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Solutions To The 10 Most Common CPAP Problems | Mobile, AL

Solutions To The 10 Most Common CPAP Problems | Mobile, AL

CPAP can cause problems for many, especially new CPAP users. Here are the 10 most common CPAP problems, and the CPAP solutions which have worked well to resolve these issues, as I have personally witnessed in Mobile AL over the years at Affinity Home Medical.

After decades of experience providing CPAP, and producing thousands of successful outcomes, I decided to share this brief writing in hopes that you will find something here which will make you LOVE your CPAP.

Problem 1:

I can’t get used to having the mask on my face or nose. I am not able to acclimate to using CPAP.

Solutions:

Try using your CPAP for a few minutes during the day while you are awake. Sit in your favorite chair, read a good book or watch TV. You will find that the more you do this (especially in the beginning), the easier it will be when it’s time for sleep.

Also, remember that it is truly difficult for some, so commitment is important. Be sure to start every night with your CPAP. If you don’t make it all the way through the night at first, it’s OK. Just keep starting the night with your CPAP, and eventually it will become a great habit.

Problem 2:

My mask leaks, the mask doesn’t fit well, or it makes my nose soar.

Solution:

If your mask is leaking then you need a new one, OR you made need to adjust the straps to make it “seat” better. If the mask is actually the correct size, and still leaks, then you may need to switch to a different brand or style all together. I find the Resmed Airfit N20, and the Swift FX also by Resmed, to be the best currently on the market. The best Full Face mask (over nose and mouth) is the Airfit F20. (your supplier will have used a sizing gauge to insure that they supplied the right one)

If your nose becomes slightly sore in the first few days, this is fairly common. The best thing to do is use a bit of gel to alleviate the sensative skin, and after a few days the soreness should disappear.

Problem 3:

I don’t have time to clean my CPAP, it is way to time-consuming and too much trouble.

Solution:

Cleaning your CPAP is a must. I understand that it takes time, but it has to be done on a regular basis, because bacteria, mold, and other organisms find this environment to be perfect. They thrive in warm, moist, and dark spaces. Doesn’t that sound like a CPAP water reservoir, mask and tubing? Yes indeed. So clean your CPAP as directed by your provider.

The SoClean CPAP cleaning machine is a wonderful solution as it is automatic and uses ozone to clean which does a very thorough job, probably even better than what you could do by hand at the sink.

Problem 4:

I can’t use my CPAP because every time I wake up and look in the mirror, I see those awful lines on my face that the CPAP mask and headgear leave. These lines stay on my face all day!! No way!!

Solution:

Try a different mask that will not leave these markings. Example: Swift FX is a Resmed nasal pillow system which comes with a pack of soft cloth wraps that when in place, provides a soft barrier and usually leaves no markings on your face.

OR

Consider that you may be tightening the straps on the headgear too much. Try this: leave it extremely loose (so loose that you KNOW it will leak), then turn on the CPAP machine, then gradually tighten it until the leaking barely stops. Test the tension by moving your head up, down, left and right. If no leaking springs up, you’ve got it right!

Problem 5:

I travel a lot, and the CPAP equipment is too bulky and cumbersome to pack. I don’t have space or time to deal with all of the CPAP equipment needed when I am on the go.

Solution:

Travel CPAPs are now available which are extremely small and quiet. Finally the price for these travel CPAP’s is affordable and well worth the cost. Mini CPAP’s are dependable and super easy for travel.

Resmed is launching the AirMini which, based on the quality equipment that Resmed produces, will likely bring Mini CPAP to a new level of performance and dependability.

Problem 7:

When I sleep with CPAP, I wake with belly bloating, pain, and lots of “gas”. I just can’t do it!

Solution:

This condition is called “aerophagia”. The cause of this is likely due to your CPAP pressure is entering into your esophagus and to your stomach. This air will cause stomach bloating, gas, and pain in your stomach. If this is the case, you should call or visit your physician today. It’s possible that your CPAP pressure is too low, or too high. It will be smart to ask your provider to check the actual pressure on your machine. Make sure that your pressure is set accurately to the pressure your physician has prescribed. Additionally, many CPAP machines offer a setting which allows exhaling pressure relief. The machine will, at the moment you begin to exhale, reduce the pressure slightly, making exhaling more comfortable and reducing the chance that air enters the esophagus. Additionally, talk to your physician or supplier about the mask you use. It may be appropriate to use a full face mask, or a chin strap with your nasal mask.

Problem 8:

I have water droplets in my CPAP mask and tubing when I use the CPAP heated humidifier. Waking up with water on my face is no fun!!

Solution:

First of all, using the humidifier is helpful for long-term success, and important. The humidified air makes CPAP compliance improve and it’s way more comfortable for the user. Water droplets will form inside the CPAP tubing when the temperature in the room is lower and colder than the temperature inside of the CPAP tubing. The bigger the difference is, the more water droplets appear. So, there are a few ways to resolve this. If you can, reduce the heat setting on your CPAP heated humidifier, this may end the problem. You may also increase the temperature in your room. If neither of these options are working, the best solution is to use a “climate line”. The climate line is a special CPAP tube which will constantly measure the temp in your room AND the temp inside the tube. The CPAP machines, which allow a climate line connection, will automatically adjust your CPAP machine’s heated humidifier to produce maximum humidity without producing “rain out” or the water droplets inside of you CPAP tube.

Problem 9:

When I use my CPAP, I wake up with an extremely dry mouth, and I am told I still snore even when I use my CPAP.

Solution:

If you are snoring while using CPAP, please contact your physician. The CPAP machine may be set too low, you may have the wrong mask, but either way, if you snore, you are not receiving good CPAP therapy. Something needs to be done to resolve the situation.

Sometimes, the dry mouth scenario indicates that your mouth may be opening in your sleep, allowing the CPAP pressure to escape. If this happens while using a nasal mask, it will likely result in the driest mouth you have ever experienced. Additionally, if air is leaking from your mouth, the CPAP pressure is not in your airway as it should be, and therefore, you may continue to snore even though you are using the CPAP. If you want to continue using a nasal interface, consider a good chin strap. If the chin strap doesn’t work, then the best option is to switch to a full face mask over your nose and mouth. This will solve the problem of dry mouth, and continuing to snore.

Problem 10:

I can’t use my CPAP because I can’t stand to keep the mask on my face! I am claustrophobic!

Solution:

There is no doubt that using CPAP can cause anxiety and a claustrophobic reaction in some people. One possible solution goes back to problem #1 where we discussed acclamation or “getting used” to your CPAP. Use it some during the day when you are awake watching TV or reading. If this doesn’t work, then talk to your physician as he/she may be able to help through a coaching plan or medication’s which I have seen helpful to some. Lastly, a simple CPAP mask change may be helpful. Consider the Swift FX as it is the best I have seen, and has helped many overcome this challenge.

This list is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. It is merely a collection of information guided by experience after decades of providing CPAP.

Please comment, or share if you know someone who could benefit from reading this information!

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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

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.