Tag: apnea

Sleepy At Work? [Sleep Apnea Symptom]

Sleepy At Work? [Sleep Apnea Symptom]

Apnea simply means not breathing. So anyone with sleep apnea, does not breathe adequately while sleeping. Typical cases involve an obstructive component where the airway is blocked by tissue or tongue during sleep. Most who have this obstructive apnea also snore.

Excessive sleepiness at work like this gentleman in the video is NOT normal. If you experience the fight to stay awake at work or while driving, please contact your Doctor. You may need a sleep study to find out what is going on.

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If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, it may be treated with a device called a CPAP. (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) One sleeps using this amazing machine which effectively keeps the airway open using internal air pressure through a nasal mask.

The Mayo clinic has outlined Sleep Apnea Symptoms.

Here is a great article in The Journal Of Thoracic Disease.

There are several questions to answer which will be helpful in determining the likelihood that you have sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness is just one. Here is a quick Facebook video outlining the best screening questions which will help you decide as to whether a visit to your Doctor is appropriate.

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This post is in no way intended to treat, cure, or diagnose anyone or any disease. Please contact your physician if you experience any symptoms mentioned. Affinity Home Medical provides CPAP machines on a daily basis fighting sleep apnea and helping people get better sleep.

Step-By-Step Tutorial [Resmed Airsense 10 Auto CPAP]

Step-By-Step Tutorial [Resmed Airsense 10 Auto CPAP]

I can genuinely say that after decades of setting up CPAP machines for sleep apnea customers, I have finally found my favorite. The Resmed Airsense 10 Auto CPAP is a brilliant work of art. Not only does it look beautiful, it performs! Dependability and quiet operation are it’s hallmarks.

I wanted to go beyond pics, and show you some basic detail about the machine in this quick step-by-step tutorial on the Airsense 10 Auto CPAP. 

I didn’t even mention some of the coolest features in the video. This unit will communicate with you!! It sends a signal to the nearest cell phone tower (encrypted of course) and allows you, your physician, and your supplier (if you so desire) to access data directly from the machine. The report that is generated is truly remarkable. The report can help you determine how well the therapy is working. We can see if your mask is leaking, at what level your pressure is running, and even if you are still experiencing apnea or hypopnea! This information is crucial to the long term effectiveness and compliance of CPAP therapy for sleep apnea.

Please watch the tutorial above to get a basic idea of how the machine is assembled for general operation, and visit CPAP products/ AffinityHM.com

Why Should I Clean My CPAP ? [I Don’t Have Time For Another Chore]

Why Should I Clean My CPAP ? [I Don’t Have Time For Another Chore]

CPAP cleaning has never been a favorite chore for those to whom I have provided machines over the years, however it is clearly the second most important part of using CPAP therapy for OSA Sleep Apnea. The most important factor for CPAP sleep therapy is compliance, I mean, you have to actually put the mask on and use your CPAP every night in order for it to improve your apnea. So, compliance with CPAP is an entirely separate blog post for future reference, and I have a lot of great ideas in that area which have been proven to work well.

Cleaning your CPAP, hose, mask, and water reservoir is crucial to healthy long term use of CPAP. First, I will explain why, and later down this post, I’ll share with you how to get those dirty bugs out of your system.

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WHY?????

Why should I clean my CPAP? : Most users of CPAP are instructed by their provider to keep the equipment clean at the time of the original set up, however these instructions have been known to be ignored by the CPAP users more than a few times. Mold, bacteria, and other germs, and bugs love three things more than anything else. These are 1 warmth, 2 moisture, and 3 darkness. This is exactly the environment offered by your CPAP machine. Not cleaning your CPAP is basically sending an invitation to germs:

“Hello germs, we are having a party in the CPAP, and all are invited!”

Understanding that this environment is adored by the germs goes a long way toward cleaning inspiration. The more mold, bacteria, and other germs are present, the greater opportunity they have to infect your airway. This may manifest itself as a simple cold, sinus infection, or possibly even a full-blown respiratory tract infection.

HOW????

Different CPAP providers may share a slightly different variation of the process. If you are told something different I recommend that you follow their advice.

Start by keeping it cleaner by using “distilled” water ONLY. No minerals means no evaporation film deposit which bacteria love as well.

Daily clean the CPAP mask or other interface with soapy water, rinse thoroughly with water and air dry. (Dawn dish detergent is great as it rinses easily)

Once to twice per week, wash the water CPAP water reservoir, hose, and mask with soapy water, rinse thoroughly, and air dry.

Occasionally, if you suspect it is needed, mix a big bowl with 1 part white vinegar, and 3 parts water solution. Place the CPAP mask, hose and water reservoir into the solution for approximately 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water and air dry.

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Another option to save time:

The SoClean 2 is a CPAP cleaning machine which allows user to clean their CPAP mask, hose, water reservoir, and even the water inside the reservoir automatically. No water needed. No fluids at all. This machine cleans it all by producing, and pumping ozone through the system when you aren’t using it. Each morning, you simply wake up, place the mask in the machine (leaving it completely assembled and attached to the hose), and the CPAP cleaning machine does the rest. Mold, bacteria and other germs cannot survive the ozone environment. Your system is 99.9% germ free every single day. This is a great solution. The units are not covered by insurance yet the cost is a reasonably good value considering the peace of mind and time-saving aspect.

More info about SoClean 2

 

Silence The Snoring [CPAP for Sleep Apnea]

Silence The Snoring [CPAP for Sleep Apnea]

Whatever you do, please do NOT travel without your CPAP! Your better half will thank you for it I am sure.

Don’t go on a vacation without your CPAP, we have travel cpap machines, and mini CPAP units.
Sleep Apnea is a serious problem for many. There is a distinct difference between snoring and sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, the breathing actually stops intermittently. Apnea may be due to one of two variables, central apnea when the brain fails to signal the breathing, or obstructive when the airway relaxes and closes off blocking air flow. When breathing stops for ten seconds or more, it is considered “apnea”. CPAP for sleep apnea (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), will apply air pressure directly to the airway keeping it open so that breathing continues even through what would otherwise be an apnea. I think off CPAP like an internal air-splint. CPAP is very effective and requires a perscription from your MD.
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CPAP Experience In Mobile And Baldwin Counties Alabama

CPAP Experience In Mobile And Baldwin Counties Alabama

Please allow me to introduce you to the latest newest and coolest CPAP technology on the market today! If you are not familiar with the term, CPAP is an acronym for continuous positive airway pressure, and CPAP is amazingly effective helping millions of chronic sleep apnea patient sleep well throughout the night. People who have sleep apnea actually stop breathing while they sleep! CPAP resolves the problem allowing a good nights rest.

Up until recently, CPAP machines were large and usually too bulky to easily travel, and now things have seriously changed.  How much is the Transcend CPAP?  This tiny CPAP is the first mini travel CPAP in the world. It weighs only 1 pound!! This is super exciting for anyone who travels even a little. The Transcend will fit in the palm of your hand. No need to carry that extra suitcase through the airport, the Transcend will almost fit in your pocket. Are you planning a trip to the hunting camp, or a weekend getaway? Consider the Transcend as your CPAP travel companion.

CPAP mask, hoses, and reservoir’s can get seriously germy if not cleaned often and cleaned properly. Bacteria and mold love 3 things more than anything. Darkness, heat, and moisture. Your CPAP is the absolute perfect environment for these germs to grow, ending up in your lungs and possibly causing respiratory problems. Introducing the solution:  How much is the SoClean 2? SoClean 2 is the first ever CPAP cleaning unit which is easy, fast and incredibly effective at cleaning your CPAP. 99.9% of all germs are destroyed, and you don’t even have to dis assemble your CPAP to get it clean. Call us today to here more about this amazing little unit. (251) 666-2002

Are You Feeling Sleepy?? STOP BANG (Sleep Apnea Questions)

Are You Feeling Sleepy?? STOP BANG (Sleep Apnea Questions)

If you have ever awakened from a deep sleep gasping for air, you may have it. If you snore, or have ever been told that you stop breathing when sleeping, you may have it. If you are sleepy and tired, fatigued or just plain worn out when you wake up, you may have it! If you struggle with driving because it always makes you feel sleepy, you may have it!

What is it you ask? It is sleep apnea.

I have no intention of trying to diagnose, treat or cure anyone from a simple blog post, however I do sincerely hope that you will watch this STOP BANG Live Facebook video where I will ask you 8 important questions, which will provide a great understanding of where you stand regarding the risk level associated with sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disease which is best described as a near or total cessation of breathing while sleeping. Many people suffer from sleep apnea having no idea they have it. If you stop breathing while you sleep, there is no way you will sleep well enough to truly feel rested in the morning. You see, with sleep apnea, when you enter into the deepest stage of sleep called REM sleep, everything in your body relaxes completely (including the musculature of the tongue, neck and throat area. This total relaxation produces blockages of the airway which when minimal produce a snoring sound, and eventually can completely block airflow, causing apnea (zero respiration) or hypopnea (extremely low respiration). In either of these two (apnea, or hypopnea) the brain eventually is alerted, waking you from this deep sleep, ad happily you begin breathing again, and unfortunately, no longer sleeping that deepest REM sleep. This cycle continues minute by minute, through the night. Night after night it goes, week after week, year after year the cycle continues.

If after watching the FB video above, you feel that you have an unacceptable risk, please contact your physician and have a discussion on this subject as there are several things you could consider which may completely resolve the sleep apnea problem.

You may need a sleep study to determine exactly what is happening when you sleep regarding your breathing and sleep patterns. Sleep studies may be performed in a hospital style lab, OR as technology has improved over the years in an impressive way, one may choose to do a sleep study in the privacy of your home. A home sleep study is performed by simply taking the equipment home, and doing it yourself, then having the report read in the morning. The equipment is very intuitive and simple. The type of study is determined by you and your physician. Once the results are assessed, if it is determined that you have sleep apnea, your physician will direct you on the next step.

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a remarkable and effective way to help you get some real sleep in-spite of sleep apnea. This simple medical device has an air pressure producing unit with a lightweight hose. This air pressure is automatically delivered at the perfect amount, adjusted especially based on your specific need, and is delivered to the airway via nasal mask, or nasal pillows. It acts like an internal air splint to maintain the airway open through all phases of breathing, gently, quietly, and comfortably. When you are breathing normally, you will then be able to actually get that REM sleep you have been needing all along. Finally waking up feeling rested, and full of energy. CPAP is an extremely effective tool in alleviating the misery that sleep apnea can cause. I have seen many lives changed, and it all starts with STOP BANG.

The 1 Pound, Tiny Travel CPAP {Transcend Auto Sleep Therapy}

The 1 Pound, Tiny Travel CPAP {Transcend Auto Sleep Therapy}

People are loving this CPAP it’s so small. This mini CPAP can easily pack away in your suitcase, or for that matter, it will likely fit in you pocket. It is less costly than the standard CPAPs out today. Plus there is a 3 year warranty!! Check it out on Affinity’s site here. Click here below to see.

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I have been providing CPAP to people with sleep apnea for more tha two decades, and I have been blown away by this technology!!