Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Importatance of a Personal Oximeter

Getting treatment for sleep apnea is such an important step to take for your health. But after you’ve seen the doctor, so much of the actual treatment falls on your shoulders. After all, the time when your treatment takes place is at night while you’re asleep, which isn’t exactly conducive to undergoing treatment with a doctor present. So how can you be sure that you’re completing your treatments correctly and, more importantly, that they’re safe for your personal health?

One way to improve your sleep apnea treatments is to use pulse oximetry. Unlike polysomnography, which has to be performed in a sleep laboratory, you can use oximetry at home. It’s an easy and low-cost way to keep tabs on your own sleep apnea treatment without having to stay overnight in a lab. At Resp Shop, we offer a variety of portable pulse oximeters that allow you to take your own readings quickly and accurately. These non-invasive devices are designed with the home user in mind. For example, the AG Industries Six-Way Color LED Pulse Oximeter features a compact, lightweight design that’s easy to carry along with an easy-to-read bi-color OLED display. You’ll get the benefits of pulse oximetry right from the comfort of your own home.

Some of the newest pulse oximeter models are even including high-tech advances to further improve your treatment The S9™ Oximeter Adapter is a great example. This device works with the NONIN Xpod Oximeter to offer enhanced performance when it comes to your oximetry results. One of its standout features is an included SD card. This gives you the flexibility to read your information on your PC rather than on a smaller display on the active oximeter. Plus, it makes it so easy to share your information with your healthcare provider or physician.

If you’re wondering what type of oximeter is best for you and how to implement it on a practical level at home, consult your doctor. You’ll be able to go over the various features you’ll want to look for in an oximeter. Many people start out with a AirSense/AirCurve Complete Oximetry Kit that includes all the accessories they’ll need for quick oximetry readings. You might also look into accessories like the Air 10 Oximetry Module, which connects an Xpod Oximeter to the AirSense 10.

As for implementing the use of your oximeter, that’s something your doctor can explain to you in detail. While the oximeters are fairly easy to use, it’s important to understand how to adjust your treatments based on your readings. Your doctor can tell you what your ideal oxygen saturation levels are and how to adjust your oxygen flow according to the results of your oximeter readings. Generally, you’ll be aiming for over 90 percent oxygen saturation, but it’s important to talk to your doctor before you actually start pairing your CPAP treatments with an oximeter.

Resp Shop has everything you need to get started with oximetry. Check out our lineup of oximeters and accessories to learn more.

The Importance of Spare Batteries

When you use a CPAP machine, you come to rely on it not only for getting better sleep, but also for your health. That’s why it’s great to have a replacement battery on hand for your CPAP machine. Products like the C-100 CPAP Battery Replacement offer an easy and affordable way to make sure you’re never left without a battery. No battery lasts forever; yours will eventually need to be replaced, so it’s smart to have an extra at the ready. And don’t forget about the possibility of the battery being damaged or lost. In those situations, you won’t want to go a single night without your CPAP machine, and a backup battery will save the day.

If you don’t happen to have an extra CPAP machine backup battery available when your original one needs to be replaced, be sure to visit Resp Shop right away. We offer a great selection of backup batteries for CPAP machines, and you’ll get the option to select UPS Express shipping (overnight, two-day air or three-day express) is available when you check out.

How Artificial Light Effects Your Sleep

There are many things you do throughout the day which can affect the quality of your sleep. Everything from the foods and drinks you consume to the level of exercise you get can result in various sleep patterns. But one thing you may not have considered is how your exposure to artificial light might be affecting your sleep. Understanding the connection between sleep and artificial light could help you to get better rest in the future.

A critical component of artificial light’s effects on sleep is the fact that our bodies don’t fully recognize the difference between this type of light and actual sunlight. The result is that the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle (also known as circadian rhythm) is disturbed. Being around artificial light at night essentially “tricks” the body into thinking that it’s still daytime. When you try to go to sleep after being around lots of artificial light at night, your body isn’t ready to rest yet.

So how can you limit the effects of artificial light on your sleep? Some things are unavoidable; for example, street lights make driving safer at night, and you can’t walk around your house in the evening in total darkness. However, you can dim the lights in your home and limit your electronic screen usage in the few hours leading up to your bedtime. Spending your evening in slightly darker environment will help signal to your body that’s it’s almost time to hit the hay. Make this part of your new nighttime routine and you’ll almost certainly start to see improvements in your nightly rest.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you can do even more to improve the quality of your sleep. Consider using CPAP machines and other devices and accessories from Resp Shop to feel more rested and improve your overall health through better sleep.

Featured Brand: APEX

When it comes to healthcare solutions, you can rely on a trusted name brand like APEX Medical. That’s why we offer such a diverse range of CPAP products from APEX at Resp Shop. This brand combines high-quality healthcare products along with low prices. Whether you want a full-face mask, a nasal pillow mask or a travel CPAP machine, APEX has you covered. Their solutions for sleep apnea are designed with user comfort in mind. That means that you’ll be able to get a product that can be personalized to your needs, whether it’s adjustable therapy modes or a custom fit. In addition, high-tech features make their CPAP machines some of the most desirable currently on the market. For example, the iCH Auto CPAP Machine with Humidifier features automatic altitude adjustments and ramp features that help to improve your comfort when you’re in a new place.

While their CPAP masks and machines are popular, APEX offers more than just these basic sleep apnea treatments. You can also turn to APEX Medical when you need replacement products and accessories. For example, Resp Shop offers a variety of refill products for APEX CPAP machines and masks, including mask cushions, nasal pillow cushions, water chambers and filters. These affordably priced items make it easy to keep your CPAP equipment in tip-top shape. Plus, you’ll save money by purchasing small replacement pieces like Five Filter Pack for APEX XT Machines or Nasal Pillow Cushions for the Wizard 230 Nasal Pillow Mask as opposed to buying an entirely new mask or machine.

APEX Medical has been a trusted provider of quality medical equipment and healthcare solutions for over 20 years. When you use their products, you’ll feel confident that you’re getting safe and healthy treatment for your sleep apnea. And by purchasing your APEX supplies at Resp Shop, you’re guaranteed fast shipping, low prices and excellent customer service.