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Sleep Apnea in Women

Women and Sleep Apnea

June 11, 2012 |

We typically associate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with men, but OSA is actually more likely to go undiagnosed in women than men. And snoring is just the tip of the iceberg: women who snore are about twice as likely to have high blood pressure. They also have a higher risk of depression. Additionally, []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

A Solution to Your CPAP Machine Woes – An APAP

February 03, 2012 |

One of the primary complaints among CPAP users and a reason why compliance occasionally falters after a brief initial period of CPAP use is intolerance to constant positive air pressure supplied by a standard CPAP machine. CPAP therapy is built on the principle of supplying air flow to maintain the integrity of the air passages []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials, Sleep Apnea

Fisher & Paykel Humidifier – The Pioneers of Humidification Technology for CPAP Machines

January 17, 2012 |

Interestingly, neither ResMed nor Phillips Respironics was the first CPAP manufacturer to add heated humidification to their CPAP machine.  In fact, it was Fisher & Paykel Healthcare back in the early 90’s that first introduced a humidifier and warm air into the CPAP circuit.  Because of Fisher & Paykel’s in-depth knowledge of ventilation in the []

CPAP Comparisons & Reviews

Comparing Fisher & Paykel Full Face CPAP Masks

January 09, 2012 |

Although Fisher & Paykel is best known for household appliances, the company also has a fairly significant healthcare business.  Fisher & Paykel also has a full line of CPAP equipment. Their product line includes the Icon CPAP line and a number of nasal, nasal pillow, and full face CPAP masks. In fact, some of Fisher []

CPAP Benefits

Benefits of Auto-adjusting CPAP Machines

December 13, 2011 |

Auto-adjusting CPAP machines (APAP) are designed to automatically adjust the amount of pressure delivered on a breathe by breathe basis.

CPAP Benefits

Is A Bipap Machine Right For You?

December 01, 2011 |

CPAP users have probably heard the term Bi-level, VPAP or BiPAP but are unclear about what it is and how it differs from a regular CPAP machine. Without getting too technical, there are a few key differences between a normal CPAP machine and the more complex BiPAP machine. As CPAP users are aware, a regular []

CPAP Benefits

Sleep Apena, CPAP and the Trucking Industry

October 18, 2010 |

The Trucking Industry is Struggling with Sleep Apnea Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has renewed its focus on helping to reduce fatigue in operators of various modes of transportation. The obvious risks for air, rail, marine and trucking operators are injury or death to themselves and others. However, hidden costs such as loss []

CPAP Payment & Insurance

Does Insurance Cover CPAP Machines?

October 15, 2010 |

Health care and the way Americans approach health care decisions have changed. This article discusses some of the potential changes for the sleep therapy device market.

Sleep Apnea in Women

Sleep Apnea in Women: CPAP for Women

September 24, 2010 |

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder believed to affect approximately 22 million Americans, with the majority of cases remaining undiagnosed or untreated.1 Traditional research shows that men are 2-3 times more likely to experience sleep apnea than women. However, new research suggests that these estimates could be low, as women could present symptoms differently.2 []

CPAP Comparisons & Reviews

Phillips Respironics PR System One Pro vs. Devilbiss IntelliPAP BiLevel S

September 10, 2010 |

Continue reading for a comparison guide for BiPAP machines.  If you were recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and prescribed a BiPAP machine by your physician, the good news is that technology has advanced significantly in the past few years.  However, BiPAP machines are generally more expensive than a standard CPAP machine. A Brief Summary of []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

CPAP Masks and CPAP Mask Replacement

August 27, 2010 |

Many patients do not understand the importance of replacing CPAP masks and parts on a regular basis. It is important to clean. your CPAP mask and tubing. You should replace parts such as cushions, headgear, and tubing on a regular basis.  This article discusses how ignoring the replacement timeline can lead to sleep therapy discomfort, mask []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

Travel CPAP & Batteries – All You Need to Know

August 18, 2010 |

CPAP patients should never sleep without their machines. That is why a number of CPAP manufacturers are producing travel CPAP machines – so users can continue their therapy on the go, away from home. However, for individuals who are camping or without access to power, a travel CPAP isn’t enough. Here is everything you need []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

Best Practices for Using A CPAP Machine

July 19, 2010 |

Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) keeps air passages open, making breathing easier. However, a large percentage of people who purchase CPAP machines stop using them, despite the obvious benefits. There are many common problems that patients experience while using the device, and most have simple solutions. Using []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

Solving CPAP Mask Problems

June 07, 2010 |

I Can’t Breathe with CPAP Mask Sometimes we get calls from CPAP patients using full-face CPAP masks calling in 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 []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

ResMed CPAP Uses and Tips

April 15, 2010 |

Snoring is one of the signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a medical condition causing the sleeper to stop breathing and, in turn, increases the risk of stroke or heart attack. About 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with (OSA).The most common treatment for moderate or severe OSA is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

How To Clean a CPAP Humidifier

December 25, 2009 |

Calcium and other minerals bond to like molecules and eventually collect on the surfaces in the cpap humidifier water chamber.

CPAP Shop News

How to Choose the Best CPAP Chin Strap For You

November 22, 2009 |

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.

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

CPAP Masks: Solving 3 Common Problems

July 31, 2009 |

For some people, just the thought of having to secure a plastic mask to their face is unpleasant. Sleep is a precious commodity to all. But it is particularly precious to the people suffering from sleep apnea. The idea of sleep which many of us take for granted now becomes a monumental undertaking. The build []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

How Often to Change CPAP Filters

July 23, 2009 |

There are two types of CPAP filters. Each type has its own purpose and must be maintained differently.

CPAP Comparisons & Reviews

Nasal Pillow Vs Nasal Mask: CPAP Mask Comparison

June 14, 2009 |

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 []

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment & Tips

Obesity is a Contributor of Chronic Snoring

June 14, 2009 |

According to The Center for Disease Control, obesity has hit epidemic proportions with more than 25% of Americans being obese[1]. Obesity brings with it many health-related problems that can be controlled and reduced with proper rest and diet. One such problem is obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep-disordered breathing condition. Understanding obesity, improving one’s diet, and []

CPAP Benefits

Sleep Sounder Even With Sleep Apnea

June 14, 2009 |

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 []

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment & Tips

Cycling Your Sleep

June 14, 2009 |

Sleep is an important part of our lives. Without enough of it our bodies collapse with fatigue. However, different people do sleep differently and their bodies require different amounts of sleep. Some people can sleep as little as 5 hours a night and function just fine day to day, and some people require more than []

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

Cleaning Calcium Deposits in CPAP Equipment

May 16, 2009 |

CPAP manufacturers suggest using distilled water in all CPAP machines and CPAP humidifiers. This measure goes a long way in keeping your CPAP equipment in good working order.

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

How To Clean Your CPAP Mask & Hose

April 10, 2009 |

Cleaning Your CPAP Mask and Hose An essential part of your CPAP therapy is maintaining your CPAP equipment. Keep a regular cleaning and replacement schedule to ensure your CPAP machine and accessories continue performing properly. Importance of Cleaning CPAP Mask and Hose Just like other household items, CPAP machines and their accessories are susceptible to []