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

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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By RebeccaR on August 21, 2017 Aug 21, 2017 in Announcements

Help design better ways to understand sleep health!

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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By Carolina on July 31, 2017 Jul 31, 2017 in Announcements

Doctors are people too

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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By Ruby on April 26, 2017 Apr 26, 2017 in Patient Stories

Do You Have Sleep Apnea and Asthma?

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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By DrKristieRoss on April 24, 2017 Apr 24, 2017 in Education

Help AASM Update Clinical Guidelines on Sleep Apnea Surgery

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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By RebeccaR on March 16, 2017 Mar 16, 2017 in Announcements

Sleep Recharges You!: High School Video Contest

Teenagers can have a bad reputation: moody, remote, unmotivated.1 These are just stereotypes, but there are many reasons for teen mood changes and research shows that sleep is an important factor. Most teenagers don't get enough sleep: busy with school, homework, extra-curriculars and a social life. Drinking coffee, tea, or energy drinks and staying up late on phones and computers does not help, all making for sleepier and less happy teens.2 And… teens need more sleep than adults. Keep reading

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By RebeccaR on January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 in Announcements

Apnea Burden: Getting the most from your mask

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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By DrMattBianchi on December 20, 2016 Dec 20, 2016 in Announcements

Maybe It's Just Me

I have sleep apnea and use a full face mask. I am learning what it means to have sleep apnea and the dangers of being misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. I understand the health issues that can and often do go along with sleep apnea. I believe that I need to educate myself as much as possible because I am the only one who truly has control of my health. I also have Restless Leg Syndrome and fibromyalgia. Maybe it's just me but people don't seem as ready to talk about having sleep apnea. Keep reading

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By Ruby on November 16, 2016 Nov 16, 2016 in Patient Stories

Seeking Patient Input on Insomnia Guidelines

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is seeking PATIENTS for input on the new AASM Behavioral Treatment of INSOMNIA​ Guidelines Insomnia is a common disorder affecting about 10% of the population. As part of their effort to update recommendations for treatment they start with a question: which treatments are best to improve symptoms, and which patients should use them? To answer that question, doctors and scientists examine the research to discover how well different therapies work. Keep reading

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By DrSuzieB on October 31, 2016 Oct 31, 2016 in Announcements

CPAP and Heart Disease

Studies of the associations between sleep apnea and heart disease in large communities of individuals provide strong evidence that untreated sleep apnea increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and premature death. There are known physiological mechanisms to explain how sleep apnea increases heart disease risk, which include injury of blood vessels and the heart muscle. Keep reading

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By SusanR on September 14, 2016 Sep 14, 2016 in Research