters for the Surgical Modifications of the Upper Airway for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults’. An important step in the guideline development process is to get input from stakeholders who may be impacted by the guideline, including patients. The AASM has developed a survey to help identify and prioritize outcomes that are important to patients. Keep reading

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New Discovery: Patients and Doctors Are On The Same Team!

Posted by RebeccaR on August 21, 2017 in News

For 31 years, the Associated Professional Sleep Societies has hosted a conference called SLEEP. SLEEP 2017 was held in Boston this spring and featured five packed days of presentations on the latest developments in sleep medicine. Thousands of clinicians and scientists attended. This year, a group of patient leaders from MyApnea.Org attended and led a new, exciting, and much needed discussion about the role of patients as partners in advancing sleep health. Reflecting a core value of MyApnea. Keep reading

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Help us design ways to better understand sleep health!

Posted by Carolina on July 31, 2017 in News

Our goals: We are developing an exciting new project to better understand how sleep influences health and well-being. We are planning ways to track important aspects of sleep and health over time. How are we planning on doing this? We will ask people to answer some questions on their sleep patterns and treatments and to take some short brain quizzes that test memory and attention. We will provide feedback to some of the questions and brain quizzes. Keep reading

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Doctors are people too

Posted by Ruby on April 26, 2017 in Narrative

Like most of you that might read this blog, I could list "patient" as my occupation. Not that we are hypochondriacs (far from it) but we often suffer with multiple health issues. Besides general health problems like colds, flu, aches and pains most of us also deal with sleep problems, diabetes, heart conditions, arthritis, and the list goes on and on and on. Keep reading

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Do You Have Sleep Apnea and Asthma?

Posted by DrKristieRoss on April 24, 2017 in Learn

If you have sleep apnea and asthma, you are not alone! Sleep apnea and asthma are both very common conditions in children and adults. Having one of them makes it more likely that you have or may develop the other one. Having both sleep apnea and asthma may also change how you respond to treatments for both. Why is that? There are probably many reasons. Asthma and sleep apnea share many of the same risk factors. Keep reading

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Help AASM Update Clinical Guidelines on Sleep Apnea Surgery

Posted by RebeccaR on March 16, 2017 in News

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is currently working to update its clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines provide practice parameters for how to surgically modify the upper airway in adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These guidelines have an important impact on standardizing physician practice and ensuring that patients get the best quality care. Keep reading

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