By Andy | March 31, 2015 - 1:06 am - Posted in CPAP, Sleeping sounds, Snoring

CPAP machines and masks  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the leading therapy for sleep apnea . Patients

CPAP machines and masks

CPAP machines and masks

wear a face or nasal mask during sleep. The mask, connected to a pump, provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open. Most insurance companies now pay for sleep testing and for CPAP treatment. It is also useful for individuals who have tried all other treatments for their snoring but without success. A variety of fixed pressure and automatic CPAP machines are available from us.

Fight Noise with Noise According to the National Sleep Foundation, noises at levels as low as 40 decibels or as high as 70 decibels can keep us awake. That means that a dripping faucet can steal your sleep as much as your neighbor’s blaring stereo. Sound conditioners are proven to promote sleep by muffling distractions with constant white noise, which sounds like rushing water or gusty winds. The Sleep Infuser masks sounds but also emits a series of low pulsing hums, which the inventors say coax the brain into sleep.

Good Night LED light bulb  Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed suppresses the release of the Good Night LED light bulbsleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness, and disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm — making it more difficult to fall asleep. The Good Night LED light bulb, originally developed for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station, lets melatonin do its thing by using half of the blue light in normal bulbs

Re-Timer glasses  These Re-Timer glasses provide light therapy using small LEDs to regulate your circadian rhythm and help you sleep better. Change your sleep pattern to suit your lifestyle. Re-Timer gives you the freedom to fall asleep and wake Re-Timer glassesup when you choose.

By Andy | March 30, 2013 - 5:24 pm - Posted in CPAP

Winx is a sleep therapy system which is an alternative for CPAP and is viewed as most helpful for sleep apnea. It is unique in its treatment form as it uses a simple tubing, mouthpiece and small console. It is applied on the tongue with a gentle vacuum by sucking the tissues forward as a way of relieving upper airway which causes sleep apnea. The winx sleep therapy system has certain benefits and drawbacks as in other treatments.

Benefits and drawbacks of winx

Since this mechanism has not been introduced globally but only in select cities in the USA, it is rather difficult to determine its popularity and effectiveness. However, there are certainly some benefits attributed to this treatment as there are drawbacks. Here are 5 such benefits and drawbacks attached to it.

1. Minimal and customized mechanism

The mouthpiece used for the mouth is soft and flexible and is customized for each person. Unlike the CPAP mask there is no cumbersome headgear as it connects with a slim, long tube to the console. Once the mouthpiece is fixed to the console the machine gentle generates vacuum to the mouthpiece. The drawback here is the need to empty the canister which is deposited with saliva while in use. This is because the mechanism sucks up the saliva during the process of treatment.

2. Less harmful for health

It is an attractive option as it does not have major compliance issues as in CPAP and requires no bulky contraption. It does not develop any skin rashes or sores due to pressure of the mechanism. However, this is not for everyone but for adult use only since it requires you to breathe through the nose for more safety. This may not be possible for many people or children.

3. Keeps a track on treatment process

While using this mechanism there is no pressurized air generally associated with problems of dryness, leaks and nasal congestion. It also helps to prevent claustrophobia and tracks data usage to guide during treatment. It may not be the most effective treatment for central sleep apnea although it does bring in some short term relief.

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By Andy | March 19, 2013 - 6:27 am - Posted in CPAP

Living without proper sleep is debilitating for anyone, but when you have sleep apnea, it makes it almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep. This article will provide you with useful information on managing the symptoms of sleep apnea, so that you can finally get a decent night of sleep and get back to more productive days.

Keep in mind that you won’t always notice your sleep apnea at night. Consult your physician if you show symptoms like having difficulty staying awake behind the wheel or severe exhaustion that surprises you. These symptoms may be indicative of sleep apnea, despite the fact that you don’t struggle to breathe at night.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it should never be taken lightly, and all doctor’s instructions for treatment should be followed, including the use of a CPAP device. Untreated sleep apnea leaves you chronically sleep deprived. This affects your overall health adversely, making you more prone to developing heart disease, having a stroke, or becoming clinically depressed.

It’s good to join a sleep apnea support group to share your feelings, thoughts and tips. Ask your family doctor if they know of any support groups or find one on the Internet. Talking with people who understand what you are going through should be very helpful.

If you find that your sleep apnea condition is due to too much tissue in your airway and throat, you may need to undergo surgery. Your surgeon will utilize a procedure that is referred to as UPP in order to eliminate excess tissue from your throat, which will cause your airway to be enlarged. As a result, your sleep apnea will be cured. Often times they remove the tonsils when they perform this surgery.

If you have sleep apnea, or if you simply snore at night, try learning to play a wind instrument. Playing a Didgeridoo or other wind instrument was shown to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea in a German study. This new craft will help you keep control of your airways.

If you have sleep apnea, you can improve your symptoms by exercising your throat muscles. Sleep apnea results from breathing obstruction due to your soft tissues in your throat collapsing. Strong muscles are less likely to constrict airways.

Speak with your doctor about writing you a prescription for a heated humidifier if you have a CPAP machine to sleep. The humid, warm air enables CPAP users to have a much easier time getting restful sleep. A lot of modern CPAP machines have a humidifier on them; ask your doctor about it.

Remember to bring the CPAP machine with you if you should happen to require a stay at the hospital. Your CPAP machine should be with you whether you’re admitted to the hospital or visiting the emergency room. You will your mask you’re used to, and the pressure will be set right. It will be much simpler to continue using a CPAP machine in the hospital if you don’t have to deal with unfamiliar equipment.

Avoid unhealthy activities to control your sleep apnea. The worst thing you can do to contribute to sleep apnea by drinking and smoking. Drinking potentially causes extreme breathing issues because it reduces the ability of your respiratory system to function. Smoking damages the lungs. When you stop doing these things, your sleep apnea symptoms should be reduced.

Sleep is far too important to compromise on; do whatever you have to in order to get the sleep you need. This article has given you tips for helping you get the best sleep possible if you have sleep apnea.

By Andy | February 9, 2013 - 3:11 am - Posted in CPAP

Studies show that less than half of CPAP patients actually use their CPAP machines on a nightly basis. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, which is designed to keep the upper respiratory area open in patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, snoring and other breathing-related sleep disorders. But sleeping every night while attached to a CPAP machine can be a difficult habit to get used to—many patients complain of discomfort and difficulty falling asleep while wearing the mask. Furthermore, for younger patients CPAP can seem like an intimidating form of treatment and may hinder the patient’s social life. Luckily, patients who do not tolerate traditional CPAP therapy have other options.

There are many types of oral appliances available on the market to help patients breathe more easily throughout the night. Oral appliances are devices worn inside the mouth, but are significantly less debilitating than a mask attached to a loud CPAP machine. Patients wearing oral appliances need not to feel restricted, as they are free to move about throughout the night. They also need not worry about discomfort caused by increased air pressure inside the throat, as most oral appliances simply use mechanical means to open up the upper respiratory system. You can get an oral appliance fitted to exact specifications so that it feels comfortable for you.

A quick visit to a dental office will allow your dentist to test your breathing and order the right oral appliance to treat your condition. Diagnosis and therapy with oral appliances is covered by many insurance companies. There are many mouthpieces available on the market—some designed to be worn over the teeth like an orthodontic retainer or a mouth guard for sports and others designed to reposition the jaw or tongue. The main purpose of many oral appliance used to stop snoring is to open up the back of the throat and keep that area open for healthy air flow. Regardless of which mouthpiece you are prescribed, an oral device can help you snore less and can help your bed partners and nearby sleepers rest more soundly. Read The Full Story…

By Andy | January 5, 2013 - 10:57 am - Posted in CPAP

Every CPAP user knows that it can be difficult to adjust to sleeping while wearing a CPAP mask. Here are some things you can do to be more comfortable while sleeping with a CPAP machine.

1.      Make Sure You Have the Right CPAP Mask for your needs.

There is no such thing as a CPAP mask that works for everyone.  Everyone’s facial features and sleeping styles are unique, and there have been literally dozens of masks designed to fit these diverse needs.  One of the most important things you can do to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep with CPAP is to ensure sure you have the proper mask size and style, and are wearing it correctly. Consult your manufacturer’s instructions, or contact your doctor or medical equipment provider for more info on how to properly adjust your model of CPAP mask.

Consider how the mask fits your face shape and head size. If you switch masks, remember that size and style type are not always consistent across brands or even different models from the same manufacturer.

2.      Get Acquainted With Your Machine

If you have just started using a CPAP machine, getting used to wearing it every night can be very difficult at first. Acquaint yourself to the machine and its settings by wearing your mask and using it for short periods while you are watching TV or reading. This will help you get used to the feeling of using a CPAP machine, and allows you to make necessary comfort adjustments before going to bed.  You can even run it at the lower ramp pressure to get used to the sensation of wearing the mask.  Gradually adjusting to the feeling of wearing the machine will help you get comfortable and achieve a good night’s rest in the long run.

3. Get a CPAP Pillow

CPAP users often have difficulty adjusting to a comfortable position when sleeping on a regular pillow. This can be particularly true for side-sleepers, who may have trouble with the mask getting dislodged.  The mask and tubes are tricky to make room for with a normal pillow, which a special CPAP pillow can resolve. CPAP specific pillows accommodate the straps, mask, and hosing for a more comfortable sleep, and help prevent mask leaks.

4.    Add Humidification to Your Machine

Many CPAP users complain that their noses and throats experience dryness when using their machines.  It is an often overlooked fact that mucous membranes dried out from the airflow of a CPAP machine can lead to swelling and nasal discharge, much like the stuffy nose symptoms sometimes ascribed to allergies.  Purchasing a machine with a CPAP humidifier or adding one onto your existing CPAP machine will help relieve discomfort. Using saline sprays, such as Ayr Gel, before bedtime can help this problem as well. An improperly fitting or leaky mask can also make this issue worse, since the increased airflow from the leak can dry out membranes.  Some newer machines even utilize a combination of auto-humidification and heated breathing tubes for more effective humidification.

5.      Moisture Therapy Lotion to Ease Dryness

The CPAP mask coming in contact with the delicate skin on the face can cause discomfort such as dryness and chafing. There are special lotions created for CPAP users that don’t include any petroleum products, which can be damaging to the mask’s materials.  A special lotion will help address any skin sensitivities caused from wearing the mask. RoEzIt is a moisturizer specifically formulated to prevent skin irritation and nasal dryness.

6.    Use Hose and Strap Covers

There are products available that cover materials on the CPAP to create a more pleasant sleeping experience. Soft fleece strap covers provide a more comfortable material against the skin on your face than the standard headgear material, and they help to prevent strap marks on your face.  Soft covers for breathing tubes can help insulate the air and prevent condensation, often called “rainout” by CPAP users. They also create a barrier that helps reduce noise from the hose rubbing up against furniture when you change positions during the night.  Heated breathing tubes can also help prevent rainout. Read The Full Story…