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Do I have Sleep Apnea?

It’s 10:30 in the morning, and you’re falling asleep. Again. Even after all that coffee. You don’t know what’s wrong. You’d never had a problem waking up early before, but over the last two weeks, it’s been a tremendous struggle just to get out of bed, much less make it through an entire workday. You can’t keep your eyes open and people have noticed. It’s embarrassing, but you’re still not sure if this is actually a medical condition or just a sign that you should go to bed earlier. Do I have sleep apnea?

If you’ve ever felt like this, know that you’re not alone. If you’ve been feeling similar effects, or if you’re finding yourself waking up frequently or snoring loudly throughout the night, you may have obstructive sleep apnea. While some demographics are more prone to acquiring this condition than others, sleep apnea affects people of all ages, races, and genders, and it can arise at any time.

Ginger is one patient who never thought she’d have to worry about sleep apnea. When she was just 20 years old, she started noticing that she was falling asleep in class: “I could hardly stay awake, even after coffee. My head would bob downwards and I would wake up suddenly.” Initially confused by what was happening, Ginger’s symptoms only got worse: “I would have hallucinations. The lights would start moving and suddenly I thought people were waving at me.”

While Ginger tried to manage her symptoms, she found it tough to get an accurate diagnosis. Doctors, perhaps overlooking the chance that an otherwise healthy 20-year-old girl could have a condition that generally affects older and heavier people, initially struggled to give her answers: “I (saw) an immunologist, an ENT specialist, a plastic surgeon, and numerous other doctors. They didn’t work.” One physician even prescribed medication to treat narcolepsy, which killed her appetite without relieving any symptoms.

Eventually though, a clearer picture emerged for Ginger. Noting that loud snoring is oftentimes an indicator of sleep apnea, one doctor told Ginger to record herself while she slept one night: “People had always told me I snored and I found that… yeah, I snored. It was loud,” she said with a laugh. At that point, things clicked for the physician.

The doctor started Ginger on CPAP therapy, prescribing nightly use of a CPAP mask. Over time, her sleep apnea became manageable. She started sleeping more, and that, combined with CPAP equipment and regular exercise, made her sleep apnea manageable.

Initially, Ginger worried that the bulky looking masks would be weird and uncomfortable. Like anyone else, she went through an adjustment period acclimating to CPAP therapy. She isn’t married, so she didn’t have to wear the mask around others, but it’s worth mentioning that she might have found a partner or a spouse to provide support for her therapy.

Dan’s wife has sleep apnea, and he’s noticed a dramatic uptick in the quality of his wife’s sleep since she started CPAP therapy – as well as his own. When I asked Dan if he noticed a difference in how he slept he responded enthusiastically: “my sleep improved dramatically when she began to use her CPAP regularly… I am a light sleeper, and even if we went to sleep with her not snoring, she would often begin to snore in the middle of the night and I would awaken.” For Dan, it got so bad that he was having trouble sleeping enough to work effectively. They tried everything — “we even slept in separate bedrooms” – but nothing worked until CPAP.

Dan also offers a cautionary tale. At first, his wife didn’t like to use her CPAP mask, and avoided wearing it. After a time though, she began having heart palpitations and chest pains. She became convinced that her sleep apnea was causing them, and while Dan isn’t so sure, he has noticed that she’s been much healthier since she started using her machine nightly: “she would say her health improved, and I think it did also. (Her health problems) also helped her overcome the discomfort of using it.”

While there’s no telling whether there was a link between sleep apnea and Dan’s wife’s medical problems, sleep apnea is linked to heart disease, and CPAP therapy is very important. Sleep apnea can affect people in all demographics, and for anyone with the condition, proper and regular treatment can improve both health and quality of life. Adjusting to CPAP therapy, like any therapy, can take time. But the results justify the effort and, as Dan’s wife found, spouses and partners will almost always be supportive.

CPAP Equipment

Here at Respshop we strive to be your one-stop shop for CPAP equipment and supplies. Whether you’re looking for a CPAP, BiPAP, VPAP machine or a CPAP full face mask – we offer a large variety of CPAP equipment from top brand name manufacturers at deeply discounted prices. We carry all things CPAP, including continuous positive airway pressure machines, full face masks, headgear, hoses and water chambers. We know that finding the right sleep apnea equipment can sometimes feel overwhelming, that’s why our outstanding customer service representatives are here to help. Get in touch with us Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM Pacific Standard Time via our live chat, by calling 1-866-936-3754 or email us after hours at sales@respshop.com.

The cost of proper sleep apnea therapy can cost you some serious money, especially if you’re looking for full featured high-end auto CPAP machines. Respshop offers the widest selection of CPAP machines, full face & nasal masks anywhere online at great prices. Getting the right equipment for you is of utmost importance to achieve a better night’s rest through effective CPAP therapy. If you aren’t using a comfortable fitting mask or you’re using a CPAP machine without humidification – you’re less likely to be compliant in keeping up with your sleep apnea therapy. We have an unparalleled selection of the best CPAP equipment including the REMstar auto CPAP machine and the extremely comfortable Quattro FX, Comfort Classic and Comfort Gel CPAP masks. Use the right CPAP equipment and start sleeping healthier!

Get in Touch

Remember – respshop.com is the best place online to find the right sleep apnea equipment at the best prices – and we offer free shipping! Call us at 1-866-936-3754, or chat with us live Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM Pacific Standard Time. Additionally, you can always reach us after business hours by simply emailing, sales@respshop.com.

CPAP Price

Are you looking for the best CPAP price? Respshop is your one-stop shop for everything CPAP! Whether you’re looking for a CPAP machine, masks or supplies – we offer a wide selection of CPAP equipment from top brand name manufacturers for the lowest cost online. We carry everything from the best CPAP brands and equipment like ResMed, Philips Respironics, REMstar, Quattro FX and Pilairo. Finding the right discount CPAP equipment can sometimes feel extremely overwhelming, that’s why our outstanding customer service representatives are here to help. Get in touch with us today and save on your sleep apnea equipment! We’re available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM Pacific Standard Time via our live chat, by calling 1-866-936-3754 or email us after hours at sales@respshop.com.

Respshop offers the widest selection of CPAP machines, full face & nasal masks anywhere online at great prices. Getting the best equipment for you that’s comfortable is the only way to achieve a better night’s rest through effective CPAP therapy. If you’re mask isn’t comfortable or you’re using a CPAP machine without humidification – you’re less likely to continue with your sleep apnea therapy. We have an unmatched selection of the best CPAP equipment including the REMstar auto CPAP machine and the extremely comfortable Quattro FX Full Face Mask. Use the right CPAP equipment and start sleeping healthier!

Remember – respshop.com is the best place online to find the right sleep apnea equipment like machines, humidifiers and masks at the best prices. Additionally, we can also offer free shipping on most products! Call us at 1-866-936-3754, or chat with us live Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM Pacific Standard Time. Additionally, you can always reach us after business hours by simply emailing, sales@respshop.com.

CPAP for Sleep Apnea

Are you ready to finally sleep comfortably? At Respshop we offer the widest selection of CPAP equipment and supplies for treating sleep apnea. We carry everything from the top brand name manufacturers of continuous positive airway pressure machines, like ResMed and Respironics. Not only do we have a huge selection of CPAP masks, CPAP machines and supplies – we can offer them to you for the best prices online. Get in touch with us today – feel free to call us at 1-866-936-3754, or chat with us live weekdays from 8 AM through 5 PM Pacific Time. If you can’t reach us during the day, drop a line to sales@respshop.com.

Don’t continue to ignore the symptoms of sleep apnea. Stop struggling to sleep, stop feeling drained and exhausted all day long – start getting treatment for your sleep disorder today. Let us help you find the right solution for your medical condition and save big while you’re at it. Here at Respshop, you will always find high quality CPAP machines and supplies at deeply discounted prices.

We understand that effective treatment of sleep apnea is extremely personal, what’s comfortable for some isn’t for others. That’s why we don’t just stop with sleep apnea CPAP machines we also offer APAP machines, BiPAP machines, VPAP machines, sleep apnea masks, humidification systems and a variety of other supplies and devices to make CPAP therapy as comfortable as possible. Treatment for sleep apnea used to be expensive and unpleasant. Although, now with the latest advancements and innovations in CPAP equipment – it’s easier than ever to remain complaint in treating your sleep apnea.

Our customer service is second to none and we are happy to answer any questions you might have and help guide you to a better night’s sleep. You can chat with us live or call 1-866-936-3754, weekdays from 8 AM through 5 PM Pacific Time. Additionally, we can always be reached by sending an email to sales@respshop.com.

Sleep Apnea and Obesity

Recently, we discussed the link between diabetes and sleep apnea. Studies have shown that prolonged apneas can, over time, trigger the onset of Type-II Diabetes in some patients. Cursory research suggests that the connection may run even deeper, and that a patient’s weight could be intricately linked to their sleep apnea condition.

Scientists in Finland recently conducted a study that linked weight with sleep apnea, and worsening sleep apnea symptoms. The study found that patients who lost just 5 percent of their body weight saw significant improvement in their condition.

Lead researcher Dr. Henri Tuomilehto, a visiting professor at the University of Montreal, also noted that being just moderately overweight made people susceptible to sleep apnea: “Being overweight is considered the most important risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea,” Dr. Tuomilehto said, adding that “around 70 percent of all patients with obstructive sleep apnea are obese.”

When a person is obese, fatty tissue accumulates throughout their body. One spot particularly prone to getting a significant increase of fatty tissue is the neck, which is where diabetes and sleep apnea collide. The tissue growth at the neck can eventually narrow a person’s airway, making their neck more susceptible to obstruction during sleep.

While weight management should be part of any therapy that seeks to reduce complications from sleep apnea, a balanced diet and regular exercise aren’t enough to combat the disease. Regular use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask can further mitigate sleep apnea symptoms, even in people who are not obese or who are not in the process of losing weight.

For patients who are obese, a CPAP mask is even more crucial. CPAP machines and masks continuously pump air at a standard pressure, allowing patients to get the oxygen they need throughout the night. This infusion of air is especially important for people who may naturally have compromised airflow.

Ultimately, CPAP machines are a vital part of sleep apnea therapy for all patients with sleep apnea, and are particularly vital for obese patients, or for people who want to lose weight. Regular use of a CPAP mask, along with diet and exercise, can lead to fewer symptoms, a higher quality sleep, and a better life.