Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

treating sleep apnea without a nose or facial mask

I am lucky to still be alive. I developed heart failure at 41. I turn 60 this month. For the last five years, doctors have tried to get me on a CPAP. I have told them that I'd rather die. I have absolutely no interest in sleeping with a darth vader mask or some strange thing strapped to my nose. Furthermore I had sinus surgery 30 years ago that only partiallly cleared my sinus passage. So forcing air up my nose is very ...more »

Submitted by (@chriscage)


26 net votes
43 up votes
17 down votes

Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Missing upper teeth & sleep apnea treatment: Problems?

I am a 73 year old female with Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, Complex Sleep Neap, using oxygen @ 4-5 L/min 24/7 who just had my upper teeth extracted. I notice this has a negative effect, or appears to, on the effectiveness of apnea treatment. I wake several times during the night with lips flapping! This did not happen before the extraction. Because there are still some lower teeth, I am unable to close my mouth tightly ...more »

Submitted by (@lesliesmyth)


-42 net votes
5 up votes
47 down votes

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

What are the biological consequences of sleep loss or disruption and how can they best be avoided?

Arousals in obstructive sleep apena (OSA) are life saving, but the associated disruption of sleep is now thought to cause cognitive impairment, increased risk of high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, as well as glucose intolerance and metabolic syndrome. The mechanisms for these downstream effects, however, are not well understood. Can these specific pathophysiological mechanisms be identified, and can ways for mitigating ...more »

Submitted by (@csaper)


96 net votes
125 up votes
29 down votes

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

What causes the structural abnormalities that cause sleep apnea, and how can they be prevented?

It is estimated that up to 28% of the population suffer from sleep apnea, which impairs functioning and reduces quality of life, while increasing risk of accidents and a variety of cardiovascular, metabolic, and neuropsychiatric diseases. A large portion of sleep apnea cases are caused by abnormal oro-nasal-maxillo-mandibular features that result in crowding of the upper airway, making it vulnerable to collapsing or ...more »

Submitted by (@bmdixon)


6 net votes
44 up votes
38 down votes

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease


There is evidence of a higher prevalence of sleep and circadian disorders in different ethnic groups. This is true for both adult and pediatric subjects. There is also evidence that minority populations in lower socioeconomic groups do not seek evaluation for sleep disorders as frequently as other segments of our population. There is also evidence that they are less adherent to treatments such as nasal CPAP for obstructive ...more »

Submitted by (@jnoel0)


118 net votes
163 up votes
45 down votes