Jody Geraci Office Manager

About Jody Geraci Office Manager

Jody has been working as a medical biller for over 10 years. Jody found the AST Team as a Consultant during 2014 as we transitioned from an outside billing company to in-house billing. In the summer of 2015, Jody accepted the position as Office Manager of AST. Jody has been an intricate part of integrating new practice management software to improve our service to you.

The Memory Foam Mattress

The Memory Foam Mattress

Technology is now helping us sleep better at night. One example of this is the memory foam mattress that has been in the market since the early 90’s. The reason why the memory foam mattress did not take off when it was first launched was that it was very expensive. The memory foam mattress is made from polyurethane with additional chemicals that increase its viscosity level which increases its density.

This material is called visco-elastic polyurethane foam. This is available in various sizes and weight and the denser it is, the firmer it is in cool temperatures and softer when warm. Also, higher density memory foam reacts to the body faster so it molds to the shape of the user after a few minutes. The lower density memory foam, on the other hand, will take some time but this produces the same results. When you are looking for a memory foam mattress, the best way to test it is to press your hand into the foam and remove it so you can the impression it leaves behind. After some time, the foam will go back to its original shape.

Despite its benefits, there are some people who are skeptical about the memory foam mattress. They say that some companies who sell these to the consumer give off a distinct chemical odor which smells like paint. But you can get rid of the smell with airing. Another thing that some people are concerned about is the emissions which the memory foam mattress produces may cause respiratory irritation. But these mattresses will never have mildew and dust mites so the chances of asthma attacks for those who have this problem will not happen regularly.

Memory foam is also combustible but there are now steps being taken to make this resistant to ignition if this comes into contact with a candle or a cigarette lighter. But is the memory foam mattress for everyone? This depends on who you ask but most people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who have used this are able to sleep better at night because it provides you both comfort and luxury so you get the utmost support.

Best of all, it does not sag because it does not use innersprings that are still being used by conventional mattresses. This means you don’t have to flip or rotate your bed. If you think that a memory foam mattress can help you sleep better at night, you can look for these in stores and online. When shopping, check the density of the foam and make sure that the mattress is pressure sensitive.

Since this will cost almost a $1,000, you better check if they have a 30 day trial period or something similar to that so that you can get your money back if you do not like it.

However, if you are happy with your existing mattress and just want added support, you can buy a topper instead. This is smaller and you simply put this over your mattress. One thing you should keep in mind about the memory foam mattress is that it acts as a sponge so it can easily absorb the liquid. To prevent damage, you better get one that is waterproof. The memory foam mattress is the best thing to have these days as part of your CPAP Therapy as it reduces pressure points and helps to eliminate tossing and turning so you can get a good night’s sleep.

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 |2019-04-03T02:38:33+00:00January 19th, 2019|

Nightmares and Night Terrors – A Frightening Sleep Disorder

Nightmares and Night Terrors – A Frightening Sleep Disorder

At some time in their childhood, almost all children experience the sleep disorder of having a nightmare. They are common in children and can begin as early as two years old. They are most common in children between three and twelve years old and are considered part of the normal developmental process. However, only about 3 percent, experience night terrors, also called sleep terrors. Both of these sleep disorders can be very frightening to a child.

Nightmares are dreams that are so frightening that they wake the person up. Everyone has had nightmares occasionally throughout their life and they usually are not something to worry about.
Nightmares occur several hours after going to sleep during the REM stage of sleep when there are general body paralysis and active dreaming.

A child can remember the nightmare once they awake and they still remember it in the morning. Sometimes this nightmare sleep disorder can become a problem if the child has nightmares very often and becomes afraid to go to sleep or becomes sleep deprived. When a nightmare occurs it is important that the parent remains calm and reassuring.

There are several things that a parent can do to prevent nightmares. Discuss calm and comforting things with your child just before putting them to bed. Reading to them, or telling them a story can also be very comforting. Don’t let a child watch violent or scary shows on television, especially just before going to bed. Maintaining a relaxing bedtime routine is also important. Sometimes, nightmares indicate a more severe emotional problem within your child.

Night terrors usually occur during the first few hours of sleep, during deep non-REM sleep. They often occur at the same time each night. Night terrors are characterized by screaming, crying or moaning. It is not unusual for a child experiencing a night terror to sit straight up in bed and scream. Their heart rate is increased and they experience rapid breathing. An episode of this sleep disorder can last from 10 minutes to over an hour. Although the child’s eyes are open, they are actually still asleep and when they wake up in the morning there is no memory of what happened during the night.

Although night terrors can be frightening, they are not dangerous. They usually are not a sign of any type of mental distress. A parent should not try to wake the child or comfort them, during a night terror. The best thing for a parent to do when their child is experiencing a night terror is to make sure they are safe. Generally, most children outgrow this sleep disorder after a few months or years. You should discuss this with your pediatrician who might suggest a sleep study to monitor your child’s sleep.

Several of the factors that can contribute to night terrors include being overly tired, staying up extremely late, eating a heavy meal just before going to bed and taking certain medications.

Although nightmares and night terrors can seem like a very scary type of sleep disorder to both the parents and the children involved, they are generally harmless.

If your pediatrician orders CPAP Therapy for your son/daughter rest assured, the Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy has specialized training in respiratory and will assist you with all of your needs.

Your child will probably be set up with a ResMed Mirage Micro Nasal Mask Frame System which has a mask that provides a personalized fit and 24 settings so that you can adjust this to your child’s face for a firm hold that doesn’t pinch or bother them while wearing. This will help to keep your child well-rested and healthy.

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 |2018-11-13T06:01:48+00:00December 1st, 2018|

10 Tips to getting a good night’s sleep

“10 Tips to getting a good night’s sleep”

 To sleep better, you need to know a few tips to get rid of bad habits, improve your sleeping environment and taming the “outside stressors” that cause you anxiety.

 Here are our 10 tips for sleeping well and improving the quality of your sleep!

1- Do not drink coffee or tea in the afternoon

To sleep well, it is better to avoid the caffeine early: the last coffee after lunch, no tea or Coca-Cola after 4 p.m…

2- Do not engage in strenuous sport activities at night

Physical exercises wake up your muscles and prevent you from sleeping well.

3- Take a hot bath-sleep well

Our body lowers its internal temperature to program sleep, it is a warm bath (98.6 ° maximum), which will soothe you.

4- Stop using your electronics at least an hour before going to sleep

Television, computer, smartphone broadcast a very exciting blue light, close to the light of day: to avoid exposing it at night. No screens, of course, because of the blue light, nor any “awakening” activity: no suspense movies, video games, do not worry about your online calendar for the next day.

Your sleeping environment: The perfect room to sleep well 

5- Keep a cool temperature in your room

Always to help our body to reduce its internal temperature and prepare for sleep, be careful to ensure that your bedroom is sufficiently ventilated.

6- Herbal tea

Before bedtime, enjoying a small soothing ritual such as a cup of herbal tea will facilitate the transition to sleep.

7- A bed dedicated solely to sleep, to love, and to the night

To sleep well you must absolutely remember: apart from cuddling and sex, use your bed only to sleep. Even activities that relax you, such as reading, listening to music, are to be practiced out of bed! Do not stay in bed when you cannot sleep, which can increase anxiety, nervousness, and sleep. You must be well in your bed, and not assimilate it to a negative thought.

8- Long live darkness and silence in your room

Get rid of unwanted noises (such as ticking watches), and insulate your room in a protective cocoon. Feel free to try ear plugs if your spouse snores. Close the light with shutters and curtains: a dim light, then total darkness, stimulate the secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone.

 False beliefs and negative thoughts about sleep

 9- Do not count your sleep 

Give importance to the quality of sleep rather than its quantity. Do not be convinced that lack of sleep will create an irreparable tiredness, never force your sleep by forcing you to go sleep over your schedule the next day. The long naps can disrupt the balance of sleep.

10- Listen to the signals of sleep in order to go to sleep

You begin to blink, to yawn, and to have heavy eyelids? It’s time to go to sleep without waiting. Your internal clock likes regular sleep patterns. Listen to your body rather than your head when it comes to sleep.

 

If you think that you might be suffering from issues such as snoring or lack of sleep it is time to see your physician. Your physician will order a sleep study to determine if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Your Doctor will order a CPAP for you if it is determined that you would benefit from CPAP Therapy. A starter CPAP machine that has been known to give excellent treatment results is the ResMed AirSense 10 Elite CPAP Machine available at Breathe Easy 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 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 |2018-11-13T01:18:05+00:00September 15th, 2018|

The Inability to use CPAP for the Entire Night

On many nights, new CPAP users begin their night with a good effort by using their CPAP. Sometimes, however, compliance is not continued throughout the night. The inability to use CPAP for the entire night is a huge problem. The greater part of REM sleep, the most restful part of sleep, is toward the end of the night between the hours of 4 to 6 am. REM sleep is often referred to as “Dream Sleep” and is essential to getting a restful night’s sleep.

There are five stages of sleep beginning with stage one and ending with stage five. Stage one lasts approximately one to seven minutes at the onset of sleep. It is a transitional stage between wakefulness and sleep. Stage two takes up the largest portion of your Sleep time. While it is a bit deeper than stage one, it is still considered to be a light shallow stage of sleep. Stages three and four are deeper slow wave sleep. Stage three is more of a transitional stage to four somewhere between two and four. REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) or Dream Sleep is Stage five Sleep. During this stage, muscles are completely relaxed and slack. The most significant Obstructive Sleep Apnea events occur while on your back and in REM sleep due to the loss of muscle tone. While muscle tone is still present in stage one through four, it has disappeared during stage five and so it no longer helps to keep the airway open.

The first REM appears about 90 minutes after you go to sleep. Then the cycle begins again back to stage two as the night progresses. Stage three and four get shorter and your REM gets longer. At five a.m. your REM is at its peak lasting up to one hour long. By this time of the night, your stage three and four are almost non-existent. A normal sleep pattern has between four and five REM cycles. What sleep apnea does is to disrupt the natural sleep cycle. The deeper the Sleep cycle, the more OSA you’re going to have. When you obstructed and need air, you have to come out of those deeper stages. Once back to stage one to two you can now take a breath. This fragments your Deep sleep and REM by not allowing you any deep sleep, or very little real restful sleep and you will never feel refreshed. An OSA person will get a lot of stage two light sleep and very little Deep (Slow Wave) or REM sleep. So even though you say “how can I not be sleeping well, I sleep nine hours a night and nap during the day!” The answer is you’re getting a lot of sleep but not the quality of sleep that allows you to feel rested.

In conclusion, if you’re taking your CPAP off at three a.m. you’re doing yourself a disservice just before you need it the most. Your apnea will be at its worst and your reparative sleep at its best.
If you are new to CPAP, a great machine to ask Advanced Sleep Therapy about is the ResMed AirSense 10 Elite CPAP Machine. This particular CPAP has the HumidAir Heated Humidifier and utilizes the ClimateLine Air Tubing.

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 |2018-11-12T22:00:58+00:00July 28th, 2018|

Free Yourself from Snoring: Basic Home Remedies to Stop Snoring

Free Yourself from Snoring: Basic Home Remedies to Stop Snoring

If someone tells you that you’re making dreadful music while you’re asleep, or if you observe your partner is sleeping more often in a different room. This music might be keeping you asleep however this type of music will drive your spouse nuts.

Snoring can ruin your relationship with your partner. It is a fact that some individuals in the United States have actually submitted divorce cases on the grounds that their sleeping partner is always snoring.

Not just will snore ruin your relationship with your sleeping partner, however, it can be a sign that your body is malfunctioning. Research studies have actually found that snoring is a sign that you have diabetes, you are obese, and you might also have undiagnosed severe heart disease and or obstructive sleep apnea.

Another issue of snoring is that aside from not letting your sleeping partner sleep peacefully, you will also wake up and move your bed position in order to stop snoring. You may not know it however snoring might wake you up from a deep sleep. The human brain needs enough oxygen to work as well as to prevent brain damage. Considering that snoring will obstruct your air passage, your brain will go on full alert and wake your body up from deep sleep and make it shift to another sleeping position in order to open the obstructed or partially blocked the airway. You might not know that you wake up however your sleep-deprived sleeping partner will be a witness to the events that you will constantly awaken from your sleep and shift sleeping positions.

Snoring will lead to the absence of sleep, early morning headaches, lightheadedness, and also irritability throughout the rest of your day.

These are the reasons that you need to take all the necessary steps to stop snoring or at least lessen it. Today, there are different ways on how you can avoid snoring.

However, you need to know what causes snoring initially. As pointed out previously, snoring is caused by your throat muscles. If the throat muscles are too relax when you are sleeping, or if it has lots of fatty tissues, then the throat muscles will obstruct your air passages. The air can be found in and from your respiratory tract will trigger the muscles to vibrate and will trigger the noise that you will call snoring.

Now that you understand why people snore, you now have to understand ways to stop yourself from snoring.

The main cause of snoring is being overweight or being obese. In order to avoid yourself from snoring is to go on a diet plan. By losing weight, you will ultimately stop snoring or a minimum of minimizing it to a level that will be tolerable to your sleeping partner.

Here are other home remedies that you can think about in order for you to free yourself from snoring:

– Stop smoking cigarettes– Smoking prior to going to sleep causes your throat muscles to unwind.

– Stop drinking alcohols– As with smoking, it will also trigger your throat muscles to unwind.

– Stop consuming heavy meals before bedtime– It will also cause your throat muscles to relax.

– Stop taking sedatives– Also unwinds your throat muscles.

-When sleeping on their side, – Sleep on your side– Light to moderate snorers will be more silent.

– Get rid of large pillows– It’s comfy but it’s a snore factor.

– Raise your bed– Elevating your bed from the upper torso will stop snoring. Get an old book and raise the legs of the head of the bed with it.

If you find you are snoring too often, it’s time to make an appointment with your Doctor. If the Doctor prescribes CPAP therapy the team at Advanced Sleep Therapy can arrange to set up your CPAP machine and supplies and answer all of your questions as they monitor your respiratory equipment usage ongoing.

These are the simple yet efficient home remedies that can free yourself from snoring. By following these simple actions you can be sure that you and your sleeping partner will have a great night sleep and you too.

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 |2018-03-05T06:57:05+00:00June 9th, 2018|

Making a Diet Plan to Lose Weight

Making a Diet Plan to Lose Weight

When we decide to make a diet plan to lose weight we chose to change our eating habits. Often we have health concerns, such as high cholesterol, which is exactly what leads us to eat much healthier.

Because as we are obese and recognize that our eating practices may have gotten in this predicament, to begin with, we plan a diet to lose weight.

It is possible to just exercise and lose weight, but later on, you will not lose any more weight without altering eating practices. Most of the time it is the other way around; you make a diet plan where you count carbohydrates, fat grams, or calories, somehow restricting your food intake to reach weight loss objectives.

Even though every source you keep reading encourages combining the diet strategy with a workout, not everyone does this immediately. Naturally, it is perfect to plan your diet and then add exercise. Some individuals might feel overwhelmed by taking on too much modification at once if exercise has not been a part of their life.

There are several online support websites to go to, that have a plethora of details for anyone planning to diet plan to lose weight. Some diets work better for some than others, for instance, the Atkins diet uses rather an extreme cut in carbs, which may not be a suitable diet plan to drop weight for everybody.

Since it allows dieters to eat numerous of the foods they consume anyway and is not quite as limiting as others, the South Beach Diet is a popular diet plan to lose weight. There are also weight-loss systems such as Jenny Craig, the LA Weight Loss Center, or Curves for Women.

All of these programs are excellent and provide a good deal of support for anybody who wants to diet to slim down. Exercise is essential, and for the Curves for Women strategy, it is the main part of the program.

When you do decide to diet plan to reduce weight, be sure you visit with your doctor initially prior to starting your program, especially if you have quite a bit of weight to lose, or if you have health concerns about your sleep patterns.

If your physician recommends a sleep study in which you find you would benefit from CPAP therapy, the staff at Advanced Sleep Therapy will be ready to guide you all of the way.

By dieting and incorporating a strong health/exercise regimen you will eventually meet your physical fitness objectives.

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By |2018-03-05T05:55:06+00:00April 21st, 2018|

Sleep Apnea: It Can Take Your Breath Away (But Not In A Good Way)

Do you understand the sensation you get when you see an appealing person? It seems like your heart stops beating for a couple of seconds and you can’t appear to breathe, not to mention discover a method to put together a sentence and talk to that person.

Now think about this: exactly what if the exact same thing took place to you in your sleep? It’s called sleep apnea.

Exactly what is sleep apnea? Well, sleep apnea is a severe sleeping condition that typically causes you to stop breathing for a number of seconds. It causes a sharp drop in oxygen in your blood and disrupts your sleep when you stop breathing. Sleep apnea can indicate a more severe health problem that can be hazardous if not treated.

Now that you understand the answer to ‘exactly what is sleep apnea?’ how do you know if you suffer from it? Well, if you get up in the middle of the night with a strong urge to go to the restroom, you may have it. Or, if you snore, feel exhausted all day or wake up gasping for air, you might suffer from sleep apnea. The team at Advanced Sleep Therapy is here to help you with your respiratory situation.

Visit your physician as soon as possible if you think you suffer from sleep apnea. He will have the ability to address your concerns, like “what is sleep apnea?” then actually detect it by administering a sleep study commonly referred to as polysomnography.

Your doctor will likewise have the ability to identify what type of sleep apnea you have: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA.) Obstructive sleep apnea is trigger by the obstruction of the air course, normally by swelling, an enlarged uvula or fat (typical in obese individuals.) The blockages decrease the amount of oxygen that can enter into the lungs, therefore triggering the person to gasp for air because there isn’t adequate entering. Since it can cause other health problems like high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea requires being identified and dealt with as soon as possible.

When the brain doesn’t send out the appropriate signals to the respiratory muscles, Central sleep apnea occurs. When the signals aren’t there, the muscles have no idea to breathe and breathing will stop for an extended period of time-usually ten to twenty seconds. Central sleep apnea prevails in people who had cardiovascular problems as babies or have genetic heart flaws. To treat central sleep apnea, the underlying cause (heart issues) must be dealt with too.

When someone informs you that they have issues sleeping, ask them if they have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a major condition that can cause more health problems in life. Obstructive sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible due to the fact that it can cause other health issues like hypertension.

If your physician orders CPAP therapy for you please be sure to ask your Doctor to call Advanced Sleep Therapy  (847)-357-8782. At Advanced Sleep Therapy our team has many ways to assist you with your care from the beginning stages of setting up your CPAP treatment through ongoing monitoring and reporting to your physician.

Your insurance company will require that you prove compliance with your equipment usage with your sleep apnea treatment. Usually, this means that you can prove that you have worn your CPAP machine for at least four hours every day. Smart CPAP machines like the AirSense 10 Elite is just one of the options to track your data that you can easily send your usage information to your provider or insurance company. You also will need replacement supplies for your CPAP which can easily be purchased on the go using our friendly mobile app.

Don’t have insurance? No worries, you can always order online from our sister company. 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.

Of course, finding out that you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) sure can seem a bit daunting at first, just remember, the CPAP Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy is by your side. Our Respiratory Therapists and staff are here to guide you through every step and back to a better night’s sleep.

 

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By |2018-03-03T02:16:14+00:00March 3rd, 2018|

Cleaning Your CPAP on the Go

Cleaning Your CPAP on the Go

For sleep apnea sufferers who work on the go, like semi-truck drivers or flight attendants, CPAP therapy takes a quite a bit of commitment above and beyond the more stationary CPAP users. They’ve got to take time to research the best travel sized option for their work, such as the Transcend CPAP machine. When it comes time to clean their CPAP equipment, another challenge must be squarely met. When you’re a member of a profession who travels every day, how are you supposed to find the time to properly clean your CPAP equipment? Makers of the SoClean 2, a CPAP equipment cleaner which sterilizes using the power of activated oxygen,  have created an answer to this problem: the SoClean 2 Portable CPAP Cleaner.

Forget the Chemicals and try Activated Oxygen

The SoClean Portable CPAP cleaner uses activated oxygen to interrupt and clear organic compounds. Activated oxygen made up of three atoms of oxygen, a stronger form of the simple two atom oxygen compound, is often used to purify water and clean hotel and food service equipment. The SoClean 2 breaks down the two atom form of oxygen so that these atoms may reform into the more potent three atom activated version. This activated oxygen works right away to sterilize CPAP equipment by clearing away fungus, bacteria, and grime from your very important treatment supplies.

Big Things in Small Packages

The SoClean 2 Portable CPAP cleaner is battery powered, using batteries you can pick up at any convenience store. It’s completely free of wires and easily fits just about anywhere. This lovely piece of equipment, weighs just above one pound and measures only 4 x 4 x 5 inches. That’s small enough to through in a tote bag or backpack and bring just about anywhere.

At Breatheeasycpap.com, we’re devoted to solving all the challenges that may arise during CPAP therapy. If you’ve got questions about how to travel with your CPAP or which pieces of equipment is right for you, contact us today. We’ll ensure that you’re sleep apnea therapy continues despite any bumps in the road.

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By |2018-02-24T04:50:53+00:00January 13th, 2018|

Sticking with Your CPAP Therapy: How AirView Keeps You Compliant

Sticking with Your CPAP Therapy: How AirView Keeps You Compliant

Keeping up with your CPAP therapy is just as important as beginning therapy in the first place. CPAP machines don’t cure your sleep apnea; instead they keep your airway from obstructing during the night through the delivery of a continuous flow of pressured air. Quit using your CPAP and you’re likely to experience the same symptoms you’d been dealing with before treatment such as snoring and daytime fatigue. Even worse, you’re again at an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Sticking with your treatment can be difficult at times, but with a caring team of health care professionals and using ResMed’s AirView system, you’ve got a better shot at staying compliant.

What is AirView?

Airview is a system of CPAP use measurement where your treatment data is stored “on the cloud” or virtually, online. Your physician, should you give them permission, is able to access this information from a distance, or in person if you bring the information to your health care appointment.

How Will AirView Keep Me Compliant?

Your physician will use the information gathered to address your CPAP usage and judge whether or not your therapy is effective. AirView helps keep your health care team focused on your treatment and able to easily address any concerns. Having more professionals on your side makes sticking to your treatment a team effort. The more you use your CPAP machine, the better your results. AirView encourages you to use your CPAP machine as prescribed and therefore prevent some of the life-threatening complications of the disease.

Which CPAP Machines Use AirView?

You will find ResMed’s AirView pre-installed on the AirSense 10 and AirCurve 10 CPAP machines. You’ll find these excellent, top of the line continuous positive airway pressure machines on our website at Breatheeasycpap.com. Contact us today to find the best sleep apnea treatment to suit your needs. We believe in comfortable CPAP therapy and are dedicated to making your commitment to treatment last.

 

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By |2018-02-21T05:55:49+00:00November 25th, 2017|

DreamWear

DreamWear

When you’ve got sleep apnea, a night of restful sleep may seem impossible. If you’re not receiving treatment for your sleep apnea, you could be waking up hundreds of times a night, even if you don’t remember it. These small awakenings, known as microarousals, add up and leave you feeling drowsy and forgetful come morning. Unfortunately, sleep doesn’t always come easy once you’ve began sleep apnea treatment. While continuous positive airway pressure therapy delivered via a CPAP machine is effective in treating the medical condition, it’s not always easy to begin. Many CPAP users struggle to find a comfortable and non-invasive CPAP mask. To solve this problem, Philips Respironics has created the DreamWear CPAP mask, a mask which they believe is perfect for promoting the rest sleep apnea sufferers deserve.

“The Closest Thing to Wearing No Mask At All”

The creators of the DreamWear CPAP mask boast that it’s the closest thing to wearing no mask at all. Built with soft yet durable silicone, it’s inventive design prevents contact with the bridge of the nose, preventing red mask lines in the morning, and a better field of vision. The DreamWear’s design is so sleek. You can fall asleep reading a book or watching a television show with an unobstructed view. DreamWear CPAP masks are customizable, available in three frame sizes and four nasal cushions. This ability to create the perfect fitting mask for yourself means that sticking to your CPAP therapy is easier.

Because the DreamWear CPAP mask is a nasal mask, it’s not for everyone. If you’re a mouth breather, you’ll need a full face mask like ResMed’s AirFit F10 CPAP mask available online here.

Find the Perfect Mask for You

Interested in learning more about the DreamWear CPAP mask or not sure which mask style suits you best? Contact the sleep specialists at Breatheeasycpap.com. We’re experienced health care professionals driven to promote restful sleep in those suffering from sleep apnea. Whether it’s the DreamWear or and AirFit mask, we’re dedicated to finding the best fitting mask for your sleep apnea treatment.

 

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By |2017-03-15T20:37:12+00:00October 21st, 2017|

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Multiple Sclerosis

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Multiple Sclerosis

It’s not uncommon for those suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) to experience sleep disturbances. Fatigue is often one of the first and most persistent signs of MS, but it may also be a creation or symptom of an exacerbation of a medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by up to hundreds of episodes without breath during the night, usually the result of airway obstruction from a narrowed or blocked throat. Those with MS are at an increased risk of developing the condition.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a central nervous system disorder that disturbs the communication between the brain, spine, and nerves throughout the body. Besides fatigue, those with MS may also experience numbness or tingling throughout their body, weakness, dizziness, and bowel and bladder problems. These symptoms, along with the many others, can range in severity from mild to severe.

How Common is Sleep Apnea in those with MS?

One study conducted by the American Academy of Medicine found that one in five people suffering from MS were also suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. That’s three times higher than the occurrence in the general population! The results of this study point to one thing: doctors should evaluate their patients with MS for obstructive sleep apnea, even if they don’t snore.

The Connection Between OSA and MS

Many sufferers of MS have difficulties swallowing, a symptom know as dysphagia. This difficulty is caused by problems with the nerves of the throat muscles, causing a weakness to the area. Weakness to the muscles around the throat may very well be responsible for obstructive sleep apnea. As the muscles weaken, the ability of a person to keep their airways from collapsing, narrowing, or being blocked by their tongue decreases. The result is complete or partial obstruction throughout the night.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Whether or not you suffer from MS, if you’re diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, your physician will likely prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP, to treat the condition. Untreated sleep apnea increases your likelihood of developing serious cardiovascular disease and, if you’ve got MS, you’ll likely not want to risk acquiring a secondary condition. CPAP therapy uses pressurized air delivered through a mask to keep a person’s airways open as is an effective way to prevent complications of the disease.

If you’ve got MS or have symptoms of sleep apnea, such as snoring, fatigue, or high blood pressure, talk to your physician. If you’re diagnosed, visit Breatheeasycpap.com to find the perfect CPAP system that’s both cost effective and of the highest quality.

 

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By |2017-03-13T19:28:07+00:00September 16th, 2017|

Storing Your CPAP Machine

Storing Your CPAP Machine

Storing your CPAP machine may seem like a silly subject if you’re new to continuous positive airway pressure therapy to treat your sleep apnea but after some time with your CPAP machine, you’ll understand the importance of this subject. If you’ve got limited space near your bed or if you live in a city notorious for tiny living spaces like New York City, you’ll be looking for the best way to store your CPAP machine without losing too much precious space.

CPAP Shelves

If you have a little room next to your bed but no shelving space, you may be interested in a CPAP holder. These convenient little shelves work by sitting under your mattress and extending outwards to provide space for your friendly sleep apnea treatment device. These little space savers are a life-saver for those who value an aesthetically pleasing look to your bedroom and desperately need some space.

CPAP Machines with Small Profiles

On top of CPAP shelves, the medical supply companies responsible for the majority of CPAP machine innovation are continuing to create CPAP systems with smaller profiles making storage a breeze. Here’s some of our favorite sleek and slight CPAP machines:

  • Transcend Auto CPAP Machine with EZEX Pressure Relief This popular travel sized CPAP machine has all the features you’ll need for your basic sleep apnea treatment without any of the bulk associated with many machines. Weighing only one pound, this machine is small enough to store in a little tote for travel or just comfortably store on your nightstand.
  • Z1 Base System CPAP Machine The size of this CPAP machine is hardly comparable to any machine before it. Like the Transcend, this machine only weighs one pound. Better yet, it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand! On top of it’s sleek profile, this CPAP machine is quiet-only reaching a volume of about 26 decibels.
  • AirSense 10 CPAP Machine is a top of the line CPAP machine with plenty of amenities like a ramp feature and available humidifier. Lightweight and easy to move, it’s slightly larger in size than the Z1 or Transcend but still only weighs one pound.

Still looking for the perfect CPAP machine? We can help. Contact the expert respiratory health care professionals at Advanced Sleep Therapy and we can walk you through finding your best fitting CPAP system. Don’t let space keep you from treating your sleep apnea. We’re ready to help.

 

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By |2017-03-13T16:04:59+00:00August 12th, 2017|

Recovering from Sleep Debt

Recovering from Sleep Debt

Our lives are so busy that some days, a full night’s rest seems impossible. Yet, medical professionals continue to recommend that all adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep during the night. For many of us, that’s a number to scoff at. In fact, nearly sixty percent of women say that they consistently go nights without getting even seven hours. This lack of sleep creates a “sleep debt,” sleep deprivation that gets worse with time and also limits are ability to recognize the signs of inadequate sleep. Sleep debt is serious overtime because our bodies use sleep to process and heal from the day before. Without enough sleep, we’re putting ourselves at risk for injury.

Symptoms of Sleep Debt

Symptoms of sleep deprivation are easy to spot. Moodiness, concentration difficulties, poor memory and planning, disorientation, and even hallucinations are all symptoms of sleep debt. You may notice these symptoms yourself, or you may have a friend or family member inform you that your behavior has changed.

 Causes of Sleep Debt

Sleep debt may be caused by stress, diet, lack of exercise, or even obstructive sleep apnea. We may also be contributing to our sleep debt on our own, by pushing off bedtime because we’re just “too busy.”

Recovering from Sleep Debt

Sleep debt can create great stress and frustration in a person’s life whether due to problems focusing and performing at work or simply from feeling sleepy all day long. Thankfully, you can recover.

Begin by replenishing sleep in the short term. Add extra hours of sleep to the next few days or plan a nap during the weekend. If you’ve been experiencing sleep debt for an extended amount of time, consider taking a vacation to catch up on your sleep.

Work to eliminate or greatly reduce caffeine in your diet. If you’ve been experiencing sleep loss, no coffees, teas, or even chocolates should be eaten after noon. Eliminate your exposure to bright lights about an hour before bedtime. This means no television, lap top, or smart phone before bed.

Talk to your doctor about continuous positive airway pressure therapy via a CPAP machine. For many of the sleep deprived, the problem is obstructive sleep apnea, a medical condition in which a person stops breathing on and off throughout the night. These moments without breath cause your body to jolt awake hundreds of times a night. These moments add up and can cause serious sleep deprivation. CPAP therapy fixes that.

If you’ve been snoring or experiencing symptoms like weight gain and morning headaches, you may want to talk to your health care provider about sleep apnea. When you receive a diagnosis, visit us online at our excellent medical supply store. You can chat with one of the members of our sleep apnea treatment team and find the best solution to your sleep troubles. We believe in promoting your best sleep because you absolutely deserve it.

 

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By |2017-03-13T04:50:49+00:00July 29th, 2017|

The Truth About Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy

The Truth About Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy

It a well known fact that sleeping while pregnant is challenging. If it’s not the hormonal changes in the first trimester promoting sleep disturbances, it’s the extra weight and moving baby in the third. These changes are a normal part of pregnancy and, while they’re not the most convenient symptoms, an increase in sleep disturbance is an expected finding during pregnancy. But, sleeping problems that just never seem to let up could be an issue and may need to be evaluated by a physician. Sleep disturbances caused by the disorder known as sleep apnea may be the culprit behind prenatal sleeping problems and place the mother and baby at a risk for disease.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent episodes without breath during the night. Sleep apnea in pregnancy is often related to weight gain, gestational diabetes, and excess mucous production blocking the airway during the night.

Sleep apnea is risky for both mother and baby. The illness increases the pregnant mother’s chances of developing a cardiovascular event and preeclampsia. The newborn is more likely to have a premature birth and spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit.

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy?

Look for loud, frequent snoring, dry mouth and headaches in the morning, and exhaustion unrelated to pregnancy. Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea, such as fatigue, are hard to distinguish from pregnancy symptoms. The mother’s primary care provider may ask her to undergo a sleep study which can be done at home or in a sleep laboratory.

Treating Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy

The treatment of sleep apnea in pregnancy is the same as treatment outside of pregnancy. Most physicians will ask their patients to participate in continued positive airway pressure, or CPAP, therapy. A CPAP machine delivers pressured air to the sleep apnea sufferer through a mask and keeps the patient’s airway open and oxygenated all night.

While comfortable treatment is important to everyone with sleep apnea, it’s especially important for pregnant mothers. Sleep is an important part of maintain a healthy pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, let us help you find the perfect treatment option for you and your baby. We’re a JACHO accredited medical supply company passionate about promoting optimal health through restorative sleep.

 

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By |2017-03-10T16:37:22+00:00June 17th, 2017|

Oral Appliances and Sleep Apnea

Oral Appliances and Sleep Apnea

If you’ve got sleep apnea, obtaining proper treatment is an important part of taking care of your health. Untreated sleep apnea is life-threatening: it causes high blood pressure, an increased risk of stroke, and can even lead to diabetes. For many, the idea of being attached to a continuous positive airway pressure machine to treat their condition is intimidating. CPAP machines take some time to get used to and some people just aren’t sure they’re up for the challenge. Is there a way to treat your sleep apnea without participating in CPAP therapy?

Oral Appliance Therapy

You can try other options before using a CPAP machine. An oral appliance is sort of like a mouth guard used in sports but rather worn only at night when asleep. Some studies have shown that the use of an oral appliance may be as effective as CPAP therapy in the treatment of sleep apnea.

Usually, you’ll get your oral appliance made at a dentist’s office where an impression of your teeth will be created. The piece will then be adjusted so that when it’s worn, your jaw aligns in a way that allows for an unobstructed airway. This stops snoring and works to prevent those dangerous health complications associated with untreated sleep apnea.

Patients enjoy this treatment method because it’s easy to use and makes traveling a breeze. It’s comfortable for most and easy to take care of by yourself. Your physician will likely take a look at your oral appliance before treatment and may have a few follow-up appointments afterwards in order to ensure that your treatment is going effectively.

Winx Sleep Therapy

While Winx Sleep Therapy method is also considered an oral appliance for sleep apnea treatment, it works differently than the mouth guard variety. Winx is a small device connected to a light vacuum which promotes the shifting of the soft palate forward in order to keep the windpipe from obstructing during the night.

Which Treatment is Best For You?

If you’re not sure which treatment method is best for you, feel free to contact the sleep experts at Advanced Sleep Therapy. We’ve got a team of dedicate respiratory healthcare professionals ready to help you all along your journey to better sleep and improved health.

 

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By |2017-03-09T02:02:25+00:00April 29th, 2017|

Will I Need to Use a CPAP Machine Forever?

Will I Need to Use a CPAP Machine Forever?

 Let’s begin this conversation by discussing why we wear contact lenses or glasses. We don’t wear glasses because we like the feeling of them sliding down or nose or pressing on our face, and we certainly don’t wear contact lenses because we like sticking our fingers in our eyes! We use the products because they improve our quality of life. We want to live life to it’s fullest. We want to see! Shouldn’t it be the same with your continuous positive airway pressure machine?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition which greatly impacts your quality of life, even if you don’t realize it yet. Sleep apnea deprives your body of oxygen, making you more exhausted during the day, concentration more difficult, and even contributing to weight gain and cardiovascular disease. If we aren’t worried about wearing glasses for the rest of our lives, why are we so nervous about keeping up with our continuous positive airway pressure therapy?

Will I ever be able to stop using my machine?

Alright, you’re still wondering if you’ve got a chance to move away from your CPAP machine. Then answer to this question is: it depends.

For some, weight gain is the culprit behind their sleep apnea and after they’ve gotten a new sense of energy from CPAP therapy, they’re able to exercise more often, and bam! The weight is off and they’re breathing normally again without that excess weight on their neck and chest.

However, for many, genetics plays a major role in the condition and patients of all shapes and sizes are suffering from the disease for an entirely different reason. Especially with central sleep apnea, or obstructive sleep apnea caused by positioning or tongue placement, going off continuous positive airway pressure therapy might not be an option.

Evaluate What Makes You Nervous

Finding out why you’re really concerned with forever treatment is a good place to start before worrying about whether or not you can quit using your CPAP. Are you embarrassed? Are you having trouble finding the right fitting mask? We provide top rated, excellent quality CPAP equipment from reliable brands like Respironics, Fisher and Paykel, and ResMed. We’d love to help you solve your road blocks to treatment because we believe that when you decide to treat your sleep apnea, you decide to live to your full potential.

 

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By |2017-03-08T20:00:22+00:00March 11th, 2017|

CPAP Compliance: Sticking to Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition which affects your ability to breathe continuously throughout the night. Without treatment, sleep apnea increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and much more. Thankfully, continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP therapy, is a highly effective method in eliminating dangerous sleep apnea associated health problems.

Trouble Committing to CPAP Therapy

Still, despite our extensive knowledge on the benefits of CPAP therapy, about half of people prescribed CPAP treatment don’t stick to it. Whether it’s because they aren’t comfortable with the sleep apnea mask or they just don’t want to acknowledge their condition, leaving sleep apnea untreated is a risk no one should take. This lack of continued treatment has brought sleep apnea product engineers and web designers to create novel telemarketing software.

What is telemonitoring?

Easy to access by both you and your doctor, telemonitoring software allows you to track your CPAP treatment progress from the palm of your hand. Smartphone apps like myAir Health and U-Sleep  deliver information such as number of episodes without breath, whether your mask is experiencing air leaks, and how many hours of CPAP machine use you’re getting. The creators of these apps say that they keep sleep apnea sufferers compliant. They’re continuing their treatment more effectively and feel comfortable discussing their issues with their health care providers.

Perhaps one reason these applications help CPAP users stick to their treatment is that they offer the user control over their equipment. Many of these applications give you the ability to turn your machine on and off from your phone, adjust humidity, and manage pressures remotely. When discomfort is the leading reason people discontinue their treatment, the ability to control comfort settings easily and instantaneously is more than just a luxury. Having a positive and comfortable CPAP experience is a necessary part of sleep apnea treatment.

Insurance and CPAP Therapy: The Future of CPAP Telemonitoring

When ResMed released its latest version of the AirSense CPAP machine, the company’s CEO Mick Farrel discussed the implications of the new software on CPAP equipment. He explained that these novel ways to gather data will not only help the sleep apnea sufferer but also those who help pay for the machines, ie: insurance companies.

If you’re looking to re-order CPAP supplies, many common insurance companies are already requiring that you demonstrate compliance with your CPAP treatment. Although some CPAP users complain that this feels like an invasion of privacy, the step is one way to safeguard insurance companies’ assets by making sure that you’re actually using your equipment.

If you’re interested in using one of these applications to keep a closer eye on your health, you’ll need a recent model CPAP machine equipped with an SD card and wireless capabilities. Philips Respironics System One CPAP and BiPAP machines such as the REMstar plus and pro lines are generally compatible. You can check their “DreamMapper” application’s website for more details. You can find an array of excellent CPAP machines with data monitoring capabilities on our website, Breatheeasycpap.com. We’d love to help keep your sleep apnea in check and make sure your treating your condition as best as you possibly can. Visit our online storefront today!

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:08+00:00December 17th, 2016|

What is C-flex/EPR

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition in which your breathing stops occasionally while you sleep. This breathing disorder is known to contribute to severe health conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, and even stroke. Thankfully, with continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP therapy, the condition is very treatable. CPAP treatment uses a machine to deliver forced air through a face mask. This forced air is essential because it keeps your airways wide open and allows free air to move in and out of your lungs while you sleep. For most people, CPAP treatment is tolerable and comforting, but, for a small population, the pressured air is intolerable.

Why is Pressured Air Sometimes Uncomfortable?

CPAP machines work by keeping a constant pressure flowing through your windpipe while you sleep. This means that whether you are breathing in or out, the pressure being blown through your sleep apnea mask is the same. For some CPAP users, this constant pressure is too much to tolerate, and they feel as though they’re fighting a wind storm in order to exhale. If you find yourself uncomfortable exhaling against your prescribed CPAP pressure, don’t give up on your treatment. There are options available to make your therapy more tolerable.

C-Flex Pressure Relief Technology

The engineers at Philip’s Respironics have developed a component for their CPAP machines which allows for comfortable exhalation even if your doctor has prescribed you with a high pressure level. C-Flex Pressure Relief Technology is a computer based algorithm installed on many of the Respironic line CPAP machines available at Breatheeasycpap.com. This algorithm works by lowering the delivered pressure when the computer inside your CPAP machine senses that you’re getting ready to exhale. Once you’ve finished breathing out, pressure is restored to your prescribed setting. Many of these CPAP machines are also built with a ramp feature that slowly increases pressure overtime. This slow increase will allow you to fall asleep with a low pressure setting so that you’re never fighting forced air while awake.

 Expiratory Pressure Relief

More traditional ramp features work by slowly increasing pressure over a set amount of time. ResMed’s AirSense CPAP line works differently. This ramp feature works not by a time setting, but by sensing when you actually fall asleep. Best of all, this CPAP has a Expiratory Pressure Relief mechanism that, like the C-Flex, allows you to exhale against the delivered forced air. ResMed’s EPR feature works by noticing when your air pressure begins to change a second or two into exhalation. This dynamic feature is another option for improving your comfort level during CPAP therapy. The EPR technology allows this CPAP to be exceptionally quiet meaning your partner won’t be kept awake while you sleep.

Where to Find C-flex or EPR Options

At Breatheeasycpap.com, you’ll find both ResMed and Respironic’s CPAP product lines. The respiratory professionals on staff are available by phone to help you find the perfect CPAP products and accessories to stay comfortable during your treatment. Whether you’ll be happiest with a ramp feature, the C-Flex, or ResMed’s EPR technology, Breatheeasycpap.com has got you covered.

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By |2018-02-24T05:13:50+00:00October 8th, 2016|

Okay, What on Earth is the Difference Between: CPAP, BiPAP, and an APAP?

Nurses, doctors, and even respiratory therapists aren’t immune to finding themselves stumped when trying to explain the treatment options for the thousands of respiratory conditions. Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is no different. If you’ve been recently diagnosed, you may be wondering what you’re options are and whether you’ll even be able to understand what they mean.

You’ve likely been told that sleep apnea needs to be treated as the disorder is known to cause grave health problems like diabetes and stroke, but you’re probably unaware of what your treatment options are.

Your doctor has the choice to pick from a few sleep apnea treatment machines when getting you started. These choices might seem confusing at first, but after a quick review, you’ll be able to understand whichever option your physician prescribes for you.

CPAP Therapy

When it comes to treating obstructive sleep apnea, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy, or CPAP, is the standard option. It’s not by chance that more doctors prescribe CPAP first to the majority or their patients. Most sufferers of sleep apnea fair very well and see an improvement in their condition shortly after they’ve started treatment.

Like most positive airway pressure machines, CPAP therapy works by delivering forced air through a mask that is secured to your face. For those with sleep apnea, the windpipe is partially or completely obstructed by relaxed muscles, excess fatty tissue, or positioning throughout the night. The pressure of the forced air delivered via the CPAP mask is just strong enough to keep your airway open while you sleep. The air stays the same pressure the entire time it is worn and, for some, this constant pressure can be aggravating. If you find yourself in this situation, talk to your doctor or reliable CPAP supply retailer about your options. For those who are unable to cope with this constant pressure, or if they’re unable to keep their airway open with a CPAP machine alone, BiPAP therapy may be the next step.

Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure

The biggest difference between BiPAP and CPAP therapy is that Bilevel positive airway pressure therapy adjusts the exerted, or delivered, pressure depending on whether the user is inhaling or exhaling. Many people find this option more comfortable than using a CPAP, however, it’s usually not a necessary step to take. For persons with central sleep apnea, BiPAP is an ideal choice to correct weak breathing patterns caused by weak brain signals. Some BiPAP machines are even able to sense and deliver an inhalation pressure when a person has not taken a breath in a while.

AutoPAP

An AutoPAP often goes by several names, all of which describe it’s ability to adjust pressures and breaths depending upon small changes in the user’s breathing pattern. Whether you prefer to call it an “Auto-titrating” or an “Auto Adjusting” positive airway pressure device, the Autopap is a dependable machine for those who require versatility in their pressure options. APAP use may be most beneficial for those with sleep apnea that varies depending on which sleep stage they’re in. APAPs are great machines but can be more expensive, especially if not covered by insurance. For most sleep apnea sufferers a standard CPAP machine is enough.

Purchasing Your Sleep Apnea Treatment Supplies

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your physician will likely prescribe treatment via a CPAP machine to get you started. CPAP therapy is painless and works great at putting an end to your snoring as well as preventing the serious adverse effects of untreated sleep apnea. At Breatheeasycpap.com, experienced respiratory health care professionals are standing ready to help you get started on the path to wellness.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:18+00:00October 1st, 2016|

For Her Mask Styles

For many years, men were the focus of sleep apnea treatment, but today, women are getting their rightful attention. More than 40% of new sleep apnea diagnoses are women, and some believe that more ought to be diagnosed but are missed because their symptoms may differ from their male counterparts.

While the number one symptom for men is snoring, women often complain of insomnia, fatigue, and depression. Sometimes these symptoms are overlooked by health care practitioners whole label them as signs of the normal aging processes. But, as with men, it’s absolutely necessary for women with sleep apnea to be treated via Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy so that the adverse effects of the disease are kept at bay.

If you’re a woman starting your CPAP therapy, ensure that you invest in the right CPAP mask for you. A mask that doesn’t seem to form a proper seal to your face, is uncomfortable, or is just downright frustrating could put your treatment in jeopardy. The more tedious working with your mask becomes, the less likely you’ll want to continue treating your sleep apnea; a condition that when untreated increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke.

A Good Fit Makes For Effective Therapy

The biggest problem CPAP users generally encounter is issues with mask leaks. A mask leak occurs when air from your CPAP machine blows out around loose areas in your sleep apnea mask. This results in ineffective treatment and even discomfort. Mask leaks are usually caused by badly adjusted or poorly fitting masks.

Many women have trouble finding a mask that forms a nice seal against their skin because their faces are narrow and smaller in comparison to most men. A quality CPAP dealer should sell select sleep apnea masks for women to accommodate their varied sizing needs.

Comfort

Women with sleep apnea shouldn’t have to endure discomfort in order to have their medical condition treated. For this reason, ResMed has produced a few full face masks that offer women a  practically indulgent feel. The AirFit F10 For Her sits snugly against petite frames and comes with a “Spring Air” cushion designed to create a perfect seal that will stay put throughout the night. Some mask options designed for women are made with light weight materials and touch the face as little as possible, so that the likelihood of skin irritation is decreased. The Quattro FX mask is one example of a mask that manages to keep a slight profile and keep skin clear after wear.

Having a comfortable sleep apnea treatment experience is very important. Stopping sleep apnea treatment because of an uncomfortable mask increases the risk of sleep apnea related complications, especially in women. When compared to men, women are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease and have trouble completing tasks during the day as a result of their untreated or poorly controlled sleep apnea.

Don’t Risk Buying the Wrong Mask

If you don’t know which mask is the right fit for you, don’t invest in just any equipment on a whim. The staff at Breatheeasycpap.com are respiratory therapists ready to offer advice and to support your search for the right sleep apnea mask. Don’t let a badly fitting CPAP mask keep you from combating your sleep apnea, get in touch with a quality CPAP supplier today.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:24+00:00August 27th, 2016|

Your Commercial Driver’s License and Healthy Sleep

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition where your breathing is frequently interrupted during the night. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which inadvertently increases their risks for other major health issues like diabetes and kidney disease. As if the health risk isn’t challenging enough, sleep apnea can also impact your career. If you’re a truck driver with a Commercial Driver’s License, having untreated sleep apnea could cost you your job.

Micro-Arousals and Sleep Deprivation

In order to restore breathing, sleep apnea causes small periods of wakefulness, or micro-arousals, which occur hundreds of times every night. These frequent wakings result in excessive sleepiness during the day, and over time, can lead to mood changes and concentration difficulties. Increased drowsiness may also decrease your responsiveness to danger. In a study of professional football players, those athletes who were suffering from sleep apnea had much lower reaction times. The combination of these changes may explain why having sleep apnea doubles your risk of being in an automobile accident. For truck drivers delivering their goods in an eighty-thousand pound vehicle, any risk that might cause a fatal accident must be avoided.

Your Licensing and Sleep Apnea

As part of your initial licensing and yearly renewal, you’re required to undergo a health physical to obtain a commercial driver’s license. During your assessment, you’ll be asked a series of questions. These questions range from topics such as weight, age, smoking status and alcohol consumption. They may also inquire about family history such as cardiovascular or respiratory issues, which will alert your screeners to potential risks associated with sleep apnea. Depending on your answers, you may be required to have a sleep study performed to evaluate whether or not you should be clinically diagnosed with the condition. If you are diagnosed with moderate to severe sleep apnea, you will not be permitted a license unless you’re being effectively treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy.

Once you’ve been diagnosed and have acquired a CPAP machine and sleep apnea mask, you’ll be given a one month conditional CDL permit. After that month, you will be required to provide documentation that you are continuing your CPAP therapy and that you maintain compliance in your treatment. If after three months you continue to be compliant with therapy, you will be granted a one year commercial driver’s license.

Purchase a Quality Sleep Apnea Management System

Your career is important. Protect yourself by ensuring that you’re properly treating your sleep apnea with a CPAP system that’s appropriate and comfortable for you. Breatheeasycpap.com is a sleep apnea supply company that works hard to provide quality and cost-effective CPAP system supplies. There you’ll be sure to find a CPAP mask style as well as accessories to make managing your sleep apnea more easy. Don’t delay treating your sleep apnea; with Breatheeasycpap.com, you’ll be back on the road faster.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:31+00:00July 23rd, 2016|

Should I Be Worried Over My Child’s Snoring?

As a parent, nothing is more worrying than finding problems with your child’s health. If your child is snoring at night, you may be wondering whether this is a normal occurrence or if it’s the symptom of something more serious. Most adults snore once in awhile, but medical professionals recommend that frequent snorers have a check up by their doctor to evaluate whether or not their snoring is related to sleep apnea, a condition characterized by the cessation of normal breathing during sleep.

Like adults, children sometimes snore. This occasional snoring that occurs in about 1 in 5 children is nothing to be concerned over. If your child has only been snoring for a few days, they may be suffering from seasonal allergies, nasal congestion, or a respiratory infection. When your child is one of the 2% of children who snore severely on most nights, it’s time to take them for a visit to your health care practitioner.

Why Might My Child Snore?

When your child’s snoring continues to be an issue for a long period or your child is one of the few who suffer from frequent, loud snoring at night, they could be developing issues with their tonsils or adenoids which can cause airway obstruction during sleep, a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. Obese children have an increased risk for developing sleep apnea because of the excess fat tissue around their necks. This extra weight makes their upper airway easily collapsible during sleep. Cerebral Palsy, among other neuromuscular conditions, might also be the cause of sleep apnea. However, no matter the cause, if your child has sleep apnea, treatment is essential.

Sleep Apnea is a Serious Health Condition

Though some children find snoring silly, snoring caused by sleep apnea is not a laughing matter. Children with sleep apnea begin by suffering socially. Interrupted sleep caused by frequent wakings at night leads to behavior problems and restlessness during the day. They may also become bed wetters making them uncomfortable having sleepovers with friends.

On top of these social issues, children who don’t treat their sleep apnea are at an increased risk for deadly health conditions. Children with sleep apnea may develop high blood pressure and breathing difficulties just like adults with the disorder.

Treating Sleep Apnea in Children

            When sleep apnea is the result of enlarged tonsils and adenoids or an over sized tongue or poor positioning, surgery might be a necessary step to correct the problem. In cases of obesity, children may have to make lifestyle changes by eating less sugary and fatty foods while getting daily exercise to promote healthy weight loss. In children with neurological problems resulting in sleep apnea, medications and physical therapy may be necessary.

In many cases, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy delivered by a CPAP machine will be needed. Forced air delivered through a pediatric sleep apnea mask will help keep the child’s airway open, stopping snoring and preventing long term adverse effects of the illness.

CPAP Therapy for Children

CPAP therapy is painless, and most children adapt well to therapy. Discuss sleep apnea treatment with their doctor and visit a reliable CPAP supplier who sells CPAP masks in children’s sizes. For kids, it’s especially important to resolve any fears they may have about the treatment and invest in a comfortable sleep apnea mask. Breatheeasycpap.com sells masks in pediatric sizes and takes pride in helping children treat their illness in the easiest, most comfortable way possible.

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By |2017-03-07T18:51:04+00:00June 18th, 2016|

Can Sleep Apnea Cause a Stroke?

Snoring can be bothersome and embarrassing, but your snoring may be more than just a nuisance that keeps your partner awake at night. You snoring might be a symptom of sleep apnea, a condition where your breathing stops for several seconds or even minutes at a time.

Sleep apnea can be deadly. Evidence shows that untreated sleep apnea greatly increases the likelihood of having a stroke. Tell your health care provider about your snoring, and if you’re diagnosed, start Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP treatment as soon as possible. It might save your life.

How Could Sleep Apnea Cause a Stroke?

Sleep Apnea increases your odds of developing an ischemic stroke, a deadly condition where blood flow, and thus your oxygen supply line, is cut off from your brain. A stroke can cause permanent brain damage or even death. In fact, stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States.

If you’re still wondering how sleep apnea might cause a stroke, look no further.

First, we know that if your sleep apnea is left untreated, you’ll continue to have those momentary episodes of breathlessness. This lack of oxygen puts stress on your body and leads to cardiovascular changes, mainly high blood pressure. In turn, this high blood pressure leads to the hardening of the blood vessels, eventually causing blockages in the vessels that supply the brain with oxygen resulting in a potentially deadly ischemic stroke.

CPAP Therapy Prevents Stroke

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy begins healing your body immediately. Yes, your snoring will stop, but more importantly, your body will begin to heal after having lacked those healthy levels of oxygen for so long. Talking to your doctor about your symptoms is very important. If you’re snoring, waking frequently to urinate at night, or having headaches or dry mouth in the morning, let your doctor know that you’re worried about sleep apnea. Early diagnosis matters.

CPAP Therapy After Stroke

If you’ve already suffered from a stroke, CPAP therapy can still be an effective treatment option. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is highly common in stroke patients, a journal article published with the American Academy of Neurology asserts that between 50 to 70% of stroke patients suffer from the disorder. The same study found that patients who don’t use CPAP therapy after their stroke have less successful recoveries than those who use CPAP treatments. It’s being suggested that stroke patients start CPAP therapy while still in the hospital and continue therapy once they are home.

Investing In Your Future

By recognizing your symptoms and seeing your doctor, you’re making a choice to put your health first. If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t delay seeking treatment via a CPAP system. Sleep apnea therapies are always developing, making CPAP machine therapy more versatile and comfortable than ever. Buying your sleep apnea supplies from a reliable online storefront ensures that you’ll be treating your sleep apnea with quality CPAP equipment. Promoting health in those who suffer from sleep apnea is the passion of the respiratory therapists at Breatheeasycpap.com. Visit us today and break free from your stroke risk.

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By |2017-03-07T19:03:55+00:00May 14th, 2016|

I Can’t Have Sleep Apnea, I’m in Great Shape!

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a medical condition characterized by the frequent absence of normal breathing during the night. This type of sleep apnea is usually caused by airway narrowing or partial obstruction. You’re at an increased risk of developing sleep apnea if you’re a male, between the ages of eighteen and sixty, have chronic nasal congestion or if you’re obese.

Despite the fact that there are plenty of risk factors involved in determining whether or not you could develop sleep apnea, the general opinion seems to be that Obstructive Sleep Apnea is an obese person’s disease. This stereotype upholds an idea that is not only a lie, but dead wrong.

Even Athletes Develop Sleep Apnea

Football players, wrestlers, and other athletes who are often asked to “bulk” for their sport are at an increased risk of developing sleep apnea when compared to their non-athletic counterparts. Maybe you want to write off their conditions because of their size or their thick necks, but that argument just won’t cut it.

If you’ve been avoiding visiting your doctor because you think that you’re too physically fit to have sleep apnea, think again. No one is safe from sleep disordered breathing, just take Tom Zehmisch as an example. Zehmisch was a triathlete in excellent condition…until he died of a heart attack. His death was believed to have been an unfortunate end to what began as a case of sleep apnea.

Can Sleep Apnea Impact Athletic Performance?

You’re looking to perform your best, whether in a triathlon, a local 5k, or even in your Zumba class. If physical activity is important to you, start making sleep a priority. Professional athletes, as well as those who enjoy exercising for fun, place extra stress on their bodies every day and need sleep to recover.

Normally, you’ll rest up at night and your body will heal, leaving you refreshed and ready to build muscles again the following day. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you might be roughing up your body during the day and never truly healing at night. This puts undue stress on your muscles, joints, and, most devastatingly, your cardiovascular system.

Decreased cardiovascular function brought on by the sleep deprivation and low levels of oxygen associated with sleep apnea can lead to sobering illnesses. High blood pressure, kidney disease, stroke, and neurological changes are just a few. In football players who were tested for sleep apnea, those who suffered from the condition had considerably slower reaction times.

Look For the Signs, Not the Size

If you have sleep apnea, snoring may be your only symptom. That was the case for Tom Zehmisch, and unfortunately, his condition killed him. Snoring is just one of the symptoms on a long list that includes exhaustion during the day, frequent waking, or morning headaches. Even if you don’t snore, review any of these common symptoms with your doctor. Don’t assume you’ll avert sleep apnea just by keeping your Body Mass Index below twenty-five.

Don’t Neglect Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you’ve taken the courageous move to see your doctor about your snoring, headaches, or frequent nighttime waking and they diagnose you with sleep apnea, don’t delay starting your treatment. Most physicians agree that continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP therapy, is the first line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. If you avoid treatment because you’re embarrassed or nervous about shopping for a CPAP system, take a deep breath and relax.

The nurses, respiratory therapists, and doctors at Breatheeasycpap.com believe that you should feel empowered by investing in the CPAP system that’s right for you. Don’t let sleep apnea slow you down. Visit our website today.

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By |2017-03-07T19:06:15+00:00April 9th, 2016|

How to Avoid Mask Leakage, Especially in the Eyes

How to Avoid Mask Leakage, Especially in the Eyes

If you are a sleep apnea sufferer, continuous positive airway pressure technology is an important step in correcting and preventing the cardiovascular and hormonal changes that often present themselves as a result of the condition. Unfortunately, many CPAP users find remaining compliant with their prescribed treatment hard to maintain because they run into issues with mask leakage from their CPAP mask.

Why Mask Leakage is an Issue

If you’re wondering whether or not you are experiencing a mask leak, there are a few things to look for. One sign that your mask is experiencing an air leak issue is hearing intermittent burping or blowing sounds from your sleep apnea mask. You may also notice dry eyes in the morning. A frequently leaking CPAP mask can cause several issues, but the most severe issue is that constantly leaking masks cannot deliver the prescribed pressure levels to your lungs. Without this prescribed pressure, your sleep apnea treatment simply won’t be effective.

Sleep apnea sufferers are likely to discontinue CPAP use if they’re finding that their mask leakage is contributing to dry, irritable eyes. When air escapes their CPAP mask, particularly at the top of the mask, the pressured air is likely to blow on their eyes throughout the night, eventually leading to excessive drying and redness. This drying causes itchiness and pain, and many CPAP users find it unbearable.

How to Manage and Avoid CPAP Mask Leakage

In order to continue sleep apnea treatment, users must first recover from their dry, painful eyes while preventing further dryness from occurring. First and foremost, ensure that your mask is securely fitted to your face. You may need to adjust the straps around your forehead if air leaking from the top of your mask is the culprit. Check your sleep apnea mask’s instructions to troubleshoot your fit, or visit Resmed’s website and read a great article explaining a few tricks to ensure your mask fits perfectly.

A boil and bite mouth piece may also help by changing the way your relaxed facial muscles lay during the night. Many companies sell eye shields and support to use overnight if your fitted mask still occasionally leaks. Another common issue may be that your CPAP mask is the incorrect size or has worn down overtime and needs to be replaced. When first using these preventative methods, heal your dry eyes with over the counter eye drops or see your health care provider about prescribed eye treatment.

Research Your Best CPAP Mask Option

Mask leak issues may be prevented by asking your health care provider, or experienced medical supply sales member to suggest an ideal mask style for your face and treatment. You may find that you feel better with a nasal mask like the Philip’s Respironics Pico. You may instead feel more comfortable with a fuller mask like the Amara View. Some CPAP users prefer a more basic mask such as the AirFit F10.

The seasoned respiratory health care professionals and sales staff at Breatheeasycpap.com are fully equipped to find the perfect CPAP mask style for you. Our website has a large variety of mask styles and accompanying CPAP tubing, and machines. Let us know how we can help you find your ideal fit today.

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By |2017-03-07T19:12:13+00:00February 27th, 2016|