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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

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

Sleep Conference 2016: Successful patients-researcher collaborations

"The only thing that doesn't change is change itself." Whether we are involved in the pushing, the pulling, the being-dragged, or are just being sucked along in the wake, we are all moving into the era of “patient-centered” medicine and research. As you might imagine, changes to "patient-centered" healthcare are evolving at different rates in different areas, and sleep medicine in general and sleep apnea in particular are no exception. Keep reading

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By BrainsNeedSleep on July 19, 2016 Jul 19, 2016 in Patient Stories

America's Not-So-Silent Secret

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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By MarkHanson on June 22, 2016 Jun 22, 2016 in Education

The Person Behind the Mask

This isn't a blog about how long it took before I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. It isn't about finding a good sleep doctor or the sleep studies I have had. It isn't about the type of apnea I have, or about the treatment options, or what my health risk factors are with sleep apnea. These are all very important and need to be addressed and understood but this blog is about how it affects me emotionally and socially. Keep reading

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By Ruby on May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016 in Patient Stories