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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

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

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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By SarahHashmi on October 16, 2017 Oct 16, 2017 in Announcements

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

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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By HealthHackingWithNof1 on October 4, 2017 Oct 4, 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

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