Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sleep Apnea CPAP Twitter Feed

Sleep Apnea CPAP Twitter Feed

Sleep Apnea CPAP Twitter Feed – respshop.com

Follow us on Twitter for our Sleep Apnea CPAP Twitter Feed, on sleep apnea and CPAP information. Our Sleep Apnea CPAP Twitter Feed will feature information on new products, cpap therapy tips and other related information. The manufacturers we cover are; ResMed, Respironics, DeVilbiss, Fisher & Paykel, SleepWeaver, Somnetics and more. If you ever have a specific question or concern please submit a request for additional information or how to video/photo log to sales@respshop.com. We will then look into the product you are interested in and create a blog article featuring the information you have requested. Getting this kind of feedback is crucial for us, to be able to reach out and deliver the best possible customer experience is our goal.

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Daily Reasons to Get Outside for CPAP Therapy

Daily Reasons to Get Outside for CPAP Therapy

There are many Daily Reasons to Get Outside for CPAP Therapy. Sleep apnea can be improved and sometimes even cured by way of diet, exercise and weight loss. An easy way to get your motor running is to go outside and just adventure to see what you may find. I take 15 – 30 minutes a day to walk, job, take a bike ride or skate to an area, just to observe the surroundings. I want to share my reasons and hope that it will inspire you to see what you can find.

Daily Reasons to Get Outside for CPAP Therapy – Photo Log

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8/7/2013 – Find Flowers

Find some flowers, a plant or tree to plant in your garden or yard. Its a great way to get outside for a healthy way to exercise and produce great looking results!



Featured CPAP Machine

pr-system-one-remstar-auto-60-series-ds560tsRespironics PR System One REMstar 60 Series Auto CPAP Machine with Humidifier is Philips ultimate CPAP device that can be expanded to include a humidifier for optional versatility. Philips designed the Respironics PR System One REMstar 60 Series, to be a no nonsense auto CPAP machine. The device features proprietary technologies such as Flex Technology, System One Resistance Control, and Advanced Event Detection, Reporting and Response.


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8/6/2013 – Tired of Work?

Tired desk workers of the world, don’t despair! Your salvation this afternoon, lies not in more caffeine; but rather in a five minute stretch, courtesy of Christine Miller, virtual yogi, and Million Minute Month Spirit Guide


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8/5/2013 – Healthy Heart

A study by @American_Heart found that people practicing healthy heart habits had a 38% lower risk of developing cancer. Now that’s a reason to get outside and get the heart pumping.


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8/2/2013 – Register for a Class!

Use your lunch break or go after work, to find at least one class to register for. The semester starts soon @ Lake Washington Institute of Technology classes begin September 22nd.


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7/31/2013 – Find a Park Bench

7/31/2013 Find a park bench! Grab a book, crossword puzzle or enjoy the view and take photographs. A Cool Site Dedicated to Park Benches


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7/30/2013 – Picnic w/ Friends

Find a nice picnic table and meet up with friends for lunch or even just to chat. Who knows what else you will find on your adventure.

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/picnic_sites.asp

A list of Seattle area parks. I did a Google search for “parks with picnic tables seattle”, replace your local area to find a great spot.


Featured CPAP Machine

Resmed_S9_AutoSet_H5i_36025ResMed S9 AutoSet with H5i Humidifier & ClimateLine Tube The newest generation of ResMed S9 CPAP machines has changed the landscape of CPAP technologies, removing the conventional sounds and performance. Instead, the ResMed S9 AutoSet CPAP machine has created quieter, more comfortable and more effective Auto CPAP and traditional CPAP machines.


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7/29/2013 – Playground Fun

Take your kids, grandchildren or family to your local playground. Its a great time to interact and get some exercise
http://www.kidsplayparks.com/ has over 4,000 playgrounds listed by area.


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7/26/2013 – Basketball & Sports

Sports, like basketball is great for cardio and light lifting. Try to find individual or group sport activities that will keep you looking forward to going outside. Seattle area outside courts http://www.seattle.gov/parks/basketball.asp


Featured CPAP Machine

Fisher_Paykel_ICON_Auto_CPAP_Humidifier_ICONAAN

The Fisher & Paykel ICON™ Auto-Adjusting CPAP device presents one of the most compact and stylish designs found in the market. This excellent device exceeds standards and also blends in with bedroom surroundings. You can also get rid of your traditional alarm clock as the device has a built in clock with MP3 customizable alarm for versatility found only in the Fisher and Paykel Icon Auto. Make sure to use a CPAP device after performing one of your daily reasons to get outside for CPAP therapy.


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7/25/2013 – Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing even just a few lengths gets the heart rate going and strength increasing. If this is a little too extreme, use stairs, curbs, inclined sidewalk etc. to get some exercise.


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7/24/2013 – Marymoor Park

A great trail or park makes for a new adventure every time. Take a walk, jog, bike ride or skate to your local trail or park for even more exercise. People, animals, sports and open air all reasons to get outside. Sunny, breezy, 82*.

Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide

Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide

The Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine has many versatile options for traveling and using the CPAP machine on the go. A few months ago we covered a story that was very inspiring about Transcend II Travel Camping and Hiking CPAP Machine – The Adventures of CPAP. The post praises a users ambition to use the Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine while hiking and camping. We were asked; “Is it possible to transport the Solar Charger while hiking?”, “Will the Solar Charger still charge while on my back?”. We have tested many options to discover a solution and also rule out doubts in our, Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide.

Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide – Supplies Needed

transcend-ii-solar-charger-travel-hiking-guideThe extra supplies for setting up the Transcend II Solar Charger for hiking, are very common. Additional items to the Solar Charger are; a backpack, PVC pipe and zip or cable ties.

The backpack we are using had preexisting loops that allows the PVC pipe to slide through for easy transportation.

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If the bag being used doesn’t have similar loops to this, they can be sewn on. The Solar Charger has two rivets, which will support the Solar Charger on the PVC for transportation by using the cable ties. The length and width of the Solar Charger is 30″ from top to bottom and 21″ from side to side. Make sure that the PVC pipe is at least 6 inches wider than the solar charger for proper support. The PVC pipe length that we have used is 36″. The weight of the solar charger is very light, weighing only one pound.

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Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide

Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide – Battery Charging

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Now that we affixed the Solar Charger to the backpack, it is time to test the Solar Charger’s ability to charge in climate and conditions. For our Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide, we adventured to a location near Issaquah, WA on 7/22/2013. It was overcast with the forecast stating the current temperature at 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Using the charger in even the lowest of light conditions allowed the battery to continue to charge. It is important to note that at a lower light quality the battery will take longer to achieve a full charge.
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Charging is denoted by the red indicator light, located near the upper left corner on the solar charger. We were able to get a positive charge while under trees, shaded areas and throughout different elements of the cloudy weather.


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Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide – Overview

Getting sleep apnea therapy while on the go, has been revolutionized by the Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine. We hope that the Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide has been informative on how to charge and utilize the Transcend II battery options, while hiking and adventuring.

Transcend II Solar Charger Travel Hiking Guide – How To Demonstration Video

Sleeping Disorders Across America

On July 17th, The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) released a study which found that of the 70 million global sleep disorder sufferers; nearly 50 percent had chronic disorders. 40 million American’s are suspected to be suffering from sleeping disorders and with such a high percentage suggested to be chronic, one must wonder at the state American sleep. What are the most common sleeping disorders within the United States and what can be done to ensure a better night’s sleep for the American people?  Let’s take a look.

The Five Most Common Sleep Disorders 

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While there are several different types of sleeping disorders, there seems to be a high percentage of Americans that experience one of the five most common sleeping syndromes.

  1. Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder
  2. Insomnia
  3. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  4. Narcolepsy
  5. Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

While some of these common sleeping disorders may seem

like a simple inconvenience (the twitching of RLS or the snoring of OSA) they can actually have a dramatic impact on the sleep cycles, physical health and emotional attitude of those suffering. That is why it is important to understand the signs of a sleep disorder and to speak with a physician about sleep options to lead to a healthier you.

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

 

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Delayed sleep phase disorder is classified when a sleeper’s biological clock falls out of sync from a typical sleeping pattern. When the person is able to sleep they receive a full night’s of rest but as a form of insomnia, this disorder impairs a person from falling to sleep at a desired time. This results in sleeping in, drowsiness when awoken and even day time sleepiness.

There are two therapies used for this sleeping disorder- Chronotherapy and Light therapy. Light therapy uses bright lighting to emulate sunlight for several hours in the morning while encouraging the sleeper to avoid bright lighting up to four hours before bedtime. This can help reset the biological clock in a way similar to that of Chronotherapy. Chronotherapy re-sets a person’s biological clock by encouraging the sleeper to stay up and arise three hours later each day. This is done over a several day time frame and “manually” re-sets the bio logical clock to a normal sleeping pattern.

Insomnia

 

Sleeping with Untreated Sleep Apnea

The sleeping disorder of Insomnia is one of the most common across the nation with 60% of American adults stating they are affected by it at least once weekly. Insomnia is classified as a medical condition that showcases an inability to go to sleep. Most sufferers of this disorder report feeling depressed, have difficulty getting to sleep, high levels of stress and low concentration levels. Typical treatments for this disorder include sleep treatment through behavior therapy, antidepressants and sleep aid medications.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

 

Most of our readers are familiar with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and this disorder affects 2% of women and 4% of men in the United States.  For those who are unfamiliar with OSA, it is the temporary blockage of breathing during sleep cycles as a result of a blockage of the airway. This means that the sleep cycle is interrupted several hundred if not thousands of times a night- resulting in listless, un-restful and unproductive sleep. Suffers of Sleep Apnea often experience several emotional effects as well as drowsiness and significantly lowered physical health (obesity, heart disease and more).

Treatment for OSA usually begins with a sleep study and then moves to a prescribed CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machine. This machine allows a continuous flow of air through the airways, resulting in consistent breathing which allows the body to flow through sleep cycles without interruption.

Narcolepsy

 

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Narcolepsy is found in roughly 100,000 Americans and is classified as a disorder where the brain’s mechanisms malfunction and cause extreme sleep situations. A sufferer of this disorder may fall asleep at random resulting in car accidents (if the suffer was in a car), incomplete sentences (falling asleep mid-sentence), or unproductive work days (falling asleep at a desk).  Those suffering from Narcolepsy are generally treated through medications such as Modafinil (which promotes alertness) and behavior as well as sleep therapy.

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

This sleeping disorder is classified as tingling, itching or aching in the lower leg when a person is falling asleep. RSL can be found in roughly 5% of adults and typically runs in families. It can also be accompanied with random and periodic limb movements that may last for hours or minutes after the RLS suffer has fallen asleep. Typical treatment for this sleeping condition is the prescription of the drug Levodopa which has been used to treat other muscle control diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

The Next Step

Now that we’ve briefly explored the most common sleeping disorders in America, the next step is to visit a physician. If you feel you are experiencing any of the symptoms of these disorders, discuss it with your doctor and see what they recommend. We hope we’ve shed some light on the most common sleeping disorders in America and that you may be able to diagnose a disorder for better health and a good night’s rest.

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CPAP Machines Are Helping Veterans Overcome PTSD

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CPAP machines have made a large difference in the millions of American’s lives who suffer from the Sleep Apnea disorder but new studies have found that CPAP machines are also making a difference in the lives of veterans who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) as well as PTSD.

Sadeka Tamanna, MD, MPH, is the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Laboratory at G.V. (Sonny) VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi and she reports that, “One out of six veterans suffers from PTSD, which affects their personal, social and productive life. Nightmares are one of the major symptoms that affect their daily life, and prevalence of OSA is also high among PTSD patients and can trigger their nightmares.”

Tamanna conducted the study which determined that CPAP machines are helping veterans overcome PTSD and the results showed that the “mean number of nightmares per week fell significantly with CPAP use, and reduced nightmare frequency after starting CPAP was best predicted by CPAP compliance.”

This is quite an interesting study and if you care to read more, be sure to read the article on ScienceDaily.com.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130708143317.htm