Ira Wendorf

About Ira Wendorf

Ira Wendorf is the Technical Director as well as a writer for this blog. He is a Certified First Responder and a PADI Licensed Rescue SCUBA Diver.

Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Ayurvedic Home Remedies – Inner and Outer Health Balance

Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that has been around for centuries and is now gaining in popularity after having been largely forgotten for hundreds of years. Ayurveda promotes a healthy lifestyle where you keep your body in balance and if an illness does occur you don’t just treat the symptoms, which is what most Western forms of medicine do, instead you attack the underlying cause of the problem so you can have a permanent fix to the problem. There are ayurvedic home remedies for many types of common illnesses that will assist CPAP patients.

Ayurvedic promotes a balance between the three energies that promote inner and outer health. These energies are called doshas and everyone has their own unique balance of doshas. Finding out your natural balance is part of determining the best Ayurvedic remedy for you and your situation.

There are herbal Ayurvedic remedies for many diseases of the nervous system, lymphatic system respiratory system, digestive and circulatory system. As you can see, there are a lot of different common medical issues that may be able to be resolved using this ancient knowledge.

Make sure, though, that before you start any type of alternative medical regime you talk to your doctor first. Being on CPAP, in dealing with your respiratory health, you don’t want to introduce anything not fully supported by medical advice. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because these are natural herbs that they are completely safe. There can still be negative side effects when you combine some herbal remedies with over the counter or prescription drugs you may already be taking.

It’s also important that you learn what you are doing and what part of the plant you need to use such as the roots, the leaves, or the stems. You also need to know exact quantities to use as well as the exact way to prepare the herb. If you choose to do it on your own, be willing to spend some time learning more about the various herbs and how best to utilize their power. This isn’t something you should try to do without carefully learning how to do it properly.

It’s also important to note that when you are using natural herbal remedies that they will generally take longer to work than other forms of medicine. This is actually a good thing since unlike many other drugs which only mask the symptoms, think of a cough drop, the natural remedies will actually help you fix the underlying cause. Even though it may take longer the result should be more permanent than when you just take a drug to mask the symptoms so you can feel better.

Before you go out and buy a lot of herbs to make your own ayurvedic home remedies you should consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner and let them know that you are using a CPAP machine nightly. There is a definite method to this practice and you don’t want to start taking a lot of herbs if you don’t know what the overall effect will be on your body. Take some time and find an expert in your area who can show you just what you need to do to get the maximum benefit from this form of medicine.

The Dream Team at http://advancedsleeptherapy.com consists of a team of Respiratory Practitioners, as well as an RN Nurse Clinician who will assist you in starting out with the proper CPAP treatment equipment right in the comfort of your home and then provide ongoing monitoring to your Doctor. Advanced Sleep Therapy located in Arlington Heights has been serving Chicagoland for over fourteen years. Their knowledge and experience in CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear, and all cleaning and CPAP accessories is outstanding, which is what makes them JCAHO Gold Seal Certified providers.

Don’t have insurance? No worries, you can always order online from our sister company Breathe Easy CPAP who is proud to offer a complete line of CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear, and all cleaning and CPAP accessories.

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By |2019-04-03T02:41:33+00:00January 26th, 2019|

Sleep and Mood

Sleep and Mood

Drugs, stressful situations, and even excessive noise can affect daily body rhythms and moods. An irregular living schedule can aggravate mood disorders. The old-fashioned sanitarium rest cure was effective with the “nervous” because it put the patient on a regular schedule of sleep, activity, and meals. Below are some kinds of sleep disturbances that can make mood disorder worse.

Insomnia

A person suffering from insomnia has difficulty initiating or maintaining normal sleep, which can result in non-restorative sleep and impairment of daytime functioning. Insomnia includes sleeping too little, difficulty falling asleep, awakening frequently during the night, or waking up early and being unable to get back to sleep. It is characteristic of many mental and physical disorders. Those with depression, for example, may experience overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, or guilt, all of which can interrupt sleep. Hypomanics, on the other hand, can be so aroused that getting quality sleep is virtually impossible without medication.

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

This is the most common circadian-rhythm sleep disorder that results in insomnia and daytime sleepiness or somnolence. A short circuit between a person’s biological clock and the 24-hour day causes this sleep disorder. It is commonly found in those with mild or major depression. In addition, certain medications used to treat bipolar disorder may disrupt the sleep-wake cycle.

REM Sleep Abnormalities

REM sleep abnormalities have been implicated by doctors in a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, post traumatic stress disorder, some forms of schizophrenia, and other disorders in which psychosis occurs.

Irregular Sleep-Wake Schedule

This sleep disorder is yet another problem that many with Bipolar II experience and in large part results from a lack of lifestyle schedule. Bipolar drug abusers and/or alcoholics who stay awake all night searching for similar addicts and engaging in the drug-seeking behavior, which results in sleeping the next day, usually experience the reverse sleep-wake cycle.

If you find that you are experiencing sleep/mood issues it is time to sit down with your physician. Your Doctor may order a sleep study to determine if you would benefit from CPAP Therapy. Advanced Sleep Therapy can provide all of your equipment and assist you along the way to a better night’s rest.

The Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy consists of a team of Respiratory Practitioners, as well as an RN Nurse Clinician who will assist you in starting out with the proper CPAP treatment equipment right in the comfort of your home and then provide ongoing monitoring to your Doctor. Advanced Sleep Therapy located in Arlington Heights has been serving Chicagoland for over fourteen years. Their knowledge and experience in CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories is outstanding, which is what makes them JCAHO Gold Seal Certified providers.

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By |2018-11-14T06:22:53+00:00December 8th, 2018|

Shut off the electronics in the bedroom for a healthier night’s sleep!!

Shut off the electronics in the bedroom for a healthier night’s sleep!!

Do you find yourself counting sheep trying to knock off?  Does it seem that an evening’s sleep appears far from your reach?   If you’re going through issues sleeping, then there are a number of basic changes that you can do to make your sleeping environment more conducive to sleep.

The first thing you should do is to make sure that you keep all electronics out of the sleeping area or at least shut off at bedtime as magnetic and light intrusions will ruin your sleep along with your health.

Lack of sleep is a significant problem in our modern society. Missing out on sleep will leave you with shadowy circles underneath your eyes, an exact apparent indicator you are not obtaining plenty of rest.

Obtaining seven to nine hours of sound sleep will assist you to manage your weight as well as shed a few pounds if you are looking to reduce.  Avoid eating heavy meals ahead of bedtime to sleep soundly.

Another idea that might help aid in a fruitful night’s rest is to include tryptophan or cortisol in your diet on occasion, accessible at many drug stores and several wellness foods retailers.

Choose a mattress at which you feel comfortable with sleeping in. Go ahead and splurge on that mattress as you want to be certain you are going to be given an amazing nighttime’s slumber.

Instead of watching television or surfing the internet, shut the electronics off. Try to spend some time outdoors engaged in activities as the fresh air and exercise will also relax you and put you in a restful mood. Recharging our bodies is crucial for our performance. Start everyday life with serenity and also a sense of happiness, and setting that tone will very likely assist you to have a great day.

It’s critical to take note that should sleeping problems persist due to attainable PTSD or Stress disorders that you wish to become in contact a therapist or physician to find expert help.  They will order a sleep study to determine if you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If necessary they will order a CPAP machine for your treatment.

CPAP takes time to adjust to everyone. Give yourself a few months and you should be sleeping soundly. Sticking to a schedule for “winding down” before bed will help your body as it adjusts. The dedicated Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy will be with you every step of your treatment.

The Dream Team at http://advancedsleeptherapy.com consists of a team of Respiratory Practitioners, as well as an RN Nurse Clinician who will assist you in starting out with the proper CPAP treatment equipment right in the comfort of your home and then provide ongoing monitoring to your Doctor. Advanced Sleep Therapy located in Arlington Heights has been serving Chicagoland for over fourteen years. Their knowledge and experience in CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories is outstanding, which is what makes them JCAHO Gold Seal Certified providers.

Don’t have insurance? No worries, you can always order online from our sister company Breathe Easy CPAP. Breathe Easy CPAP is proud to offer a complete line of CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories.

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By |2018-11-13T01:34:10+00:00October 27th, 2018|

Should CPAP Users Allow Their Cat and Dog in the Bedroom ?

Should CPAP Users Allow Their Cat and Dog in the Bedroom ?

What the In-Crowd Won’t Tell You About Should CPAP Users Allow Their Cat and Dog in the Bedroom?

Aaaaaaachoo!

Sneezing? Wheezing? Nose runny, eyes itchy? You may be suffering from the common cold. But if the condition has been hanging on for two weeks, or more, you may be suffering from an allergy as opposed to a cold. Your doctor may be the only one who can conclude if you are experiencing an allergic reaction.

There are many types of allergies but being allergic to animals is quite common. What happens if you discover you are susceptible to pet allergies?

Does this mean that your faithful dog, loving cat or beautiful rabbit has to go?

Some people that have allergies can continue to live with their pet. It depends on the severity of your allergies and whether or not you are prepared to make some changes and live within a few rules.  If your allergic reaction to your pet is on the moderate side, you may be able to reduce your suffering by reducing the number of animal allergens you come in contact with. That means keeping them out of the bedroom, your sanctuary, the one place you rest your head at night.

Up to 15% of the population is allergic to domestic animals and approximately one-third of those continue to live with their pet. For many, the pleasure of owning a pet outweighs the burden and discomfort of pet allergies.

If your allergies make life miserable for you but are non-life threatening, you may be able to reduce the symptoms by taking the following actions.

If you suffer from allergies and share your living space with an animal, it is extremely important to keep dust and dust mites to a minimum in your home. The microscopic skin particles that are cast off by dogs, cats, hamsters and other pets are known as dander, and can quickly spread throughout your home and cause allergic reactions for anyone who has a pet allergy.

Never sleep with your pet. You would be breathing in dander for the whole time that you are asleep. Best make your bedroom a no-go area for your pets, keep your bedroom door closed and don’t allow your pet in. Although you cannot completely prevent dander from getting into your bedroom, keeping the animal out will greatly reduce the level of pet allergen in that room. Buy a low-cost vinyl encasing for your mattress, this will keep down the dander that resides in your bed. Wash blankets, sheets and pillowcases frequently.

Where you can replace your carpets. A non-porous flooring such as hardwood, tile, vinyl or linoleum will contain far less allergen than carpeting. Where you do have carpets have them cleaned regularly and vacuum frequently – and use a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum filter.

Consider replacing fabric furniture covered with leather or vinyl furniture and replacing your curtains with plastic blinds, an expense but doing so will help reduce the effect of your pet allergies.

Bath your pet frequently, at least once a week and you will greatly diminish the amount of dander residing in your pet’s fur (by up to 80%). Contrary to popular belief cats can be bathed, get someone to help and ask your veterinarian for advice on how to do this properly.

Damp wipe all surfaces once per week, pet allergens are airborne and will stick to most anything. Don’t forget to wipe down your pet’s toys they will be harboring allergens.

Washing off or changing the filter in your heating cooling system will help. Consider purchasing a HEPA air cleaner, they can reduce allergens in the home and increase comfort for those who suffer from pet allergies.

Likewise, cleaning your CPAP will help you in your goal of keeping things allergy free.  You can easily do this with the SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer available for purchase online at Breathe Easy CPAP. If you are on the go you can also have a canister of Sunset CPAP Cleaning Wipes in your travel gear.

Talk to your doctor about your commitment to keeping your pet. If he/she considers that your pet allergy is not life-threatening he/she may understand your reluctance to part with your animal companion. Allergy shots (immunotherapy) may be prescribed and may help you, together with the steps above, to continue to enjoy the company of your cat, dog, hamster or rabbit. Just remember the bedroom is a “NO GO ZONE” for your beloved animals.

Breathe Easy CPAP is proud to offer a complete line of CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories.

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By |2018-11-12T23:49:53+00:00October 6th, 2018|

Set Your Self Up For a Restful Night’s Sleep

Set Your Self Up For a Restful Night’s Sleep

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for restorative sleep and set up for the proper use of your CPAP machine and CPAP supplies. More and more we are surfing our iPad’s and working on our laptops creating a “make-shift” office, taking away from the meaning of “rest”. Picking out your bedroom flooring, window coverings to the type of mattress you sleep on and your ultimate choice of the nightstand. The setup of your bedroom greatly contributes to the quality of your sleep health.

When shopping for your bedroom flooring you want to make sure you use a material that is complementary to the bedroom’s style but more importantly is comfortable to bare feet. For a safe landing pad, we suggest a soft area rug to provide warmth when exiting the bed. Make sure the rug extends at least eighteen inches longer than the size of your bed if you are placing the bed on top of the rug. You may choose to place it at the foot of the bed, or next to the bed to set the tone for a separate sitting area.  Experts suggest if you have a queen an 8’ x 10’ rug will work, for a King try a 9’ x 12’.

Choosing the right window coverings are also important for your CPAP and respiratory health as you want to keep allergens at bay and aid in keeping your CPAP machine running smoothly.  A nice window film is decorative, provides privacy and reduces UV rays. It is important to remember to clean it by gently wiping it down once a month. You can also install a PVC roll-up blind with a pleated fabric shade for extra privacy. Thermal insulated blackout curtains will help asthma and allergy sufferers and darken the room. Exposing yourself to outside light, even if it’s dim, interferes with the secretion of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and will reduce your chances for a full night’s rest.

When it comes time to shop for your mattress you want to find one that accommodates your needs. Consider both your weight and size when selecting the type of mattress. Do you want an innerspring, pillow-top or specialty gel or foam mattress? Consider the height of your bed and how it correlates to your CPAP setup. Try to accommodate and make it blend in at the same time, all, after all, the CPAP machine is your ticket to a good night’s sleep. The Better Sleep Council recommends sitting on each mattress prior to buying to see how it accommodates you. I personally tried five mattress stores, over 20 mattresses and ended up purchasing online from a trusted source only after checking out the reviews and calling the manufacturer with my specific questions. A bit overboard, perhaps, but I have enjoyed this mattress for 6 years and would not buy any other type. Make sure of the retailer’s warranty and return policies before investing your mattress.  Our bodies are unique, our health concerns are each different but one thing we share in common is the need to be comfortable while sleeping with our CPAP.

The most important decision you will make for your bedroom is how to set up an area for your CPAP machine and supplies. Of course, having the right size nightstand is essential. However, with the CPAP Holders, CPAP Shelf  your CPAP machine can rest between your nightstand and bed freeing up more room on your nightstand for your personal needs. It is best to find a nightstand that has enough room for a lamp, clock, a drinking glass for water and a trinket or fun photo of a loved one.

You can purchase the CPAP Holders, CPAP Shelf without a prescription online at Breathe Easy.

Have fun planning your bedroom. Until next time, Better Sleep, Better Health, The Advanced Sleep Therapy Dream Team

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By |2018-11-13T01:17:44+00:00September 8th, 2018|

The Great Underground Disorder

The Great Underground Disorder

Many of us take a good night’s sleep for granted. We sleep peacefully through the night blissfully unaware that up to 10% of the adult population has their sleep disrupted by repeated episodes of upper airway collapse, otherwise known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.

It is approximated that over 20 million individuals in the United States alone struggle with OSA and also even worse still, approximately 90% of those are un-diagnosed. If you, a friend or family member has been diagnosed with OSA, you are not alone, However, you are well on your way to leading a better lifestyle.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most common and effective treatment for OSA. It involves applying a gentle air pressure to the airway through either the nose, mouth or both the nose and mouth. This pressure keeps the upper airway continuously open allowing the user to breathe while sleeping, and in doing so provides a good night’s sleep. This therapy has been used to treat OSA sufferers successfully for over 20 years!

The Vigor8™ Lifestyle Program brought to you by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, is a helpful educational resource and web-tool for those who live with OSA and those who support and care for them. www.vigor8.com is the home of a comprehensive collection of support materials and tools for living and sleeping well. Visit the site to learn more.

Fisher & Paykel offers a wonderful line of products that offer advanced data reporting features for your CPAP therapy such as the Fisher and Paykel ICON Premo CPAP Machine With Smartstick Efficacy Data available from Breathe Easy CPAP.

Breathe Easy CPAP is proud to offer a complete line of CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories. Best of all you can order the Fisher and Paykel online from the comfort of your home or the go via your mobile.

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By |2018-11-12T22:09:51+00:00August 4th, 2018|

How to beat the Wintertime Blues

How to beat the Wintertime Blues

Sunlight can be an essential part of an individual’s well-being. While insufficient daylight may be the major cause, various other relevant facets donate to seasonal depression. This can affect your sleep. CPAP patient’s need to be conscious of their overall well-being.

The fact remains, during winters, your complete body lacks the key component vitamins that it requires to secure your bones, vitamin D. Generally, the most effective way to obtain supplementation D is normally via sunlight light that your body system becomes subject to each day. Going for a thirty-minute walk in sunlight daily, especially during mid-day when sunlight is its brightest can help.

If it is too frigid outside to try the local “walkers” groups then how about trying an easy exercise routine together with your most liked instructor-on-CD program or try to go to the local gym a few times per week and once on the weekend. Regular exercise boosts your serotonin and dopamine amounts, that may leave you feeling a sense of contentment and more tranquil throughout the day. It is extremely important to maintaining your health.

Experts tell us if the winter blues have you starting to feel that it is hard to go to work, most likely you’re in the wrong job. You may need to add more time daily to your exercise workout. The wintertime coldest few months can be tricky to go through, particularly if you’re usually on the go and now the inclement weather has you buried inside with snow and ice.

The autumn-winter period is nearly always challenging for your body, because of this we must become more conscious of our diet. During cold months, give yourself an ideal nourishment to keep your bones from feeling the chills and keep your mind on your goal to having excellent health.

During the bad weather, when you’re stuck at home, it’s an ideal time to make sure that your CPAP accessories are up to date. You want to check your available replacement schedule. You can order your replacement CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and other CPAP cleaning supplies online at Breathe Easy CPAP, using the mobile app, or by calling the office.

While you have all of this spare time at home waiting for the plow trucks to clear your path, you can start listing and organizing your lawn and garden needs. Having your list ready will help you to make plans to grow unique types of vegetation and plants, come spring.

Another fun winter hobby is to try a stamp collection. Studying stamp collecting, you will learn an appreciation of stamps. Then, as your experience grows, you might want to even consider selling them for extra cash. Eventually, you may find that you have the ability to find that “perfect” postage stamp and enjoying the fun of stamp collecting and then you can take pleasure in doing so every year during the cold months.

The main thing here’s to be always part of any soothing, enjoyable activity which allows you escape from your own everyday task list. Ultimately, after you leave your work each night, you can find a way to pamper yourself and take a break from the normal day to day tasks. You just have to make it a point to participate in some type of other activity and that will help to revive your spirits.

If you have done all of the above and still truly feel the winter blues, it’s time to join a group. You will need a plan of action. There are plenty of groups to choose from usually found in the local paper. Winter is the perfect time to join a book club. You can participate in many clubs online if you are unable to get out and about to join in person.

Whatever you decide to do, remember your health is the key to your happiness. Spring is coming even though it’s a few more weeks away according to Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most celebrated groundhog who saw his shadow on February 2nd and just like you, the team at AST will be waiting for it!

The Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy consists of a team of Respiratory Practitioners, as well as an RN Nurse Clinician who will assist you in starting out with the proper CPAP treatment equipment right in the comfort of your home and then provide ongoing monitoring to your Doctor. Advanced Sleep Therapy located in Arlington Heights has been serving Chicagoland for over fourteen years. Their knowledge and experience in CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories is outstanding, which is what makes them JCAHO Gold Seal Certified providers.

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By |2018-03-05T07:05:52+00:00June 16th, 2018|

A Look at Obesity

A Look at Obesity

To quote the American Obesity Association’s words, “It is now acknowledged that obesity is a major, persistent disease. No human condition– not race, faith, gender, disease or ethnic background state– compares to obesity in occurrence and prejudice, death and morbidity, sickness and stigma.” Weight problems are a Trojan horse. It brings a battalion of disorders, which are most detrimental to our health.

Among others, the following are the issues that might arise out being obese:

  1. Hypertension
  1. Diabetes (Type-2).
  1. Coronary heart disease.
  1. Stroke.
  1. Gallbladder disease.
  1. Osteoarthritis.
  1. Asthma.
  1. Sleep apnea and respiratory issues.
  1. Some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon).
  1. High levels of cholesterol.

This is an unending list, where each of the above disorders is capable of creating other issues, where no medication without negative effects, might be easily utilized. Avoidance is the very best cure for weight problems. Ways to accomplish this?

 Shake Your Head.

A doctor when told my good friend, who is overweight that it is very easy to lose weight. My friend became extremely interested and asked him to suggest a method. The medical professional calmly replied that just shake your head from left to right, perhaps ten times a day! My buddy became very curious. Exactly what is the concept behind this? He asked. Medical professional calmly responded, “Whenever anybody offers you something to eat, shake your head from the delegated right”. Easy, isn’t it? It is easy, however, it requires discipline, which is not simple. But then, practice takes discipline. Avoiding processed food and junk food should be finished with a discipline.

Is Being Overweight Obesity?

Weight problems are not just due to eating condition, unlike overweight. Weight problems are genetic and it is determined by Body Mass Index or BMI. Grownups over the BMI of 30 Kg/m2 is thought about are considered obese and anyone with reading between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2 is overweight, not obese.

Obesity is presenting the most significant risk to Americans and the numbers are rising with each year. There are around 35% overweight Americans according to a study.

What Causes Obesity?

There are more factors than one. Having an obsession to eating more calories than you can burn, how active you are, exactly what you consume and whether you have actually an acquired streak in your genes, all of these determine your possibilities of becoming obese?

In any case, it is because of the over-accumulation of fats.

Does An Anti-Obesity Plan Exist?

There are many quick-fix strategies being promoted by the so-called dieticians which are not controlled by FDA. Burning fat by increased physical activity and a changed lifestyle in addition to changed consuming practices too much healthier foods should gradually show outcomes.

Fat at hips is not quicker to harm you than the build-up around the waist, there is no assurance that you are definitely safe. Speak to your fitness instructor and dietician, pull-up your socks and get going. After all, it’s your life.

If your Doctor prescribes CPAP therapy the team of Advanced Sleep Therapy will be standing by. The Dream Team at http://advancedsleeptherapy.com consists of a team of Respiratory Practitioners, as well as an RN Nurse Clinician who will assist you in starting out with the proper CPAP treatment equipment right in the comfort of your home and then provide ongoing monitoring to your Doctor. Advanced Sleep Therapy located in Arlington Heights has been serving Chicagoland for over fourteen years. Their knowledge and experience in CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories is outstanding, which is what makes them JCAHO Gold Seal Certified providers.

Don’t have insurance? No worries, you can always order online from our sister company http://breatheeasycpap.com. Breathe Easy CPAP is proud to offer a complete line of CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories.

 

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By |2018-03-05T06:03:05+00:00April 28th, 2018|

Kiss chafing goodbye with the Fisher & Paykel FlexiFit 432 Full Face Mask with Headgear

Kiss chafing goodbye with the Fisher & Paykel FlexiFit 432 Full Face Mask with Headgear

You can rely on the trusted CPAP manufacturer Fisher & Paykel to be able to dream up a CPAP mask that builds even more excitement than the success associated their previous masks, incorporating the most effective CPAP treatment with affordable convenience and user satisfaction. Sleep apnea patients who use full face masks will love the latest and best design in the crowd-pleasing FlexiFit line of face masks: The F &P FlexiFit 432 Full Face Mask with Headgear presented to you by Breathe Easy CPAP.

This particular mask is one CPAP mask that truly won’t hinder you’re falling asleep. Pursue your wildest dreams |and also the peace you’ve been craving all day with the F & P FlexiFit 432 Full Face Mask with Headgear.

While many sleep apnea patients appreciate the security of a nose and mouth covering, they may find that| full-face masks greatly restrict mouth and jaw movement and exert too much pressure over the bridge of the nose. Instead of resting below your lower lip, the FlexiFit 432 seals underneath your chin, |which can be especially fantastic news for mouth-breathers in addition to people with beards.

A soft chin seal means no more chafing or perhaps redness underneath your mouth and effortlessly holds the seal in place while you go about your bedtime routine. The FlexiFit 432 renders the chin seal even more effective together with a new inner foam insert in addition to its silicone cushion. If you should ever need to extend the life of your mask without purchasing a new frame entirely, you can consider buying replacement cushions from Breath Easy CPAP: https://tinyurl.com/ffcushions with the convenient FlexiFoam Cushion Insert and Silicone Seal Kit: http://breatheeasycpap.com/f-p-flexifit-431-432-universal-spare-silicone-seal-select-a-size/ for the FlexiFit HC432 Full Face Mask.

The headgear for the FlexiFit 432 provides extra support to frame and chin strap and contains no latex. Getting out of your mask is simply no longer a fifteen-minute activity, thanks to the quick-release strap. No more fumbling around with complicated clips; this mask is a snap to take on and off, and it preserves any kind of adjustments you make.

Breathe Easy CPAP is proud to offer a complete line of CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories. Best of all you can order the Fisher and Paykel Flexi Fit 432 Full Face Mask With Headgear as a Kit without any prescription being required from our online store at BreatheEasy CPAP.

The Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy consists of a team of Respiratory Practitioners, as well as an RN Nurse Clinician who will assist you in starting out with the proper CPAP treatment equipment right in the comfort of your home and then provide ongoing monitoring to your Doctor. Advanced Sleep Therapy located in Arlington Heights has been serving Chicagoland for over fourteen years. Their knowledge and experience in CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories is outstanding, which is what makes them JCAHO Gold Seal Certified providers.

Don’t have insurance? No worries, you can always order online from our sister company http://breatheeasycpap.com. Breathe Easy CPAP is proud to offer a complete line of CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories.

 

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By |2018-03-03T02:23:13+00:00March 10th, 2018|

Preventing Mask Lines

Preventing Mask Lines: Using the Gecko or Remzzzs

Once you’ve made the time-consuming decision to purchase a CPAP mask, you may hope that the challenges of fitting your CPAP mask are over. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you have got sleep apnea, a breathing disorder with serious health consequences such as kidney disease and stroke, you’re likely familiar with CPAP therapy. If you use a full-face mask with your Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy, you’re probably familiar with morning mask lines and maybe even sore marks on the bridge of your nose. While these marks are often harmless, they can sometimes lead to skin breakdown, especially in the elderly. The issue with these mask lines can sometimes be frustrating enough to tempt CPAP users into discontinuing therapy.

Yet, continuing CPAP therapy is an important measure in treating sleep apnea and preventing the associated medical conditions. When embarrassing mask lines and sore marks on your nose become an issue, what can you do to avoid this and continue treatment?

Mask Liner Options: Remzzzs or Gecko?

Mask liners are soft, hypoallergenic, and absorb moisture. They prevent mask air leaks, and not only protect your skin, but they also prevent your CPAP mask from being broken down prematurely by skin oils. The major difference between the Remzzzs and the Gecko mask liners is in the shape of the product. While the Remzzzs is shaped like a slightly curved triangle and sits along the inside of the entire face mask, the Gecko is an oblong liner that simply sits on the bridge of the user’s nose. Both the Gecko and Remzzzs work with all full face and nasal masks.

Both of these products cost about the same. We recommend purchasing a 6-pack of each before investing in a 30-Day supply of either. This will allow you to try them out with your specific mask. Your face shape and mask can greatly impact the effectiveness of either product. The best option is to try them both before making a commitment.

If you’re interested in trying out the Gecko or Remzzzs nasal pads, visit us online at Breatheeasycpap.com. We’re passionate about promoting better treatment. Not only will we provide you with the best CPAP accessories, we’ll answer any of your CPAP and sleep apnea treatment questions.

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By |2018-02-24T05:26:13+00:00January 20th, 2018|

Protecting Your CPAP from Your Feline Friends

Protecting Your CPAP from Your Feline Friends

Cat lovers know that while our little furry friends can be a great source of joy, love, and entertainment, they sometimes add a level of frustration to our lives. Innately curious, cats look for opportunities to practice pouncing, sharpen their claws, and understand the nature of the world around them. Sleep apnea sufferers using CPAP therapy should be warned: protecting your CPAP system from your cat is an important task.

Your continuous positive airway pressure machine needs extra protection from your pets, especially cats. The noise, blowing air, and the movement of your CPAP tubing are all curiously interesting to a bored house cat. To protect your CPAP, keep water glasses away from the machine, if your cat likes to push things, your machine’s electronic components could be at risk of getting wet. All it takes is one little swipe from your cat to pour a glass of water on your machine.

CPAP tubing is another tempting part of the CPAP system. It’ whirs with sound as air passes through and swings back and forth while you adjust during the night. A feisty cat won’t wait long to put their claws into this very important piece of equipment. A hole in your CPAP tubing decreases the air pressures which your machine delivers to the mask and may make therapy completely ineffective. Protect your CPAP tubing by using a durable hose cover. Some hose covers also act as insulators and prevent rain-out, or being sprayed with water during the night, in CPAP systems using humidifiers.

You’ll find hose covers, along with many other quality CPAP supplies, at Breatheeasycpap.com. Not sure if you’re doing enough to protect your CPAP system from your pets? Contact the sleep experts online and get your questions answered. We know you love your pet and we love when successful sleep apnea therapy. Let’s work together to ensure both you, and your furry friends, are happy.

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By |2018-02-24T05:06:05+00:00December 2nd, 2017|

Why Do I Need to Replace My Supplies So Often?

Why Do I Need to Replace My Supplies So Often?

While starting sleep apnea treatment is tough for some-finding the perfect fitting mask, getting used to the feeling of forced air, and looking for the best sleeping position are just a few challenges with those first few weeks of CPAP use-once most people have gotten used to continuous positive airway pressure therapy, the thought of going without their machine is terrifying. Yet, the bits and pieces which make up your CPAP system don’t last forever, and eventually, you’re going to need to replace parts in order to avoid a lapse in your therapy. How often will you need to replace your parts? What wear and tear indicates a need for replacement? Read on to find out.

Your CPAP Mask and Headgear

Your CPAP mask should be replaced every three months. Oils on your skin and moisture released from your airway when your breath erodes the quality of your mask and may lead to ineffective treatment. The pillows and cushion portions of your CPAP mask will be released more often, as often as twice per month. The headgear, or the part of your CPAP system which attaches the mask to your head is usually made with soft, stretching neoprene. This material is gentle and promotes comfortable CPAP therapy. However, neoprene degrades with constant adjusting and stretching and should therefor be replaced every six months.

Replace the Bits and Pieces Too

When keeping track of replacing parts of your CPAP system, don’t forget things like your tubing, which should be replaced every three months to decrease the risk of mold contamination and the breakdown of tubing material. CPAP filters need to be changed more frequently, about every two weeks for disposable filters. Gray reusable filters should be washed frequently and replaced every six months. If you’ve got a humidifier, the water chamber should also be replaced once every six months.

Invest in a Quality CPAP Machine

The CPAP machine itself hardly needs to be replaced as often as the other parts of the system. When properly cared for, your CPAP machine should last every five years. Check with your insurance company about how often they’ll help you pay for a replacement. In some cases, you may be able to obtain a new machine sooner.

When it’s time for you to replace your CPAP system parts, visit us at Breatheeasycpap.com. We’ve got replacement parts available without a prescription and are equipped to help you navigate your insurance plan to determine when you can obtain new supplies. We want your sleep apnea treatment to be as successful as possible. Let us help you purchase and manage your CPAP system for years to come.

 

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By |2017-03-15T20:46:04+00:00October 28th, 2017|

Should I See a Sleep Specialist for My Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

Should I See a Sleep Specialist for My Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

If you’ve been snoring at night, are waking up more exhausted than you have in the past, or are experiencing high blood pressure and weight gain, you may have sleep apnea. Though the symptoms vary greatly from person to person, any of the above may indicate a need to see your physician about the disorder. Sleep apnea is a medical condition noted by periods without breath during the night. These moments are known as episodes of apnea and can lead to serious cardiovascular disease, memory problems, and secondary illnesses like diabetes. When it’s time to seek medical treatment for your symptoms, you may be wondering who to see. Go straight to a sleep specialist or visit your general physician first?

What’s a Sleep Specialist?

While a primary care provider is usually well-rounded in most common medical conditions, a sleep specialist is specially accredited by organizations such as the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. These organizations ensure that the applying physicians are qualified to treat sleep disorders. These physicians may specialize in internal medicine, pulmonology, neurology, otolaryngology, and more.

Getting a Definitive Diagnosis

The best diagnosis of sleep apnea is made in a sleep study laboratory. There a team of sleep specialists record sleeping activity, including number of apnea episodes throughout the nights. A sleep study is the only way to get a definitive diagnosis for sleep apnea.

What About My Primary Care Physician?

Your primary care provider may be able to diagnose your sleep apnea before requiring a sleep study. They’ll take a look at your health history, the health history of your family, and your symptoms in order to decide whether or not you need to see a sleep specialist. If your symptoms are complex, you’ve got other health conditions, or he or she isn’t able to make a concrete diagnosis, your primary care provider may ask that you see a sleep specialist. In some cases, your insurance provider may require that you see your general physician before making an appointment with a sleep specialist.

When it’s time to choose a sleep specialist to see, choose a team of medical professionals who are dedicated to the promotion of your health. Our team at Advanced Sleep Therapy is made up of specialized physicians, registered nurses, and respiratory therapists. We’ve built a practice upon our passion for fostering health through better sleep. We’ll help you get from symptomatic sleep apnea to the best sleep, and health, of your life.

 

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By |2017-03-13T19:49:20+00:00September 23rd, 2017|

Is Your Stubborn Insomnia Actually Sleep Apnea?

Is Your Stubborn Insomnia Actually Sleep Apnea?

There’s perhaps no common human experience as frustrating as insomnia. You’ve woken up early, ran what felt like hundreds of errands, worked for eight hours, and come home craving sleep. And yet, sleep seems distant. Often, when you do fall asleep, you don’t stay that way. Maybe you’re closing your eyes only to wake up an hour later. So incredibly frustrating.

If you’ve tried all the common tips and tricks to cure your insomnia and yet are still struggling, there may be something else behind your sleep disturbances. Consider asking your doctor about sleep apnea, a night time breathing disorder that may be keeping you awake at night.

How Does Sleep Apnea Keep Me Awake?

Like sleep apnea, insomnia has nighttime and daytime symptoms. At night, you may find yourself having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep. During the day, you’re likely tired and irritable.

Sleep apnea causes restlessness at night, snoring, and fatigue during the day. You may also have trouble concentrating. Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing stops because of poor brain signals, weakened throat muscles, or airway obstruction during the night. When these breathless moments occur, your brain panics and jolts you awake in order to start your breathing once again. Once you’ve woken, your brain often turns on like a light bulb, illuminating all those stressful things you had to accomplish the day before or the problematic things to come later. Sleep apnea is so common in insomniacs that one study found more than half of those suffering from insomnia also have sleep apnea.

If you’re having trouble sleeping and decide to see your primary health care provider, make sure that they’re ruling out sleep apnea. Sleep apnea treatment is painless and effective; if your sleeping difficulties are caused by this condition, you’ll have an easy way to fix the problem.

What if I’m Diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?

If your physician diagnoses you with sleep apnea, it’s important to start treatment. Untreated sleep apnea may lead to cardiovascular problems among other life-threatening complications. Most physicians will prescribe continuous positive airway pressure therapy via a CPAP machine to treat this disorder.

We’ve got plenty of quality CPAP systems available on our website along with a team of experienced respiratory health care professionals ready to answer any questions about the process. From the moment you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea till the moment you achieve comfortable, fulfilling sleep, we’ll be here.

Don’t let your insomnia stay stubbornly unsolved. Ask your doctor about sleep apnea today.

 

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By |2017-03-13T04:37:42+00:00July 15th, 2017|

Exercise Your Way to Sleep Apnea Relief

Exercise Your Way to Sleep Apnea Relief

Sleep apnea, a medical condition characterized by moments of breathlessness during sleep, has many serious symptoms. Snoring, dry mouth, headache in the morning, and frequent nighttime waking are all issues experienced by sufferers of this disorder. These symptoms can be stressful and frustrating too, leaving many wondering what they can do to alleviate them. In conjunction with continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or the use of a CPAP machine, exercise can be a wonderful way to find relief from sleep apnea.

What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

There’s a big question in the sleep apnea community about which came first: obstructive sleep apnea or obesity. Obstructive sleep apnea often occurs as a result of excess weight around the neck and chest, increasing the likelihood of airway collapse. However, obstructive sleep apnea also promotes weight gain, making exercise equally as important, no matter the cause. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea and are experiencing weight gain or are already overweight, exercising your way to sleep apnea relief may be for you.

Does Exercise Really Improve Sleep Apnea?

Contemporary studies find that exercise has a significant impact on sleep apnea and its associated symptoms. One study found a 60 to 71% improvement in obstructive sleep apnea severity in patients who began an exercise regimen for about 12 weeks.

Exercises to Try

The most important part of starting a work out routine is finding an exercise style that feels good to you. Exercise should be enjoyable, so find something you love to do. Yoga, walking, and swimming are all great options for those new to exercise. If you’d like to start an exercise routine, talk to your health care team about your best options.

Tongue and Throat Exercises for Sleep Apnea

Not only are there exercises to lose weight, exercises exist to strengthen tongue and throat muscles in hopes of prevent obstruction of the airway during the night. Your physician may not be familiar with these regimens, if you need help finding more information on them, contact a sleep specialist.

No Matter What, Treat Your Sleep Apnea

While exercising is a great way to get healthy, getting immediate treatment for sleep apnea is equally as important. Untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of diabetes and serious cardiovascular events like stroke. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, take a look at our top of the line CPAP machines on Breatheeasycpap.com. From Resmed to Philips Respironics, our CPAP systems are only the best quality. Don’t delay your treatment. Instead, fight your sleep apnea from both sides with plenty of exercise and effective CPAP therapy.

 

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By |2017-03-13T04:57:31+00:00June 24th, 2017|

New in CPAP Masks: The Eson II

New in CPAP Masks: The Eson II

Maintaining adherence to your sleep apnea treatment isn’t always easy. While your doctor sets the right pressure for your treatment, it’s up to you to choose which mask style works best for your body. To the majority of CPAP users, picking the best mask for therapy is the most important step in getting treatment started and sticking to it.

What’s New is CPAP Masks?

While not necessarily classified under new technology, there is a new way of looking at CPAP masks. More than ever, medical supply companies are encouraging their customers to take some time to get a mask that fits just right. Mask leakage leading to dry eyes, discomfort, or ineffective treatment is a huge contributor to discontinuing CPAP therapy.

On Breatheeasycpap.com, you’ll find a wide variety of masks ranging from nasal masks, full-face masks, masks for women, and even pediatric masks. Some adults with small features have been known to try pediatric masks and love them!

Which Masks Are Superior?

When it comes to your health, you don’t want to mess around. It’s better to pick a quality mask first so that your continuous positive airway pressure therapy works immediately. Technological advancements in sleep apnea therapy are happening quickly, and since CPAP masks are benefiting, you are as well. The Eson II is a top of the line CPAP mask made by Fisher and Paykel. It’s built with Rollfit Seal technology, an advancement in design which lessens air leaks and delivers the most effective seal.

The Eson II comes in three sizes with an easy to use frame and an intuitive head gear system. A VisiBlue lighting system is incorporated into the mask components, making it easy to identify key mask features, disassemble, and reassemble this equipment.

At Breatheeasycpap.com, we trust Fisher and Paykel with building durable, quality products for our customers. Fisher and Paykel has been designing healthcare equipment for decades and shows no signs of putting a stop to innovating state of the art sleep apnea treatment supplies.

 

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By |2017-03-09T16:16:01+00:00May 6th, 2017|

Using Your CPAP’s Ramp Feature to Fall Asleep

Using Your CPAP’s Ramp Feature to Fall Asleep

There’s a funny conundrum involved with CPAP treatment: we use this device to treat a condition which keeps us up at night or, at the very least, keep us from getting a truly restorative night of rest, but it’s often the cause of troubled sleep, especially in the beginning. So, what’s going on here? One of the most frequent complaints regarding the use of a continuous positive airway pressure machine is that it’s tough to fall asleep while trying to exhale against the pressured air. Can you imagine trying to nap with your head out the window of a convertible car?

CPAP machines provide a continuous flow of air meant to keep the sleep apnea sufferer’s throat from free from obstruction. This process ensures that the user has adequate oxygenation all night and protection from the many health issues associated with sleep apnea such as high blood pressure, depression, and stroke. But, this pressured air can be a real bother and prevent people from falling asleep. The solution? The use of a “ramp” feature on their machine.

What is the ramp feature?

On your CPAP, the ramp feature allows for the slow build-up of air pressure. When in use, the ramp feature begins by providing air at a much smaller pressure setting than the sleep apnea sufferer’s prescribed setting. This gives the patient time to get accustomed to pressured air in increments so that they can fall asleep without anxiously breathing against high pressured air.

Does the ramp feature interfere with treatment?

It may seem counterproductive to have your CPAP machine initially fixed to a setting other than your prescribed level. Wouldn’t this defeat the purpose of treatment? Thankfully, this is not so. Since sleep apnea events, or moments without breath only occur while you’re sleeping, the ramp feature promotes better treatment by giving you time to fall asleep rather than interfering with it. Using your CPAP’s ramp setting, you’ll have the benefits of sleep apnea treatment with less bother.

Do all CPAP machines have ramp features?

Not all CPAP machines have ramp features, but many of them do. Take a quick search on any sleep apnea supply store’s website and you’ll find plenty of them. If you’re looking to find a CPAP machine with the best ramp feature, we suggest the very popular Philips System One Remstar. This machine comes with a heated humidifier as well as this handy ramp feature so that the air you’re breathing in is also warm and non-drying.

You’ll find quality CPAP machines on Breatheeasycpap.com with plenty of excellent features. If, after trying out the ramp feature, you’re still struggling to fall asleep, get in touch with our professional sleep team. We’re made up of registered nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians who are all dedicated to sleep apnea treatment. We’re full of ideas about the promotion of that restorative rest you’ve been struggling to achieve.

 

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By |2017-03-09T02:10:46+00:00March 25th, 2017|