Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is one of the most common sleep disorders. Sleep apnea affects approximately 25% of men and 9% of women. This equates to millions of Americans. Researchers are finding people with sleep apnea have reason to be concerned becauseRead More
Unfortunately, some people using Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) will get the flu. Nasal congestion makes using the equipment challenging but you should try to continue using Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy even when you have a cold or the flu. Here's why you should continue using your PAP therapy ( CPAP, BIPAP, APAP)Read More
When I tell people I’m a sleep specialist, many want to share stories about their sleep. I love it! I meet fascinating people living awesome lives and I learn some very interesting things about most of the people in the room. I enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about the lives of others, learn some DIY tips for treating insomnia and I love sharing what I’ve learned through years of helping people sleep better.
This holiday season I met many people willing to share stories about their sleep but I want to share one story in particular.Read More
Here are 6 things to avoid if you have OSAS:Read More
I heard about mini cpap machines a few years ago but did not prescribe them because most insurance plans do not pay for mini cpap machines. That hasn't changed. ButRead More
Here are 10 health problems you might face if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):Read More
The following brief presentation on obstructive sleep apnea syndrome will help you understand OSAS andRead More
Patients frequently ask, "can I use tap water in my humidifier"? Buying distilled water is an additional expense and can be inconvenient. But here's why you might want to keep using distilled water.
Using tap water will cause discoloration of the water chamber and the minerals from tap water will be deposited in the chamber causing an ugly scale. This is of some concern but the mai reason to use distilled water is to maximize the life of you positive airway pressure machine. Manufacturers warn using tape water in the water chamber of you humidifier can decrease the life expectancy of your machine. Some insurance companies will only purchase a new machine every5-7 years.
Many people with obstructive sleep apnea use positive airway pressure therapy because they cannot afford or don’t desire alternative treatments. But get adjusting to CPAP isn’t always easy.Read More
Let’s start with a review of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It is characterized byRead More
Uncontrolled obstructive sleep apnea directly affects your blood sugar. First let's review obstructive sleep apnea and then I'll help you understand how sleep affects your diabetes.Read More
According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). This is why millions of people with OSAS may see insurance premiums jumps to astronomical rates.Read More
Snoring occurs when air passing through narrow airway passages causes tissue to vibrate. One of the main causes of narrowed nasal passages is inflammation and swelling. Opening up airway will decrease snoring and help you sleep better. Start by eliminating internal and external irritants.Read More
Whether it’s the airlines’ extra fees for carry-on luggage or you just want to travel a little lighter, a small portable cpap machine may be the answer. I am most familiar with the Transcend model. This machine is small enough to fit in the typical woman’s shoulder bag. However, it is small and easy to travel with only if you do not need the humidifier.Read More
If you have a mask and the mask is not comfortable for any reason, contact the company that supplied the mask. Most masks have a warranty. In some cases you have 30 days to return the mask and get a new one. If you do not contact the company during the warranty period you may have to buy a new mask at your own expense or suffer through the insurance company's time frame for replacement of supplies. When you get your mask, ask about the warranty. For example, what the warranty covers, how long the warranty last and what the warranty requires of you. Read more tips for CPAPersOrder "How to love your cpap machine: secrets from a sleep specialist . www.bit.ly.com
I'm working on my column for Northside Vibes Newspaper. I decided to write about masks used for positive airway pressure therapy, one of the most common reasons people stop using CPAP.
There are different types of masks. The most frequently used masks are full face masks, nasal masks and nasal pillows. A full face mask covers the nose and mouth. Nasal masks cover just the nostrils. Nasal pillows are small rubber tubes that fit inside the nostrils.
One of the first steps to successfully using CPAP is getting the right mask with the correct fit. Hope you enjoy the column. Read my "secrets" at www.bit.ly/lovecpap