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Sleep Apnea Stories

Sleep Apnea Stories

By Emma Cooksey

Sleep Apnea Stories is a podcast featuring guests who are coping with sleep apnea and the medical experts who treat them. The goal of the podcast is to shatter stereotypes around sleep apnea. We also want to build a community of people coping with Sleep Apnea to provide inspiration and hope to listeners. Do you have Sleep Apnea? Would you be willing to share your story with our community? If so, I'd love to hear from you! Email: sleepapneastories@gmail.com
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84 - Dr. William Noah - Improving PAP Comfort with V-Com
84 - Dr. William Noah - Improving PAP Comfort with V-Com
Emma is joined by Dr. William Noah, a sleep specialist, and inventor of the V-Com.  Together they discuss: * Dr. Noah shares about his background in sleep medicine and running a large sleep center. * Encouraging PAP adherence among patients and how introducing remote monitoring helped to identify patients struggling with their PAP therapy. * Dr. Noah explains IPAP (inspiratory positive airway pressure) and EPAP (expiratory positive airway pressure) and why they matter to the PAP patient experience. * Dr. Noah explains the differences between Ventilators, BiPAP, CPAP and APAP and the financial incentives for DME companies to put patients on BiPAP. * C-Flex and EPR settings and what happens to therapeutic pressure when these are adjusted. * DME switching people to full face masks as a "catch-all" and why that isn't ideal. * How different masks can affect the pressure a patient experiences. * Dr. Noah on inventing the V-Com to reduce IPAP and keep EPAP the same.   * Treatment Emergent Central Sleep Apneas and how V-Com can help with that problem. Learn more about the V-Com: https://sleepres.com/ This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
53:17
November 09, 2022
83 - Dr. Steve Lamberg - "Treat the Cause...Treat the Airway"
83 - Dr. Steve Lamberg - "Treat the Cause...Treat the Airway"
Emma is joined by Dr. Steve Lamberg, a dentist and author of the book "Treat the Cause...Treat the Airway".  Together they discuss: * Dr. Lamberg's background as a general dentist and how he got into dental sleep medicine. * His interest in obstructive sleep apnea in pregnant patients and how dentists can help screen for it. * Developing the "Lamberg Questionnaire" to help dentists join the dots between snoring/sleep apnea and overall health and wellness. * Writing "Treat the Cause...Treat the Airway: The Role of Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Contemporary Preventative Medicine". * Starting the PAANNY group (Pediatric and Adult Airway Network of New York) to bring together specialists from all different fields to focus on treating airway disorders. For more information about Dr. Lamberg's work, visit his website: www.drlamberg.com Buy Dr. Lamberg's book "Treat the Cause...Treat the Airway": https://drlamberg.com/treat-the-cause-book-treat-the-airway-book For more on the PAANNY group: https://www.paanny.org/about "Sleep Related Breathing Disorders During Pregnancy: The Impact of Intervention on Maternal and Fetal Health Outcomes", article in Dental Sleep Practice magazine here. This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
33:32
November 02, 2022
82 - Jeff, Kattia & Nate Krouse - Down Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
82 - Jeff, Kattia & Nate Krouse - Down Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Emma is joined by Jeff and Kattia Krouse, parents to Nathan, a child with Down Syndrome and Sleep Apnea.  Together they discuss: * Nathan's Down Syndrome coming as a surprise to Jeff and Kattia. * Going for a sleep study and receiving a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea and beginning CPAP therapy. * Difficulties finding a well-fitting CPAP mask for a non-verbal child. * A tonsillectomy that didn't resolve Nathan's sleep apnea. * Advice for other families with kids navigating sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment with Down Syndrome. This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
33:15
October 26, 2022
81 - Thomas Hinton - A Sleep Performance Coach with Sleep Apnea
81 - Thomas Hinton - A Sleep Performance Coach with Sleep Apnea
Emma is joined by Thomas Hinton from Circadian Health Systems, together they discuss: * Thomas losing his father tragically young to a heart attack, the family now suspects came from undiagnosed sleep apnea. * His training as a Sleep Tech and working shifts supervising sleep studies. * Being in denial about his own sleep apnea symptoms. * Thomas going for a sleep study where he worked to get a diagnosis and take control of his health by treating his sleep apnea. * Transitioning into working as a Sleep Performance Coach and raising awareness about sleep apnea. You can connect with Thomas on Instagram: @thsleepcoach https://www.circadianhealth.org/ This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
42:24
October 19, 2022
80 - Craig Baker - Successful Tonsillectomy, Turbinate Reduction & Septoplasty
80 - Craig Baker - Successful Tonsillectomy, Turbinate Reduction & Septoplasty
Emma is joined by Craig Baker for a follow up interview.   Together they discuss:  * Craig briefly recaps his long journey to diagnosis with sleep apnea.  * The surgeries recommended for him by an ENT/Otolaryngology Surgeon - tonsillectomy and septoplasty.  * Paying to have the procedures privately to avoid a long wait time.  * Emma and Craig discuss their experiences of tonsillectomy as adults versus the experience of children with the same procedure.  * Craig's follow up sleep study showing his AHI had dropped and he no longer needed to use a CPAP.  Follow Craig on Instagram: www.instagram.com/craigbakerpt  Listen to my first podcast interview with Craig here  The youtube video Emma discusses in the intro by Dr. Vik Veer about "surgical success":  https://youtu.be/aJ_SelpUu6Q  This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/  BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy  Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories  Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com  www.sleepapneastories.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.
24:36
October 12, 2022
79 - Olivia Arezzolo - "Bear, Lion or Wolf" - Sleep Chronotypes
79 - Olivia Arezzolo - "Bear, Lion or Wolf" - Sleep Chronotypes
Emma is joined by Olivia Arezzolo, an Australian Sleep Coach and author of the book "Bear, Lion or Wolf".    Together they discuss:  * Olivia's experience with sleep coaching clients who have sleep apnea.  * Her decision to move to Italy (not entirely sleep-related but so exciting!).  * Olivia's struggles with depression, anxiety and anorexia during her teenage years.    * How she got interested in sleep and trained to help people resolve their sleep issues.  * "Bear, Lion, Wolf" - Olivia describes her book and how her advice differs depending upon a person's sleep chronotype.  Follow Olivia on Instagram: @oliviaarezzolo  Take her chronotype quiz here: https://oliviaarezzolo.com.au/  Get the book here: https://oliviaarezzolo.com.au/book  This episode is sponsored by:  Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/  Bleep Sleep https://bleepsleep.com/ to try Bleep Sleep with 20% off, visit https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services  BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy  Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories  Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com  www.sleepapneastories.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.
46:19
October 05, 2022
78 - Sandy Smith - EnsoData's Mission to Improve Sleep Testing
78 - Sandy Smith - EnsoData's Mission to Improve Sleep Testing
Emma is joined by Sandy Smith, EnsoData's Director of National Accounts.  Together they discuss: * The very personal and tragic loss Sandy experienced because of lack of awareness about sleep apnea and its symptoms. * Sandy explains how EnsoData are improving sleep testing by applying new artificial intelligence technology. * The huge number of people still going undiagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. * Sandy and Emma both discuss spotting signs of sleep issues with their children and getting help. Connect with Sandy on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandy-smith-85563728/ Learn more about EnsoData here: https://www.ensodata.com/ Read the article EnsoData shared on their blog about Emma and the podcast here: https://www.ensodata.com/blog/sleep-story/the-sleep-apnea-silver-lining/ This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ Bleep Sleep https://bleepsleep.com/ to try Bleep Sleep with 20% off, visit https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
30:30
September 28, 2022
77 - Dr. Madiha Ellaffi - The App for Parents and Kids with Sleep Apnea
77 - Dr. Madiha Ellaffi - The App for Parents and Kids with Sleep Apnea
Emma is joined by Dr. Madiha Ellaffi, a French Pulmonologist, Allergist and Pediatric, and Adult Sleep Specialist.  Together they discuss: * Dr. Ellaffi's experiences as the mother of 4 children who developed sleep problems.   * The book and app she developed, along with a dedicated team, about pediatric sleep apnea, to help children and parents that struggle with sleep issues to understand and get better answers and treatment.   * Emma describes the wonderful app called "Woodchuck's Sleep" (you can find it free wherever you get apps).  It brings together all the specialists involved in treating pediatric sleep apnea and introduces them to kids in a fun and engaging way.   * In this app you can introduce your kids to the idea of seeing a sleep specialist, a dentist specializing in palate expansion, a pediatric ENT, a myofunctional therapist.  There are even exercises and games your child can complete. * Dr. Ellaffi explained that the app is free to use and there is a special crowd-funding link (below) to enable people to support their work and make it available to families dealing with childhood sleep apnea across different languages and different countries. Crowd-funding link to support the app being developed in different languages to reach more kids: https://www.helloasso.com/associations/4a/collectes/un-sommeil-de-marmotte-1 Links to download the app: https://sommeildemarmotte.com/ Link to French Amazon to buy the book in French: click here This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ Bleep Sleep https://bleepsleep.com/ to try Bleep Sleep with 20% off, visit https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
43:42
September 21, 2022
76 - Stacy Erickson Edwards - Cushing Syndrome and Sleep Apnea
76 - Stacy Erickson Edwards - Cushing Syndrome and Sleep Apnea
Stacy Erickson Edwards joins Emma for an update.  Stacy was last interviewed on the podcast in March 2021.  Listen to her first interview here.  Together they discuss: * Stacy's continued daytime sleepiness and taking a medication at night to improve her wakefulness during the day. * The search for answers about new symptoms which seemed hormonal. * Gaining weight and developing other symptoms consistent with Cushing Syndrome (also called hypercortisolism). * The fight for answers with a string of doctors. * The MRI scan that gave Stacy some answers. Connect with Stacy: http://www.cpapbabes.com/ Instagram: @cpapbabes This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ Bleep Sleep https://bleepsleep.com/ to try Bleep Sleep with 20% off, visit https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
52:54
September 14, 2022
75 - Karen Moore - Sleep Apnea and Menopause
75 - Karen Moore - Sleep Apnea and Menopause
Emma is joined by Karen Moore, a woman living with sleep apnea and the founder of CPAP accessories company "Pad A Cheek".  Together they discuss: * The brain fog and cognitive impairment Karen experienced and how it is often mistaken for menopause symptoms. * Karen shares about her diagnostic sleep study and titrating study and how they differed. * Learning about CPAP through forums and reading CPAP data using a card reader and software. * Working with her doctor's blessing to find the right pressure. * Starting "Pad A Cheek" to share products to make CPAP more comfortable. Karen's website www.padacheek.com  This episode is sponsored by: Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ Bleep Sleep https://bleepsleep.com/ to try Bleep Sleep with 20% off, visit https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  for 10% off your first month of online therapy Vivos Therapeutics https://vivos.com/patients/ Check out Emma on these podcasts about menopause and sleep apnea: Emma on "Perimenopause WTF?" podcast - listen here Emma on "The Menopause Mindset podcast with Sally Garozzo" - listen here Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
51:38
September 07, 2022
74 - Mental Health and Sleep Apnea
74 - Mental Health and Sleep Apnea
In this shortie episode, Emma reminds listeners that they are not alone.  She talks about some past interviews where guests discussed the mental health challenges they were dealing with along with sleep apnea.  The episodes mentioned were: Karen Wolk - cognitive impairment and depression listen here David Madow - anxiety listen here Kajsa Bradley - depression listen here This episode is sponsored by: BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
11:08
August 31, 2022
73 - Lifestyle and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
73 - Lifestyle and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Emma shares some lifestyle tips for living with sleep apnea.   Episodes Emma mentioned:  Episode 4 on weight loss: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/lPHwSFdVJsb Episode 69 on bariatric surgery: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/ux1E4hbVJsb Episode 36 on "health at every size": https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/E2nP7ymVJsb Vik Veer's throat exercises https://youtu.be/2nq8YjWIIUI This episode is sponsored by: BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Visit Emma's Amazon Idea List here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/sleepapneastories for affiliate links to products Emma recommends.  Including CPAP accessories, CPAP cleaning products, and recommended books, including Patrick McKeown's book. Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
16:21
August 24, 2022
72 - Finding the Right CPAP Mask
72 - Finding the Right CPAP Mask
Emma gives listeners advice on: * how to find the right CPAP mask. * resolving problems with leaks and face marks. * 2016 study showing nasal pillows masks improve compliance:  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27648308/ * two mask options you might not have heard about. For the Amazon affiliate links mentioned on the podcast go here: https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services Pad-a-cheek: https://www.padacheek.com/ Hypnosis download: https://www.hypnosisdownloads.com/sleep-problems/cpap-mask Bleep Sleep link for 20% off https://www.sleepapneastories.com/services Learn more about the 'myTAP PAP' mask: https://tapintosleep.com/products/mytap-pap/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
33:58
August 17, 2022
71 - CPAP Problems Solved
71 - CPAP Problems Solved
In this "shortie" episode, Emma answers listeners' questions about their CPAP problems.  Listen for advice and help on what to do if: * you can't access CPAP data beyond what the myAir app provides. * your hose is causing problems and tugging on your mask. * you are looking for a backup battery supply recommendation. Emma's Amazon Suggestions here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/sleepapneastories - please note these are affiliate links and the show will earn a small commission for purchases at no cost to you. Sign up for email and get your FREE video download here: https://www.sleepapneastories.com/ Sign up for Emma's "Mastering Your CPAP" course here: https://sleepapneastoriesacademy.thinkific.com/courses/mastering-your-cpap To download the OSCAR software discussed in this episode, go here: https://www.sleepfiles.com/OSCAR/ For guidance on how to use OSCAR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jCNeivvrjU   This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp: www.betterhelp.com/emma
16:27
August 10, 2022
70 - Dr. Louise O'Brien - Pregnancy & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
70 - Dr. Louise O'Brien - Pregnancy & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Emma is joined by Dr. Louise O'Brien from the University of Michigan.  Together they discuss: * How Dr. O'Brien got interested in researching sleep in pregnancy and how it brought her to the United States from the UK. * Pregnancy and obstructive sleep apnea, common signs and symptoms. * Various research projects showing the rates of OSA in pregnant women from specific groups e.g. high blood pressure. * The prevalence of habitual snoring among pregnant women and the current state of screening. * Ongoing research about babies born to women with obstructive sleep apnea. Find out more about Dr. O'Brien and her research here: https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/neurology/louise-m-obrien-phd-ms This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
45:37
August 03, 2022
69 - Tairis Morales Medina - Bariatric Surgery
69 - Tairis Morales Medina - Bariatric Surgery
Emma is joined by Tairis Morales Medina who shares about a successful bariatric surgery that resolved her sleep apnea along with other health problems.  Together they discuss: * The mini-stroke that alerted Tairis to her high blood pressure. * Considering bariatric surgery to resolve obesity and other health problems. * Doing a sleep study as part of qualifying for bariatric surgery and getting a diagnosis of sleep apnea. * Adjusting to CPAP and how quickly Tairis found she did not need it after successful bariatric surgery. * The nuances of discussing weight and obstructive sleep apnea: not everyone with obesity has sleep apnea and plenty of thin people have sleep apnea.  Discussing the attitudes of health professionals when dealing with patients with obesity and how it needs to change. * How Tairis feels now, 2 1/2 years from surgery and 126 lbs down. Follow Tairis on her Instagram: @mommy_sleeve_journey This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
01:02:25
July 27, 2022
68 - Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown - Kids with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
68 - Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown - Kids with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Emma is joined by Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown, a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician.  Together they discuss: * Signs to watch for in kids that could indicate a sleep problem. * Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in kids with obstructed airways. * Dr. Afolabi-Brown's participation in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine task force to explore the safe use of CPAP and BiPAP in kids with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. * Testing kids with suspected obstructive sleep apnea and the importance of selecting an accredited sleep clinic. * Differences between testing adults and children. Find out more about Dr. Afolabi-Brown here: https://www.restfulsleepmd.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/restfulsleepmd/ This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
40:42
July 20, 2022
67 - Dr. Sam Kashani M.D. - Q&A with a Sleep Medicine Specialist
67 - Dr. Sam Kashani M.D. - Q&A with a Sleep Medicine Specialist
Emma is joined by Dr. Sam Kashani M.D., a board-certified Sleep Medicine Specialist.  Together they discuss: * residual daytime sleepiness in people with obstructive sleep apnea. * language used to describe symptoms to primary care physicians. * the STOPBANG questionnaire used to screen for sleep apnea. * how important CPAP education and support is for newly diagnosed patients. * AHI and symptom severity, uses for melatonin and CBTi for insomnia. The 'STOPBANG' questionnaire a lot of doctors use to screen for obstructive sleep apnea we mentioned in the episode. http://www.stopbang.ca/osa/screening.php Follow Dr. Kashani on Instagram at www.instagram.com/samkashanimd This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
01:04:07
July 13, 2022
66 - Matt Horsnell - Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy
66 - Matt Horsnell - Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy
Emma is joined by Matt Horsnell and together they discuss: * Matt's journey to a diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy and how obstructive sleep apnea did show up on his original sleep test but wasn't deemed severe enough to treat. * Coping with depression and anxiety along with sleep disorders. * Getting a diagnosis with severe obstructive sleep apnea and beginning treatment with CPAP. * Matt finding ways for his sleep disorders to work for him and engaging with social support in the sleep disorders community. * Becoming involved with sleep patient awareness and advocacy and coming up with the title "the World's Strongest Man with Narcolepsy and Cataplexy". * Matt shares about the Project Sleep event he will take part in next month in Nashville.  Find details here: https://project-sleep.com/events/nashville-innovations-in-narcolepsy-awareness-advocacy/ Follow Matt on Instagram: www.instagram.com/mhorsnell This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
53:39
July 06, 2022
65 - Mayka Goodstone - SARPE and Orthognathic Surgery
65 - Mayka Goodstone - SARPE and Orthognathic Surgery
Emma is joined by Mayka Goodstone who just underwent Orthognathic Surgery to move her jaws forward resolving her obstructive sleep apnea. Together they discuss: * Mayka shares about her childhood growing up in Spain with asthma, allergies and mouth breathing. * Developing snoring during her 20s. * "Long Face Syndrome" and how Mayka and Emma both developed long faces as a result of mouth breathing as children causing their faces to develop long and narrow with compromised airways.   * Mayka getting a diagnosis with obstructive sleep apnea and taking time during the pandemic to really research why she developed OSA and the orthognathic surgery that could resolve it. * Meeting with a number of orthodontists and surgeons who specialized in Orthognathic Surgery. * Mayka explains that the process of Invisalign braces followed by SARPE (surgically assisted rapid palate expansion) and finally Orthognathic Surgery (also called double jaw surgery and MMA surgery). * How much Mayka feels her nasal breathing, OSA and snoring improved after surgery.   See Mayka's remarkable transformation before and after pictures here and follow her on Instagram @maykagoodstone_jawsurgery This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.com If you are confused and haven't heard of the link between mouth breathing and developing a long face and compromised airway in adulthood, start by listening to my podcast episodes with:  James Nestor, Patrick McKeown, Brittny Sciarra & Karese Laguerre. Then if you're interested to hear more about double jaw surgery, there are three other episodes on it: Patrick Zwally, Sydney Avis & Dr. Victor Avis and Candy Sparks. This link allows you to scroll the episodes easily https://anchor.fm/emma-cooksey, or just find them however you found this one! 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.
58:54
June 29, 2022
64 - Dr. Robert W. Turner II - Sleep Apnea Research - Raising OSA Awareness Among Black Men
64 - Dr. Robert W. Turner II - Sleep Apnea Research - Raising OSA Awareness Among Black Men
Emma is joined by Dr. Robert W Turner II, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Science. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He also holds a position as a Research Scientist in the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke University. Together they discuss: * Dr. Turner discusses his research identifying the most effective ways to spread the word among black men about the serious health consequences of untreated sleep apnea. * The shocking death of Reggie White from untreated sleep apnea and how that raised awareness in the black community. * Emma praises the excellent documentary Dr. Turner took part in called "Student Athlete" view the trailer here.   * The future of football and the need for more awareness of sleep apnea among players and ex-players. * Dr. Turner discussed the Black Men's Brain Health Conference held this year and the plans for next year's event.  More details here: https://www.mensbrainhealth.org/conference Find out more about Dr. Turner and his work here: https://www.robertturnerphd.com/ Watch PSA video produced as part of Dr. Turner's research here. Reggie White article here. This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Get your free video download "Emma's 3 Tips for Better Sleep with Obstructive Sleep Apnea" here. Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
35:52
June 22, 2022
63 - Emma at SLEEP 2022 Conference
63 - Emma at SLEEP 2022 Conference
Recently Emma attended the SLEEP 2022 Conference run by the Association of Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRS).  Emma used the opportunity to interview as many people as she could.  Interviews featured include: * Julie Flygare, Founder, and CEO of Project Sleep, talks about the inclusion of patient voices in conferences like SLEEP 2022. * Dr. Joshua Roland M.D., a board-certified sleep specialist, answers your questions about sleep apnea. * Dr. Chelsie Rohrscheib from Wesper discusses how monitoring your sleep with their patches can help improve your sleep quality. * Olivier Lauzeral at Somnics Health, talks about the iNAP device for treating obstructive sleep apnea. * Dr. Shelby Harris, sharing helpful sleep tips for travel. * David Baxter from SleepGlad explains his app to improve mask fit by scanning patient faces. * Nick Glattard, Co-founder and CTO at Ensodata speaks about how technology improvements in scoring sleep tests can ultimately help patients get more accurate test results. * Dr. Sam Kashani M.D., a board-certified sleep specialist, answers your questions. * Dr. Keith Thornton D.D.S., of Airway Management describes the TAP appliances he has developed to help people with snoring through to severe sleep apnea. * Mollie McGlocklin, fellow podcast host and founder of "Sleep Is A Skill", shares info on how she gets great sleep. * Drew Copeland and Teresa DeNike of Sleep Better NYC on their favorite highlights from the sleep conference. * Emma Cooksey - Drew turns the microphone on Emma to ask her a few questions! This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.com Disclaimer: this episode of the podcast includes people with sleep apnea discussing their own experiences with 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.
51:54
June 15, 2022
62 - Kristen Cascio - Delayed Diagnosis and CPAP Travel Tips
62 - Kristen Cascio - Delayed Diagnosis and CPAP Travel Tips
Emma is joined by Kristen Cascio, together they discuss:  * Kristen going undiagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea for years.    * Thyroid issues and how those were a convenient excuse for fatigue and daytime sleepiness.  * Getting diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea using an at-home sleep study.  * Feeling relief to have answers to sleep problems.  * Adjusting to CPAP therapy with the help of her supportive husband.  * Starting @meandmycpap on Instagram and sharing tips on traveling with CPAP.  Follow Kristen on Instagram @meandmycpap  This episode is sponsored by Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/  Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/  BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma  Get your FREE Video Download '3 Tips to Better Sleep with Obstructive Sleep Apnea' by following the link here: https://www.sleepapneastories.com/  Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories  Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com  www.sleepapneastories.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.
44:03
June 08, 2022
61 - Dr. Allan Pack - Sleep Apnea Research, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
61 - Dr. Allan Pack - Sleep Apnea Research, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Emma is joined by Dr. Allan Pack, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.  Together they discuss: * How obstructive sleep apnea patients don't fall neatly into one category. * Use of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and other questions to group participants based on their sleepiness and how likely they were to doze. * Looking at participants in different sleepiness groups and what happened to their sleepiness after 2 years of CPAP. * Some theories on why people might remain sleepy despite CPAP adherence. * Dr. Pack talks about the future of diagnostics in sleep using wearables and telehealth. * Developing biomarkers for obstructive sleep apnea. Find out more about Dr. Pack and his research here  This episode is sponsored by  Inspire https://www.inspiresleep.com/ Airway Management https://tapintosleep.com/ BetterHelp https://www.betterhelp.com/emma Follow the podcast on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Email Emma at sleepapneastories@gmail.com www.sleepapneastories.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.
43:43
June 01, 2022
60 - Emma Cooksey - ENT visit, Allergies, CPAP and Palate Expansion update
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.
33:52
May 04, 2022
59 - Dr. Mike Pagano & Mike Durkee - Oral Appliance Therapy in the Military
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.
53:21
April 27, 2022
58 - Renata Nehme - Myofunctional Therapy and Sleep Apnea
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.
01:03:45
April 20, 2022
57 - Ryan Jensen - Professional Football and Sleep Apnea
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.
32:39
April 13, 2022
56 - James Nestor - Breathing and Sleep Apnea
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.
46:38
April 06, 2022
55 - Dr Sairam Parthasarathy - Peer Buddy Support for CPAP
55 - Dr Sairam 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.
01:00:53
March 30, 2022
54 - Jared Scofield - The Guy Who Tried Everything
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.
01:17:10
March 23, 2022
53 - Dr. Xiaochuan Yan - Sleep Apnea in China
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.
51:58
March 16, 2022
52 - Jason Sazama - CPAP with a Sleep Tech
52 - Jason Sazama - CPAP with a Sleep Tech
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.
50:14
March 09, 2022
51 - Christina Sanghera - Sleep Apnea, Panic and Anxiety
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.
56:21
March 02, 2022
50 - Bob Stanton - Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea
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.
01:12:29
February 23, 2022
49 - Emma Cooksey - Emma's Update
49 - Emma Cooksey - Emma's 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.
14:49
January 19, 2022
48 - Dr Joshua Roland - Erectile Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea
48 - Dr Joshua Roland - Erectile Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea
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.
44:57
January 12, 2022
47 - Candy Sparks - Compromised Airways in Children
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.
01:32:14
December 29, 2021
46 - Dr Dar Radfar - Dental Sleep Medicine and RAD Zzz Supplements
46 - Dr Dar Radfar - Dental Sleep Medicine and RAD Zzz 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.
49:49
December 22, 2021
45 - Ernestine Key - Sleep Apnea and Stroke
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.
37:17
December 15, 2021
44 - Rhonda Greig - Central Sleep Apnea
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.
50:28
December 08, 2021
43 - Chris Kelly - CPAP Masks and Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea
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.
01:22:25
December 01, 2021
42 - Larry Shaw - Dual Band Chin Strap
42 - Larry Shaw - 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.
44:38
November 24, 2021
41 - Kajsa Bradley - Sleep Apnea and Mental Health
41 - Kajsa Bradley - Sleep Apnea and Mental Health
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 labelled 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.
01:13:52
November 17, 2021
40 - Teresa DeNike - Sleep Coaching
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.
40:29
October 13, 2021
39 - Patrick Zwally - Double Jaw Surgery
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.
56:36
October 06, 2021
38 - Chris Kelly - AER Healthcare, Improving Diagnosis and Treatment for Sleep Apnea
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.
01:08:35
September 29, 2021
37 - Dr David McIntosh - "Snored to Death"
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.
56:58
September 22, 2021
36 - Dr Jenny Talbert - Sleep Apnea and Health at Every Size
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.
01:02:16
September 15, 2021
34 - Fabienne Deprez - A Professional Athlete with Sleep Apnea
34 - Fabienne Deprez - A 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.
33:36
September 01, 2021
33 - Dr Dayna Johnson - Sleep Apnea and Racism
33 - Dr Dayna Johnson - Sleep Apnea and Racism
Emma is joined by Dr Dayna Johnson. Dr. Dayna Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS is a sleep epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in Atlanta GA.  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 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.
49:10
August 25, 2021
32 - Graham Stoney - Sleep Apnea and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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.
01:23:42
August 18, 2021
31 - Brandon Wilds - New Treatment - eXciteOSA
31 - Brandon Wilds - New Treatment - 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.
36:06
August 11, 2021
BONUS - Emma Cooksey - Women and Sleep Apnea
BONUS - Emma Cooksey - 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/
57:32
July 29, 2021
30 - Emma Cooksey - Vivos DNA Appliance, Myofunctional Therapy and Buteyko Breathing
30 - Emma Cooksey - Vivos DNA Appliance, Myofunctional Therapy and Buteyko Breathing
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
01:20:02
July 07, 2021
29 - Chandra Hartman - Epigenetic Orthodontics and Sleep Apnea
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
44:05
June 30, 2021
28 - AJ Block - Didgeridoo for Sleep Apnea
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
31:06
June 23, 2021
27 - Elizabeth Thiel - At Home Sleep Study
27 - Elizabeth Thiel - At 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.  
38:24
June 16, 2021
26 - Dr Shelby Harris - Insomnia and Sleep Apnea
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/
33:36
June 09, 2021
25 - Vashanti Ganesh - PCOS and Sleep Apnea
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
43:16
June 02, 2021
2 - Karen Wolk - Inspire Implant for Sleep Apnea Treatment
2 - Karen Wolk - Inspire Implant for Sleep Apnea Treatment
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: http://linkedin.com/in/karenwolk Instagram: @kwolk 
36:04
June 01, 2021
24 - Brittny Sciarra and Karese Laguerre - Myofunctional Therapy and Sleep Apnea
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
42:07
May 26, 2021
23 - Alida Abdullah - High Blood Pressure and Sleep Apnea
23 - Alida Abdullah - High Blood Pressure and Sleep Apnea
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/
40:34
May 19, 2021
22 - Julie Flygare - Narcolepsy and Sleep Disorders Advocacy
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
47:33
May 12, 2021
21 - Randy Thornton - Sleep Apnea in Professional Football and Wrestling
21 - Randy Thornton - Sleep Apnea in Professional Football and Wrestling
Emma is joined by Randy Thornton, a former NFL 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 
47:33
May 05, 2021
20 - Dr Madan Kandula - Sleep And Sinus Surgeries for Sleep Apnea with an ENT
20 - Dr Madan Kandula - Sleep And Sinus Surgeries for Sleep Apnea with an ENT
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.
45:23
March 31, 2021
19 - Dr Meghna Dassani - Children and Sleep Apnea
19 - Dr Meghna Dassani - Children and Sleep Apnea
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**
33:47
March 24, 2021
18 - Craig Baker - Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Anxiety
18 - Craig Baker - Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Anxiety
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
41:37
March 17, 2021
17 - Dr Earl Bogrow - CPAP alternative: Mandibular Advancement Devices
17 - Dr Earl Bogrow - CPAP alternative: Mandibular Advancement Devices
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
01:00:11
March 10, 2021
16 - Stacy Erickson Edwards - Sleep Apnea and Idiopathic Hypersomnia
16 - Stacy Erickson Edwards - Sleep Apnea and Idiopathic Hypersomnia
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
40:15
March 03, 2021
15 - Ryan King - Exercise and Sleep Apnea
15 - Ryan King - Exercise and Sleep Apnea
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
45:03
February 24, 2021
14 - Sydney Avis & Dr Victor Avis - MMA Surgery
14 - Sydney Avis & Dr Victor Avis - MMA Surgery
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. Airway Documentary: https://www.airwaydocumentary.com/ O2 Breathe: https://www.o2-breathe.org/ Connect with Sydney and Victor: @sydneyavis @dr.victoravis
53:13
February 17, 2021
13 - Lauren Freedman - Multiple Diagnoses
13 - Lauren Freedman - Multiple Diagnoses
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/ Sponsors of this episode: MYOTAPE click here to buy the myotape discussed in this episode. BetterHelp click here to sign up and get 10% off your first month of online counselling. Avocado Mattresses click here Or visit www.sleepapneastories.com/services
57:42
February 10, 2021
12 - Sam Gotowiec - Young Adults with Sleep Apnea
12 - Sam Gotowiec - Young Adults with Sleep Apnea
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 Connect with Emma on Instagram: @sleepapneastories Sponsors of this episode: MYOTAPE click here to buy the myotape discussed in this episode. BetterHelp click here to sign up and get 10% off your first month of online counselling. Or visit www.sleepapneastories.com/services
31:09
February 03, 2021
11 - Patrick McKeown - Buteyko Breathing Re-education for Sleep Apnea
11 - Patrick McKeown - Buteyko Breathing Re-education for Sleep Apnea
'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.  He explains the different types of sleep apnea and how breathing correctly can help address them. 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”.   Sponsors of this episode: MYOTAPE click here to buy the myotape discussed in this episode. BetterHelp click here to sign up and get 10% off your first month of online counselling. Or visit www.sleepapneastories.com/services
58:43
January 27, 2021
10 - Emma Cooksey - Nasal Breathing and Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea
10 - Emma Cooksey - Nasal Breathing and Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea
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 discover 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
28:18
November 27, 2020
9 - Edgar Castro Tello - Sleep Apnea and Mental Health
9 - Edgar Castro Tello - Sleep Apnea and Mental Health
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
49:09
November 12, 2020
8 - Dr Jose Gonzalez - Snoring and Sleep Apnea
8 - Dr Jose Gonzalez - Snoring and Sleep Apnea
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  Sign up for email at www.sleepapneastories.com and receive a free pdf journal to help you get better sleep with Sleep Apnea.  Emma mentioned "Breath" by James Nestor - links to buy: https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/breath/
39:04
October 29, 2020
7 - Dr David Madow - Anxiety and Sleep Apnea
7 - Dr David Madow - Anxiety and Sleep Apnea
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 David's youtube videos about CPAP - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO8l2YoJXkAPjnvnK88y1tn1cncmpDDaS OSCAR program to analyse 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/ To receive email updates from David: http://join.davidmadow.com/
44:58
October 16, 2020
6 - Dr Natasha Hassam-Sarwar - Nasal Breathing vs Mouth Breathing
6 - Dr Natasha Hassam-Sarwar - Nasal Breathing vs Mouth Breathing
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
37:53
October 02, 2020
5 - Eric Burton - New Relationships with CPAP
5 - Eric Burton - New Relationships with CPAP
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
33:33
September 17, 2020
4 - Gary Knight - Weight Loss to Improve Sleep Apnea
4 - Gary Knight - Weight Loss to Improve Sleep Apnea
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
29:40
September 04, 2020
3 - Dr Joi Freemont - Oral Appliances, an Alternative to CPAP
3 - Dr Joi Freemont - Oral Appliances, an Alternative to CPAP
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.  @freemontdental  on instagram https://www.thehapevilledentist.com/
28:38
August 21, 2020
1 - Emma Cooksey - Delayed Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
1 - Emma Cooksey - Delayed Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
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.   Do you have a sleep apnea story to share?   Get in touch! @sleepapneastories on instagram or email sleepapneastories@gmail.com *Emma and her guests are not medical professionals.  Their discussions are about the personal journeys of people suffering with Sleep Apnea and are not giving medical advice.  Be sure to consult with your own healthcare providers about your own unique circumstances.* Struggling with your CPAP?  Sign up for Emma's "Mastering your CPAP" online course here
26:45
July 25, 2020
Sleep Apnea Stories Podcast Trailer
Sleep Apnea Stories Podcast Trailer
Sleep Apnea Stories is a new podcast with Emma Cooksey. Emma has lots to share about her own journey with sleep apnea but really wants to hear from YOU. If you suffer from sleep apnea but haven’t let it hold you back from living every day to the fullest, get in touch! Contact Emma on Instagram @sleepapneastories or email sleepapneastories@gmail.com.
00:49
July 12, 2020