Monthly Archives: October 2016

CPAP Alternatives: Feature Products

Continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machines have improved the lives of countless users suffering from sleep apnea through the machines’ ability to hold airways open so users can get a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, some people just are not good candidates for these amazing devices. Some of those who suffer from sleep apnea, especially those new to the disorder, just do not adapt to CPAP therapy or tolerate it well

Fortunately, alternatives to CPAP machines for sleep apnea treatment exist. Generally, these alternatives are not as effective as CPAP machines, but for those unable to benefit from CPAP, they may be well worth trying to overcome their sleepless nights.

Alternatives to CPAP machines include the Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy Kit and the SlumberBump Positional Sleep Belt and SlumberBump Sleep Aid Belt Extender. The Provent kit, available in starter kit and 30-day kit versions, is a prescription product approved to help prevent obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Designed for nightly use, this disposable kit doesn’t have the straps and buckles used on CPAP therapy masks, which some users can’t tolerate. This device is attached over the nasal passage and uses a valve that opens and closes to increase pressure as the user inhales and exhales to help keep the airway open, improving breathing and sleep. Light and discreet, this product is also much easier to travel with than a CPAP machine.

The SlumberBump belt, designed for those with mild to moderate sleep disorders, is a positional sleep therapy device that prompts users to sleep on their sides, which helps keep the airway open. For those with chests larger than 59 inches, the SlumberBump extender adapts the belt to their size.

 

How sleep apnea can cause drowsy driving

We all know that speed kills. And in recent decades, most countries have cracked down on drunken driving to reduce the carnage that alcohol has caused on roads and highways. But did you know that sleepy driving, including drowsy driving caused by sleep apnea, is also a major road hazard?

It’s true. Drowsy driving causes 6,400 deaths and more than $100 billion a year in insurance claims in the United States alone, according to AAA. And these numbers may not fully account for the mayhem, because it is far more difficult for investigators to ascertain drowsy driving as the cause of a fatal accident than it is, for instance, to blame driving under the influence.  It has also been determined that a higher percentage of motor vehicle accidents caused by sleeplessness result in deaths than other causes of vehicle wrecks.

Clearly a growing problem, drowsy driving is being recognized and studied. Close to 84 million Americans admit to having driven while drowsy. Road fatalities have been growing, with an increase of 7.7 percent recorded in 2015. Although not all of this increase is due to drowsy driving, of course, sleeplessness plays a part. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has included drowsiness in its definition of impaired driving along with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and distracted driving.

Although it’s unknown how big a part sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can play in vehicle accidents, these conditions obviously have a role, and some states have been considering restricting driving privileges for those diagnosed with them. Of course, a drowsy driver who does get in an accident bears legal responsibility for negligence just as would a driver who drove under the influence or recklessly.

Getting better sleep can help decrease the hazards of drowsy driving. At RespShop, we carry a huge selection of high-quality CPAP machines and other devices that can help you or someone you know get the proper rest needed for alert motoring. If you have questions about how we can help you, call us toll-free, email us or contact us via instant chat or our handy online question form.

Featured Brand: Philips Respironics

A world leader in sleep and respiratory products, Philips Respironics makes a wide variety of home and mobile sleep and respiratory devices that can help those with sleep apnea, sleep disorders, respiratory problems and many other health issues. Just a sampling of the products made by this premiere company include CPAP machines, masks, supplies and oxygen concentrators.

The company’s focus is on helping people with breathing and sleeping problems to breathe and sleep more naturally so they can live better lives night and day. These products are used by individuals at home or outside the home as they go about their business and live life to the fullest as well as in health-care facilities. They have helped improve countless lives.
At RespShop, we carry a huge selection of Philips Respironics sleep and respiratory products for use by those at home as well as those on the go. For instance, we offer the Philips Respironics DS560 Auto, which provides exceptional sleep apnea therapy and is the best-selling CPAP machine on the market.

RespShop also offers other Philips Respironics auto CPAP machines, which automatically adjust pressure to meet individual sleep needs, as well as money-saving manual CPAP machines. We also have BiPAP/VPAP machines that use the latest advanced technology to boost CPAP therapy satisfaction with pressure settings for inhalation and exhalation. Further, the BiPAP/VPAP/BiLevel ST machines we carry have been specifically designed for central sleep apnea, or CSA, which is regarded as a neurological disorder.

In addition to offering you a wide choice of CPAP machines, Philips Respironics backs up these products with an extensive range of CPAP masks, CPAP mask parts and CPAP supplies, including parts that need regular replacement, such as filters, tubing and water chambers. RespShop offers you a big selection of these quality Philips Respironics products so that you will be able to get the most out of your Respironics CPAP machine, whichever one you have chosen.

We also carry Philips Respironics humidifiers and humidifier parts, oxygen supplies and nebulizers and supplies. All boast the advanced features and build quality you would expect from an industry leader like Philips Respironics. When you shop at RespShop, you get discounted prices on all these products plus our outstanding customer service and quick shipping. Combined with Respironics, we form truly a winning team.
If you have questions, RespShop staff members are just a toll-free phone call or email away. You can also fill in and submit our handy online question form or communicate with us instantly via LiveChat. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will give you quick, helpful answers.