Breathe Better, Sleep Better, Live Better Podcast
Dr. Ira Shapira, Founder of IHateCPAP.com

In this Expert Interview I’ve invited Dr. Ira Shapira, founder ofIHateCPAP.com. We’ll talk about the main reasons why people hate CPAP and what you can do about it.

He’ll answer the following questions:

• How did I HATE CPAP get its name?
• How did you become involved in treating sleep apnea in the early 1980′s? 
• How are Sleep Apnea and ADD and ADHD related?
• What percentage of patients love their CPAP?    How can you predict who will love their CPAP?
• Why do over 60% of patients reject CPAP when it is considered the Gold Standard?
• Are oral appliances indicated for severe sleep apnea?  WEhat are the exceptions?
• What are the most commonn complaints?
• How are Sleep Apnea and TMJ disorders related?
• What important medical information did the Shimshak studies on TMJ disorders show?
• Why do oral appliances cause bite changes?
• Why is sleep apnea frequently associated with postural problems?
• Can CPAP cause permenant bite changes?  Oral Appliances?  What is the difference in the changes?
• How is numbness and pain in the arm and fingers related to sleep apnea?
Direct download: Ira_Shapira.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT

In this Expert Interview, Dr. Mike Mew gives us a discussion on “Breathing and the Modern Melting Face.” Dr. Mew and his father, Dr. John Mew, are pioneers in functional orthodontics. I’m confident you’ll find it a fascinating discussion.

Direct download: Mew.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

In this Expert Interview with Dr. Carl Stepnowsky, we’ll be picking his brain on the tomes of research out there of CPAP adherence, or how you as the patient can better use and benefit from your CPAP machine. He’s an Assistant Adjunct Professor at UC San Diego, and has been extensively published in the medical literature. 

Direct download: Stepnowski_CPAP_Adherence.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

On this Expert Interview program, Dr. Derek Mahony, a world renowned orthodontist  from Australia, gives a special talk on:

Nasal Airway, Snoring/OSA & Malocclusion in Children

Direct download: Mahony.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

I interview Mr. William Headapohl about his new book, Sleep or Die: Overcome Apnea Before It Overcomes You

Direct download: Headapohl_Sleep_Or_Die.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:17pm EDT

This month, Dr. Ted Belfor gives a presentation on “Developing the Face and The Airway with a Removable Dental Appliance: The Homeoblock”.

Direct download: Belfor.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT

Dr. Emerson Wickwire currently serves as Sleep Medicine Program Director at Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Associates in Columbia, Maryland. He also holds the rank of Assistant Professor, part-time, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in sleep. Dr. Wickwire is board certified both in behavioral sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and in cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a pioneer in interdisciplinary approaches to sleep medicine and maximizing human performance.

 In this interview, Dr. Wickwire shares his wisdom about comprehensive approaches to managing sleep apnea, including cognitive-behavioral treatment to maximize success with CPAP .

 Some of the questions include: 

 What are cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT)?

 Have cognitive-behavioral treatments been applied to sleep disorders?

 What is the psychology of sleep apnea?

 What factors influence PAP use?

 What are Wickwire’s Four Pillars of CPAP Success?

 What is a PAP adherence risk profile?

 What CBT interventions have been tested to improve PAP adherence?

 And much more…

Direct download: Wickwire_4-24-12.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

This month, I have as my guest Ms. Lois Laynee, CEO of AZ Sleep Apnea Center, and founder of Restorative Breathing Method. She will give a talk titled: 

“Restoring Breathing for a Good Night Sleep”

In this program, Lois reveals:

- The physiology and biomechanics of optimal breathing
- Why exclusive nasal breathing is a must
- Ways to open up your  nose without prescription medications
- How to receive a free brochure on Restorative Breathing techniques
- And much more…

Direct download: Lois_Laynee.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 11:01pm EDT

This month, I interview Ms. Nicole Garrison, Clinical Specialist for Philips Respironics, to answer your questions about your most common CPAP problems. She answers the following questions:

#1.  What can I do about skin irritation/breakdown on my nose/face?

#2. How can I stop the pressure leaks, & are there options for mask discomfort?

#3.  I feel like I cannot exhale against the pressure, what can I do?

#4. Do I have any options if I cannot tolerate the pressure during inhalation and exhalation?

#5.  Why am I waking up with my mask off next to me?

#6.  What can I do about dryness/dry mouth?

#7. What if I do not feel better, even with wearing CPAP every night?

And many more…

Direct download: Garrison_Phillips_Respironics.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 10:58pm EDT

This month, we’re privileged to have with us Dr. Shelby Harris, who answers your most pressing questions about sleep hygiene. Dr. Harris has been quoted numerous times in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and the New Yorker. She has also appeared on the Today Show, World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America Health, ABC7-NY’s Eyewittness News and ABC’s Primetime: Live.

Some of the topics and questions she covers are:

  • “If I sleep in on the weekend, does it make up for the lost sleep over the week?”
  • “I’m so tired when I’m on the couch at night, but when I hit the pillow, my mind starts racing and I can’t fall asleep. Why?”
  • The importance of scheduling in time for sleep as well as wind-down time beforehand
  • Proper timing of exercise to help with better sleep
  • Misuse of alcohol as a sleep aid
  • Smoking – effects on sleep
  • Caffeine – how/when to use it and when not to
  • And lots more
Direct download: Shelby_Harris_CBT-i.mp3
Category:Expert Interview -- posted at: 10:56pm EDT