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CPAP & Sleep Apnea Resources
CPAP & Sleep Apnea Resources

The CPAPtalk.com CPAP Wiki is a great resource that is ever evolving, and dynamically growing, through your efforts. However, there is also a wealth of information on the Internet about Obstructive Sleep Apnea, CPAP use, sleep disorders, sleep therapy, and other related issues. There are also books, videos, and much more information available.

Here is a list of some other resources on the web that may be helpful.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Info

Non-Profit Websites

Sleep Apnea Questionnaires

For more details on Sleep Apnea Questionnaires and Sleep Apnea Quizzes see the page devoted to them here.

Forums and Message Boards

Sleep Apnea Blogs




Sleep Games

  • Sheepshot Game from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health

CPAP Auction Sites

  • eBay - only parts and accessories allowed. CPAP machines and CPAP masks are banned by eBay.

Clinical Trials


Specific Health Conditions and OSA Recovery

PubMed search of research from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, National Institutes of Health Specific Health Conditions and OSA Recovery (Mile High Sleeper) (How Long Until I Feel Better?)

Researching the link between OSA and specific physical conditions

Since all the body’s cells, organs, and systems require oxygen, untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause or contribute to a wide variety of health problems, many of which can become serious and life-threatening. For more information, google the health condition that concerns you + sleep apnea, and try these links:

PubMed search of research from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Respironics clinical references links

A sleep diagnostic service company has a Consumer Services web site with a good online video library and other general information

Sleep Home Pages, sections for Public, Clinical, Research, many links, http://www.sleephomepages.org/

National Center for Sleep Disorders Research
National Institutes of Health, http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/ncsdr/index.htm

Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research, Links

Discussion threads about some specific health conditions

To find more threads, use http://www.cpaptalk.com/search.php

Acid reflux/GERD and OSA http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t19816/Insomnia-May-Be-First-Signal-of-Acid-Reflux.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t15629/What-came-firstsilent-refluxasthmasleep-apneaor-zoloft.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=21252&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Alzheimers Disease and OSA

Asthma and OSA

Brain fog and OSA

Blood pressure and OSA
http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t26081/want-to-share-success-story.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=14482&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t14482/CPAP-proven-to-improve-blood-pressure.html http://www.apneasupport.org/about1101-0-asc-0.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t14756/White-Coat-Hypertension-and-OSA--any-experts.html

Diabetes and OSA
http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t17660/AVOIDING-DIABETES--TREATMENT-IS-WORTH-IT.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t22441/Diabetes.html

Erectile dysfunction, libido, and OSA.
http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=12997 http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t15997/Libido-vs-Therapy.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t23845/CPAP-tratment-and-testosterone-levels.html

Glaucoma and OSA
http://www.docguide.com/news/content.nsf/news/8525697700573E1885256DE300523D7E?Open&id=48DDE4A73E09A969852568880078C249&count=10 and discussion thread: http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic.php?t=13166

Heart and OSA

Insomnia, Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD, Nightmares, Sleeping Pills
http://sleeptreatment.com/ and the book Sound Sleep, Sound Mind by Barry Krakow, MD

Other changes and OSA
http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t22311/Little-known-dangers-of-OSA.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t19754/Other-changes-in-your-body.html

Pain and sleep deprivation. Quote contributed by a cpaptalk.com forum member: “Sleep Deprivation On June 22, 2002, at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society (San Francisco), researchers reported that sleep deprivation markedly increases inflammatory cytokines. This finding helps explain why pain flare-ups occur in a variety of disorders in response to lack of sleep. According to the researchers, even a modest lack of sleep adversely affected cytokine and hormone levels. In this carefully controlled study, two potent proinflammatory markers were affected. Sleep deprivation caused a 40-60% average increase in the inflammatory marker IL-6 in men and women, although a 20-30% increase in TNF-alpha was shown in men alone (Vgontzas et al. 1999; 2001).”

Stroke and OSA

Urination, nighttime (nocturia) and OSA. If you have untreated sleep apnea, the body may secrete a hormone (atrial natriuretic factor) that increases your urine output during sleep. When sleep apnea is treated, nighttime urine output is reduced, and you may get through the night without a bathroom trip. TS Johnson, Sleep Apnea, p. 181

This is a must-read article for understanding the link between nocturia and OSA: http://www.nocturiacures.com/ Discussion thread http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t16275/Can-someone-explain-why-OSA-patients-quotpeequot-more.html

Weight and OSA
http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t19479/6-myths-about-sleep-disorders.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t24155/Weight-Loss-with-cpap.html http://www.cpaptalk.com/viewtopic/t22068/Those-f-you-who-have-lost-weight-after-starting-CPAP.html

Sources: Based on personal experience with obstructive sleep apnea and gleaned from the collective wisdom of cpaptalk.com contributors.

Want more? See the peer coaching article Ready to Give Up? at http://smart-sleep-apnea.blogspot.com

Not written by healthcare professionals. The information and opinions offered are not intended or recommended as a substitute for professional medical advice. © Mile High Sleeper, May 2006-2008. Permission to use for free educational purposes.

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Professional Associations and Organizations

Other Sleep Disorders

For more details on Sleep Apnea Assessment Quizzes see the page devoted to them [here].

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