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  • Former Super Bowl champ throws a block at sleep apnea

    Apr 17 2014...
    Former Super Bowl champion and college football analyst Aaron Taylor fights sleep apnea. Taylor wants people to know they don’t have to suffer. He is successfully treating his sleep apnea and he’s seen a significant improvement in his health and quality of life.
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  • See a sleep expert for help with sleep apnea

    Mar 17 2014...
    A new study shows that treatment outcomes are better when people with sleep apnea receive medical care from sleep experts. The study took place at four sleep centers. Two were accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. A total of 502 people were diagnosed with sleep apnea. Treatment outcomes were compared after three months of PAP therapy.

    Results show that people who received care from board certified sleep medicine physicians and accredited sleep centers were two times more likely to stick with the treatment. Accredited centers provided more timely care. People also were more satisfied with the care provided by sleep doctors. READ MORE>>
  • Improve your golf game with CPAP therapy for sleep apnea

    Dec 16 2013...
    New research involved avid golfers with moderate to severe sleep apnea. They were treated with CPAP therapy for up to six months. During that time they played 20 rounds of golf. Then their Handicap Index was recalculated.

    Results show that their average handicap dropped 11 percent during the study period. Better golfers saw even greater improvement. Those who started the study with a handicap of 12 or less lowered it by 31.5 percent. READ MORE>>
  • Aaron Taylor interviewed about his sleep apnea in USA Today

    Dec 13 2013...
    CBS College Football analyst and former NFL player Aaron Taylor spoke about his experience with obstructive sleep apnea in a special supplement in this weekend's edition of USA Today. Taylor is partnering with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to raise public awareness of the sleep disorder.

    The death of friend and teammate Reggie White, who likely had sleep apnea, served as a wake up call for Taylor. His suspicions about his own sleep were confirmed when he had a sleep study and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. READ MORE>>
  • CPAP helps you feel and look your best

    Sep 16 2013...
    People with sleep apnea often report that they feel like a new person when they begin using CPAP therapy. They sleep better at night and have more energy during the day. As a result their mood also improves. Now a new study shows that CPAP may help you look better too. READ MORE>>
  • Aaron Taylor warns young football players to be aware of sleep apnea risk

    Aug 08 2013...
    CBS sports college football analyst Aaron Taylor understands the urgent need to detect and treat obstructive sleep apnea. Two of his close friends had OSA and died prematurely. One of those friends was Reggie White, his teammate on the Green Bay Packers. White died in 2004 at the age of 43. Sleep apnea contributed to the heart condition that took his life.

    “Even at a young age, ignoring the symptoms of sleep apnea leads to dangerous consequences – as I’ve seen firsthand for fellow players and friends who have struggled with this condition,” said Taylor.

    As elite lineman, both White and Taylor had the size and strength to excel on the football field. But their size also put them at risk for sleep apnea. Excess body weight is the major risk factor for OSA. READ MORE>>
  • Recap: AASM President provides sleep education on Twitter

    Jul 19 2013...
    AASM President Safwan Badr, MD recently participated in a Twitter chat to educate the public about sleep disorders and clear up some misconceptions about sleep. The Wednesday discussion was organized by the Wall Street Journal and moderated by health reporter Shirley Wang. The following is a recap of the chat. Each of the responses was provided in 140 characters or less in response to questions from the moderator. READ MORE>>
  • Advances make CPAP quieter and more comfortable

    Jun 20 2013...
    As the frontline treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure therapy can be a life changer. Research shows that CPAP therapy can produce health benefits for your brain and heart. It also can improve your daytime alertness and energy.

    But it may take some time to get used to sleeping with CPAP. The good news is that CPAP therapy has come a long way since it was first introduced in the early 1980s. READ MORE>>
  • Bedtime regularity predicts CPAP compliance

    May 28 2013...
    A new study suggests that regularity of bedtime prior to initiation of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is an important factor that may influence treatment compliance in adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

    “Long-term use of CPAP, such as after the first month or longer, requires regular routines that are conducive to establishing a new health behavior,” said principal investigator Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN, assistant professor at Penn State University School of Nursing in University Park, Pa. READ MORE>>
  • Vets with PTSD and sleep apnea less likely to use CPAP

    Dec 10 2012...
    Post–traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning combat veterans with comorbid obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with significantly worse continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) adherence compared to a similar population of patients without PTSD, according to a new study.

    “Current combat veterans are a particularly vulnerable population due to psychiatric diseases such as PTSD, depression and anxiety, substance use, traumatic brain injuries and multiple injuries often associated with disability and chronic pain, said lead author Jacob Collen, MD, Maj., MC, U.S. Army, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine fellow at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “Sleep disordered breathing is highly prevalent and has been demonstrated to worsen outcomes in patients with psychiatric disease, and prior, smaller studies have demonstrated that CPAP therapy may improve outcomes in patients with PTSD and obstructive sleep apnea.” READ MORE>>