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Sleep Apnea Stories

78 EpisodesProduced by Emma CookseyWebsite

Sleep Apnea Stories is a podcast featuring guests who are coping with sleep apnea and the medical experts who treat them. The goal of the podcast is to shatter stereotypes around sleep apnea. We also want to build a community of people coping with Sleep Apnea to provide inspiration and hope to liste… read more

78 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

77 - Dr. Madiha Ellaffi - The App for Parents and Kids with Sleep Apnea

September 21st, 2022

42:02

Emma is joined by Dr. Madiha Ellaffi, a French Pulmonologist, Allergist and Pediatric, and Adult Sleep Specialist.  Together they discuss:

* Dr. …

76 - Stacy Erickson Edwards - Cushing Syndrome and Sleep Apnea

September 14th, 2022

51:14

Stacy Erickson Edwards joins Emma for an update.  Stacy was last interviewed on the podcast in March 2021.  Listen to her first interview here.  Together they discuss:

* Stacy's continued daytime sleepiness and taking a …

75 - Karen Moore - Sleep Apnea and Menopause

September 7th, 2022

49:58

Emma is joined by Karen Moore, a woman living with sleep apnea and the founder of CPAP accessories company "Pad A Cheek".  Together they discuss:

* The brain fog and cognitive impairment Karen experienced and how it is …

74 - Mental Health and Sleep Apnea

August 31st, 2022

11:07

In this shortie episode, Emma reminds listeners that they are not alone.  She talks about some past interviews where guests discussed the mental health challenges they were dealing with along with sleep apnea.  The …

73 - Lifestyle and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

August 24th, 2022

16:21

Emma shares some lifestyle tips for living with sleep apnea.  

Episodes Emma mentioned: 


Episode 4 on weight loss: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/lPHwSFdVJsb

Episode 69 on bariatric surgery:

72 - Finding the Right CPAP Mask

August 17th, 2022

33:57

Emma gives listeners advice on:

* how to find the right CPAP mask.

* resolving problems with leaks and face marks.

* 2016 study showing nasal pillows …

71 - CPAP Problems Solved

August 10th, 2022

16:27

In this "shortie" episode, Emma answers listeners' questions about their CPAP problems.  Listen for advice and help on what to do if:

* you can't access CPAP data beyond what the myAir app provides.

* your hose is …

70 - Dr. Louise O'Brien - Pregnancy & Obstructive Sleep Apnea

August 3rd, 2022

45:38

Emma is joined by Dr. Louise O'Brien from the University of Michigan.  Together they discuss:

* How Dr. O'Brien got interested in researching sleep in pregnancy and how it brought her to the United States from the UK.

* …

69 - Tairis Morales Medina - Bariatric Surgery

July 27th, 2022

1:02:25

Emma is joined by Tairis Morales Medina who shares about a successful bariatric surgery that resolved her sleep apnea along with other health …

68 - Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown - Kids with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

July 20th, 2022

40:42

Emma is joined by Dr. Funke Afolabi-Brown, a board-certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician.  Together they discuss:

* Signs to …

67 - Dr. Sam Kashani M.D. - Q&A with a Sleep Medicine Specialist

July 13th, 2022

1:04:07

Emma is joined by Dr. Sam Kashani M.D., a board-certified Sleep Medicine Specialist.  Together they discuss:


* residual daytime sleepiness in people with obstructive sleep apnea.

* language used to describe symptoms to …

66 - Matt Horsnell - Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Narcolepsy

July 6th, 2022

53:39

Emma is joined by Matt Horsnell and together they discuss:

* Matt's journey to a diagnosis of narcolepsy with cataplexy and how obstructive sleep …

65 - Mayka Goodstone - SARPE and Orthognathic Surgery

June 29th, 2022

58:54

Emma is joined by Mayka Goodstone who just underwent Orthognathic Surgery to move her jaws forward resolving her obstructive sleep apnea. Together …

64 - Dr. Robert W. Turner II - Sleep Apnea Research - Raising OSA Awareness Among Black Men

June 22nd, 2022

35:52

Emma is joined by Dr. Robert W Turner II, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at The George Washington …

63 - Emma at SLEEP 2022 Conference

June 15th, 2022

51:55

Recently Emma attended the SLEEP 2022 Conference run by the Association of Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) which is a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society …

62 - Kristen Cascio - Delayed Diagnosis and CPAP Travel Tips

June 8th, 2022

44:03

Emma is joined by Kristen Cascio, together they discuss: 

* Kristen going undiagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea for years.   

* Thyroid issues and how those were a convenient excuse for fatigue and daytime …

61 - Dr. Allan Pack - Sleep Apnea Research, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

June 1st, 2022

43:44

Emma is joined by Dr. Allan Pack, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.  Together they discuss:

* How obstructive sleep apnea patients don't fall neatly into one category.

* Use of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale …

60 - Emma Cooksey - ENT visit, Allergies, CPAP and Palate Expansion update

May 4th, 2022

33:52

Emma finishes up season 6 with an update on her own journey to improve her sleep apnea.  She covers:

* Her progress with using removable palate expansion appliances and switching from DNA appliances to an mmRNA …

59 - Dr. Mike Pagano & Mike Durkee - Oral Appliance Therapy in the Military

April 27th, 2022

53:22

Emma is joined by Dr. Mike Pagano, a dentist specializing in oral appliance therapy and Mike Durkee, Executive Director of the Wounded Veterans' Relief Fund.  Together they discuss:

* Dr. Pagano and Mike Durkee both …

58 - Renata Nehme - Myofunctional Therapy and Sleep Apnea

April 20th, 2022

1:03:45

Emma is joined by Renata Nehme, a Myofunctional Therapist and founder of the Airway Circle.  Together they discuss:

* Beginning as a Dental Hygienist and then discovering Myofunctional Therapy training.

* Renata's own …

57 - Ryan Jensen - Professional Football and Sleep Apnea

April 13th, 2022

32:39

Emma is joined by Ryan Jensen, a professional football player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Together they discuss:

* Working as a professional athlete and not getting the good quality sleep needed for recovery from …

56 - James Nestor - Breathing and Sleep Apnea

April 6th, 2022

46:39

Emma is joined by author and journalist, James Nestor.  His book "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art" was released in 2020 and became an international bestseller.  In the book, James discusses how the human species …

55 - Dr Sairam Parthasarathy - Peer Buddy Support for CPAP

March 30th, 2022

1:00:53

Emma is joined by Dr Sairam Parthasarathy MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine and the …

54 - Jared Scofield - The Guy Who Tried Everything

March 23rd, 2022

1:17:10

Emma is joined by Jared Scofield.  Together they discuss:
* Jared's experiences with testing for sleep apnea at home and in a sleep clinic.
* Being prescribed CPAP and struggling to adjust to it.
* Jared's experience …

53 - Dr. Xiaochuan Yan - Sleep Apnea in China

March 16th, 2022

51:59

Emma is joined by Dr. Xiaochuan Yan, a general surgeon working in China sharing his own story of being diagnosed and treated with sleep apnea.  Together they discuss:
* Symptoms Dr. Yan experienced for years prior to …

52 - Jason Sazama - CPAP with a Sleep Tech

March 9th, 2022

50:14

Emma is joined by Jason Sazama, the man behind "The Lanky Lefty 27" YouTube Channel.  Together they discuss:
* Emma's discovery of Jason's YouTube …

51 - Christina Sanghera - Sleep Apnea, Panic and Anxiety

March 2nd, 2022

56:21

Emma is joined by Christina Sanghera, a holistic health coach who helps burned-out women with chronic illnesses.  Together they discuss:
* Christina's …

50 - Bob Stanton - Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea

February 23rd, 2022

1:12:29

Emma is joined by Bob Stanton, a former over the road (OTR) truck driver with experience of all the issues facing truck drivers with sleep apnea.  Together they discuss:
* Bob's personal journey to diagnosis with sleep …

49 - Emma Cooksey - Emma's Update

January 19th, 2022

14:49


Emma wraps up season 5 with an update about what she's working on to raise awareness about sleep apnea in 2022.  In this episode she shares:
* Project Sleep recently appointed Emma to its Board of Directors.  Emma shares …

48 - Dr Joshua Roland - Erectile Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea

January 12th, 2022

44:57

Emma is joined by Dr Joshua Roland, a board-certified sleep medicine physician to talk about erectile dysfunction and sleep apnea. Together they …

47 - Candy Sparks - Compromised Airways in Children

December 29th, 2021

1:32:14

Emma is joined by Candy Sparks.  Together they discuss:
* Candy shares her story as a mother of a child with a compromised airway;
* Early warning signs that were missed by health professionals who aren't routinely …

46 - Dr Dar Radfar - Dental Sleep Medicine and RAD Zzz Supplements

December 22nd, 2021

49:49

Dr Dar Radfar is a Dentist and joins Emma for a conversation about his personal journey with his own sleep apnea and his mission to help others improve their sleep.  Together they discuss:
* Dr Radfar's personal journey …

45 - Ernestine Key - Sleep Apnea and Stroke

December 15th, 2021

37:17

Ernestine Key joins Emma on the podcast to share the story of her husband, Fredrick's journey with undiagnosed sleep apnea.   He had a debilitating stroke and passed away in September 2018.  Together they discuss:
* What …

44 - Rhonda Greig - Central Sleep Apnea

December 8th, 2021

50:28

Emma is joined on the podcast by Rhonda Greig.  Rhonda is the first person on the podcast to tell a story about central sleep apnea.  Topics covered include:
* Rhonda coping with symptoms of exhaustion but keeping up …

43 - Chris Kelly - CPAP Masks and Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

December 1st, 2021

1:22:25

Emma is joined by Chris Kelly, the first guest to come back for a second interview.  
Together they discuss: 
* Chris gives his opinion on the best …

42 - Larry Shaw - Dual Band Chin Strap

November 24th, 2021

44:39

Emma is joined by Larry Shaw, the inventor of the Knightsbridge Dual Band Chin Strap.  
Together they discuss: 
* Larry's own personal journey with snoring and sleep apnea; 
* How his symptoms of increased daytime …

41 - Kajsa Bradley - Sleep Apnea and Mental Health

November 17th, 2021

1:13:53

Emma is joined by Kajsa Bradley.  Together they discuss: 
* Struggling with depression and anxiety as a teenager but not receiving mental health treatment; 
* Kajsa being away from home in Europe and reaching a mental …

40 - Teresa DeNike - Sleep Coaching

October 13th, 2021

40:30

Emma is joined by Teresa DeNike at Sleep Better NYC.  As a sleep coach, Teresa explains:
* what a sleep coach does and how they can help people struggling to get quality sleep;
* how a sleep coach can help someone with …

39 - Patrick Zwally - Double Jaw Surgery

October 6th, 2021

56:36

Trigger warning: there is some discussion of suicidal thoughts in this episode.
Patrick Zwally shares his health journey from debilitating chronic pain to life-saving double jaw surgery and jaw joint replacement. …

38 - Chris Kelly - AER Healthcare, Improving Diagnosis and Treatment for Sleep Apnea

September 29th, 2021

1:08:35

Emma is joined by Chris Kelly from AER Healthcare in Australia.  He explains their approach to diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnea and how it disrupts the status quo where patients do a lot of the legwork.  Together …

37 - Dr David McIntosh - "Snored to Death"

September 22nd, 2021

56:58

Emma is joined by Dr David McIntosh, an adjunct Associate Professor of ENT Surgery in Queensland, Australia.  He specializes in pediatric ENT surgery, nose & sinus disease and snoring & sleep apnea.  Together …

36 - Dr Jenny Talbert - Sleep Apnea and Health at Every Size

September 15th, 2021

1:02:16

Emma is joined by Dr Jenny Talbert, a Doctor of Chiropractic practicing in Portland, Oregon.  Together they discuss:
* The experience of diagnosis and beginning treatment with a CPAP;
* Jenny's mom's diagnosis with Sleep …

34 - Fabienne Deprez - A Professional Athlete with Sleep Apnea

September 1st, 2021

33:37

Emma is joined by Fabienne Deprez, a former professional badminton player who competed for the German national women's team.  Together they discuss:
* Fabienne's feeling tired and unable to bounce back after training …

33 - Dr Dayna Johnson - Sleep Apnea and Racism

August 25th, 2021

49:11

Emma is joined by Dr Dayna Johnson. Dr. Dayna Johnson, PhD, MPH, MSW, MS is a sleep epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of …

32 - Graham Stoney - Sleep Apnea and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

August 18th, 2021

1:23:42

Emma is joined by Graham Stoney, a former biomedical engineer from Sydney, Australia.  Together they discuss:
* Graham's depression and exhaustion, which led to him leaving his job and a diagnosis with Chronic Fatigue …

31 - Brandon Wilds - New Treatment - eXciteOSA

August 11th, 2021

36:08

Emma is joined by Brandon Wilds, one of the first patients to try out the eXciteOSA device for treating mild sleep apnea and snoring.  Together they discuss:
* Brandon coping with daytime sleepiness and seeing a sleep …

BONUS - Emma Cooksey - Women and Sleep Apnea

July 29th, 2021

57:33

Emma was recently invited by Fariya Doctor, a Feldenkrais practitioner in Canada, to give an online talk about Women and Sleep Apnea.  Since raising awareness about Sleep Apnea is part of Emma's mission with this …

30 - Emma Cooksey - Vivos DNA Appliance, Myofunctional Therapy and Buteyko Breathing

July 7th, 2021

1:20:05

For the final episode of this season, Emma gives an update on her own journey with Sleep Apnea.  She explains her goals of getting to the root cause of her Sleep Apnea and introduces the people who are helping her:
* …

29 - Chandra Hartman - Epigenetic Orthodontics and Sleep Apnea

June 30th, 2021

44:05

In this Episode, Emma has a conversation with Chandra Hartman about her palate expansion.  Together they discuss:
* Living with chronic respiratory issues of bronchitis and allergies as a child;
* Chandra living without …

28 - AJ Block - Didgeridoo for Sleep Apnea

June 23rd, 2021

31:07

Emma is joined by AJ Block.  AJ is a musician and teacher who runs a program specifically designed for people with Sleep Apnea.  Together they discuss:
* AJ's background as a musician and how he found the Didgeridoo;
* …

27 - Elizabeth Thiel - At Home Sleep Study

June 16th, 2021

38:26

Emma is joined by Elizabeth Thiel, a 39 year old wife and mother living in Atlanta, Georgia.  Together, they discuss:
* At home Sleep Studies - what …

26 - Dr Shelby Harris - Insomnia and Sleep Apnea

June 9th, 2021

33:36

Emma is joined by Dr Shelby Harris a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.  She treats Insomnia patients using …

25 - Vashanti Ganesh - PCOS and Sleep Apnea

June 2nd, 2021

43:17

Emma is joined by Vashanti Ganesh.  Together they discuss:

* A family doctor being unwilling to prescribe a CPAP despite a diagnosis of Sleep Apnea;

* Suffering with incontinence as a symptom of Sleep Apnea;

* PCOS - …

2 - Karen Wolk - Inspire Implant for Sleep Apnea Treatment

June 1st, 2021

36:04

Emma is joined by her guest Karen Wolk. They talk all about Karen’s journey with sleep apnea, from having panic attacks and a cognitive impairment …

24 - Brittny Sciarra and Karese Laguerre - Myofunctional Therapy and Sleep Apnea

May 26th, 2021

42:08

Emma is joined by Brittny Sciarra and Karese Laguerre to discuss their work as Myofunctional Therapists, also called Orofacial Myologists.  Together …

23 - Alida Abdullah - High Blood Pressure and Sleep Apnea

May 19th, 2021

40:34

Emma is joined by Alida Abdullah and they discuss:
*Growing up snoring and sleeping during school;
*Difficulty with CPAP therapy as a mother juggling a …

22 - Julie Flygare - Narcolepsy and Sleep Disorders Advocacy

May 12th, 2021

47:33

Emma is joined on the podcast by Julie Flygare, President and CEO of Project Sleep.  Julie has suffered with Narcolepsy with Cataplexy and is an …

21 - Randy Thornton - Sleep Apnea in Professional Football and Wrestling

May 5th, 2021

47:33

Emma is joined by Randy Thornton, a former NFL player and professional wrestler. Randy discusses:
*How he struggled with intense headaches and mood swings before he was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea;
*Reluctance of many men …

20 - Dr Madan Kandula - Sleep And Sinus Surgeries for Sleep Apnea with an ENT

March 31st, 2021

45:24

Emma is joined by Dr Madan Kandula, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, specializing in sleep and sinus surgery.  He leads Advent, an ENT group with …

19 - Dr Meghna Dassani - Children and Sleep Apnea

March 24th, 2021

33:47

Emma is joined by Dr Meghna Dassani, a Dentist in Houston, Texas.  In this episode we discussed:
*Dr Dassani's new book "Airway is Life: Waking up to …

18 - Craig Baker - Sleep Apnea Symptoms: Anxiety

March 17th, 2021

41:38

Emma is joined by Craig Baker, a Personal Trainer from Sydney, Australia. Together they discuss: 
*Craig discusses his Sleep Apnea symptoms, including anxiety and exhaustion;
*Deciding to cut back on decathlon training in …

17 - Dr Earl Bogrow - CPAP alternative: Mandibular Advancement Devices

March 10th, 2021

1:00:12

Emma is joined by Dr Earl Bogrow, a Dentist who specializes in Mandibular Advancement Devices, also called Oral Appliances, to treat Sleep Apnea. …

16 - Stacy Erickson Edwards - Sleep Apnea and Idiopathic Hypersomnia

March 3rd, 2021

40:15

Emma is joined by Stacy Erickson Edwards, a Sleep Disorders Advocate and blogger at www.cpapbabes.com.  Stacy discusses:
*her journey to getting diagnosed with Sleep Apnea;
*dealing with continued sleepiness even after …

15 - Ryan King - Exercise and Sleep Apnea

February 24th, 2021

45:03

Emma talks all about physical fitness and coping with Sleep Apnea.  Emma's guest, Ryan King, is a personal trainer who has been working with Gary Knight (friend of the show, guest on episode 4).  Emma and Ryan discuss:
* …

14 - Sydney Avis & Dr Victor Avis - MMA Surgery

February 17th, 2021

53:13

Emma is joined by Sydney Avis and her Dad, Dr Victor Avis.  Sydney recently underwent an MMA surgery (Maxillary Mandibular Advancement) to expand her …

13 - Lauren Freedman - Multiple Diagnoses

February 10th, 2021

57:42

Emma is joined by Lauren Freedman, host of "Uninvisible Pod".  On her podcast, Lauren provides a platform for discussion of invisible illnesses …

12 - Sam Gotowiec - Young Adults with Sleep Apnea

February 3rd, 2021

31:08

I really wanted to have Sam on the podcast because he’s young and so often younger sleep apnea sufferers don’t get a lot of attention.  Some of the things we discussed were:
* How Sam’s friends first noticed his snoring …

11 - Patrick McKeown - Buteyko Breathing Re-education for Sleep Apnea

January 27th, 2021

58:42

'Sleep Disordered Breathing' has "breathing" right there in the name!  Yet breathing is overlooked as a vital component in treating Sleep Apnea.  Patrick McKeown is a breathing expert and founder of the Buteyko Clinic. …

10 - Emma Cooksey - Nasal Breathing and Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

November 27th, 2020

28:21

Emma shares an update on her own journey with Sleep Apnea.  Since starting the podcast earlier this year, Emma has learned so much from her guests and her own reading and research.  On this episode, Emma discusses: 

the …

9 - Edgar Castro Tello - Sleep Apnea and Mental Health

November 12th, 2020

49:09

Emma is joined by Edgar Castro Tello who shares his personal journey with sleep apnea.  Emma and Edgar discuss:

Having sleep apnea as the child of undocumented immigrants without access to healthcare;
Experiencing …

8 - Dr Jose Gonzalez - Snoring and Sleep Apnea

October 29th, 2020

39:04

Emma is joined by Dr Jose Gonzalez.  In the episode they discuss Jose's recent diagnosis with sleep apnea and how he is adjusting to life with his …

7 - Dr David Madow - Anxiety and Sleep Apnea

October 16th, 2020

44:58

Emma is joined by Dr David Madow.  David shares his personal journey with sleep apnea.  For anyone who is new to using a CPAP, this episode is a must!  David talks through all the adjustments he made to make using a …

6 - Dr Natasha Hassam-Sarwar - Nasal Breathing vs Mouth Breathing

October 2nd, 2020

37:52

Emma is joined by Dr Natasha Hassam-Sarwar, a dentist specializing in optimizing sleep.  Natasha is also a Sleep Coach so Emma took the opportunity to pick her brain on all things sleep apnea!  Dr Hassam-Sarwar …

5 - Eric Burton - New Relationships with CPAP

September 17th, 2020

33:34

Emma is joined by Eric Burton who suffers from Sleep Apnea himself and also works as a Sleep Supplies Specialist with Aeroflow in North Carolina. …

4 - Gary Knight - Weight Loss to Improve Sleep Apnea

September 4th, 2020

29:40

Emma is joined by Gary Knight.  Gary experienced a lot of the common symptoms of sleep apnea before his diagnosis in 2016, in particular he noticed …

3 - Dr Joi Freemont - Oral Appliances, an Alternative to CPAP

August 21st, 2020

28:38

Emma is joined by Dr Joi Freemont, a dentist who treats patients with sleep apnea in her practice but also suffers with sleep apnea herself.  Joi describes the shock of her father's death from sleep apnea and how that …

1 - Emma Cooksey - Delayed Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

July 25th, 2020

26:45

Meet your host, Emma Cooksey, and join her as she shares her personal journey with Sleep Apnea.  Emma shares her lowest moment when she realized she needed to get help along with the tips and tricks she wishes someone …

Sleep Apnea Stories Podcast Trailer

July 12th, 2020

0:49

Sleep Apnea Stories is a new podcast with Emma Cooksey. Emma has lots to share about her own journey with sleep apnea but really wants to hear from …

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