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Finding the right therapy for you May 04 2016

Getting used to sleep therapy can be difficult, just like any new situation. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is the standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and delivers continuous pressure while you sleep. This pressure is determined during your sleep study. However, some people have issues with exhaling against the constant pressure, especially those with higher pressure settings. Bilevel positive airway pressure is another option that is similar...

Traveling with Your PAP Therapy April 04 2016

Don’t forget your PAP machine! Even if you’re only going to be gone for a few days, you still need to sleep well. Your PAP machine will help you enjoy your trip even more by giving you the restful sleep you need. You’ll wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. Without it, your trip might not turn out as planned. Also, don’t forget to disconnect the heated humidifier...

Boost Your Health with PAP and Exercise March 11 2016

Your sleep therapy is prescribed to help you sleep better, but it also provides other health benefits. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine illustrates how PAP therapy helps people sleep better, while also helping to reduce blood pressure, insulin resistance, systemic hypertension, and cardiovascular risk.1, 2 When you combine your PAP therapy with a weight loss program, the benefits are even greater. With the addition of a weight loss program, reductions...

Cardiovascular Health & PAP Therapy February 11 2016

  How CPAP can help your heart Your sleep therapy is prescribed to help you sleep better, but it also provides other health benefits. It is well established that sleep apnea is closely linked with heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and ‘cardiometabolic syndrome’, which combines many of these conditions. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation issued a scientific statement on Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease in...

Is a High-Deductible Health Plan right for me? January 28 2016

  Will it save me money? That's the most important question when it comes to a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), and really all healthcare. Also known as "consumer-directed health plans," HDHPs are great for cutting costs on your premium each month, but you may end up paying more if you have a lot of medical expenses. Most HDHPs have a deductible of at least $1,300, so if you know you'll be...

Are you using your therapy? January 14 2016

  "Drugs don't work in patients who don't take them." - C. Everett Koop, Former US Surgeon General This clever quote mentions drugs specifically, but it applies to all types of treatment. Using the therapy you've been prescribed is vitally important for your health. Whether you're a CPAP user or need continuous oxygen, your therapy has been prescribed by your doctor to address and manage your condition. To get results from your...

Protect yourself from colds and flu August 26 2015

Routine maintenance of your CPAP equipment can help manage the spread of cold and flu. Standard steps to help prevent the spread of the virus include to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Wearing a mask on your face is a very up-close and personal experience. You wouldn't share it with other people, but you could be sharing it with unwanted germs and bacteria.  If...

Talk to your doctor July 08 2015

Do all of your doctors know about the therapy you use? If you are on CPAP or oxygen therapy, be sure to let all of your doctors know. Particularly if you have switched doctors since you were first diagnosed, they may not be aware of your condition. This becomes critical before surgery when you have sleep apnea, particularly for the recovery process when you will likely need to use your...

Sleep or die? Sounds serious. June 19 2015

CNN just published an article entitled, “Sleep or die – growing body of research warns of heart attacks, strokes.” It is hard to overstate the importance of sleep to our overall health. It is a time of restoration and repair, when our body recovers from everything we’ve done the day before, and prepares us for the day to come. Negative things start to happen to you when you don’t sleep...

How active are you this summer? June 11 2015

Studies show getting plenty of exercise can actually help you sleep better. Many people have trouble getting to sleep, and a new study in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity indicates exercise could be an effective ‘non-pharmaceutical’ option to helping you get to sleep. Especially if you are new to sleep therapy, this could help you as you adjust to sleeping with your CPAP. The time of day has...

Do you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day? June 01 2015

If you're not waking up in the morning with the mojo to get your day started, first make sure you are getting enough sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours for most adults; each person has slightly different sleep requirements. If you are sleeping with your CPAP regularly and start to feel excessively sleepy during the day, your equipment could be the culprit. Replace leaky masks and...

If you snooze, you lose.. weight! May 27 2015

Sleep deprivation puts people more at risk for obesity.  Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of healthy sleep can be an effective weight loss method.. This is because without healthy sleep, the body’s endocrine system begins to have serious problems.  Here’s how ‘Hunger’ hormones are impacted by your sleep: Leptin is a metabolic hormone that suppresses appetite and makes you feel full. More sleep helps the body produce more...
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