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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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Apnea Burden: Getting the most from your mask

Posted by DrMattBianchi on December 20, 2016 in Learn

For the many sleep apnea patients choosing PAP therapy, health care providers depend on data from the machines to help understand how well the treatment is working. This kind of data, sometimes called "adherence" data, includes hours of mask usage per night, and also the amount of mask leak and "residual" AHI while wearing the mask. However, there is much more to the story of PAP success than these numbers. Keep reading

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Sleep and Menopause: Vexing Challenges

Posted by MyApnea on July 20, 2016 in Learn

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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America's Not-So-Silent Secret - a must see video

Posted by MarkHanson on June 22, 2016 in Learn

Several years ago Nancy Rothstein, The Sleep Ambassador®, produced this excellent video with Media Process Group. Today, sleep apnea remains widely undiagnosed and the diagnosed continue to need support. Take a look and share with those who may need a wake up call to get diagnosed and treated so they can sleep well and live well. America's Not-So-Silent Secret The America’s Not-So-Silent Secret producers request that viewers be alerted to an error at the 6:21 mark. Keep reading

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What is Complex Sleep Apnea?

Posted by MyApnea on February 22, 2016 in Learn

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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Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on September 25, 2015 in Learn

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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Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on September 18, 2015 in Learn

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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Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on September 11, 2015 in Learn

There are many other health conditions that can increase the risk of sleep apnea or exaggerate the effects of sleep apnea. These include: Risk Factors High blood pressure (hypertension) Heart disease (coronary heart disease, heart failure, heart arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation) Stroke Overweight and obesity Large neck size (>17 inches for men, >16 inches for women) Diabetes Family history of sleep apnea Low physical activity Keep reading

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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on September 4, 2015 in Learn

The symptoms of sleep apnea are fairly common for both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Most people have some of these symptoms. It is not well understood who gets which symptoms. Keep reading

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Causes of Sleep Apnea

Posted by MyApnea on August 28, 2015 in Learn

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Large tonsils/adenoids Large neck size (17 inches in men, 16 inches in women) Large tongue Obesity - especially an “apple” body shape Small or narrow airway A short lower jaw (compared to the upper jaw) Other structural abnormalities in the airway Central Sleep Apnea Heart failure Certain medicines, such as narcotic painkillers Stroke Brain infection Brainstem disorders Congenital disorders Keep reading

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