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Question from a visitor: Still tired with CPAP treatment. What is wrong?
http://www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/question-still-tired-with-cpap-treatment-what-is-wrong.html

In my answer I included 3 main causes why a person can be tired even after months of CPAP therapy. I also advised how to correct every factor that leads to CPAP resistance.

Comments welcomed and very much appreciated!
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Do you have dry eyes from CPAP? 

Dorene asked me why does she has drye eyes and puffiness, and how to fix these problems. I explained that dry eyes usually comes from mask leaks, but it can also come from Floppy Eyelid Syndrome, Dry Eye Syndrome or sleeping with her eyes open.

In my answer I included effective tips to eliminate the dry eye problem, and some tips to only alleviate it. However, if you know more about this subject, just leave a comment.

My answer is here: http://www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/cpap-dry-eyes.html
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5 Important Discoveries on Sleep Apnea that You Should Know

Reading through the clinical studies on journalsleep.org and other life science journals and forums, I stumbled on recent reports about disorders caused by sleep apnea.

These facts can be disturbing, but as long as you have a treatment for your sleep apnea, you don't need to worry. However, if you know someone with sleep breathing disorders, please pass along these facts:

1. Almost 80% of people with fibromyalgia have obstructive sleep apnea.

http://www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/fibromyalgia-symptoms.html

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by diffuse muscular-skeletal pain, lasting for at least 3 months. The pain comes from the tendons, ligaments, muscles and tender points in soft tissues. In general, it is accompanied by stiff joints, fatigue and sleep disorders.

It has been shown that, when deprived of the deep phases of sleep, healthy young volunteers present complaints similar to those seen in patients with FMS.

Moreover, the inflammation and pain in tender points are also caused by low blood oxygen levels.

Part of the problem with sleep apnea is that your levels of inflammation rise as a result of the lowering of oxygen levels.

However, as your treatment with CPAP starts to work, the inflammation levels will go down. For some people, that results in less pain. For others, fibromyalgia will remain untreated.

My source of information for sleep apnea and fibromyalgia is Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia and JournalSleep.org: http://www.journalsleep.org/Articles/270313.pdf

2. 50% of patients with hypertension have OSA.
Hypertension is another major indicator of the presence of OSA because about one half of patients with EH have OSA, and about one half of all patients with OSA have EH.

In fact, in the last two years, seven major studies have shown that OSA is an independent risk factor for hypertension and, generally, the more severe the OSA, the more prevalent and severe the hypertension.

Now the good news: Many studies have shown that successful treatment of OSA is associated with a significant reduction in blood pressure levels.

My source of info about hypertension and OSA is American Academy of Family Physicians: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0115/p229.html

3. 40% of people with type 2 diabetes have obstructive apnea,
Estimates suggest that up to 40% of people with OSA will have diabetes, but the incidence of new diabetes in people with OSA is not known.

More surprisingly is that in people who have diabetes, the prevalence of some form of sleep disordered breathing may be as high as 58%.

My source of information for sleep apnea and diabetes is International Diabetes Federation: http://www.idf.org/sleep-apnoea-and-type-2-diabetes

4. Almost 40% of people with asthma have OSA.
From a study of 244 asthmatic patients, the researcher found that “37% snored habitually and 40% demonstrated high OSA (obstructive sleep apnoea) risk.”

In another study entitled, “Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and asthma: what are the links?” the researcher noted that several studies confirm that asthmatics are more prone to developing obstructive sleep apnea.

The study further noted that symptoms in common for asthma and OSA included nasal obstruction, a small pharyngeal cross sectional area, and an increase in upper airway collapsibility.

My source of information is snoring.ie: http://www.snoring.ie/asthma_and_sleepapnoea.php

5. OSA can trigger cancer.
Well, this is the most shocking news I heard in the last couple of months.

Researchers realized that there is an increased cancer mortality in people with obstructive sleep apnea, but they couldn't prove it until recently.

A clinical study investigated patients with OSA between 2003 and 2007 in 7 hospitals from Spain. They were 4910 patients analyzed for a follow up period of 4.5 years.

The result of the study is that OSA is associated with increased cancer incidents, but it seems to be limited to patients under 65 years of age.

My source of information is NCBI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23155146

Now, my question is... Could you still hate CPAP therapy, when it can help you prevent so many deadly disorders?

I my opinion, I would make CPAP my friend, even if the therapy is too uncomfortable: http://www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/cpap-mask-uncomfortable.html

-Remy
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I could use some advice here.  In addition to Crohn’s Disease, I battle Sleep Apnea and for several years I successfully took the drug, Provigil for it.  My monthly co-pay was approximately $50 but 3 years ago when I became disabled due to my Crohn’s (Note:  I am still waiting on a Court Date for my Social Security Disability Appeal – even though medications for my Crohn’s [i.e., Humira] caused such severe lung damage in 2011 that I had to undergo Chemotherapy to save my life) and had to pay for an Individual Health Insurance Policy which was horrific drug reimbursement policies.  Accordingly, the MONTHLY cost of Provigil went up to $900 and I had to discontinue it.  This only made my disability worse (and my Crohn’s doctors and Specialty Physicians ALL have concluded that 30 years of Crohn’s and its autoimmune effects have systemically disabled me) and the past few months have gotten worse such that my Mom had to lay out $350 today to fill a monthly prescription for the generic Provigil called Modafinil.  I was hoping to avoid that but I’ve been like a Zombie for weeks.  Thankfully, just one pill of 200 MGs of Modafinil has given me the energy to sit at the computer.  However, my Mom and I cannot afford to pay that amount ever again (she is supporting me and she is not well off) thus I was wondering if ANYONE had ideas on ways to get Provigil, Modafinil, Nuvigil or other generics in a more cost-efficient manner?  It is at the point where I may have to consider going on “ADD” drugs to treat the effects of my Sleep Apnea because my Health Insurance covers those drugs and they are MUCH more affordable.  Thank you.
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What is the limit of sleep apnea? We received encountering comments for this sad story:
My son, Michael, was diagnosed with sleep apnoea four yrs before he passed away suddenly in his sleep in November 2010, he always wore his cpap mask without
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How to Lose Weight When You Have Sleep Apnea? If you know a better guide than this, please share it. I'm open to your opinions.
How to find the best sleep apnea weight loss? What type of weight loss diet can help a patient with obstructive sleep apnea? Your answers are in this page.
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How to lose weight when you have sleep apnea? Learn about diet and exercises for sleep apnea patients. What type of food to avoid if you have sleep apnea, and many other interesting facts.
How to find the best sleep apnea weight loss? What type of weight loss diet can help a patient with obstructive sleep apnea? Your answers are in this page.
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Husband with Erectile Dysfunction, Porn Addiction and Sleep Apnea

My porn addicted husband has had bouts with Erectile Dysfunction. Now that he is in his first steps to figuring out Obstructive Sleep Apnea, I am wondering if OSA ED comes and goes, or is it consistant?

Read more here: http://www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/husband-with-erectile-dysfunction-porn-addiction-and-sleep-apnea.html
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Do you have runny nose or sneezing from CPAP therapy?

Sometimes you or your doctor can discover why your CPAP is causing congestion to your nose, but most often, runny nose in CPAP users is a mystery.

However, there are some things that you can do to improve your congestion while using the CPAP, such as:

- Increase moisture - if the air from your CPAP machine enters too dry into your airways, you will have serious problems with runny nose. If you have a humidifier for CPAP (which you should have), increase the settings so that you can receive warm air.

You need to experiment with your humidifier settings, because it's a certain setting that can make you feel better.

- Drink lots of liquids - drinking plenty of water during the day will assure great airway humidification during the night.

- Use a CPAP mouth mask - This mask directs the CPAP air flow directly into your mouth, avoiding contact with your nose.

- Rinse your sinuses twice a day, every day. A Neti Pot can be helpful in severe congestion or infection.

- Use saline spray as often as necessary. You don't need a prescription for saline sprays.

Source: http://www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/vaso-motor-rhinitis-from-cpap.html
I have found that I cannot use the Cpap due to severe reaction to Cpap -even after 3-4 hours use a night, I wake up with extreme watery eyes, a constant
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A slow but effective method to cure obstructive sleep apnea: weight loss.

I included tips to lose weight than can be applied even if you are tired from sleep deprivation, such as:
-Quick nutrition advices for OSA patients,
-What to eat when you have sleep apnea and weight problems?
-Simple physical exercise for people with sleep apnea,
-How to choose the healthy food that you need when you go to buy groceries,
-What foods to avoid when you have OSA?
-and more...

Please let me know if you think the article doesn't help you.
Thank you.
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Interview with Dr. Steven Park, about surgery for sleep apnea.

You will learn:
- why all people are more prone to have sleep breathing disorders than other mammals,
- when surgery can be helpful and when it should be avoided,
- how to choose a good surgeon, etc.

Lots of new stuff to learn, from the famous surgeon for sleep apnea, Dr. Steven Park.
Interview with Dr. Steven Park about the surgeon's challenges to treat sleep apnea.
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It's time for a Contest! In celebration of writing our new book about the challenges of sleep apnea treatments, we're taking the plunge and running our first contest.

Share your experience (negative or positive) about sleep apnea and get a chance to win $125 at the end of this summer.
Share your experience with sleep apnea and get a chance to win valuable prizes.
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We received the first submission in our contest! And it's a funny experience (with CPAP). Great story to make your day happier.
I remember the day I drove home with my new CPAP machine on the passenger seat of my car. I was quite distraught with the burden of my new dependency on
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In the UK you wouldn't have been allowed to drive home with the CPAP on your car seat, as once we're diagnosed we have to stop driving until we've proved successfully treated. This is a good thing for safety on the roads, but unfortunately puts some people off getting a diagnosis :(
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Treatment Guide for Sleep Apnea Patients: Sleep-Apnea-Guide.com
Introduction
Sleep-Apnea-Guide.com contains information about alternative and standard treatments for sleep apnea syndrome. There are also helpful tips to improve CPAP therapy, to avoid mask problems, or to improve sleep with natural remedies.

There is also a section for Questions and Answers (see Forum), for visitors who cannot find the information needed.