Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when breathing is interrupted frequently during sleep because the airway is blocked (Obstructive or OSA) or the brain fails to send a signal to the muscles to breath (Central Sleep Apnea). In both cases, people with sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night and they do not get the oxygen and rest that their bodies and brains need. Anyone can have sleep apnea although the risk higher with age and weight gain for OSA. Articles in this section outline causes of sleep apnea, risks, therapy options, and the latest news on the subject of sleep apnea.

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Could OSA Lead to Early Alzheimer’s?

January 19, 2022 |

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. What is []

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Pros and Cons of Using Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

December 10, 2021 |

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 is available. The most common treatment for []

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Everything to Know About BiPAP Therapy

November 23, 2021 |

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. That’s where a BiPAP machine becomes an alternative treatment. BiPAP therapy []

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How is Parkinson’s Disease Related to Sleep Apnea?

October 28, 2021 |

There may be a link between sleep apnea and Parkinson’s disease. The impact of poor sleep on brain tissue over time may contribute to the early stages of the degenerative condition. Getting a good night’s rest is essential for brain well-being. That means sleep disorders need to be taken seriously to ensure future brain health. []

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Relationship of Sleep Apnea and Alcohol

October 13, 2021 |

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. Alcohol can also []

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Sleep Positions, Sleep Apnea and CPAP Masks

October 05, 2021 |

While we all have our favorite sleep position, the different positions can impact sleep apnea therapy. Fortunately, a proper-fitting CPAP mask can help maintain consistent CPAP compliance while letting you sleep your way. What Do Your Sleep Positions Mean? In addition to using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea therapy, there are also other ways []

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Best Standard CPAP Machines of 2021

September 21, 2021 |

When it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are the gold standard of treatment. These machines are quiet, compact, and deliver only the desired level of pressure to help you sleep through the night uninterrupted. Considering you use your CPAP machines every night, it is important to find one []

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Best CPAP Cleaning Machines of 2021

August 11, 2021 |

Cleaning your CPAP machine and accessories is essential to therapy success. CPAP cleaning machines and sanitizers help prevent the buildup of germs, bacteria and viruses on your equipment. Here is a list of some of the best CPAP cleaning machines of 2021, according to our customers.  SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner Editor Review The SoClean 2 []

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Best Full-Face CPAP Masks of 2021

July 28, 2021 |

Choosing a CPAP mask is difficult, especially for new patients. From sleeping position to type of CPAP mask, there are a lot of things to consider. This list breaks down the best full-face CPAP masks of 2021, according to our customers. Full Face Masks for Side Sleepers The common complaint among side sleepers is that []

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What is the Best Travel CPAP Machine of 2021?

July 07, 2021 |

Looking to take your CPAP machine on the road? Here are some of the best travel CPAP machines for 2021. Side-by-Side Comparison of the Top-rated Travel CPAP Machine of 2021 Features ResMed AirMini Travel CPAP Machine HDM Z2 Auto Travel CPAP Machine Somnetics Transcend 3 Auto Mini CPAP Machine The Somnera System Philips Respironics DreamStation []

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Philips Launches New DreamStation 2 CPAP

April 13, 2021 |

Philips Respironics has launched a new and improved auto CPAP machine. The development of the Advanced DreamStation 2 has refined the overall auto CPAP machine into a lighter, more compact unit. New features have been added, in addition to a complete redesign – all focused on enhancing CPAP therapy for patients.  A Smaller, Lighter Auto []

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CPAP Therapy Increases Adult Physical Activity

March 31, 2021 |

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 []

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How to Prevent Nose Sores from CPAP Mask Use

January 15, 2021 |

A common complaint from many CPAP users is nasal soreness, both inside and around the nose. While nose sores are a common side effect of CPAP therapy, they do not need to define your experience. Understanding why these nose sores occur is the first step to preventing them. Can CPAP Cause Sores in the Nose?  []

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Best CPAP Masks of 2020 – Which Is the Right One for You?

December 21, 2020 |

After a CPAP machine, the most important part of your PAP therapy is your CPAP mask. Most customers may try more than four masks before finding the right one. Manufacturers are continuously innovating and creating new mask designs for comfort, style and effectiveness. We decided to look at what our customers were saying about the latest CPAP []

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Positional Therapy for Sleep Apnea

October 27, 2020 |

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 []

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Types of CPAP Masks

October 02, 2020 |

When beginning CPAP therapy, selecting the right mask can mean the difference between compliance and non-compliance. CPAP masks come in different types to provide comfort for a variety of users. With so many options, it can be overwhelming to choose which one suits you best. But, it’s important to make sure each user gets the []

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ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine Review

July 28, 2020 |

ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP Machine Review by Dr. Brandon Peters Upon its release in mid-2014, The CPAP Shop provided a ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet CPAP Machine to Brandon Peters, MD, for review. Dr. Peters is a board-certified neurology sleep medicine specialist who currently practices at Pulmonary and Sleep Associates of Marin in Novato, CA and []

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CTE vs Sleep Apnea

June 19, 2020 |

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a neurodegenerative brain disease attributed to repeated blows to the head. Initially referred to as “punch-drunk syndrome,” CTE commonly affects impact sports athletes, such as boxers, hockey players, and football players. CTE diagnoses have also been confirmed in combat veterans and victims of domestic abuse that have experienced repeated []

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How to Sleep Better with CPAP

June 17, 2020 |

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, sleep apnea affects approximately 22 million people.1Thankfully, for those who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), treating and managing your OSA can be simple and effective. Most physicians recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as a first-line treatment for OSA. With CPAP therapy, a device delivers pressurized []

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Tips for Dry Mouth – CPAP Mask Tactics

May 05, 2020 |

How to Eliminate Dry Mouth from CPAP?  Dry mouth and its impact on a good night’s sleep tends to be a common issue for some CPAP users. A dry mouth or throat leads to various nasal problems such as congestion and soreness, so it is imperative that any CPAP user understand the causes and remedies []

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What Are The Side Effects of Using a CPAP Machine?

May 05, 2020 |

A CPAP machine offers a lot of benefits from improved sleep to feeling more alert and rested during the day. Because frequent lack of quality sleep can also contribute to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and early onset of dementia, there are long-term health advantages to CPAP therapy. However, like any medical treatment, your CPAP []

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Am I at Higher Risk for Coronavirus if I Have Sleep Apnea?

April 09, 2020 |

While there is no evidence that individuals with sleep apnea are at an increased risk of getting Coronavirus, all CPAP/BiPAP users should take extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. It is also important to note that using a CPAP or BiPAP machine does not help prevent Coronavirus. The CDC currently lists certain []

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Truckers and Sleep Apnea

February 28, 2020 |

Sleep apnea negatively impacts the well-being and health of nearly 20 million undiagnosed Americans.1 Left untreated, this sleep disorder is tied to both short- and long-term health complications. For people who make their living driving, untreated sleep apnea impacts the ability to focus and slows reaction times. It may also contribute to daily headaches. A []

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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Memory Loss?

January 22, 2020 |

The long-term health impact of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be more damaging than once thought. We already know that untreated sleep apnea is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression, to name a few. However, new research suggests that untreated sleep apnea may cause significant deficits in the cerebral cortex, or gray matter, []

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Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Apnea, and Your Health

September 16, 2019 |

Sleep deprivation is officially a national health crisis according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 In 2016, it was reported that one-third of adults fail to get the recommended seven hours of sleep.2 Yet, most Americans view their lack of sleep as a harmless result of stress or their busy lifestyle. In []