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Advantages to Online CPAP Shopping

RespShop LogoSleep apnea therapy patients have a choice where they shop for their supplies: locally or online. Each has it’s advantages — and if you live in the Seattle area you can get both at RespShop — but for most customers, we think that the financial advantages to shopping over the internet make online retail the superior option. Let’s look a little more at why.

CPAP Selection

Most online CPAP retailers boast a large selection of items. Whether it’s masks, machines, supplies, or accessories, online stores offer a palette of choices from several different manufacturers. While some local stores may only offer one or two CPAP machines, at RespShop we carry dozens of machines from a handful of manufacturers. Other online outlets can offer a similar quantity.

By contrast, most local CPAP stores have relatively small inventories. Often, they won’t have many masks or machines and the models they do carry may be outdated. It’s also unlikely that you’ll find a large selection of travel machines, and you might not be able to shop by mask type either. These problems are exacerbated when it comes time to buy additional supplies, like comfort and cleaners: many local stores won’t have these items, which means you’ll have to go online anyway.

CPAP Prices

Just as important as the difference in selection is the discrepancy in price. Online retailers tend to have lower costs than in-store re-sellers, which allows them to pass the savings on to you. Because online outlets can reach a wider base of customers, they can afford to charge less per item than other CPAP sellers. In turn, this helps them get favorable contracts from the biggest CPAP manufactuers — like ResMed, Respironics, APEX, DeVilbiss, Fisehr & Paykel, etc. — allowing them to sell items even cheaper.

While all stores are different, it’s undoubtedly important for customers to check a variety of prices. We’re confident that, for the most part, you’ll find that masks and machines will be significantly cheaper when you buy online instead of locally.

Advantages to Local

There are, of course, some advantages to buying locally. While most local stores won’t allow you to try masks on your face, you will be able to see the products you’ll be using in person before you buy them. This can be important for some items, particularly for patients concerned with machine noise. You’ll also be able to talk to a professional CPAP specialist in person, and they can help you find the right mask and machine for you.

Of course, most online services can help you with many of those things as well, and that includes RespShop, Seattle CPAP Supplier. If you have any questions about any CPAP product, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re available during normal business hours on social media, email (sales@respshop.com), over the phone (866-936-3754) or over chat on our website. We’ll never pressure you into buying and you can count on our friendly customer service team for the best help and advice.

And hey: if you’re near Seattle, head on over to Redmond for the best of both worlds!

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.

My CPAP Machine is Discontinued? What Now?

What do you do when your favorite CPAP Machine is Discontinued?

It’s not easy trusting a new brand when your favorite brand is no longer available. Successful companies are great at creating their image, marketing their products, and creating loyal followers who will go out of their way to purchase their products. An Apple iPhone launch? It’s one of the biggest product launches around because Apple knows their consumers, knows their products, and knows how to match their product with their target market. Sometimes launches are successful, other times they are huge failures that can cripple a company for the long term. We as consumers do lots of research when purchasing a product or trying out a new service, companies have to equally put in the time, research, and dollars when they want to make or sell a product that has a chance at being a success.

While a CPAP machine isn’t an iPhone, the brand you purchase is probably more important to you then a material good because you rely on your CPAP for comfort and reliability. What are you to do when a manufacturer stops producing a brand name that you are comfortable with? Maybe it’s a model recommended to you by a friend or doctor, maybe it’s a model you’ve had great success with in the past and are looking to keep that relationship going. CPAP machines come in all shapes and sizes, and like most products can be made by an assortment of different manufacturers. As with any product, sometimes relationships end or businesses falter leading to a possible discontinuance of a product that was very popular. Whose fault it is might never be known, but sometimes the people who really suffer are the consumers who have been loyal users.

Probasics-zzz-PAP-auto-7541One of the most successful products available at Respshop was the Zzz-Pap Auto CPAP. Light weight with a universal power supply, it was one of the better selling items for frequent travelers dealing with sleep apnea. With a heated humidifier and ergonomic design, the Zzz-Pap Auto CPAP was a favorite amongst our customers. Reviews on respshop.com were all positive, with customers pointing out how quiet and small the machine was, the effectiveness it had on their sleep apnea, and of course the price tag, a common concern for all buyers, no matter what the product.

While we hate not being able to ship out a product that was so successful, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Zzz-Pap Auto CPAP is no longer available for purchase. As a customer, what are you supposed to do? You know the name, you know the product, you know the reviews, and you want to make the purchase! We share your concerns, as we are always looking to provide the best care possible to our customers, which includes stocking and shipping the best possible products.

Thankfully at Respshop we have been able to replace the Zzz-Pap Auto CPAP with a similar product that can continue to provide the same levels of comfort, with added bonus features, you were accustomed to with the Zzz-Pap Auto CPAP.

apex-ich-auto-travel-cpap-machineDesigned by APEX Medical, the iCH Auto Travel CPAP  is one of the newest products in the Respshop ever growing library. Like the Zzz-Pap before it, it is also extremely lightweight and perfect for those on the go. The APEX Medical iCH Auto Travel CPAP has also added some updated bonus features that will help relieve any stress you might have while trying to purchase a new CPAP machine to help with your sleep apnea, including a pressure relief function that will help imitate a normal breathing pattern and a heated humidifier that will relieve potential congestion and any other uncomfortable feelings you might get from your CPAP machine.

This blog post isn’t intended to hype or sell a product, all of that information can be found on our website. This post is written to help customers understand that products sometimes become unavailable. It’s never fun, but before you purchased the Zzz-Pap originally you probably did your research and came to the conclusion that it was the best product for you. Like you, we did our research when we realized the Zzz-Pap would no longer be available for purchase and were able to build a relationship with APEX, a relationship that allowed us to feel comfortable selling a new product to you, that we stand behind. CPAP machines aren’t just about comfort, they’re also about long term health and fighting the negative effects from sleep apnea. As a distributer of CPAP devices rather than iPhones or similar products, we aren’t just carrying devices that make your life easier or more fun, we are carrying devices that can truly impact your long term health, so it is important that we stand behind what we sell at all times.

While it’s difficult to change what you’re accustomed to, it was probably difficult to become accustomed in the first place. You did your research and found the perfect CPAP machine for your personality. We did ours and found what we believe is an excellent replacement that will provide all of the original benefits plus updated bonus features that will hopefully continue to provide excellent relief and comfort for those dealing with sleep apnea.

We are always available 8 A.M. through 5 P.M. Pacific Standard Time through the phone at (866) 936-3754 or through our online chat at www.respshop.com to help you with any questions or concerns you might have about any CPAP machine, CPAP mask, or any other devices and accessories that we sell. We want to make the purchase easier for you and are always glad to assist with any questions and concerns. I recommend that you look around and do your research on the new APEX Medical iCH Auto Travel CPAP to truly understand how it can relate to a product you’re already used to, and I hope that you’ll be as satisfied with what you find as we were with what we found as we continue to provide the best CPAP machines, at the best prices, to help with your sleep apnea.

If you do end up purchasing the new APEX Medical iCH Auto Travel CPAP we would love to hear your opinions and feedback so that we can continue to provide you with the best possible products.

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How to Determine if You Have Sleep Apnea

Although you may have noticed certain symptoms of sleep apnea, such as snoring, it is not always a simple task to verify your suspicions. Even if you have warning signs that are commonly associated with sleep apnea it does necessarily mean that you are actually suffering from this disorder. In fact, sometimes these indicators can be related to a completely different condition. However, if you do suspect that you might have sleep apnea it is important to understand the disorder and the way it is diagnosed.

What is Sleep Apnea?

This is a disorder that is identified by the interruption of breathing multiple times during sleep. After a period where breathing is suspended, which can last from a few seconds to a minute or more, the individual will choke or gasp for air. This cycle can repeat throughout the night and is a danger to the person’s health.

  • Sleep apnea can be caused by a number of physical issues such as:
  • Having a large neck
  • Being overweight
  • Having enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • A small jawbone
  • Throat tissue that is too relaxed during sleep

This type of sleep apnea is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea but the condition can also be caused by Central Sleep Apnea, which is when the signal between the brain and the muscles in charge of breathing does not occur or is not received. A third type of sleep apnea is Complex Sleep Apnea and is a combination of both Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea.

What Are Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea are not aware of waking up during the night to breathe or other more obvious symptoms. Certain signs are usually first noticed by a partner, or roommate, and it can be difficult to differentiate between an irregular sleep disturbance and a full-blown disorder. Some of the chief symptoms associated with sleep apnea include:

  • Intense fatigue and sleepiness during the day
  • Waking up abruptly during the night to breathe
  • Snoring or gasping for air
  • Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
  • Problems with memory, mood and concentration
  • Hormonal problems
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Headaches in the morning

One or more of these symptoms can indicate a problem and a medical consultation should be next on the list to reach a solution. Doctors have several processes and methods that they can use to diagnose this condition.

Sleep and Medical History

Before they attempt any diagnostic procedures the doctor will likely start with some questions about the patient’s medical and sleep history. The questions used to help determine the existence of sleep apnea may be related to the following areas:

  • Medication and alcohol consumption
  • Perceived quality of sleep
  • Smoking and caffeine habits
  • Sleep positions
  • Mental focus and mood
  • Periods of sleepiness and fatigue
  • Ease of sleep
  • Questions for the bed partner

The doctor may also request that you keep a sleep journal to record all information that pertains to your sleep. There is also the option of using audio or video recording during the night to observe sleep. The information-gathering period will usually be followed by a physical examination.

Physical Assessment

Especially in the case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, there are usually physical characteristics that can be identified in an exam. These features can consist of:

  • A wide neck measurement
  • A large tongue
  • Obesity that is usually focused on the upper body
  • Irregularities in the airways or soft palate

The physical examination will either reveal the possibility of a physical cause for sleep apnea or give your doctor the opportunity to rule out other issues. These issues can consist of other sleep disorders and psychological or medical problems. Even if there are no physical characteristics found that are associated with sleep apnea the doctor should still perform other studies to gain further insight.

Sleep Studies

In order to effectively determine the problems that the patient is experiencing during sleep doctors will usually perform some type of sleep study. The studies can take place in a sleep lab or at home and consist of a full overnight or a partial overnight.

Lab Studies

  • These studies involve polysomnography, which involves recording brain waves, eye movements, heart rhythm, changes in breathing and oxygen levels as well as other activities during sleep.
  • When patients arrive at the lab they should not have deviated from their normal daily activities.
  • Once they are asleep their sleep cycles and occurrences of apnea will be recorded.
  • Overnight studies are the most effective for diagnosing sleep apnea.
  • However, because of the expenses and limited resources available, this study it is sometimes split up over more than one night.
  • Many doctors are also beginning to favor home studies.

Home Studies

  • Portable devices that are now available or are being developed allow patients to undergo a study at home instead of at a lab.
  • The abilities of these devices vary but the most advanced ones are capable of measuring everything that is measured in a sleep lab.
  • Once of the major concerns with a home study is the lack of observation that can lead to missing factors such as snoring.
  • Although home studies have been found to be accurate with high-quality devices, there are some cases that will require a patient to undergo a lab study.

Home Sleep Apnea Study Test

Sleep apnea can be very detrimental to a person’s health and wellbeing but advancements in medicine and technology can usually treat the problem. This allows the individual to avoid issues that can develop over time from sleep apnea such as brain damage, a shortened life span and many other problematic concerns. Although a doctor is required to diagnose and treat sleep apnea, the process starts with the patient discussing their concerns with a medical professional.

How Does a CPAP Machine Improve Oxygenation?

When your body is in a state where it is deprived of oxygen it can place strain on many of your organs and result in both short- and long-term health problems. People who suffer from sleep apnea experience nightly bouts of interrupted, oxygen-deprived sleep. There are different types of sleep apnea and they can all result in unpleasant symptoms and damage to the bodies of those that experience it. There are also various treatment methods that can be used to alleviate or even eliminate sleep apnea. The most popular treatment option involves using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine (CPAP). This article will discuss sleep apnea and its effect on the body as well as examine how it can be treated with a CPAP machine.

Sleep Apnea

This is a condition that interferes with normal breathing patterns during sleep. Sleep apnea can be caused by different things and is marked by breathing that becomes very shallow or even pauses in breathing that usually last for a few seconds. These interruptions can take place multiple times during the night and in severe cases they can occur hundreds of times in a single night. Not only does this result in oxygen deprivation, it also breaks natural sleep cycles and makes it difficult to achieve deep sleep.

Many people will not remember waking up to breathe during the night. Sometimes it is brought to their attention by a partner and they will also have symptoms that can indicate a disorder. Once they suspect that they have sleep apnea they will need to see a doctor to determine their suspicions and identify the type of sleep apnea they are experiencing.                                                                            

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three types of sleep apnea that include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: This is the most prevalent form of sleep apnea and is caused by physical factors. The main causes can include a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils or adenoids and the relaxation of the soft tissue in the throat.
  • Central Sleep Apnea: This type of sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea and is related to the central nervous system. Interruptions in breathing occur when the brain fails to communicate with the muscles that are in charge of breathing.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea: This form of sleep apnea is a combination of central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. While there are physical causes for the sleep apnea, the condition can not usually be relieved by treating the physical symptoms alone.


Chief Indicators of Sleep Apnea

  • Persistent snoring
  • Extended pauses in breathing
  • Gasping for air or choking during sleep
  • Daytime fatigue and inability to concentrate

Major Health Concerns Related to Sleep Apnea
How Does a CPAP Machine Improve Oxygenation?
Poor quality of sleep and oxygen deprivation can negatively impact your whole body. Some of the major consequences of sleep apnea involve your cardiovascular system, your brain and your life expectancy.

  • Cardiovascular System:When you stop breathing your blood pressure rises because the level of oxygen in your body drops and causes a stress reaction in your body. The brain responds by signaling the blood vessels to constrict to bring more oxygen to the heart and brain. The increased blood pressure that results during the night can also continue during the day and can put your heart at risk.
  • Brain Damage: When the body is deprived of oxygen there can be resulting damage to many organs. The brain is not immune to the harmful effects of sleep apnea and can experience a loss of grey matter. While both men and women are impacted by sleep apnea, women tend to experience more severe brain damage than men with the same condition.
  • Life Expectancy:A study by lung experts at Johns Hopkins showed that the most severe cases of sleep apnea in middle-aged and elderly people increased their risk of dying by 46 percent. Also, people with moderate sleep apnea had a 17 percent higher chance of death than individuals without it.

Using a CPAP for Sleep Apnea

The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea is the prescribed use of a CPAP machine while sleeping. This machine blows air into a person’s airway, which helps keep the airway unobstructed and provides a regular source of air during the night.

The device is compact and can be placed on a bedside table. A mask, which can cover the nose as well as the mouth, is attached to the machine and fits on the face to deliver airflow. When this air travels through the airway it can make it easier to breathe and also keep oxygen levels at a healthy level. Additionally, a CPAP can eliminate snoring and restore restful sleep. These improvements in sleep apnea symptoms can reduce the risk of health concerns and improve the person’s quality of life.

It can take time to get used to a CPAP but it is important to use it consistently in order to treat the condition successfully. If symptoms do not improve with regular use, then individuals using a CPAP should check with their doctor to determine the proper solution.