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Free Online “Teach-Out”: Sleep deprivation & what to do about It

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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By MyApnea on October 17, 2017 Oct 17, 2017 in Announcements

AASM: What are patient priorities for surgical treatment?

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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By MyApnea on September 7, 2017 Sep 7, 2017 in Announcements

Innovation Challenge: Your Ideas for Treating Sleep Apnea

Earlier this week, the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University launched a really cool challenge with cash prizes to be awarded. Why do we care, besides caring in general about the damage that occurs to some of our favorite athletes over the course of their careers? Well, this particular challenge is about - sleep apnea! The Players Study is offering a financial incentive to stimulate the creative problem solvers among us: come up with a way to improve "adherence" to CPAP therapy. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on August 25, 2016 Aug 25, 2016 in Announcements

Sleep and Menopause: Vexing Challenges

Menopause marks the time in a woman’s life when her ovaries become depleted and no longer make the eggs or the hormones estrogen and progesterone. As a result, her menstrual periods stop. Women also commonly experience other symptoms related to these changes in their hormones, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and changes in mood and sexual function. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on July 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016 in Education

MyApnea Forum Word Cloud

Over the past two years much has been discussed here at the MyApnea forum. People from around the world have been sharing their thoughts on sleep apnea. With a growing community you find common interests and recurring themes. This word cloud displays the most common words used on the MyApnea forum. We hope you find this interesting. How will this cloud look in a few years from now? Keep talking! Your words, your experiences, your opinions are the power in patient-powered research. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 in Announcements

What is Complex Sleep Apnea?

This is a simplified presentation of a topic more thoroughly discussed by Dr. Robert Thomas here. Dr. Robert Thomas discusses his professional experiences treating this condition and provides a discussion of the pathophysiology of this disorder. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on February 22, 2016 Feb 22, 2016 in Education

Sleep Apnea links to Chronic Peridontitis and Painful TMD

Two bacterial diseases are the leading causes of tooth loss. One is dental caries (tooth decay), and the other is periodontitis (gum disease). Periodontitis affects all of the tissues that hold the tooth in place—the gum, periodontal ligament and the jaw bone itself. Over time, these tissues are destroyed by toxins produced by the bacterial infection and by the immune system’s inflammatory response to fight that infection. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on February 3, 2016 Feb 3, 2016 in Research

Complex Sleep Apnea: A Patient's Story

One Morning I can tell you the morning it happened. It was remarkable because I remember only three others like it in my life, and they happened a very long time ago. Not new to CPAP use and struggling with the hose, mask, wheezing machinery, rainout, red-lined-face and mask-leak-induced dry eyes since 2008, I had received some benefit overall, but not much. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on February 1, 2016 Feb 1, 2016 in Patient Stories

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Depending on the type and severity of sleep apnea that you have, you may have several possible options to treat your sleep apnea. General Strategies Most people with sleep apnea have worse symptoms when sleeping on their back. There are several devices and tricks that can be used to encourage sleeping on the side or belly which can improve sleep apnea symptoms, especially in people with “position-dependent” sleep apnea. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on September 25, 2015 Sep 25, 2015 in Education

Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

If you think you may have sleep apnea, you should visit your health care provider and let them know of your concerns. Usually, they will complete a physical exam and ask about your medical history for risk factors. There are several questionnaires your health care provider might ask you to complete to help determine your risk level. Keep reading

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By MyApnea on September 18, 2015 Sep 18, 2015 in Education