Articles by Chris Vasta

Articles by Chris Vasta

Chris Vasta is the president of The CPAP Shop and an expert in sleep and respiratory therapy. He often provides insights on product design and functionality on various manufacturers’ prototypes and is frequently tapped to provide reviews on new releases.
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    ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine Review

    December 6, 2023
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    The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet CPAP is a whisper-quiet CPAP machine designed to provide effective CPAP therapy to all CPAP patients. Its advanced auto-adjusting settings allow users to sleep peacefully while getting the therapy they need. It includes an integrated humidifier, has several comfort features, and also has Bluetooth connectivity to transmit your sleep data to your doctor for review and make any necessary adjustments. It also has an integrated HumidAir humidifier for comfortable therapy, and a front-facing, user-friendly display screen to easily manage and navigate your sleep settings. 

  • How To Clean a CPAP Humidifier

    How To Clean a CPAP Humidifier

    November 29, 2023
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    CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the throat muscles to collapse during sleep, preventing oxygen from traveling to the brain and lungs. Left untreated, this disease has been linked to a number of health risks. 

  • CPAP Mouth Breather: Impact and Solutions

    CPAP Mouth Breather: Impact and Solutions

    November 22, 2023
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    Mouth breathing is common among sleepers with and without sleep apnea. It can have an impact on those trying to manage their sleep apnea with CPAP.  If you are a mouth breather while you sleep and are using CPAP, then you might want to think about your CPAP equipment options.

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    CPAP Therapy Increases Adult Physical Activity

    November 15, 2023
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    CPAP therapy does more than help patients manage sleep disorders, it can impact personal health overall. Research reveals that sleep apnea patients using CPAP therapy experienced boosts in physical activity. 1 As more research is conducted, the benefits of CPAP therapy are showing more value to health than just improving sleep.  How CPAP Benefits Go Beyond Better Slee...
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    Everything to Know About CPAP Humidifiers

    November 9, 2023
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    This post was originally posted on October 21, 2021 and updated on January 28, 2022. What is a CPAP Humidifier? Dry pressurized air can sometimes lead to a sore throat or nasal irritation the next morning. CPAP humidifiers moisten the dry air of CPAP machines to reduce the side effects of PAP therapy. Moreover, they are a great feature in many machines to assist in giving users the ...
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    ResMed Airmini Autoset Travel CPAP Review

    November 9, 2023
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    Our ResMed AirMini™ Review revealed that ResMed has listened to travelers using CPAP, and responded!  One of the biggest complaints among CPAP users is the size of their unit. Not only do larger standard units make traveling more difficult, but the alternative of vacation or business travel without their CPAP could be a health risk. Traveling with sleep apnea just got a lot easier! ResMed...
  • Relaxation Techniques for CPAP Therapy

    Relaxation Techniques for CPAP Therapy

    November 9, 2023
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    Here are some helpful relaxation techniques for CPAP Therapy which can help calm your body and prepare for bedtime.
  • How Often to Change CPAP Filters

    How Often to Change CPAP Filters

    November 9, 2023
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    There are two types of CPAP filters. Each type has its own purpose and must be maintained differently.
  • Nasal Pillow Vs Nasal Mask: CPAP Mask Comparison

    Nasal Pillow Vs Nasal Mask: CPAP Mask Comparison

    November 9, 2023
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    Whether you are new to CPAP or well versed in the many styles and features of CPAP masks, this brief summary will give you an idea about two different CPAP mask styles and which might be best for you. What Is a Nasal Mask? Traditionally, CPAP nasal masks have been the most common type of mask used in the home. In general, a nasal mask consists of a plastic frame with a triangle or pe...
  • CPAP Mask Noise When Inhaling

    CPAP Mask Noise When Inhaling

    November 9, 2023
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    Condensation build up on CPAP full face masks results in hissing sounds as the air escapes through the air vents. CPAP masks can eventually make a whistling  noise over time. This does not mean your mask is defective. You can use some simple remedies to go to sleep with a quiet mask.

  • How To Prevent Skin Irritation From CPAP Masks

    How To Prevent Skin Irritation From CPAP Masks

    November 8, 2023
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    For a lot of new CPAP users, and even long-time users, it can be common to experience things like sore spots, irritation, and even facial rash when using CPAP equipment. Luckily, there are ways to prevent these inconveniences to ensure that you get the sleep you need. Follow these tips to get the most out of your CPAP therapy and avoid red marks and irritation. How to Treat Sore Spots ...

  • The Best CPAP Masks of 2023

    The Best CPAP Masks of November 2023

    November 6, 2023
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    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.

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    Best CPAP Machines Of November 2023

    November 6, 2023
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    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.

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    Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma

    November 1, 2023
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    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...
  • The CPAP Shop Now Offers MaskFit AR Technology!

    The CPAP Shop Now Offers MaskFit AR Technology!

    October 26, 2023
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    The CPAP Shop has partnered with MaskFit AR to offer personalized shopping recommendations to find the best CPAP mask for you. Check it out today!

  • What Happens When You Stop Breathing In Your Sleep?

    What Happens When You Stop Breathing In Your Sleep?

    October 25, 2023
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    Sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing while you sleep. When this type of episode occurs the muscles in the back of the throat relax, allowing the airway to close. Once the airway is closed, breathing ceases. Carbon dioxide builds up and oxygen levels in the blood drop. Your brain recognizes the danger and wakes you up from sleep to start breathing again.  

  • Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

    Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

    October 16, 2023
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    While CPAP therapy remains the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea, there are other methods for managing this common sleep disorder. Positional sleep therapy is an easy way to help improve your sleep and reduce the frequency of apneas throughout the night. Positional therapy may even eliminate the need for CPAP entirely. What is Positional Sleep Therapy? To understand ...
  • Enhancing CPAP Therapy to Get a Great Night’s Sleep

    Enhancing CPAP Therapy to Get a Great Night’s Sleep

    October 16, 2023
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    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.  Even if your CPAP machine is your first defense, many of these p...
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    HDM Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Review

    October 16, 2023
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    When it comes to summer travel, the key is to keep your bags light! For those who rely on CPAP therapy for a good night’s sleep, the new Breas Z2 Auto Travel CPAP is an FAA-approved, ultra-small, lightweight addition to your must-pack list. The Z1 Auto Travel CPAP started the travel CPAP evolution with its small, lightweight design and portable battery. The Z2 builds upon that success with an up...

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    3B Medical Luna G3 BiPAP Machine Review

    October 16, 2023
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    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...

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    Resvent iBreeze™ APAP Machine Review

    October 16, 2023
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    Continuing improvements in APAP machine design have led to the innovative and feature-rich, Resvent iBreeze™. The iBreeze makes it easier than ever for new CPAP patients to adjust to therapy. The smart technology of the iBreeze also helps make humidification more dynamic, helps prevent leaks, and also captures critical sleep data for you and your doctor to review from your device. T...
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    ResMed Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask Comparison: AirFit P30i vs AirFit P10

    October 16, 2023
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    The ResMed AirFit family of masks are some of our top-selling CPAP masks due to their innovative design and comfort. For those looking for a nasal pillow mask, the AirFit P30i and the AirFit P10 are our top recommendations. But which to choose? To help you decide which nasal pillow mask is best for you, we have put together this comparison of key features and differences between the two. Re...
  • Best Nasal CPAP Masks Under $100

    Best Nasal CPAP Masks Under $100

    October 11, 2023
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    Nasal CPAP masks are one of several choices CPAP patients can choose from for comfort. Minimal contact, lightweight design, and secure nasal breathing are some of the benefits of a nasal CPAP mask. Here are a few of the best nasal CPAP masks available at an affordable price.  

  • Best Portable CPAP Machine for Travel Under $1000

    Best Portable CPAP Machines for Travel Under $1000

    October 4, 2023
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    To stay CPAP compliant, it is important to be prepared to take your CPAP equipment when you travel. Portable CPAP machines can be expensive. But there are many available models that provide superior performance at a reasonable price.  

  • Getting Used to CPAP Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

    Getting Used to CPAP Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

    September 27, 2023
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    If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor has most likely prescribed CPAP therapy as a treatment. The more you know about CPAP, the more effective your therapy will be. Our beginner’s guide answers the most important questions about CPAP therapy, from equipment to best practices.

  • CPAP Direct is Now The CPAP Shop!

    CPAP Direct is Now The CPAP Shop!

    September 21, 2023
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    CPAP Direct, formerly a place to shop for all your CPAP needs, has recently merged with our company, The CPAP Shop. This merge will offer an even better shopping experience designed for all sleep apnea patients.

  • Can Weight Loss Cure Sleep Apnea?

    Can Weight Loss Cure Sleep Apnea?

    September 20, 2023
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    Is weight loss is the best way to lessen – or even cure – people's sleep apnea? Patients have heard from their doctors that a relationship exists between weight and the severity of sleep apnea. It is said that being overweight or obese can cause or make sleep apnea worse. Patients also seem to think that simply losing weight can improve sleep apnea and its symptoms.

  • CPAP Water: Distilled or Tap?

    CPAP Water: Distilled or Tap?

    September 13, 2023
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    The type of water you use for your CPAP humidifier is important to ensure the long life of your machine. Distilled water is the most preferred by CPAP machine manufacturers. Tap water, while less expensive, can cause harm to your machine over time. Filtered water is another option that is comparable to distilled. Avoid bottled waters labeled as spring or mineral water, as they may leave mineral deposits that can cause harm to your machine.  

  • Sleep Sounder Even With Sleep Apnea

    Sleep Sounder Even With Sleep Apnea

    September 6, 2023
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    So your doctor says you have sleep apnea. Your doctor probably recommended the nightly use of a CPAP machine, which is the number one treatment for this disorder. With the use of your CPAP machine every night you should see an improvement in how you sleep and how you feel in the morning. However, there are a number of things that you can do to improve your sleep and to improve your sleep a...
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    CPAP Benefits Identified by CPAP Users

    August 29, 2023
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    When people start CPAP therapy they are usually concerned with daytime sleepiness, concentration, depression, weight gain, links to diabetes type II, heart disease, hypertension, and numerous other negative impacts to the body and mind that result from a lack of deep restful sleep. Like any change to a regiment, adjusting to sleep therapy or the use of a CPAP machine requires some adjustment. ...
  • Why Won't My New CPAP Mask Connect to My Tube?

    Why Won't My New CPAP Mask Connect to My Tube?

    August 29, 2023
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    We receive calls on an almost daily basis from people who find that their new cpap masks will not connect to their tubing correctly. In this video, Chris discusses a common problem that many people do not realize is affecting their tube (and how to fix it). In many cases, the swivel piece that belongs to your old mask becomes (sometimes very firmly) stuck in your tube, which means your ...
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    Solving CPAP Mask Problems

    August 29, 2023
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    Sometimes we get calls from CPAP patients using full-face CPAP masks asking what to do about the feeling that they can’t breathe with a CPAP mask. Like aircraft pilots, CPAP patients can get the sensation of not being able to breathe. This sensation could be caused by several different factors.

  • Benefits of Using CPAP Humidification and Heated Tubing

    Benefits of Using CPAP Humidification and Heated Tubing

    August 29, 2023
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    Patients with sleep apnea who use CPAP machines for more than four hours a night enjoy a good night’s sleep and also improve their quality of life. Some sleep apnea patients, unfortunately, find that staying committed to the CPAP treatment process can be a difficult proposition. In particular, it is not uncommon for patients to experience dryness of the mouth, throat, or nasal passage . Th...
  • Can Using a CPAP Machine Cause Sinus Problems?

    Can Using a CPAP Machine Cause Sinus Problems?

    August 29, 2023
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    Many new CPAP users may experience nasal congestion or sinus infections. While using a CPAP machine does not cause sinus problems, sleep apnea and your sinuses both impact the quality of your sleep. What is Sinusitis? Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, is an inflammation of the lining of the sinus tissue. Your sinuses are located on the forehead and on each cheek. When they become obstructed....

  • How to Choose the Best CPAP Chin Strap For You

    How to Choose the Best CPAP Chin Strap For You

    August 29, 2023
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    CPAP chin straps secure the cpap mask to the patients head making it easier to sleep. The general category of CPAP headgear includes the CPAP chin strap.
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    Should you Buy CPAP Supplies Using Insurance or Cash?

    August 28, 2023
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    You may think that if you have health insurance, the cost of your CPAP machine will be covered. That’s not necessarily true. CPAP equipment insurance coverage is getting increasingly more complicated each year and in the end, going through insurance may end up costing you more than paying out-of-pocket. It all depends on your policy.We strongly recommend reviewing your coverage before ...
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    Can You Buy CPAP Machines Online?

    August 28, 2023
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    Home medical devices, such as CPAP machines, are an important part of everyday life for a number of people. The ability to purchase that equipment quickly and conveniently is important. That is why a number of retailers offer the ability to buy a CPAP machine online. A variety of CPAP machines, including home and travel machines, auto machines, and BiPAP machines can be found from trust...
  • CPAP Masks are Best for Mouth Breathers

    Which CPAP Masks are Best for Mouth Breathers?

    August 28, 2023
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    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...

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    Comparing the Best CPAP Cleaners of 2021 - SoClean, Lumin, or Sleep8

    August 28, 2023
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    This post was originally posted on June 27, 2018, and updated on Jan 22, 2022. If you are a regular CPAP user, cleaning your CPAP machine and accessories is a very important daily task. Here we discuss the major CPAP cleaners and sanitizers on the market and provide a complete overview of the best CPAP cleaners of 2021.

  • Can Sleep Apnea Cause Brain Damage?

    Can Sleep Apnea Cause Brain Damage?

    August 23, 2023
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    Sleep apnea and brain damage are related but only in the most severe cases. Because sleep apnea can cause reduced oxygen flow to the brain, there is always the risk that damage can result. It is important to know that only prolonged periods of lack of oxygen can cause any severe damage, so while the risk of severe brain damage exists, it is low.  

  • Our Top-Rated and Best ResMed CPAP Masks Of 2023

    Our Top-Rated and Best ResMed CPAP Masks Of 2023

    August 22, 2023
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    ResMed is one of the leading manufacturers of CPAP masks. Every year they introduce new technology and features that improve the experience for CPAP users. Review some of the best ResMed CPAP masks of 2023. 

  • How Long Does CPAP Take To Work?

    How Long Does CPAP Take To Work?

    August 16, 2023
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    The results for CPAP therapy can vary. The severity of your obstructive sleep apnea and your compliance all factor in. Many patients may have a rough start from discomfort with the equipment and stop therapy, which can delay progress. The more disciplined you become with your CPAP therapy, the sooner you will see results.  

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    How to Improve CPAP Compliance

    August 9, 2023
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    CPAP Compliance. It’s a word that people with obstructive sleep apnea hear regularly, and also concept that’s critically important in making sure patients experience the positive benefits their therapy is designed to provide. Simply put, compliance means following through with all aspects of therapy as prescribed by your physician. 

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    Learn How to Sleep Better

    August 2, 2023
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    Sleep. So much of it is a mystery: Why must we have it? What makes us do it? Do we enter a different world during sleep? But there’s one thing we know for certain about sleep: sleep is necessary for humans to function properly. Troubled sleep patterns or an overall lack of sleep can cause serious health problems within our bodies. If you’re one of the millions of people with sleep issues....

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    What is a BiPAP Machine?

    July 26, 2023
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    This post was originally posted on January 18, 2019 and updated on Janurary 17, 2022. Some patients who have been prescribed CPAP therapy may have difficulties tolerating it. Oftentimes, they experience difficulties breathing normally against their current pressure settings. If breathing becomes too difficult, the patient may require a BiPAP machine. BiPAP, or Bilevel Positive Airway Pr...
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    CPAP And Dry Eyes: Prevention And Treatment

    July 25, 2023
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    Dry eye is a condition in which your eyes do not produce enough tears to keep eyes moist. Dry eye can be temporary due to dry weather conditions and environmental factors, or become a consistent health problem in some individuals. 

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    What to Do if Your CPAP Machine Whistles

    July 18, 2023
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    The leading form of treatment for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP therapy. A CPAP machine uses a hose and mask to deliver a constant flow of pressured air to keep the airway open throughout the night and reduce apnea episodes. Some CPAP users...

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    What Causes Dry Mouth And Sore Throat?

    July 17, 2023
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    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 ...
  • Best Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks of 2022

    Best Nasal Pillow CPAP Masks of 2023

    July 10, 2023
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    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. 

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    Does A CPAP Machine Stop Snoring?

    July 5, 2023
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    One of the side effects of sleep apnea can be snoring. While the main side effects – daytime tiredness and mental fogginess – affect only the patient, snoring can affect anyone else in the room where the person sleeps. If you want to know about CPAP and snoring and how to stop snoring, then read on. Does CPAP Therapy Reduce or Eliminate Snoring? It can do just that, in many cases, but si...