Category Archives: CPAP Machines

Learn all about the various kinds of CPAP machines!

Top Ten Reasons to Start Using CPAP Machine

Getting used to CPAP therapy isn’t easy for most people with sleep apnea. However, it’s better for your health in the long run. Here are 10 great reasons to start using your CPAP machine every night.

  1. Better Sleep: Once you’re used to it, you’ll find that wearing your CPAP mask to bed helps you wake up feeling more refreshed than ever.
  2. Healthier Heart: Using your CPAP machine helps to keep your blood pressure from spiking, which is healthier for your heart.
  3. Portable Devices: It used to be difficult to keep up with your CPAP therapy while traveling. But now, it’s easy to find portable CPAP machines so you can stick with your newly improved sleep routine.
  4. Happier Spouse: CPAP therapy usually eliminates the snoring associated with sleep apnea. While it might not have disturbed your sleep, you can bet that less snoring will make your partner much happier.
  5. Enhanced Libido: Speaking of happier partners, improved sexual function and satisfaction are tied to the deeper sleep you’ll get by sticking with your therapy routine.
  6. Reduced Health Concerns: When you don’t use your CPAP machine, you could be increasing your risk of developing serious conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and memory loss.
  7. More Mask Options: Today, there are more types of CPAP masks available, so if you don’t like the one you have, you can try something new to see if it’s a better fit.
  8. Diabetes Control: Many people with type 2 diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea, but consistent CPAP therapy has been linked to reduced insulin resistance and more stable blood glucose levels.
  9. Avoiding Surgery: If you prefer not to have surgery to treat your sleep apnea, it’s best to use your CPAP machine regularly.
  10. Improved Safety: Excessive daytime sleepiness could result in accidents while driving or working, so it’s safer to use CPAP therapy for better sleep.

Being consistent with your CPAP therapy is key for better overall health and happiness. If you’re having trouble sticking to your CPAP routine, consider trying a new type of mask or talking to your doctor about your options.

CPAP Masks & Machines: What’s Best for You?

You might think that finding a CPAP mask or machine would be easy. But with a daunting number of choices available today, it’s tricky to figure out the differences between all the models. Here’s a look at the most commonly used types of CPAP machines and masks, including the pros and cons of each.
CPAP Mask Types
The main concern for most people using CPAP therapy is what type of CPAP mask they’ll need to wear. Read about these popular options to find your best fit:

  • CPAP Face Mask: A face mask will cover the entire nose, mouth and all or part of the face. They are great for mouth-breathers or those with nasal obstructions and/or allergies. However, some people feel claustrophobic in these masks, and the larger surface area creates an increased chance of air leakage.
  • CPAP Nasal Mask: This mask is slightly smaller. It covers the nose from the bridge to the upper lip. It is generally the most popular design since it comes in a wide range of sizes and fits and has very little air leakage. However, it is not the best choice for mouth-breathers and can cause discomfort for those who experience allergies or frequent sinus blockages.
  • CPAP Nasal Pillows: A nasal pillow is the most minimal design for CPAP masks. It sits on the upper lip and has two tubes that are inserted into the nostrils to supply air directly. While it’s certainly the least restrictive design, this mask may be more likely to cause nasal dryness. It can also be uncomfortable if you require high pressure settings.

CPAP Machine Features
If you’re a first-time CPAP therapy user, you might not know what to look for in a CPAP machine. Here are some of the key features you might want:

  • Quiet functioning
  • Built-in humidifier
  • Portable design
  • Exhalation pressure relief
  • Heated tubing
  • Leak compensation
  • Mask on/off alert
  • Data recording
  • Ramp

The very best resource for deciding which type of CPAP device to purchase is a medical professional. Use this guide to do your research so you’ll be more informed when discussing your options with your doctor.

Sleep Apnea is no Joke

By Rocio M,

I’ve always wondered why snoring exist, but I have never done any research until now. There are many common causes of snoring like lying face up, being overweight, menopause, consuming alcohol or tobacco products within six hours of going to sleep. Then, I thought about why my mother snores. I have observed her sleeping and she does not sleep facing up, nor she is overweight and most defiantly she does not consume any times of drugs or alcohol. So, I wondered if it was menopause that was causing her to snore. I did some research on menopause and it starts around the late 40’s and early 50’s. I then had an “AHA” moment and realized that my mother was going through menopause.

I did not know that menopause is a life changing for woman. There have been many post-menopausal women that are less satisfied with their sleep, that more than 50% of them report insomnia symptoms. It’s said that snoring has been the most common in post-menopausal women and can lead to sleep apnea. Having a more serious sleep disorder is something to be aware about. Women’s ages 50 and above should be informed of sleep apnea because menopause is a time of major hormonal. With my mother going through menopause, my father should be aware of these little details that can occur. A partner should always know the change and decreasing levels of estrogen that cause menopause symptoms.

Now that I know that my mother is going through menopause I can help her not be afraid of what’s coming next. Going through it is not an easy thing to do. There are many changes that happen in a women’s body. It’s weird how getting older can cause snoring. Snoring can be really annoying because it can be a lack of sleep. It can affect those who can’t sleep because of snoring. I believe that snoring shouldn’t bother the partner as long as the snoring does not get any worse like sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep, then that may be a problem to the partner. When the person that has sleep apnea is much harder to deal with because the breathing pause can lasts up to 10 seconds which causes the muscles in the back of the throat to fail in keeping the airway open which then causes the person to cough and be disruptive. I believe that there should be a way of solving this disorder. It’s not fair to those people who happen to go through menopause and has to deal not only with a life changing way in being a woman, but also having to deal with a sleep disorder. Snoring can cause a lack of sleep that doesn’t benefit anyone in a family because with my mom being the one who snores is more difficult to keep her awake in the afternoon when we are watching our opera together. She just wants to sleep because she couldn’t get enough sleep at night. Therefore, people who snore need to be aware of not being in danger of having sleep apnea because it’s a total handful to handle especially, going through it on their own.

People who sleep on their own may need to have a nurse or a guard dog to not let them be by themselves because sleep apnea is no joke and can be really dangerous for someone who sleeps by themselves. Having sleep apnea or any type of sleep disorder can be a life complication because a person should be breathing every second of their life and not doing it for 10 seconds is hard for someone to go through it because they may not be able to breath after those 10 seconds and if they live alone, how is someone going to know that the person is in danger and not receiving the help they need. It can affect those people that go through sleep apnea by themselves in many ways. After all, everyone should have someone to be there for them. Like my father being there for my mother meanwhile she’s going through menopause and having to handle the snoring every single night, which doesn’t affect my father because all he wants is mother to try to get some sleep. Therefore, everyone ages 50 and above should be aware of sleep disorder and should prepare for it.

 

Lack of Sleep

By Sarah G,

As the years progress, we have become more dependent on technology. Our brains are wired to believe we are dependent on it. Although, it’s intent is to make our lives easier, it is ironically making them harder due to the increase of distractions and laziness. Employers and teachers are frustrated at the vast amount of distractions cell phones bring. Not only is it distracting us from school and work but our sleep. Our brain knows we need sleep, but our conscious is in the constant desire to check status updates, or tweets. We tell ourself that five more minutes is okay, and a nap tomorrow will make it all better. However, this isn’t the truth, as a result we are seeing an increase in sleeping disorders.

This lack of sleep, is not only affecting the amount of sleep each night but your health and performance as well. People then turn to caffeine as an energy booster to “make it through the day”, however all they need is more sleep to cure this problem. These conditions are referred to Insomnia, a self curable sleeping disorder. The most important thing to realize about this disorder is you are blindly aware of the trigger wether it is through stress, discomfort or environmental factors. Identify the trigger and find techniques to control it wether it be through breathing methods and or exercise.

In my case, or my moms case, she thought she had insomnia due to the lack of sleep she was receiving from my dads obnoxiously loud snoring. Ever since I was little he has always snored. He continuously claimed that he couldn’t help it until we asked his doctor about it and he recommended a sleep study. After the results came back they gave us suggestions to prevent his excessive snoring problem. The recommended a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, a gift sent from God. The CPAP is the number one therapy method machine to cure sleep apnea. Although it is a rough adjustment sleeping with a nasal mask on, it gets the job done- prevent snoring. Snoring occurs when the flow of the air through the mouth and nose is physically obstructed. The CPAP machine was created to push the flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open, completely prevent snoring. Not only does it make it easier for the person snoring to sleep, but their partner as well, resulting from a silent room of no snoring. It took my dad around a week to get adjusted to the mask, in return he was satisfied to see his average amount of sleep per night jump from less than five hours to more than seven. My mom was also satisfied with the results because she got to sleep more.

Sleep may not seem like it is important to us, but our body depends on it. Our body needs a break, and with sleeping disorders its not receiving the break it needs. Resulting in sleepiness, exhaustion, and an unhealthy lifestyle. Wether it seems like a mild problem, or something has to be fixed immediately contact a sleeping doctor for more help. Search for and prevent the trigger, you can benefit in more ways than just yourself.

CPAP and Sleep Apnea Mailbag

Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine

Transcend II Travel CPAP Machine

We’re back with our third edition of the CPAP and sleep apnea mailbag. We’ve had tremendous questions the first two times we ran this feature, and as long as they keep rolling in, we’re happy to answer more. Remember, if you want your question answered in a future edition of our mailbag, just send ’em on in to our email address at sales@respshop.com, with the subject heading ‘mailbag.’

On to the questions!

1. I snore a lot: what are the chances I have sleep apnea? — Victor, Los Angeles. 

Victor, it’s really tough to tell without a sleep study. Everybody snores to some extent, but sleep apnea is a specific, chronic condition where the snoring is both very loud and very frequent. It’s never a bad idea to speak with your physician about sleep apnea, or to take a sleep test, if you’re concerned. If you have friends and family that frequently tell you that you snore loudly — if you wake people with your snoring, or can be heard from another room, or if you’re choking at night — then I’d particularly encourage you to seek medical attention.

2. Is there any way to treat sleep apnea besides a CPAP machine? Abby, Twisp, WA.

There are no shortage of ways to treat sleep apnea! There are CPAP machines, nasal strips, jaw surgeries, chest implants, and several other means to combat the condition. For the most part, physicians and dentists recommend CPAP therapy for treating sleep apnea for two reasons: first, it’s a tried and proven method for successfully treating the condition; surgery sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. With proper and regular use, CPAP functions perfectly. Second, CPAP is much less obtrusive than many of the other methods. It’s much easier to wear a mask at night than to undergo chest surgery that may or may not alleviate the problem.

3. How can I tell what size mask I should buy? Bill, Blue Ash. 

Bill, you can access mask sizing gauges on nearly every single CPAP mask we carry on their individual page. For example, for the AirFit N10, click here, and hit the tab ‘sizing gauge’ to print out a sizing guide and see what size works best for you.

4. Can I use a travel machine as a full time machine? Lamar, Shreveport, LA.

Great question Lamar. Yes, all of our travel machines are durable enough for full time use. Each also comes with a multi-year warranty — the length of the warranty depends on the particular brand — so even if it does incur non-use related damage, it can be replaced. Machines are simply designated as ‘travel machines’ because they’re small and lightweight; they can be used regularly just like a normal machine.

5. Do I have to use a humidifier? Rhonda, Calera, AL. 

You do not. Humidifiers are simply a comfort feature that most people enjoy as a part of their therapy. They reduce some of the symptoms associated with CPAP — dry throat and dry mouth particularly — and we recommend that new patients use them, but they’re not essential.

Thanks for your questions this week folks! We’ll do it again real soon!