Best Resources For Sleep Apnea


Best Sleep Apnea Resources

Organizations

American Sleep Apnea Association:

This is a very involved organization in the Sleep Apnea Community. They education material they put out is very useful. But even better, they are the ones that started the A.W.A.K.E groups, which are in person support groups where sleep apnea patients can meet together and share their experiences. They also have a CPAP program where uninsured and low income patients can get gently used CPAP and supplies for only $100, which is a fraction what it would normally cost. This is one of my favorite groups.

American Sleep and Breathing Academy:

This organization is mainly to educate physicians and dentists about dental sleep medicine. Although that is their target focus, a lot of the reading material is free on their blog and still very interesting and useful to the average patient

Online Forums

CPAPTalk.com

This is probably one of the largest online forums regarding PAP therapy for Sleep Apnea patients. They have a diverse community from all ages and backgrounds. If you make a post on there with a question, you can expect to get responses from users the same day.

freecpapadvice.com/forum/

This is an online forum that is part of Jason Sazama’s website, FreeCPAPAdvice.com. Jason is a sleep technologist and has worked for years helping patients with PAP therapy. He is always monitoring his online forum and has built a strong community around him.

Apnea Boards

This isn’t active as the first 2, but it is more broad in its discussion as it doesn’t focus on just PAP therapy, but Sleep Apnea in general.

Reddit.com/r/sleepapnea

This is the Sleep Apnea Subreddit of reddit.com. For regular redditors. you know what to expect. For people not familiar with it, Reddit is a site that has been around for awhile. A subreddit is kind of like a facebook group with a rating system where posts that are voted high get moved to the top and posts that are downvoted get pushed towards the bottom. It too has an active base and has been a good resource for me.

Educational

FreeCPAPAdvice.com

Just like his forum we mentioned in the previous section, Jason Sazama’s website is rich with content regarding PAP therapy. If you want to learn more about a specific mask or what the differences are between different CPAPs, then FreeCPAPAdvice.com is my go to resource. The website as a 90s design feel to it and is a little clunky, but don’t let that be off putting. The content and information on there is top notch and I haven’t found any other website content as good.

YOUTUBE Channels

American Sleep Apnea Association

The organization’s Youtube channel has lots of info and has been putting out a lot of videos of patients telling their stories about sleep apnea which are quite inspirational.

TheLankyLefty27

By now you can tell that I am a fan of Jason Sazama’s work. Like I said above, Jason is a sleep technologist. His Youtube videos are informative, engaging, and entertaining. He does a great job delivering information that a lot of patients are not aware of and answering questions people have. He goes into great detail in topics that range from different types of sleep tests, how to understand the Sleepy Head Software, how to use your CPAP, accessories, and pretty much anything regarding sleep apnea. He is honest and genuine. I discovered him through Youtube and I have been following his journey for awhile now.

Best Twitter Profiles

@BrandonPetersMD
Dr. Brandon Peters is a board certified Sleep Medicine physician. He is very active online writing great articles. I have been following him on Twitter for a few years now and his tweets are filled with good info. I will often see him commenting on articles related to sleep putting the article in context and explain how the article isn’t 100% true. If you follow him on twitter, you will learn a lot. You will also be able to find lots of his articles on VeryWell.com. You can also learn more about him on his website at InsomiaSolved.com
@AASMorg
American Academy of Sleep Medicine is always putting out current and new information on its Twitter account. This is a great follow to be updated on new research and new findings.
@ResearchSleep
Like the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Research Sleep has been very good at tweeting about new studies and research regarding sleep. They don’t tweet as much about sleep apnea as I would like, but even their tweets regarding other sleep studies are very interesting.

Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are a great way to connect with other patients of sleep apnea. This can be a great support system for people who can’t meet in person or just prefer to communicate online with others. Similar to forums, but some may prefer this since almost everyone is on social media these days and you wouldn’t have to create a new login/account to join other than your Facebook account.Right now there are primarily Facebook groups regarding sleep apnea. I find them to be fairly equal in the quality and friendliness.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Support Group

Sleep Apnea Support Group

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Support Group

Inspire Sleep therapy group (Inspire is a therapy alternative to CPAP)

Sleep Apnea Friends

CPAP Therapy

In Person Support Groups

A.W.A.K.E.  is a in person support group arranged by the American Sleep Apnea Association. They have groups that meet nation wide. You can search on their website to find a group that meets close to you. A.W.A.K.E stands f0r Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic. If you find meetings are not close enough to you, you have the option to start your own group. These can be a helpful resource to connect with other patients and share experiences

Dan

Dan was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2017 when he was only 32 years old. He has been using a BIPAP machine for his treatment. He hopes to provide a patient's perspective on the sleep apnea experience. Dan lives in Tampa with his girlfriend and 2 dogs.

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