Monthly Archives: March 2013

Nightmares Caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Nightmares Caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A common oversight of obstructive sleep apnea has had a negative effect on sleep apnea patients sleep. It should be recognized how to reduce nightmares caused by obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can easily trigger nightmares and night terrors due to the lack of airflow to the brain and body while sleeping. Nightmares can occur in any state of sleep, so it’s very possible that sleep apnea respiratory problems can cause nightmares. Many patients have described bad dreams that involved the feeling of drowning and suffocation. An effective relief to this issue, is the use of sleep apnea treatments; CPAP machines and masks. A study has shown that CPAP therapy has helped eliminate apneic episodes and interruptions during sleep. These interruptions were decreased by increasing the patient’s oxygen saturation which then decreased the amount of nightmares. In some cases leading to no nightmares at all.

It’s crucial to CPAP therapy that users find the best fitting mask possible. Having an improper fit can fail to alleviate the apnea episodes during sleep. A leaking or improper fitting mask may also cause daytime sleepiness or other long term major health risks. Finding the right masks may take time but is a key element to CPAP therapy and eliminating nightmares caused by obstructive sleep apnea.

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Remember an improperly fitted mask can cause leakage and decrease the positive effects of CPAP therapy. For this reason finding the perfect fit mask is very important to this process. Those who are living with moderate to severe OSA, finding the proper CPAP machine and mask can lead to a much better sleep, an overall healthier life and lessened nightmares caused by obstructive sleep apnea.

Nightmares Caused by Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly

Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly

Cleaning CPAP equipment properly is an important element for effective sleep apnea therapy. Correct knowledge of upkeep and cleaning a device is key to CPAP treatment. During the initial use of a CPAP machine, there is often information overload. While learning about the diagnosis, a type of equipment is either prescribed or suggested. After all items are acquired it is essential to understanding the importance of cleaning CPAP equipment properly.

The time required for the following instructions takes less than one hour.

Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly Instructions:

1. First unplug your CPAP machine from the power source. This is to avoid the possibility of electrical shock.

2. Disconnect your mask from the CPAP tubing. Remove the headgear from the mask and any other pieces that are easily detachable. For a quick mask cleaning rememdy respshop.com carries easy to use CPAP Mask Cleansing Wipes.

3. Separate the CPAP tubing from the humidifier or the machine if it directly connects.

4. Remove the humidifier or water chamber from the CPAP machine.

5. Using a damp soft cloth with warm water. Lightly wipe down the outside of the CPAP machine.

6. Add a small amount of nonabrasive dish soap to a small tub or sink full of water.

7. Fully submerge the connectors, tubing, headgear and mask into the water. While allowing the other items to soak, gently rub down all items. Next, allow the soapy water to run through the tubing. Then let the items soak for 25 – 30 minutes.

8. Rinse thoroughly and place items on a clean towel and let them air dry. Remember these items should be washed this way daily.

9. The water chamber or humidifier should also be cleaned with a mild soap and hot water weekly. Make sure to rinse thoroughly. After allowing your chamber or humidifier to air dry, be sure to only use distilled water. This is very important in order to avoid the risk of illness and the build-up of hard minerals within the humidifier.

10. Check your CPAP machine instructions for filter replacement, most of the newer equipment has a washable pollen filter and a disposable filter. It is recommended that these disposable filters be replaced at least every 3 months.

11. Be sure that all equipment has been given enough time air dry, then reassemble the machine parts. Replace the headgear to your mask and connect the mask to your tubing and connect the tubing directly back to the humidifier or directly to the CPAP machine. Once all the equipment is connected, briefly turn the machine on and attempt to detect any air leaks that you weren’t previously aware of.

12. If you are having issues with your sleep apnea, please immediately consult your doctor. If you believe your CPAP machine is malfunctioning make sure to contact your machines provider or manufacturer for any possible repairs.

Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly Tips:

1. An important step to CPAP therapy, is to keep the equipment clean. This will help prevent bacteria, mold and hard mineral build within the equipment.

2. If you are noticing or experiencing sickness make sure to thoroughly clean you equipment and be sure to do so more often.

3. Be sure to follow any instructions given by your medical provider on cleaning and maintenance.

4. Use only gentle soap on your equipment. Avoid any perfumes or abrasive cleaning solutions on your equipment. Using soaps with dyes or perfumes can irritate your lungs and can possibly cause sickness. Also remember to only use distilled water in your humidifier. These can irritate your lungs and make you sick. The humidifier must only contain distilled water.

5. Most equipment is not made to be dishwasher safe. Be sure to check the specifics of each item before attempting to cleaning CPAP equipment properly.

Items Needed for Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly:

 

• CPAP equipment (includes CPAP machine, mask, headgear, tubing & humidifier)
• Small tub or sink full of warm water
• Mild dish soap (antibacterial is preferred)
• Towel and soft cloth

 CPAP Mask Cleansing Wipes - Cleaning CPAP Equipment Properly

CPAP Masks for a Mouth Breather

CPAP Masks for a Mouth Breather

A common problem with Nasal CPAP mask users is mouth breathing. When you’re mouth breathing, pressured air can get lost through your mouth, which decreases the air pressure and reduces the amount of air entering your breathing passage. As a result the treatment may not be as effective as expected. This has affected many patients suffering from sleep apnea. The cause of mouth breathing can be nasal congestion, allergies or a physical disorder of the nose, such as a deviation of the nasal septum. respshop.com carries a variety of CPAP Masks for a Mouth Breather.

Chin straps are often used to help correct mouth breathing by assisting in closing the jaw. A chin strap is a made of fabric and elastic, often fitted with Velcro, that can be secured around the top of your head along with the lower jaw to help close the mouth.

Having a nasal obstruction and breathing trouble through the nose which leads to the need of breathing out of the mouth. In this case use of the full face or total face mask may be necessary. A full face mask covers both the nose and mouth and can usually fit better than nasal masks.

Full face CPAP masks for a mouth breather has these advantages:

• Air loss can be reduced which enhances treatment even for those without a mouth breathing problem.

• Dry throat and nose problems can be resolved

• Reduces the discomfort caused from a cold byway of smoothing out each breathe.

The comfort of a full face mask derives from a soft cushion and a forehead pad which allows an open area around the eyes to enable viewing to be unobstructed. Other options available for full face CPAP masks for a mouth breather, are total or entire face masks. respshop.com carries Respironics FitLife Total Face CPAP Mask with Headgear and the Respironics Total Face Mask.

Recent advancement to the full face mask has removed the forehead pad to further remove any possible obstruction. Two masks are currently offered at respshop.com with this technology. The ResMed Quattro™ FX Full Face Mask with Headgear offers an easy fit while sitting lightly on the lower end of the nose bridge and cupping the space between the lower lip and chin. The Quattro™ FX for Her offers the same comfort but in stylish soft pink color. The Respironics FullLife Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear gives the user minimal obstruction and includes a chin strap to assist in having a comfortable and dependable fit. The FullLife Fit Pack includes the three available cushion sizes; small, medium and large, which is great for new users who may not know the proper size to purchase. These choices allow the user to forgo the worry and focus on what’s truly important – a great night’s sleep.

Overall, patients with a mouth breathing issue, a full face mask can allow for comfort and a better overall treatment than a nasal mask or nasal pillow mask. These CPAP Masks for a Mouth Breather enhances the quality of the patients sleep and can help improve the quality of their life.

CPAP Masks for a Mouth Breather

All Full Face Masks

 ResMed Quattro™ FX Full Face Mask with Headgear - CPAP Masks for a Mouth BreatherResMed Quattro™ FX Full Face Mask with Headgear

 Respironics FullLife Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear - CPAP Masks for a Mouth BreatherRespironics FullLife Full Face CPAP Mask with Headgear

 
ResMed Quattro™ FX for her Full Face Mask with Headgear - CPAP Masks for a Mouth BreatherQuattro™ FX for Her

 Respironics FitLife Total Face CPAP Mask with Headgear - CPAP Masks for a Mouth BreatherRespironics FitLife Total Face CPAP Mask with Headgear

 Respironics Total Face Mask - CPAP Masks for a Mouth BreatherRespironics Total Face Mask

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013

Mark your calendars for this year’s Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013 is on April 18th, launched by The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) and the Wake Up to Sleep program.

The ASAA is a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of sleep apnea, as well as pushing for more advancement in sleep apnea treatments.  Much like the ASAA, the Wake up and Sleep program, produced by Resmed, is a support community intended to help those who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Their site includes: personsalized chat with sleep coaches, helpful information about sleep apnea and sleep apnea treatment, helpful blogs and FAQ’s and helpful hints about getting the most out of your CPAP machine.

This year the ASAA will be showcasing events to help raise awareness about Sleep Apnea with a little help from Resmed’s Wake Up and Sleep program. There are several online events that will lead up to the official Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013 activities.

On March 20th, Twitter users can “tweet” any questions that they have about sleep apnea or any concerns about sleep apnea treatment. Several experts will be answering those questions starting at 8pm Eastern time, 5pm Pacific time. Experts include: Edward Grandi, executive director at ASAA; William Headapohl, a Wake Up to Sleep Coach and a board member of the ASAA; Adam Amdur, the board chair and patient advocate of the ASAA, and Michael Breus Ph.D., “The Sleep Doctor”.

Starting on April 10th there will be a Sleep Apnea discussion starting at 8:00-9:00 PM ET (5:00-6:00 PM PT). The discussion will be led by Edward Grandi of the ASAA and will be featured by “Waking America Up to Sleep Apnea.” The main objective of the discussion is to inform viewers about living with sleep apnea and how patients can be more involved in establishing awareness to the public. The discussion will be informative to those who have just been diagnosed with sleep apnea, as well as for seasoned patients.

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013 activities, as of now, will come to a close on April 18th. This final activity will be a compilation of videos that will tell the story of patients experience and struggles through sleep apnea treatment. The video is said to “engage and educate” sleep apnea patients as well as the public. You too can take part in the video by visiting and submitting your inspiring story at https://www.wakeuptosleep.com/waking-america-up-to-sleep-apnea/

To take part in the multiple Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013 events please feel free to visit www.sleepapnea.org as well as https://www.wakeuptosleep.com/.
ResMed - Wake Up to Sleep - Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 2013

Traveling with a CPAP Machine

Traveling with a CPAP Machine

Rest don’t Stress

Traveling can be a very stressful endeavor and traveling with a CPAP machine, may sound like a recipe for disaster. Rest assure respshop.com will help traveling with a CPAP machine easier than you think.

The most efficient way for traveling with a CPAP machine is to have a smaller travel sized machine. These machines are less bulky and provide the same functions as you’re home machines.

The Transcend Travel II is a traveler’s dream. It’s the lightest machine that respshop.com sells, weighing just over a pound. This travel machine offers humidity management via heat moisture exchanger. This provides the machine with the comfort and noise free operation. The Travel II also has rechargeable CPAP machine travel batteries available to ensure you have enough power for your travels. This machine is very user friendly and designed for a comfortable night’s sleep, a perfect choice for a mobile traveler.

Our other travel machine is the Zzz-PAP Traveler CPAP machine which performs at the same level as some of the more expensive machines. Being one of the most compact and quiet traveler machine, it is also the least expensive machine at just under $200 US. If purchased with a humidifier at $258.99, the size of the machine is a little larger than a loaf of bread. This machine includes universal power supply, altitude adjustment, for portability and reliability, and ramp time range of 0-45 minutes. The Zzz-PAP is simply the best bang for your buck machine.

A padded travel case is highly recommended for both machines to ensure the safety of your equipment. A CPAP machine is a very important and expensive product, so keep your travel case close to you while traveling and treat it as any other carry-on while traveling by plane.

When passing through security check points it is highly recommended that you notify the Transportation Security Administration Agents (TSA) that you are planning to carry your CPAP machine on the plane. Make sure you mark travel bag with a medical equipment tag to allow the Agents to treat it as such.

To allow traveling with a CPAP machine on the plane, TSA agents will need to perform a few tests to make sure that your device is safe on their airlines.

The machine will first need to be scanned with the X-ray device. To ensure the safety of your machine, it is recommended to keep the bag open and place it inside of a security tub provided at a checkpoint. The machine will then be tested with a cotton swab on the surface to verify that no explosive elements are present on the surface. Requests can be made that the Agent use a clean pair of gloves while performing the tests. After all tests are passed, you can now board the plane and use your machine while in flight.

To ensure that you will be able to use your machine on flight, here are some key points to consider:

Using CPAP on plane:

  • You are allowed to use a CPAP machine on the plane since it is a medical device
  • You will need to be seated in first class or business class to have access to power
  • Bring an adapter so you can use your CPAP on the plane
  • Take your machine as a carry-on, so that it does not become misplaced

Following this advice should lead to a less stressful and more comfortable traveling experience.

Be sure to call your Airliner for additional information about traveling with a CPAP machine.

 Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine - Traveling with a CPAP Machine Zzz-PAP Silent Traveler CPAP Machine - Traveling with a CPAP Machine