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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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleep Apnea and Hearing Loss

Approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) 18 years old and over report some trouble hearing. Hearing impairment can lower the quality of life, impair participation in daily activities, and harm cognition. In adults, about 10% of hearing loss relates to noise exposure, the other 90% associated with aging. Normal hearing requires the healthy flow of blood to the ear, so factors that cause disease in the blood vessels, such as diabetes, can cause hearing problems. Keep reading

Complex Sleep Apnea

A Patient’s Introduction In the following article, the researcher who coined the phrase "complex sleep apnea" gives an overview of this variant, one that is often poorly understood and has been variously defined. Keep reading

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

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