Recently a patient told me his entire family is fighting obesity. He shared a conversation he had with hisRead More
Hate CPAP? Here’s alternative medical treatment that might be covered by your health insurance.Read More
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
According to a new study reported on CNN, regular use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine could improve the sex lives of people with obstructive sleep apnea -- especiallyRead More
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) takes the position that medical cannabis and synthetic marijuana extracts “shouldRead 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
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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
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
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
Many patients lose insurance benefits for CPAP therapy because they can't use the machine long enough to meet insurance compliance rules. When patients don't meet the insurance company's rules, patients must pay for therapy out of their own pockets or go without proper treatment. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition associated with obesity, hypertension, diabetes, depression, heart attacks, strokes and death.
I wrote "How to love your cpap machine: Secrets from a sleep specialist" to help patients reverse symptoms of sleep apnea and address common problems encountered when using their machines. I hope this book helps you use your PAP machine so that you can reverse your symptoms of sleep apnea and get a good night's sleep. Order at www.bit.ly/lovecpap.