On the MyApnea staff team working to improve the lives of sleep apnea patients
Boston, MA, USA
I wanted to let you know that we have posted two new blogs. The first one is to let you know that the FDA warned about the safety of CPAP cleaning devices that use ozone or ultraviolet light. For more information, check out the blog post: https://myapnea.org/blog/2020/04/fda-questions-safety-of-cpap-cleaners
The second blog is about strategies to promote better sleep in these uncertain times. I know maintaining decent sleep during this stressful period is something I've been working on. I'm sure many others are finding their sleep is affected by the stress and worry of the pandemic. To learn about why you might be feeling this way and some helpful tips, check out the blog post written by Harvard sleep physician, Dr. Bertisch: https://myapnea.org/blog/2020/04/strategies-to-promote-better-sleep-in-these-uncertain-times.
We hope you are all as well as you can be during this uncertain time and that you and your family's are healthy and safe.
-The MyApnea Team
When I used this link, I was able to scroll down to see the whole article. Does that work for you? https://academic.oup.com/sleep/advance-article/doi/10.1093/sleep/zsz274/5613151
My understanding of the article is that the current way that sleep apnea is commonly diagnosed may not include people who have a dangerous level of apneas. Scientists are learning a lot more about complex factors that characterize Sleep Apnea (timing of AHIs, REM vs. non-REM sleep, oxygen desaturation, airway collapsability, arousal thresholds etc.).
They are also learning more about the epidemiology of sleep apnea and asking really important questions such as 'Are all patients with untreated sleep apnea at high risk for cardiovascular disease? or just some? If so, what characterizes the higher risk patients and how can we make sure they get the best treatment?'
So researchers are not looking for new diseases. Rather they are scrutinizing the way the disease has been diagnosed. They are exploring sleep data in new and more granular ways to see if we are actually capturing everyone who is at risk when we use traditional cut-offs (AHI>15).
According to this new research, it may be that AHI scores should be weighted to differentiate between apneas that happen during REM sleep vs. non-REM sleep, since there is growing evidence that sleep apneas during REM sleep are more strongly associated with cardiovascular risks AND women tend to have a large number of apneas during REM (according to the data in this study).
Does that make sense?
And yes Sierra- I agree that medicare and insurance companies drive treatment and changing those standards is hard. But, change is possible. And the field of sleep should at least work to define risky forms and levels of sleep apnea as accurately as possible (and hopefully understand which forms/levels are most dangerous and which are best suited to which treatment approaches). Then, we can start the work of convincing the insurance companies to get on board with the evidence-based definitions. And they might be easily convinced if the data shows that treating sleep apnea differently can save them $$$ down the line!
Some interesting new research has been published about how we recognize and diagnose sleep apnea. For a long time, OSA has had the reputation of being a man’s disease. A new study shows that OSA may be a women’s disease too- we just haven’t applied sex-appropriate methods for diagnosing it.
We just published a summary of this new research on the MyApnea Blog!
Read more here:
The 'Healthy Mind, Healthy You' study website is live again!
Hello MyApnea Community,
I would like to share two important updates about the 'Healthy Mind, Healthy You' study.
Study enrollment has been extended for 3-months. If you haven't already, you have until October 1, 2019 to sign-up!
The Healthy Mind, Healthy You website is currently down. I will update you all as soon as the server is back up. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this. Thank you for your patience!
Hey, that's great! It is a world wide study. Anyone can sign up through our site until August 1st.
Let me know if any questions come up about enrolling or otherwise.
Everyone knows how bad stress can feel, but it can also worsen health problems like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, cancer, and sleep. Join a new study that is designed to help cope with stress. Once you consent, you will be invited to complete an online mindfulness program hosted by MyApnea research partners.
Let me know if you have any questions! Or if you've already signed up, share your feedback!
Thank you HealthHackingWithNof1 for this interesting post and article!