PODCAST EPISODES

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EPISODE 60 - EMMA COOKSEY - ENT VISIT, ALLERGIES, CPAP AND PALATE EXPANSION UPDATE

Emma finishes up season 6 with an update on her own journey to improve her sleep apnea.  She covers:

* Her progress with using removable palate expansion appliances and switching from DNA appliances to an mmRNA appliance - seeing airway expansion on a CBCT scan.

* Consulting with an ENT on nasal inflammation solutions.

* Emma explains working with a sleep tech to improve her CPAP settings.

* Simple things that can help some people with sleep apnea - sleep position, inspiratory muscle trainers, myofunctional therapy exercises and buteyko breathwork.

Throat Exercises - https://youtu.be/2nq8YjWIIUI - Dr Vik Veer on his great youtube channel explaining the exercises he has his patients do to strengthen their oropharyngeal muscles.

Buteyko Breathwork - https://buteykoclinic.com/ - they have a lot of free resources including youtube videos with breathwork exercises.

Emma's Article with pics of palate expansion - https://rtsleepworld.com/2022/04/29/seeing-red-my-palate-expansion-journey/

Graham Stoney's blog article on palate expansion techniques from a patient perspective - https://cfs-survivors.org/blog/2020/10/27/why-i-chose-dna-over-homeoblock-mse-dome-mma-and-agga/

Follow the podcast on Instagram @sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Bleep Sleep

Special offer for Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners:

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts when shopping with the unique links and codes here:

https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 59 - DR. MIKE PAGANO & MIKE DURKEE - ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY IN THE MILITARY

Emma is joined by Dr. Mike Pagano, a dentist specializing in oral appliance therapy and Mike Durkee, Executive Director of the Wounded Veterans' Relief Fund.  Together they discuss:

* Dr. Pagano and Mike Durkee both share details of their active duty military service.

* Some of the systemic problems preventing oral appliance therapy from being used more widely in the military.

* Dr. Pagano explains a dental sleep medicine program he started at Fort Riley, KS to treat soldiers with obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliances.

* Mike describes his personal journey to diagnosis with sleep apnea and how he went straight to treatment with a CPAP.  He is disappointed he didn't hear about oral appliance therapy at the time of diagnosis.

* Coverage of oral appliance therapy by medical insurance in the United States.

* The need for much more education among dentists, sleep specialists and the general public about the availability and accessibility of oral appliance therapy.

* Future developments in oral appliance therapy tracking chips making it possible to track objective data on a patient's compliance and their treatment efficacy.

* Mike explains the common life circumstances faced by veterans, including homelessness and unemployment, and how the WVRF helps with these.

Learn more about the Wounded Veterans' Relief Fund here: https://wvrf.org/

Learn more about Dr Pagano's dental practice specializing in oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea here: https://vatotalsleep.com/

Follow the podcast on Instagram @sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Bleep Sleep

Special offer for Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners:

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts when shopping with the unique links and codes here:

https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 58 - RENATA NEHME - MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Renata Nehme, a Myofunctional Therapist and founder of the Airway Circle.  Together they discuss:

* Beginning as a Dental Hygienist and then discovering Myofunctional Therapy training.

* Renata's own story of mouth breathing as a child which she thinks affected her facial development.

* How Myofunctional Therapy can help people with sleep apnea as a secondary therapy, not a first-line treatment.

* Issues in parenting affecting kids' airway and facial development.

* The different ways a tongue-tie can be released.

* Renata talks about setting up the Airway Circle, a group to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among airway professionals.

Follow Renata on Instagram @myomoves

www.myo-moves.com

Follow Airway Circle on Instagram @airwaycircle

www.airwaycircle.com

Follow the podcast on Instagram @sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Bleep Sleep

Special offer for Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners:

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts when shopping with the unique links and codes here:

https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

Emma is joined by Renata Nehme, a Myofunctional Therapist and founder of the Airway Circle.  Together they discuss:

* Beginning as a Dental Hygienist and then discovering Myofunctional Therapy training.

* Renata's own story of mouth breathing as a child which she thinks affected her facial development.

* How Myofunctional Therapy can help people with sleep apnea as a secondary therapy, not a first-line treatment.

* Issues in parenting affecting kids' airway and facial development.

* The different ways a tongue-tie can be released.

* Renata talks about setting up the Airway Circle, a group to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among airway professionals.

Follow Renata on Instagram @myomoves

www.myo-moves.com

Follow Airway Circle on Instagram @airwaycircle

www.airwaycircle.com

Follow the podcast on Instagram @sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Bleep Sleep

Special offer for Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners:

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts when shopping with the unique links and codes here:

https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 57 - RYAN JENSEN - PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Ryan Jensen, a professional football player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Together they discuss:

* Working as a professional athlete and not getting the good quality sleep needed for recovery from training sessions.

* Ryan's journey to diagnosis with sleep apnea and his familiarity with CPAP because his parents both used one. 

* Using a full face mask and struggling with leaking.

* Trying DreamPorts by Bleep Sleep and finding it a better solution than the full face mask.

* Becoming a role model as a professional athlete speaking publicly about living with sleep apnea.

Follow Ryan on Instagram @redman7715

Follow the podcast on Instagram @sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ Band Bleep Sleep

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts when shopping with the unique links and codes here:

https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 56 - JAMES NESTOR - BREATHING AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by author and journalist, James Nestor.  His book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art" was released in 2020 and became an international bestseller.  In the book, James discusses how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly - and how to get it back.  Together Emma and James discuss:

* Some of the issues with the current medical system and its approach to treating sleep apnea.

* Getting to the root causes of sleep apnea.  

* Premolar extractions, braces, and headgear - how these orthodontic practices can impact growing faces and airways.

* CPAP headgear pushing faces backward over time and why that's a problem.

* How James has grown new bone in his face and improved his breathing using a palate expansion appliance.

Connect with James, order his books or find his social media handles at https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/

You can find an excellent Q&A about sleep apnea with Dr. Steven Y. Park on James Nestor's website here: https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/faq

A great article by Karin Badt on premolar extractions for orthodontic treatment:

https://karinbadt.medium.com/premolar-extractions-for-orthodontic-treatment-2190344bc7bf

Emma mentioned Project Sleep's Rising Voices speaker training program.  We need YOUR STORY!  The more people with sleep apnea we can find to share their stories, the more we can raise awareness and improve access to screening, diagnosis, and treatment.  If you have sleep apnea and would like to work with Project Sleep to create a presentation you can give in your community and in the media, click here:

https://project-sleep.com/2022-rising-voices-application-now-open/

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Bleep Sleep

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts when shopping with the unique links and codes here:

https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 55 - DR. SAI PARTHASARATHY - PEER BUDDY SUPPORT FOR CPAP

Emma is joined by Dr Sairam Parthasarathy MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine and the Director of the UAHS Center of Sleep & Circadian Science.  He's also the Medical Director for the Center for Sleep Disorders at the University of Arizona. Together they discuss:

* Dr Parthasarathy's research into supporting sleep apnea patients with a peer buddy program run by the American Sleep Apnea Association.  

* A Sleep Research Society panel Dr Parthasarathy chaired on treatment alternatives to PAP therapy.

* Some of the challenges with integrating treatments like oral appliance therapy into the established medical system.

* How you can get involved if you'd like to train as a peer Mentor or get help with your CPAP as a Mentee.

For more information on becoming a Mentor or Mentee with the American Sleep Apnea Association, visit:

https://www.sleepapnea.org/peer-mentors/mentees/join-asaa/

Contact Dr Parthasarathy:
Email: spartha1@arizona.edu
Twitter handle: sai_sparthamd

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma


Special offer for Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners:

20% Off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off when shopping with these unique links and codes:

CODE FOR DREAMWAY CONNECTOR KIT IS: 20EMMADREAM

THE URL TO THE DIRECT AMAZON PAGE IS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/A3988V25QUJTE4

CODE FOR DREAMPORTS IS: 20EMMAPORTS

THE URL TO THE DIRECT AMAZON PAGE IS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/A3SSBN70B4BV8I

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 54 - JARED SCOFIELD - THE GUY WHO TRIED EVERYTHING

Emma is joined by Jared Scofield.  Together they discuss:

* Jared's experiences with testing for sleep apnea at home and in a sleep clinic.

* Being prescribed CPAP and struggling to adjust to it.

* Jared's experience trying oral appliance therapy.

* Turbinate reduction, sinus surgery and septoplasty with an ENT.

* Trying new treatment options: iNAP and eXciteOSA.

* Jared's experience with positional therapy.

Connect with Jared by email: jared.scofield@yahoo.com 

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma


Special offer for Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners:

20% Off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off when shopping with these unique links and codes:

CODE FOR DREAMWAY CONNECTOR KIT IS: 20EMMADREAM

THE URL TO THE DIRECT AMAZON PAGE IS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/A3988V25QUJTE4

CODE FOR DREAMPORTS IS: 20EMMAPORTS

THE URL TO THE DIRECT AMAZON PAGE IS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/A3SSBN70B4BV8I


Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 53 - DR. XIAOCHUAN YAN - SLEEP APNEA IN CHINA

Emma is joined by Dr. Xiaochuan Yan, a general surgeon working in China sharing his own story of being diagnosed and treated with sleep apnea.  Together they discuss:

* Symptoms Dr. Yan experienced for years prior to diagnosis with obstructive sleep apnea.

* Lack of adequate training about sleep apnea in medical school.

* Dr. Yan's life-changing diagnosis and treatment with a CPAP.

* Healthcare provision and sleep apnea treatment in China.

* The losing weight conundrum many people with sleep apnea struggle with.  Too tired to eat well and exercise which would help their sleep apnea.

* The need to raise awareness about sleep apnea and increase research funding.

Contact Dr Yan by email: Docxcyan@gmail.com

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Links Emma mentioned:

This weekend is Project Sleep's "Sleep In" fundraiser click here to donate: https://projectsleep.salsalabs.org/sleepin2022/t/sleepapneastories/index.html or find out more about the 'Sleep In' here: www.project-sleep.com

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 52 - JASON SAZAMA - 'THE LANKY LEFTY 27' SLEEP TECH ON CPAP

Emma is joined by Jason Sazama, the man behind "The Lanky Lefty 27" YouTube Channel.  Together they discuss:

* Emma's discovery of Jason's YouTube channel and the video topics she found helpful.

* Common CPAP problems and how Jason addresses them.

* OSCAR software for analyzing CPAP data and what to look for.

* Jason's own journey with Hashimoto's and diagnosis with obstructive sleep apnea.

* The setup Jason uses at night, including his mask recommendations and cleaning routine.

* Jason's background as a credentialed and experienced sleep tech.  The services he provides through AXG Diagnostics are at-home sleep testing and analysis of OSCAR CPAP data over zoom.

Jason on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Freecpapadvice

Jason's pap therapy data analysis to help you figure out the correct settings for your CPAP: 

http://axgsleepdiagnostics.com/product/pap-therapy-data-analysis/

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Links Emma mentioned:

To join Emma's fundraising team for Project Sleep's "Sleep In" fundraiser click here: https://projectsleep.salsalabs.org/sleepin2022/t/sleepapneastories/index.html (this is also where to make a donation!).

Find out more about the 'Sleep In' here: www.project-sleep.com

20% Off Bleep Sleep DreamPorts

Sleep Apnea Stories podcast listeners get 20% off when shopping with these unique links and codes:

CODE FOR DREAMWAY CONNECTOR KIT IS: 20EMMADREAM

THE URL TO THE DIRECT AMAZON PAGE IS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/A3988V25QUJTE4

CODE FOR DREAMPORTS IS: 20EMMAPORTS

THE URL TO THE DIRECT AMAZON PAGE IS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/A3SSBN70B4BV8I


Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 51 - CHRISTINA SANGHERA - SLEEP APNEA, PANIC AND ANXIETY

Emma is joined by Christina Sanghera, a holistic health coach who helps burned-out women with chronic illnesses.  Together they discuss:

* Christina's own health journey with a thyroid condition, Hashimoto's;

* How Christina felt waking up at night before her obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis;

* Misdiagnosis with panic attacks and anxiety and calling 911;

* Stereotypes in sleep apnea diagnosis and how they keep young women from accurate diagnoses;

* The importance of working with the nervous system and especially the vagus nerve to soothe fight or flight responses.

Follow Christina on Instagram: www.instagram.com/christinasanghera 

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Links Emma mentioned:

To join Emma's fundraising team for Project Sleep's "Sleep In" fundraiser click here: https://projectsleep.salsalabs.org/sleepin2022/t/sleepapneastories/index.html or find out more about the 'Sleep In' here: www.project-sleep.com

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 50 - BOB STANTON - TRUCK DRIVERS WITH SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Bob Stanton, a former over the road (OTR) truck driver with experience of all the issues facing truck drivers with sleep apnea.  Together they discuss:

* Bob's personal journey to diagnosis with sleep apnea and his treatment with CPAP;

* Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations relevant to obstructive sleep apnea;

* Department of Transport medical examinations required to receive and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL);

* Challenges facing truck drivers using CPAP, including power supply issues and humidification issues;

* Political challenges with passing legislation about truck drivers with sleep apnea;

* Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) and the compliance chips that could make it accessible to truck drivers;

Contact Bob at Dedicated Sleep Health & Wellness by emailing bstanton@dedicatedsleep.net

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Somnomed https://somnomed.co/en/find-a-clinic/ and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma


Links Emma mentioned: 

To join Emma's fundraising team for Project Sleep's "Sleep In" fundraiser click here: https://projectsleep.salsalabs.org/sleepin2022/t/sleepapneastories/index.html or find out more about the 'Sleep In' here: www.project-sleep.com

Dr Sai Parthasarathy shared this information for individuals to get peer support for sleep apnea struggles: https://www.sleepapnea.org/peer-mentors/mentees/join-asaa/  This is a PCORI funded program partnering with the American Sleep Apnea Association.  There is also a web-based mentor training website here: https://sleep.uahs.arizona.edu/patients

Dr Vik Veer's YouTube video about the new NICE guidelines for treating Sleep Apnea in the UK is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNbPhogMTzM

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 49 - EMMA COOKSEY - PODCAST UPDATE

Emma wraps up season 5 with an update about what she's working on to raise awareness about sleep apnea in 2022.  In this episode she shares:

* Project Sleep recently appointed Emma to its Board of Directors.  Emma shares how she hopes to help Project Sleep expand its programs to include sleep apnea;

* Emma is looking for people interested in joining her fundraising team for Project Sleep's "Sleep In" in March.  Sign up for email below if you're interested!

* Plans for the podcast in 2022.  Are you interested in telling your story on the podcast?  If so, email sleepapneastories@gmail.com with the subject line "podcast guest".

To join the email list go here: https://www.sleepapneastories.com/emailsignup and scroll to the bottom of the page.  

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

Learn more about Project Sleep here: https://project-sleep.com/

This episode is sponsored by: Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 48 - DR. JOSHUA ROLAND - SLEEP APNEA AND ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Emma is joined by Dr Joshua Roland, a board-certified sleep medicine physician to talk about erectile dysfunction and sleep apnea. Together they discuss: 

* the shame and stigma surrounding erectile dysfunction;

* the possible relationship between untreated sleep apnea and erectile dysfunction;

* men being reluctant to see the doctor and what can be done about it;

* reduced libido/sex drive and hormonal impacts of untreated sleep apnea;

* sleep testing, including home testing, and sleep data from wearables;

* Dr Roland's interest in idiopathic hypersomnia and the link between sleep disorders and Alzheimer's.

Follow Dr Roland on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepdoctorroland

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 47 - CANDY SPARKS - COMPROMISED AIRWAYS IN CHILDREN

Emma is joined by Candy Sparks.  Together they discuss:

* Candy shares her story as a mother of a child with a compromised airway;

* Early warning signs that were missed by health professionals who aren't routinely trained to examine airways;

* Orthodontic work for Savvy as a child;

* Finding Dr William Hang https://facefocused.com/ and preparing Savvy for orthognathic surgery with Dr Larry Wolford https://drlarrywolford.com/

* Jaw joint replacement surgery;

* How closely mental health is linked to airway problems;

* Savvy's diagnosis with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome);

* Setting up the Children's Airway First Foundation and some of the goals Candy is working towards.

Candy's Children's Airway First Foundation: https://www.childrensairwayfirst.org/

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 46 - DR. DAR RADFAR - DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE AND SUPPLEMENTS

Dr Dar Radfar is a Dentist and joins Emma for a conversation about his personal journey with his own sleep apnea and his mission to help others improve their sleep.  Together they discuss:

* Dr Radfar's personal journey with sleep apnea and his wake up call to get tested and treated;

* Becoming the first patient in his dental practice to try an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea;

* Working to build relationships with sleep specialists in his community;

* The importance of identifying a patient's co-existing health conditions and working with all the medical specialists they see;

* Developing RADzzz, a supplement, to help people with sleep apnea get the rest they need without sedatives and sleep aid medications;

Find out more about the RAD Zzz supplements Dr Radfar discussed on the episode here: https://www.radhealthinc.com/products/rad-zzz

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 45 - ERNESTINE KEY - SLEEP APNEA AND STROKE

Ernestine Key joins Emma on the podcast to share the story of her husband, Fredrick's journey with undiagnosed sleep apnea.   He had a debilitating stroke and passed away in September 2018.  Together they discuss:

* What a wonderful husband and father Fred was and what memories Ernestine has of him;

* The signs of undiagnosed sleep apnea such as snoring and gasping at night;

* Difficulties in getting spouses to go to the doctor, especially men; 

* Fredrick's stroke and the impact on the family;

* Testing for sleep apnea after the stroke and difficulties adjusting to CPAP therapy;

* Ernestine becoming a board member of the American Sleep Apnea Association and setting up a fund in Fredrick's memory.

To donate to the ASAA in Fredrick's name click here: https://www.sleepapnea.org/memorials-and-tributes/

Follow the show on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 44 - RHONDA GREIG - CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined on the podcast by Rhonda Greig.  Rhonda is the first person on the podcast to tell a story about central sleep apnea.  Topics covered include:

* Rhonda coping with symptoms of exhaustion but keeping up with her friends as a teenager;

* Going to the hospital and the nurse calling a "code blue" because Rhonda's lips were blue from lack of oxygen;

* Rhonda being on life support and doctors no knowing what was wrong;

* Recovery and continuing with college classes;

* Mental health impacts and Rhonda's decision to see a therapist and start anti-depressants;

* The Philips CPAP recall and Rhonda learning that her ventilator was on the list of recalled machines.

If you'd like to connect with Rhonda, her email is johnda24.7@bell.net

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 43 - CHRIS KELLY - CPAP MASKS AND POSITIONAL THERAPY FOR SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Chris Kelly, the first guest to come back for a second interview.  

Together they discuss: 

* Chris gives his opinion on the best CPAP masks and why he prefers nasal masks to full face masks; 

* Proper mask fit and how Chris tried customizing masks; 

* Chris's favorite mask - Brevida by Fisher and Paykel but with the strap from the Eson Nasal CPAP Mask; 

* Mechanics of breathing and using an inspiratory muscle trainer for obstructive sleep apnea; 

* How Chris manufactures his oral appliances; 

* The tongue posture shield Chris designed which can help with tongue position and lip seal at night; 

* Positional Therapy and Chris's recommendation of the Nightshift device and pregnancy pillows; 

* The Philips CPAP recall. 

For more about Chris and his company, Aer Healthcare, and the oral appliance, tongue shield, and inspiratory muscle trainer he mentioned visit: https://www.aerhealthcare.com.au/ 

This is the "Nightshift" device discussed on the episode: https://www.advancedbrainmonitoring.com/products/night-shift-sleep-positioner 

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by: Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma 

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 42 - LARRY SHAW - KNIGHTSBRIDGE DUAL BAND CHIN STRAP

Emma is joined by Larry Shaw, the inventor of the Knightsbridge Dual Band Chin Strap.  

Together they discuss: 

* Larry's own personal journey with snoring and sleep apnea; 

* How his symptoms of increased daytime sleepiness mounted gradually over time; 

* Larry's reluctance to go to a doctor about his sleep apnea and his approach of trying to figure it out himself; 

* The impact of sleep problems on his relationships; 

* Trying chinstraps on the market to keep his mouth closed at night; 

* Coming up with a better design for the Knightsbridge Dual Band Chin Strap to keep the mouth closed without undue pressure being placed on the TMJ; 

Larry's Knightsbridge Dual Band Chin Strap: https://dualbandchinstrap.com/ 

Follow the podcast (and enter the winter giveaway!) on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories 

Emma mentioned Dr Steven Park's podcast on Sleep Apnea - watch or listen here.  

She also mentioned Instagram live on the men's health with Dr Joshua Roland with "The Coach" app.  Find it here.

This episode is sponsored by: Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma 

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 41 - KAJSA BRADLEY - MENTAL HEALTH AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Kajsa Bradley.

Together they discuss:

* Struggling with depression and anxiety as a teenager but not receiving mental health treatment;

* Kajsa being away from home in Europe and reaching a mental breaking point;

* Starting therapy - feeling shame and judgment about seeking help from a therapist;

* Moving back to Oregon and trying several therapists before finding a great therapeutic match;

* Kajsa having a sleep study and being diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea;

* Feelings of relief because diagnosis gave some treatment options but also having feelings of shame and embarrassment;

* Adjusting to CPAP therapy well, to begin with, but then developing problems with wearing the mask all night;

* Being labeled CPAP "non-compliant" and having surgery with an ENT and seeing a reduction in AHI;

* Kajsa starting a blog to write about her experiences and help other people.


Kajsa's blog: https://www.mentalhealthnaps.com/ Follow Kajsa on Instagram: www.instagram.com/mental_health_naps_

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories


This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 40 - TERESA DENIKE - SLEEP COACHING

Emma is joined by Teresa DeNike at Sleep Better NYC.  As a sleep coach, Teresa explains:

* what a sleep coach does and how they can help people struggling to get quality sleep;

* how a sleep coach can help someone with sleep apnea navigate different options;

* Teresa's background working for an oral appliance manufacturer;

* mouthguards and other devices people buy randomly online and think they are treating their sleep apnea but they're NOT!

Connect with Teresa on Instagram: @sleepbetternyc

www.sleepbetter.nyc

Connect with Emma on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

www.sleepapneastories.com

If you missed Emma's presentation on the Project Sleep Facebook page, here's the link:

https://fb.watch/8BAphsvLDN/

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 39 - PATRICK ZWALLY - DOUBLE JAW SURGERY

Trigger warning: there is some discussion of suicidal thoughts in this episode.

Patrick Zwally shares his health journey from debilitating chronic pain to life-saving double jaw surgery and jaw joint replacement.  Together Patrick and Emma discuss:

* Patrick's childhood including his mouth breathing and poor oral posture;

* The traditional orthodontics Patrick had as a teen;

* The beginning of TMJ problems, 2 shoulder surgeries and neck pain;

* Patrick developing chronic pain and feeling suicidal;

* Lots of people are having serious sleep problems but don't meet the official criteria for a sleep apnea diagnosis;

* Patrick discovering the work of Professor John Mew and Dr Mike Mew;

* Meeting with Dr Bill Hang and Dr Reza Movahed;

* Double jaw surgery and jaw joint replacement and Patrick's amazing results;

* Myofunctional Therapy to improve oral posture.

Sarah Hornsby talking about exercises she does with Kourtney Kardashian https://youtu.be/qgUPm4Y5azk

The book Patrick mentioned - Jaws: the story of a hidden epidemic

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

Emma's Facebook Live on the Project Sleep page October 10th at 8pm EST - click here 

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 38 - CHRIS KELLY - AER HEALTHCARE, IMPROVING DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT FOR SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Chris Kelly from AER Healthcare in Australia.  He explains their approach to diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnea and how it disrupts the status quo where patients do a lot of the legwork.  Together they discuss:

* How Chris started as a dental prosthetist and how he started designing and manufacturing oral appliances for sleep apnea and snoring;

* Common problems for patients navigating the current medical system involving referrals to sleep specialists from GPs;

* How Chris developed AER Healthcare to give a pathway to people with Sleep Apnea to easily get screened and have a sleep study at home;

* Chris explains the four types of sleep studies, how they differ and which can be relied upon to rule in/out Sleep Apnea;

* Working with Sleep Specialists to interpret results of home sleep studies and make recommendations and provide prescriptions for the Dentist to explain all the treatment options;

* Why they offer a one month CPAP trial.

Connect with Chris at https://linkedin.com/in/christopherkellyaerhealthcare/

AER Healthcare's website has a video explaining their model: https://www.aerhealthcare.com.au/

The surgical procedure Chris mentioned is called a 'Transpalatal Advancement Pharyngoplasty for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome'

Chris mentioned Jason from the Lanky Lefty YouTube channel.  You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Freecpapadvice

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 37 - DR DAVID MCINTOSH - "SNORED TO DEATH"

Emma is joined by Dr David McIntosh, an adjunct Associate Professor of ENT Surgery in Queensland, Australia.  He specializes in pediatric ENT surgery, nose & sinus disease and snoring & sleep apnea.  Together they discuss:

* Dr McIntosh explains the urgency of intervention with children showing signs of sleep disordered breathing;

* Children with mouth breathing or snoring should be taken for evaluation to a pediatric ENT as quickly as possible;

* Consequences of untreated sleep disordered breathing in kids include: behavioral problems, hearing problems, listening problems, memory problems and many other issues;

* David explains why he fully supports proponents of nasal breathing but also explains that he thinks it's important to get to the root cause of the mouth breathing and take corrective action.

* The difference between management and treatment and where ENTs can perform surgery to treat the underlying airway obstruction.

Follow Dr McIntosh on Instagram: @dr_david_mcintosh_ent

https://entspecialists.com.au/our-team/dr-david-mcintosh/

Buy a copy of Dr McIntosh's book here or simply search "Snored to Death" on Amazon.  

Emma's note: the information in this book is critical to the well being of children all over the world.  If you have means, please buy an extra copy and gift to a Pediatrician or GP you know.  

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 36 - DR JENNY TALBERT - SLEEP APNEA AND HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE

Emma is joined by Dr Jenny Talbert, a Doctor of Chiropractic practicing in Portland, Oregon.  Together they discuss:

* The experience of diagnosis and beginning treatment with a CPAP;

* Jenny's mom's diagnosis with Sleep Apnea after a scary episode of Afib;

* The "Health at Every Size" philosophy Dr Talbert brings to her Chiropractic office;

* Jenny's hope to continue advocacy for sleep apnea testing and diagnosis with fellow chiropractors as well as helping patients get the referrals they need.

Some resources discussed in the episode:

Dr Vik Veer’s YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdR8SVCeSJg

BMI Episode of Maintenance Phase Podcast

http://maintenancephase.com/

Books:

Body Respect by Dr. Lindo Bacon

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Dr. Sabrina Strings

Email:  drjennytalbert@gmail.com

Follow Dr Talbert on Instagram: www.instagram.com/chirojenny 

Follow the show on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 34 - FABIENNE DEPREZ - PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE WITH SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Fabienne Deprez, a former professional badminton player who competed for the German national women's team.  Together they discuss:

* Fabienne's feeling tired and unable to bounce back after training sessions;

* Her journey to diagnosis with sleep tests;

* 5 months using a CPAP but finding it difficult;

* Being fitted for a mandibular advancement device and finding it more comfortable to wear than a CPAP;

* Pregnancy and tiredness;

* Fabienne's decision to talk about her diagnosis with Sleep Apnea to use her platform to raise awareness.

Follow the podcast on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

Follow Fabienne on Instagram: www.instagram.com/fabiennedeprez 

Emma mentioned Jason from the Lanky Lefty YouTube channel.  You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Freecpapadvice

Here is Jason's Amazon store with links to the Mask Bright CPAP cleaner and the hurricane CPAP equipment dryer: https://www.amazon.com/shop/thelankylefty27

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 33 - DR DAYNA JOHNSON - SLEEP APNEA AND RACISM

Emma is joined by Dr Dayna Johnson, a researcher working on understanding the root causes of sleep health disparities.  Dr Johnson explains:

* some reasons why communities of color have higher rates of sleep apnea but lower screening for the condition.

* unconscious and conscious biases playing into doctor visits and who gets referred to a sleep center.

* the need to promote awareness of symptoms of sleep apnea, especially in black communities.

* access to sleep doctors and transportation.

* how air pollution disproportionately affects black people and how that contributes to sleep apnea.

* safety concerns in lower income neighborhoods and how those can affect whether people are able to follow sleep hygiene advice.

* covid-19 and the impact on the black community's access to healthcare.

Follow Dr Johnson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrDaynaAJohnson

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EPISODE 32 - GRAHAM STONEY - SLEEP APNEA AND CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

Emma is joined by Graham Stoney, a former biomedical engineer from Sydney, Australia.  Together they discuss:

* Graham's depression and exhaustion, which led to him leaving his job and a diagnosis with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,

* Bringing training as a biomedical engineer to try to figure out the root cause of his sleep apnea,

* Trials of CPAP and a mandibular advancement device,

* Graham on going to multiple different specialists: sleep specialist, ENTs, surgeons, trying to get to the root cause of his sleep apnea,

* Exploring MMA surgery and palate expansion and beginning treatment with an mRNA appliance,

* Graham talks about Jordan Peterson and his diagnosis with obstructive sleep apnea.

Graham's blog is here: https://cfs-survivors.org/

Follow Graham on Instagram: www.instagram.com/grahamstoney

Follow the show on Instagram: www.instagram.com/sleepapneastories

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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EPISODE 31 - BRANDON WILDS - EXCITEOSA

Emma is joined by Brandon Wilds, one of the first patients to try out the eXciteOSA device for treating mild sleep apnea and snoring.  Together they discuss:

* Brandon coping with daytime sleepiness and seeing a sleep specialist;

* Sleep studies at home and at a medical facility;

* Being prescribed a CPAP and having a lot of problems with it;

* Learning about a new treatment called eXciteOSA and being one of the first patients to try it;

* The eXciteOSA device - what it is and how it works;

* Brandon on how much better he is feeling now.

Emma mentioned Project Sleep's program "Rising Voices of Narcolepsy".  Sign up for updates from Project Sleep and learn more about the program here: https://project-sleep.com/rising-voices-of-narcolepsy/

This episode is sponsored by:

Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

eXciteOSA www.exciteosa.com

and Betterhelp www.betterhelp.com/emma

Please note: eXciteOSA are a sponsor of this season of the "Sleep Apnea Stories" podcast but Emma had complete control over the editorial content of this interview.  

Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences of medical procedures and devices.  This is for information purposes only and you should consult with your own medical professionals before you start or stop any medication or treatment.

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BONUS EPISODE - WOMEN AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma was recently invited by Fariya Doctor, a Feldenkrais practitioner in Canada, to give an online talk about Women and Sleep Apnea.  Since raising awareness about Sleep Apnea is part of Emma's mission with this podcast, she jumped at the chance!  This bonus episode is an edited audio version of Emma's talk.  In this episode Emma discusses:

* Her own journey with Sleep Apnea;

* Overview of symptoms to look for and how these can often present differently in men and women;

* Case Studies of women featured on the podcast and different reasons they went years without diagnosis;

* Different treatments for Sleep Apnea, including CPAP, Mandibular Advancement Devices and Inspire.  Emma touches on other less well known treatments, like palate expansion, buteyko breathing, myofunctional therapy, didgeridoo playing and the new Excite OSA treatment.

Vote for the Podcast (takes 1 minute - voting ends 1st August 2021!!!) - The Sleep Apnea Stories podcast got nominated for awards at this years WEGO Health Awards!  If you'd like to support Emma and the podcast to win an award, click the link below, scroll to underneath the categories and click "Endorse this patient leader".

https://www.wegohealth.com/Emma34/awards 

Complete Short Survey (takes 2-5 minutes) - If you listen to the podcast, please compete this short survey to help shape future episodes.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VD5JMPV

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

www.sleepapneastories.com

Follow Fariya Doctor on Instagram: @movement_detective

https://fariyadoctor.com/

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EPISODE 30 - KAITLYN SHRUM, DR MICHELLE DEFELICE HUCKE AND JO BRIERLY

For the final episode of this season, Emma gives an update on her own journey with Sleep Apnea.  She explains her goals of getting to the root cause of her Sleep Apnea and introduces the people who are helping her:

* Emma discusses her Myofunctional Therapy experience working with Kaitlyn Shrum.  They discuss Emma's classic signs of a compromised airway: high vaulted narrow palate, tongue-tie, history of thumb sucking and mouth breathing. How they worked together before and after Emma's tongue-tie release.

Kaitlyn Shrum - Myofunctional Therapist

Instagram: @southernspeechandmyo

www.southernspeechandmyo.com

* Emma discusses her functional breathing training with Jo Brierly, this included Buteyko breathing re-education.  Jo shares the trauma she experienced as a result of a terrorist attack and how discovering breath work changed her life.  

Jo Brierly - Functional Breathwork Coach

Instagram: @thebreathingclinic

www.thebreathingclinic.org

* Emma discusses her palate expansion, using vivos appliances, with her dentist, Dr Michelle DeFelice Hucke.  Dr Hucke shares about her intake procedure for these devices and the expected outcome.

Dr Michelle DeFelice Hucke - Dentist

Instagram: @jaxbeachesfamilydentistry

https://jacksonvillebeachdentist.com/

* Emma introduces her husband to listeners of the podcast!

Jason Cooksey - Emma's husband on supporting a partner with sleep apnea.  

Connect with Emma on Instagram @sleepapneastories or email sleepapneastories@gmail.com

The sponsor of this episode of the podcast is Mute Nasal Dilators www.mutesnoring.com

Vote for the show in this year's "WEGO Health" Awards: scroll to the bottom and click where it says "endorse this patient leader" https://www.wegohealth.com/Emma34/awards

Please complete this 5 minute listener survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TWGMT5

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EPISODE 29 - CHANDRA HARTMAN - EPIGENETIC ORTHODONTICS AND SLEEP APNEA

In this Episode, Emma has a conversation with Chandra Hartman about her palate expansion.  Together they discuss:

* Living with chronic respiratory issues of bronchitis and allergies as a child;

* Chandra living without health insurance but suspecting she had Sleep Apnea for years;

* Working with a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor to treat respiratory issues;

* Chandra becoming interested in the work of Weston A. Price and Epigenetic Orthodontics;

* Connecting with a Dentist who offered Epigenetic Orthodontics, including Vivos appliances;

* Being diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea at the age of 45 and using a CPAP;

* How Chandra's life has changed since her successful treatment.  

Follow Chandra on Instagram: @chandra.hartman

Chandra's blog: https://elitrope.wordpress.com/category/epigenetic-orthodontics/

Follow the show on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

Email Emma: sleepapneastories@gmail.com 

This episode is sponsored by Mute

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EPISODE 28 - AJ BLOCK - DIDGERIDOO FOR SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by AJ Block.  AJ is a musician and teacher who runs a program specifically designed for people with Sleep Apnea.  Together they discuss:

* AJ's background as a musician and how he found the Didgeridoo;

* The "Didge for Sleep" project AJ has put together to help people with Sleep Apnea;

* The 2005 British Medical Journal Study (linked below) which concluded the Didgeridoo did help reduce AHI in a group of Sleep Apnea patients who were trained in playing the Didgeridoo;

* The need for a lot more research into the effectiveness of Didgeridoo training for Sleep Apnea and AJ's willingness to be involved in upcoming research projects.

Here are the links AJ discussed on the episode:

Didge Project YouTube channel click here 

https://didgeforsleep.com/

https://www.didgeproject.com/sleep-apnea/didgeridoo-sleep-apnea-update-2019-a-sleep-apnea-patient-log/

Here is the link to the free class Emma took and discussed on the episode:

https://www.didgeproject.com/didgeridoo-fundamentals/

To follow the Didge Project on Instagram: @didgeproject

British Medical Journal Study: click here

This episode was sponsored by Mute Nasal Dilators https://mutesnoring.com/

To follow the show on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

If you want to be featured in an upcoming episode, please email me at sleepapneastories@gmail.com

To share your story with the non profit "Airway Revolution" follow this link: https://www.airwayrevolution.org/share-your-story

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EPISODE 27 - ELIZABETH THIEL - HOME SLEEP STUDY

Emma is joined by Elizabeth Thiel, a 39 year old wife and mother living in Atlanta, Georgia.  Together, they discuss:

* At home Sleep Studies - what to expect from this sort of test;

* Being prescribed a CPAP machine and working to find the right mask;

* Problems with delays getting CPAP masks with insurance compliance requirements in mind;

* Durable Medical Equipment companies vs ordering CPAP supplies online;

* Comfort CPAP Covers/Liners;

Follow Elizabeth on Instagram >>> @ladyzbird

Follow the show on Instagram >>> @sleepapneastories

For details of the Philips CPAP Recall click here scroll down and click where it says "affected" CPAP machines.

For details of Emma's "Mastering Your CPAP" online video course, click here.

To join the email list and get your FREE printable pdf "CPAP Lessons I Learned the Hard Way" click here.

This episode of Sleep Apnea Stories was sponsored by Mute Nasal Dilators.  

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EPISODE 26 - DR SHELBY HARRIS - INSOMNIA AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Dr Shelby Harris a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.  She treats Insomnia patients using Cognitive Behavior Therapy specifically for Insomnia.  In this episode we discuss:

* What is insomnia and how do you know if you have it?

* The distinctions between sleepiness and fatigue and how accurately describing symptoms can help in diagnosis;

* The possibility of having Sleep Apnea along with Insomnia and how these different conditions can be treated concurrently;

* The pro's and con's of wearable sleep trackers, such as apple watches, oura rings and fitbits;

* Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia vs traditional sleep aid medications;

* The importance of consistent sleep hygiene.

Follow Dr Harris on Instagram @sleepdocshelby

www.drshelbyharris.com

"The Women's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia" by Dr Shelby Harris - available on Amazon and Audible

Follow the podcast on Instagram @sleepapneastories

New or struggling CPAP users - check out Emma's new online video course "Mastering your CPAP" https://sleepapneastoriesacademy.thinkific.com/courses/mastering-your-cpap

This episode is sponsored by Mute https://mutesnoring.com/

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EPISODE 25 - VASHANTI GANESH - PCOS AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Vashanti Ganesh.  Together they discuss:

* A family doctor being unwilling to prescribe a CPAP despite a diagnosis of Sleep Apnea;

* Suffering with incontinence as a symptom of Sleep Apnea;

* PCOS - Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, what it is and some of the symptoms to watch for;

* Sleep Apnea being common in women with PCOS;

* How Vashanti brought her PCOS symptoms under control with lifestyle changes;

* How much better Vashanti felt when she was prescribed a CPAP at last;

* Vashanti's work as a health coach supporting women with healthy living.


Vashanti's free sleep guide she mentioned is available here: https://vashantigita.dropfunnels.com/guide-2-2/sleep-guide/

Follow Vashanti on Instagram: www.instagram.com/vashantig

Follow Vashanti on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vashantigita

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

Email Emma: sleepapneastories@gmail.com


Struggling with your CPAP?  Sign up for Emma's "Mastering your CPAP" online course here

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EPISODE 24 - BRITTNY SCIARRA AND KARESE LAGUERRE - MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY AND SLEEP APNEA

Emma is joined by Brittny Sciarra and Karese Laguerre to discuss their work as Myofunctional Therapists, also called Orofacial Myologists.  Together they discussed:

* What Myofunctional Therapy is and why it can be beneficial for many people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea;

* Myofunctional Therapy as part of a treatment plan for children with Sleep Disordered Breathing;

* Karese shares her own experience with advocating for and getting treatment for her children with Sleep Disordered Breathing;

* What normal resting tongue posture looks like and why it is so important, especially in children as their palate develops;

* How to find airway-focused healthcare professionals who might not be easily found in your area.

Find Brittny here: https://www.ctorofacialmyology.com/

Follow Brittny on instagram: @ct_orofacial_myology

Find Karese here: https://www.themyospot.com/

Follow Karese on Instagram: @themyospot

Follow Emma and the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories 

Find Myofunctional Therapists here: AAPMD or AOMD

Sign up for email about the show here and get a free pdf with answers to common CPAP problems. When you're on the email list, you'll be the first to know when Emma's upcoming online course "Mastering your CPAP" goes live!

This Episode was sponsored by Mute Nasal Dilators

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EPISODE 23 - ALIDA ABDULLAH - SLEEP APNEA AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Emma is joined by Alida Abdullah and they discuss:

*Growing up snoring and sleeping during school;

*Difficulty with CPAP therapy as a mother juggling a newborn and a 3 year old;

*Being a college athlete and not fitting the Homer Simpson stereotype of the older, overweight men who suffer with Sleep Apnea;

*Treatment of African American women in the healthcare system, what needs to change;

*The link between Hypertension and Sleep Apnea.

Connect with Alida on Instagram: @aa2ff2020

Follow Emma on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

If you want to read further about the health disparities due to race in the US, there are some great resources put together by Dr Akilah Cadet https://www.changecadet.com/resources and also this article by Dr Cadet: https://www.healthline.com/health/black-health-matters-putting-the-care-back-in-healthcare#3

The podcast Emma mentioned in the intro: https://www.richroll.com/podcast/matthew-walker-600/

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EPISODE 22 - JULIE FLYGARE - NARCOLEPSY AND SLEEP DISORDERS ADVOCACY

Emma is joined on the podcast by Julie Flygare, President and CEO of Project Sleep.  Julie has suffered with Narcolepsy with Cataplexy and is an accomplished sleep disorders advocate.  Emma and Julie discuss:

*Symptoms and early warning signs of Narcolepsy;

*Julie's journey through diagnosis and treatment;

*How sleep studies for Narcolepsy differ from those for Sleep Apnea;

*The need for more awareness around Sleep Disorders and more money for Sleep Disorders Research;

*How listeners can get involved in supporting Project Sleep.

You can find all the information about Project Sleep, including social media handles on the website: https://project-sleep.com/

Julie's book "Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy" is available now.  Find all the details of where to buy it here

You can follow Emma on Instagram @sleepapneastories

Sign up for email updates about the podcast and get a free printable pdf called "CPAP Lessons I Learned the Hard Way" here

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EPISODE 21 - RANDY THORNTON - SLEEP APNEA IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL AND WRESTLING

Emma is joined by Randy Thornton, a former professional football player and professional wrestler. Randy discusses:

*How he struggled with intense headaches and mood swings before he was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea;

*Reluctance of many men to go to the doctor;

*Just how widespread Sleep Apnea is among athletes who focus on building muscles of the neck and shoulders;

*Spreading awareness in the African American community about the dangers of Sleep Apnea;

*The new "Best Sleep" magazine and it's goal to raise awareness of Sleep Disorders like Sleep Apnea.

Info about "Best Sleep" magazine:  https://vimeo.com/509104771

Follow Randy on Instagram: @randythornton20

Follow Emma on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

Sign up for email and get your free 2 page pdf printable "CPAP Lessons I learned the hard way" here 

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EPISODE 20 - DR MADAN KANDULA

Emma is joined by Dr Madan Kandula, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, specializing in sleep and sinus surgery.  He leads Advent, an ENT group with 10 clinics across Wisconsin and Illinois.  In this episode we cover:

*The current state of the healthcare system and how patients are not being served by it;

*Dr Kandula's vision for a more patient-centered approach and offering multiple treatment options for Sleep Apnea;

*Minimally invasive in-office procedures on sinuses and turbinates to help relieve nasal congestion and improve sleep at night;

*Madan's own journey with breaking his nose twice and how that shaped his interest in the ENT field.

Connect with Dr Kandula on Instagram: @adventknows

https://adventknows.com/  this website has a number of videos about the procedures Emma and Dr Kandula discussed in this episode.

Connect with Emma on Instagram: @sleepapneastories 

Download your FREE 2 page printable pdf on "CPAP lessons I learned the hard way" here

If you have interest in the course Emma is developing to help you adjust to your CPAP, please email sleepapneastories@gmail.com and put "CPAP course" in the subject of the email.

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EPISODE 19 - DR MEGHNA DASSANI

Emma is joined by Dr Meghna Dassani, a Dentist in Houston, Texas.  In this episode we discussed:

*Dr Dassani's new book "Airway is Life: Waking up to your family's sleep crisis" and her podcast Healthy Sleep Revolution

* What are the red flags parents should look for in their kids to spot sleep disordered breathing?

* Which specialists should be consulted and in what order?  

*When is it appropriate to send a child for a sleep study?  Are CPAPs an option for children with Sleep Apnea?

* Palate expansion in kids and the impact on their airway development.  How early can you start?

Connect with Dr Dassani: www.MeghnaDassani.com

www.DassaniDentistry.com

IG: @healthysleeprevolution

FB: @drdassani

Email: info@meghnadassani.com

Connect with Emma on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

Email: sleepapneastories@gmail.com

**Get your FREE 2 page printable pdf on "CPAP Lessons I Learned the Hard Way" here**

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EPISODE 18 - CRAIG BAKER

Emma is joined by Craig Baker, a Personal Trainer from Sydney, Australia. Together they discuss: 

*Craig discusses his Sleep Apnea symptoms, including anxiety and exhaustion;

*Deciding to cut back on decathlon training in his 20s;

*Using a phone app to record snoring and breathing sounds during sleep;

*Emma's experience with her Tonsilectomy and Craig's upcoming surgery;

*CPAP and Craig's experience with Nasal Pillows;

*Are people overweight and then develop Sleep Apnea or do they develop Sleep Apnea and get overweight as a result?

Connect with Craig: @craigbakerpt and https://www.craigbakerpt.com/

Get Emma's "CPAP Lessons I Learned the hard way" printable pdf here

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EPISODE 17 - DR EARL BOGROW

Emma is joined by Dr Earl Bogrow, a Dentist who specializes in Mandibular Advancement Devices, also called Oral Appliances, to treat Sleep Apnea.  


During the episode Emma and Earl discuss:

*Some of the benefits to Mandibular Advancement devices vs CPAP;

*Dr Bogrow's own journey with Sleep Apnea;

*How to find a great Dentist to make you an oral appliance.

*TMJ issues and how they need to be taken into account when customizing a Mandibular Advancement Device; 

*Breathing and airways - James Nestor's book "Breath";

*Dr Bogrow's didgeridoo playing and how circular breathing can tone the muscles of the throat.

Contact Dr Bogrow: https://michigansleepapneacenter.com/

Search for a Dentist accredited with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine - click here

Donate to the Project Sleep fundraising "Sleep In" here

Follow Emma on Instagram: @sleepapneastories

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EPISODE 16 - STACY ERICKSON EDWARDS

Emma is joined by Stacy Erickson Edwards, a Sleep Disorders Advocate and blogger at www.cpapbabes.com.  Stacy discusses:

*her journey to getting diagnosed with Sleep Apnea;

*dealing with continued sleepiness even after CPAP treatment and exploring other potential sleep disorders;

*being diagnosed with Idiopathic Hypersomnia after an MSLT test;

*working with Project Sleep to raise awareness about sleep disorders.

*taking part in Project Sleep's "Sleep In" fundraiser 12th-14th March;

Connect with Stacy: http://www.cpapbabes.com/

Instagram: @cpapbabes

Connect with Emma: https://www.sleepapneastories.com/

Instagram: @sleepapneastories

Emma and Stacy are both taking part in Project Sleep's "Sleep In" Fundraiser, more details here.

You can sponsor Emma here

Emma mentioned Stacy's article on not feeling better on CPAP - read it here

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EPISODE 15 - RYAN KING

Emma talks all about physical fitness and coping with Sleep Apnea.  Emma's guest, Ryan King, is a personal trainer who has been working with Gary Knight (friend of the show, guest on episode 4).  Emma and Ryan discuss:

* How to gradually build up the amount of exercise you're doing even when you're tired;

* Alternatives to working out at the gym;

*The importance of mindset and breathing;

*Unrealistic ideals of beauty.

Connect with Ryan on Instagram: @rkfitness_fevo

"Sleep In" Fundraiser run by Project Sleep, 12th-14th March 2021 

**I'd LOVE to have you on my team to spread awareness of Sleep Apnea!!!**

Sign up to join the fundraiser (click "Join Our Team button) or donate: click here

Or to learn more about Project Sleep, visit their website: https://project-sleep.com/ or follow them on Instagram: @project_sleep

Connect with Emma: Instagram - @sleepapneastories

www.sleepapneastories.com

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EPISODE 14 - SYDNEY AVIS & DR VICTOR AVIS

Emma is joined by Sydney Avis and her Dad, Dr Victor Avis.  Sydney recently underwent an MMA surgery (Maxillary Mandibular Advancement) to expand her airway and improve her sleep and breathing.  In this episode we discuss:

*various diagnoses Sydney received including Narcolepsy and Sleep Apnea and why Dr Avis didn't feel these told the whole story of Sydney's airway challenges

*treatments Sydney tried before opting for the MMA surgery, including a Mandibular Advancement Device and a CPAP.  

*diagnostic tests Sydney underwent, including the DISE procedure and sleep studies

*MMA surgery and recovery from it

*the non-profit "O2 Breathe" the father/daughter duo began and the Documentary film "Airway" they have been working on for four years.

Watch Airway Documentary Trailer: https://www.airwaydocumentary.com/

O2 Breathe: https://www.o2-breathe.org/

Connect with Sydney and Victor on Instagram:

@dr.victoravis

@sydneyavis

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EPISODE 13 - LAUREN FREEDMAN

Emma is joined by Lauren Freedman, host of "Uninvisible Pod".  On her podcast, Lauren provides a platform for discussion of invisible illnesses following her own health struggles.

Some of the things we discussed in this episode:

  • Coping with multiple diagnoses - not only sleep apnea but depression, anxiety and Hashimoto's (an autoimmune disorder).

  • Lauren’s experience of trying to hold down a job while struggling to find answers in her health journey.

  • The healthcare system and Lauren's need to advocate for herself

  • Emma asks all about the concept of 'spoonies' and spoons theory to help explain the limited energy people coping with chronic health problems have.  This is the original article Lauren references https://butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/

I really encourage you to check it out Lauren's podcast if you haven’t already.  https://uninvisiblepod.com/  This is also the place to download the "Hacking Healthcare" resource Lauren and Emma discuss.

Emma asked Lauren about her interview with Nitika Chopra, the found of the Chronicon support community.  You can find it here https://chronicon.co/

Find Lauren's social media handles and connect with her: https://uninvisiblepod.com/about/

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EPISODE 12 - SAM GOTOWIEC

I really wanted to have Sam on the podcast because he’s young and so often younger sleep apnea sufferers don’t get a lot of attention.  Some of the things we discussed were:

  • How Sam’s friends first noticed his snoring and pauses in breathing

  • Getting diagnosed with Sleep Apnea with an at home sleep study

  • The Canadian Healthcare system

  • What it feels like to be a young person with a chronic sleep disorder

  • Mouth breathing and nasal breathing, mouth-taping

Connect with Sam on Instagram: @sammycg88

Sponsors of this episode click here

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EPISODE 11 - PATRICK MCKEOWN

'Sleep Disordered Breathing' has "breathing" right there in the name!  Yet breathing is overlooked as a vital component in treating Sleep Apnea.  Patrick McKeown is a breathing expert and founder of the Buteyko Clinic.

Some things we discussed:

  • Buteyko breathing - slow, light and deep using diaphragm;

  • How nasal breathing can help people with Sleep Apnea versus mouth breathing;

  • Mouth taping to support nasal breathing - specifically Myotape;

  • The four types of Sleep Apnea;

  • Patrick’s newest book “The Breathing Cure”


To buy myotape or Patrick's new book "The Breathing Cure" click here

To register for Patrick's upcoming Zoom workshops on Sleep Issues, including Sleep Apnea, click here

Sponsors of this episode click here

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EPISODE 10 - EMMA COOKSEY

Emma shares an update on her own journey with Sleep Apnea.  Since starting the podcast earlier this year, Emma has learned so much from her guests and her own reading and research.  On this episode, Emma discusses: 

  • the books "Breath" by James Nestor and "Oxygen Advantage" by Patrick McKeown.  Both these books discuss the benefits of nasal breathing; 

  • beginning Myofunctional therapy to improve tongue placement for proper nasal breathing; 

  • her discovery of Myotape to gently keep her mouth closed at night. 

  • Emma recaps the first 9 episodes and looks ahead to new episode coming in January 2021! 

Connect with Emma on instagram:  @sleepapneastories  

Email: sleepapneastories@gmail.com

www.sleepapneastories.com

Emma mentioned Myofunctional Therapy with Kaitlyn Shrum, you can contact her here: www.southernspeechandmyo.com

Photo credit: www.kategardinerphotography.com

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EPISODE 9 - EDGAR CASTRO TELLO

Emma is joined by Edgar Castro Tello who shares his personal journey with sleep apnea.  Emma and Edgar discuss:

  • Having sleep apnea as the child of undocumented immigrants without access to healthcare;

  • Experiencing extreme symptoms at high altitude in Colorado;

  • Sleep Apnea in the gay community, especially among "bears";

  • Diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnea allowing mental health problems to be acknowledged and treated.

Connect with Edgar: @zageguy on Instagram.

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EPISODE 8 - DR JOSE GONZALEZ

Emma is joined by Dr Jose Gonzalez.  In the episode they discuss Jose's recent diagnosis with sleep apnea and how he is adjusting to life with his CPAP.  Emma and Jose talk about: 

  • Loud snoring and how often it is ignored as normal when it can indicate Sleep Apnea; 

  • Being single and in a relationship with Sleep Apnea;

  • Anxiety as a warning sign for Sleep Apnea; 

  • Self image issues which come up with CPAP treatment; 

  • The media's portrayal of Sleep Apnea. 


Connect with Jose on Instagram: @dr.jose.gonzalez 


Emma would love you to complete her listener survey.  Click this link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VD5JMPV 

Emma mentioned "Breath" by James Nestor - links to buy: https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/breath/

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EPISODE 7 - DR DAVID MADOW

Emma is joined by Dr David Madow. David shares his personal journey with sleep apnea. For anyone who is new to using a CPAP, this episode is a must! David talks through all the adjustments he made to make using a CPAP more comfortable.

In this episode we discussed:

  • how it feels to suffer with anxiety caused by sleep apnea;

  • David's own experience of using an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea and then changing to a CPAP;

  • how David educated himself on all things CPAP to improve his comfort and maximize results.

Connect with David:

Email: rundrdave@gmail.com

Instagram: @davidmadow

Sign up for email: join.davidmadow.com/

David's youtube videos about CPAP - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO8l2YoJXkAPjnvnK88y1tn1cncmpDDaS

OSCAR program to analyze your CPAP results - http://www.apneaboard.com/wiki/index.php/OSCAR_Installation

Emma's latest article on Anxiety and Sleep Apnea - https://sleepapnea.sleep-disorders.net/living/undiagnosed-symptoms-anxiety/

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EPISODE 6 - DR NATASHA HASSAM-SARWAR

Emma is joined by Dr Natasha Hassam-Sarwar, a dentist specializing in optimizing sleep.  Natasha is also a Sleep Coach so Emma took the opportunity to pick her brain on all things sleep apnea!


Dr Hassam-Sarwar explains:

  • the difference between Sleep Apnea and UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome);

  • why so many sleep apnea sufferers grind and clench their teeth;

  • mouth breathing versus nostril breathing and why nostril breathing is so much better!


Connect with Natasha:

Instagram: @drnatashasarwar

Email: drnatashasarwar@gmail.com

www.aerasleepco.com

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EPISODE 5 - ERIC BURTON

Emma is joined by Eric Burton who suffers from Sleep Apnea himself and also works as a Sleep Supplies Specialist with Aeroflow in North Carolina. Eric shares about his own journey with sleep apnea.  Eric describes his sleep study and how he adjusted to his CPAP.  Eric has a lot to share about his work advising patients on the best mask or equipment for them.  We also talked about how going on a trip and leaving your CPAP at home is NOT a great plan and never to be repeated!  

Connect with Eric: ericburton06@gmail.com

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EPISODE 4 - GARY KNIGHT

Emma is joined by Gary Knight.  Gary experienced a lot of the common symptoms of sleep apnea before his diagnosis in 2016, in particular he noticed overwhelming daytime sleepiness.  Gary discusses the treatment he received, where he lives in the UK, and his first experiences with his CPAP.  Gary lost over 70lbs after he was diagnosed and we discuss his attitude and approach to exercise and the effect his weight loss had on his sleep apnea (*spoiler alert - it helped!!!).  Having learned to manage his own sleep apnea, Gary has gone on to help others with his Facebook support group "Southern UK Sleep Apnoea and CPAP".  

For more on Gary's journey:

https://www.hope2sleep.co.uk/sleep-apnoea-patient-stories-gary.html

https://www.blf.org.uk/your-stories/how-a-cpap-machine-changed-my-life

Connect with Gary:

Instagram: @grassbasher 

Email: sleepapnoea@mail.com

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EPISODE 3 - DR JOI FREEMONT

Emma is joined by Dr Joi Freemont, a dentist who treats patients with sleep apnea in her practice but also suffers with sleep apnea herself. Joi describes the shock of her father's death from sleep apnea and how that experience opened her eyes to the condition. Whilst attending a professional training on oral appliances and taking a sleep study, Dr Freemont discovered that she also suffered with sleep apnea. Knowing that the CPAP would not be a good fit for her, Joi got an oral appliance and immediately felt better with increased energy. Dr Freemont is on a mission to help spread awareness of the need to be tested for sleep apnea but also the availability of alternative treatments if CPAP doesn't work for a particular patient.

Connect with Joi:
@freemontdental on instagram
www.thehapevilledentist.com/


Read transcript here

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EPISODE 2 - KAREN WOLK 

Emma is joined by her guest Karen Wolk. They talk all about Karen’s journey with sleep apnea, from having panic attacks and a cognitive impairment affecting her memory, to being diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. Karen explores the different treatments she tried including medications, a nasal surgery, CPAP and BIPAP machines before finally finding relief with an ‘inspire’ implant. Karen discusses how the technology works and the tremendous impact it has had on the quality of her life. Finally, Emma and Karen discuss the silver linings to come from their sleep apnea diagnoses.


Connect with Karen on Linked In or Instagram:
linkedin.com/in/karenwolk
Instagram: @kwolk

Read Transcript here

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EPISODE 1 - EMMA COOKSEY

Meet your host, Emma Cooksey, and join her as she shares her personal journey with Sleep Apnea.  Emma shares her lowest moment when she realized she needed to get help along with the tips and tricks she wishes someone told her about her Cpap when she was first diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea in 2008.  Emma talks about living her best life with sleep apnea 12 years after diagnosis, including her 3 step morning ritual which helps her face the day no matter how the night's sleep went.   

Connect with Emma!

@sleepapneastories on instagram

sleepapneastories@gmail.com by email

Read Transcript here