Sleep plays a vital role not only in our physical health but our mental health as well. Specifically, quality sleep is important for cognitive function and long-term memory. Perhaps that is why it comes as no surprise that some research suggests a link between sleep orders such as obstructive sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s.
There are many studies about the link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and multiple other negative physical afflictions. These illnesses include diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. It is also a consequential link to stroke, heart attack, and, most recently, cancer. In general, people with sleep apnea who either do not have a diagnosis or are non-compliant are at greater.
This post was originally posted on October 13,2021, and updated on January 19, 2022.
While alcohol seems like an ideal aid for falling asleep, it actually inhibits healthy sleep and may induce sleep disorders like sleep apnea. The different stages of sleep are important for getting the rest you need to recharge your mind and body. These phases of sleep can be disrupted by alcohol use. ...
Panic attacks can be common among people who are first starting CPAP therapy. According to a 2012 study at the University of California, Berkeley, when a person has apnea, their body releases certain hormones of anxiety and panic to try to restore breathing. In addition, people who suffer from panic attacks, in general, are more likely to have episodes while trying to fall asleep or while sleeping.
If surgery is necessary for a person’s life, having surgery while also having sleep apnea, is doable with some extra precaution. There may be some special care when dealing with anesthesia, from preparation to after the surgery is concluded. Medical professionals have known for quite some time that patients with sleep apnea were at an increased risk of developing complications after operations.
Every day, hundreds of people come to the conclusion that the benefits of CPAP therapy in the short term are nothing short of life changing. For those new to CPAP therapy, the challenges of the normal adjustment period can make it difficult to get to a level of CPAP compliance where the benefits can manifest themselves. It’s never a matter of being redundant to remind them of at least five...
Apnea events occur at different intervals and levels of severity for every person with OSA. Throughout their lives, CPAP machine users will need to have follow-up titration conducted during their sleep study in order to make adjustments. This is the process of checking and adjusting the air pressure for the patient to ensure that it is optimized to eliminate the apneic events during the night....
The last thing that anyone with sleep apnea needs is to compound their condition with respiratory distress such as through the development of pneumonia. While studies show evidence that people with sleep apnea are potentially more vulnerable to developing pneumonia, there are ways to decrease that risk for CPAP machine users.
This post was originally posted on June 5, 2022, and updated on March 29, 2023. We’re all looking for ways to save money but when it comes to your health, remember there is a price to pay if you try to cut corners. While buying a used machine may save you money upfront, there is a significant cost to compromising the quality and efficacy of your CPAP therapy. Here’s what to consider...
Getting a good night’s rest is just important as diet and exercise in maintaining health. Poor sleep can impact the health of the cardiovascular system. Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea increase the risk of heart failure by 140 percent, the risk of stroke by 60 percent, and the risk of coronary heart disease by 30 percent.1 Patients with heart problems may not realize th...
Sleep apnea is a widespread sleep condition and occurs when people repeatedly start and stop breathing frequently throughout the night while they are sleeping. Because it is an illness that occurs during sleep, many people do not even know they have it, and it could go undiagnosed their whole life. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea is very harmful, and can certainly lead to shortened life expectancy.
Due to its systemic and chronic nature, the potential list of possible sleep apnea side effects appears to be growing as a recent study shows evidence of a link between sleep apnea and hearing loss. The study found that sleep apnea was associated with hearing impairment at both high and low frequencies. That finding held true even after the researchers adjusted the data for other possible causes of hearing loss.
Nasal pillow CPAP masks are popular among CPAP patients as a preferred option over full face masks. That's because of their lightweight design, unobtrusive view, and quiet performance. Nasal pillow CPAP masks are ideal for users who breathe through their nose or use a CPAP chinstrap. This type of mask also reduces the chances of masks leaks because it provides air directly into the nostrils.
Choosing a nasal pillow CPAP mask can leave you many options. Most CPAP mask manufacturers offers some type of nasal pillow mask with varieties of benefits and features and lots with strong consumer reviews. So how do you choose? We have narrowed down two models of nasal pillow CPAP mask that stood above the rest. Compare the features and benefits of these two nasal pillow masks and see which one is a good fit for your CPAP therapy.
CPAP masks are always a personal choice for CPAP users. Finding the perfect fit and type can be a trial-and-error process. We have tried to streamline selecting a CPAP Mask in 2023 by compiling some of the best masks available based on our experts, reviewers, and ratings, so finding your ideal CPAP mask is easier. Check out our list below of the best CPAP Masks of 2023.
There are a lot of factors that go into selecting a CPAP machine for your therapy needs. Our experts have reviewed some of the top-rated CPAP machines and their features and benefits to help make it easier to choose a CPAP machine that’s right for you. Here are the best CPAP Machines of 2023.
The CPAP Shop recommends choosing a full face CPAP mask based on your comfort and personal needs. Selecting a full face mask for your sleeping position also helps ensure the best CPAP experience and compliance. We’ve compiled some of the best full face CPAP masks of 2023.
Taking your CPAP therapy on your travels requires a reliable travel CPAP machine. Travel CPAP machines are portable, efficient, and FAA-approved. Our experts have curated some of the top manufacturers and reviewed the most important features and benefits to help you choose a travel CPAP machine that fits your needs. Here's our list of the best travel CPAP machines of 2023.
Choosing a nasal CPAP mask can mean trying out different makes and models to see which is the best fit and is the most comfortable. Some nasal CPAP masks can leave marks on your nostrils or leave you with nasal soreness in the morning. So, choosing a nasal CPAP mask can be a trial and error process. Instead, use our comparison of two of the leading brands of nasal CPAP mask to see which one fits your PAP therapy needs.
When selecting an auto-adjusting CPAP machine, consider two well-known models. The ResMed AirSense 11 and the 3B Luna II offer many useful features for users and provide reliable and consistent performance for CPAP compliance. Auto CPAP machines are especially useful for new users getting started with PAP therapy as they need time to get accustomed to breathing pressurized air while they sleep. Both of these machines offer features to help anyone experiencing comfort issues with a standard CPAP machine.
Getting older means an increased likelihood of sleep apnea. In general, sleep can become more difficult with age and sleep apnea becomes a common sleep disorder, affecting nearly 20% of older adults. As we get older, muscles weaken, including airway muscles, which makes seniors more likely to experience sleep apnea.
What Is CPAP Therapy? Even if you are on CPAP therapy, there are other things you can do to help make your evening conducive to a better night’s sleep and your sleep more comfortable. The study of sleep has been expanding rapidly, leading to much new research and innovative products that are available to help get you the sleep you deserve.
ResMed is one of the leading manufacturers of auto CPAP machines. Among their offering is the distinctive and popular AirSense line of machines. You can choose between the ResMed AirSense 11, AirSense 10, or the AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud (CTC). Each machine provides different features and benefits to CPAP patients. So when selecting a ResMed AirSense machine, be sure to compare the different ones.
3B Medical offers a diverse range of CPAP machines for different user needs. Two of the best machines in their offering are the Luna II and Luna G3. The Luna II and Luna G3 have advantages for many users. Both of these CPAP machines include features and benefits that may be useful including integrated humidifiers and user-friendly interfaces. See how the two machines compare.
The redesigned Respironics Amara Gel Full Face CPAP Mask offers a more comfortable and lighter-weight fit for users. Many CPAP patients will find the new Amara easier than ever to use and clean. The redesign also provides more options for users, including varied sizing and cushion type to accommodate diverse user needs. Choosing the gel cushion allows for extreme comfort, therapy success, and ...
Two highly preferred CPAP machines on the market today include the ResMed AirSense 11 and the 3B Medical Luna G3. The ResMed AirSense 11 offers all the benefits of an auto-adjusting CPAP. And the 3B Medical provides useful and innovative comfort features and settings. So which one is best for you? We have done a comprehensive comparison of the benefits and features of both machines to help you.
The ResMed AirFit N30i Nasal Mask offers more flexibility and less noise than many competing nasal mask brands. The groundbreaking tube design frees up hose movement and the QuietAir Vent Technology offers 57% quieter performance than the original cushions.
The 3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP Machine is powerful, effective, and user-friendly. The lighter design and added comfort features of the 3B Medical Luna G3 make this CPAP machine the ideal choice for anyone just starting CPAP therapy or switching from a different CPAP machine.
CPAP masks have a lifespan, which is amount 3 months. Over time the masks become worn, and the seal becomes less effective, which means you do not receive the highest performance from your CPAP therapy. Some CPAP masks may begin to show wear even before their expiration date, depending on the amount of use they receive.
The Mediterranean diet is a constant topic in the press as everyone including health professionals touts its health benefits. The diet has been effective at reducing many illnesses. This includes risks of heart disease and several cancers including Parkinson’s a...
The use of CPAP masks and various forms of CPAP therapy delivery is becoming the accepted practice in pediatric medicine. This is particularly true with preterm infants with some form of respiratory disorder, which is a fairly common problem.
AirMini Travel CPAP – Features The functionalities and features of the ResMed AirMini Travel CPAP are relatively the same as the AirSense 10 Auto CPAP machine, but smaller and more compact for travelers. The minimized design makes it easy for users to carry it on long-distance flights, camping trips, cruises, and road trips.
The Fisher & Paykel Eson 2 Nasal CPAP Mask is one of the simplest and most convenient nasal CPAP masks to use. It features VisiBlue indicators making this CPAP mask easy to clean and assemble for anyone. It features a comfortable cushion and soft headgear so users can still enjoy a comfortable night's sleep while receiving therapy.
The ResMed AirSense 11 AutoSet CPAP Machine with Heated Humidifier offers all the benefits of an auto-adjusting pressure device with an integrated heated humidifier that provides soothing warm moist air to prevent CPAP side effects, wireless connectivity for ease of use, and patient support that helps you receive the best CPAP therapy possible.
As a leading manufacturer of CPAP machines, ResMed offers a variety of CPAP machine options for CPAP users. The ResMed AirSense 10 Card-to-Cloud (CTC) and the ResMed AirSense 11 are two machines commonly selected by CPAP patients. That's because they both provide excellent performance and comfort.
This post was originally published on February 13, 2013, but updated on August 29, 2022.
While CPAP therapy is the go-to approach for managing obstructive sleep apnea, other types of sleep apnea may require alternate treatment. Medications including Acetazolamide have shown to help patients with central sleep apnea and possibly in some instances obstructive sleep apnea. Before starting ...
The ResMed AirMini Auto Travel CPAP provides essential therapy for patients with sleep apnea on the go. The ResMed AirMini is a user-friendly travel CPAP machine with features for enhancing sleep comfort while away from home.
Automatic positive airway pressure, APAP, is one of the three main forms of positive airway pressure or PAP therapy. APAP automatically adjusts to meet each specific person’s breathing needs, which often change throughout the night as we move in and out of different stages of sleep.
Taking CPAP therapy on the road is easier than ever with the Transcend Micro Auto Travel CPAP Machine. It is the smallest and lightest CPAP devices available on the market – weighing under 0.5 lbs. and measuring less than 4 inches. This micro CPAP machine is easy to pack or even drop in your pocket. It was designed in this compact size to be portable and convenient to use.
The 3B Medical Luna G3 CPAP & APAP provide essential therapy for patients with sleep apnea. The G3 CPAP is a user-friendly CPAP machine with features for enhancing sleep comfort and managing sleep data. The G3 APAP offers the benefit of automatic pressure settings to help some patients adjust more easily to CPAP therapy and includes many of the beneficial features of the G3 CPAP.
This post was originally posted on May 12, 2020, and updated on July 27, 2022.
Over the last few years, CPAP manufacturers have released many new types of masks. Choice is good for users but making the proper mask decision directly impacts compliance. The more comfortable and effective the mask, the higher use rate amongst CPAP patients. CPAP masks come in various models and styles so that...
This post was originally posted on November 23, 2021, and updated on July 25, 2022. What is BiPAP Therapy? BiPAP (aka BPAP) therapy is the preferred choice for treating central sleep apnea, cases of severe obstructive sleep apnea, or mixed sleep apnea. In these instances, CPAP therapy may not be enough to get users the extra air they need.
This post was originally posted on July 25, 2017, and updated on July 18, 2022. This post compares the four most popular CPAP machines built for travel on the market in 2019. If you have sleep apnea and are a camper, trucker, pilot, hunter, fisherman, travel for business or pleasure frequently, want to sleep comfortably on a flight, plan to take a cruise or go sailing.
Breathing and healthy sleep are closely connected. Sleep disorders that interrupt normal breathing patterns while you sleep can have a dramatic impact on your personal health. Identifying the specific sleep disorder that is affecting you is important to determine the best treatment. Doctors will ask questions about symptoms and may require sleep tests to get an accurate diagnosis. Many patient...
This post was originally posted on September 10, 2013, and updated on July 15, 2022.
With a significant percentage of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients suffering from some forms of glaucoma, researchers have begun to study the relationships between the two conditions over the last several years. For OSA patients that are also living with glaucoma, the questions regarding the effects of...
This post was originally posted on May 5, 2020, and updated on July 15, 2022.
While are there many health benefits to staying CPAP compliant, including better sleep, there may also be some side effects with CPAP therapy. It is not uncommon for CPAP patients to experience dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning after a night of CPAP therapy, especially if they use their CPAP machine every ...
Designed to be more user-friendly, the 3B Medical Luna G3 Auto CPAP Machine makes CPAP efficient and effective for every user. New features include a built-in algorithm take the guesswork out of CPAP machine adjustment. The AutoRamp and integrated heated tubing are added benefits that provide comfort along with ease of use. This device is lightweight, weighing only 3.75 pounds, perfect to plac...
Recent studies have shown that treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can help improve memory in older patients experiencing cognitive decline due to dementia.1 While sleep loss is one of the symptoms of dementia in some patients, the increasing decline of brain health from sleep deprivation may worsen the symptoms of dementia, creating a viscous cycle that accelerates overall cognitive degradation...
This post was originally posted on December 10, 2021, and updated on June 21, 2022.
Sleep apnea continues to be one of the most prevalent sleep disorders, affecting over 22 million Americans. Because symptoms of sleep apnea like loud snoring are often overlooked, the sleep disorder is a condition that typically goes undiagnosed.
The good news is that with a diagnosis, effective treatment...
The 3B Medical Luna G3 BiPAP machine is designed for a user-friendly BiPAP therapy experience. With a smaller footprint, this is a lightweight machine that will fit on your bedside table easily. It has comfort features and settings to prevent any chance of rainout. 3B Medical Luna G3 BiPAP – Features User-Friendly Interface The user-friendly display makes navigating through settings...