Karen Grollo-Morris Director of Client Services

About Karen Grollo-Morris Director of Client Services

Karen joined the Breathe Easy CPAP team in March 2008. Graduating with a degree in Communication from Arizona State University, she has over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience. Karen's experience includes working for Kraft Foodservice as a Territory Manager in Southern California and a Sales Manager for J.Goodman and Associates in Southern California. Karen primarily focuses on marketing AST's services to physicians and sleep labs. Her passion for maintaining client relationships has been instrumental in bringing our business to a new level of service, gaining AST greater recognition in the Sleep Therapy industry. She is married to Irwin, a Pharmacist and Founder of a local Biotech Company.

Eucalyptus for great relief with congestion

Eucalyptus for great relief with congestion

Eucalyptus is an aromatic herb that has properties that provide great relief as a decongestant and an expectorant. For centuries Vick’s which is made as a Eucalyptus rub is applied to the back and chest of a person who has a common cold or any other respiratory distress. It is known to loosen the mucus in the chest so that it can be coughed up and expelled.

Eucalyptus also has some antibiotic association with it. Eucalyptus has both internal and external uses. Internally it is the leaves that are used for herbal teas that are able to assist people by acting as a diuretic, an anti-diabetic and also has some anti-tumor properties. The Eucalyptus oils are almost never used internally or ingested but on the rare occasion, a doctor might use a minuscule amount of Eucalyptus for nasal congestion, bronchial disease, and other respiratory problems.

Externally, Eucalyptus is used as a vapor rub and while it is recommended that it be rubbed on the chest and back area it is also good for inhalation in such ways as steam vaporizers. Some even boil water and drop a teaspoon of vapor rub into it so an ill person can breathe in the fumes which will help to break up the congestion in the lungs. Quite often people have used the very same rub for sprains, bruises, and muscle aches and pains.

Never underestimate the power of Eucalyptus oil as it can be beneficial for many reasons. First it is a very powerful antiseptic, it is used to treat pyorrhea which is a gum disease. It is often used to treat burns too. One thing you can bank on is that insects do not like Eucalyptus so if you mix some with water and put it in a spray bottle you can be sure that bugs will stay away. A small drop on the tip of the tongue is said to take away nausea. Many people will soak a cloth in Eucalyptus and put them in their pantries or closets to fend off bugs and roaches. Another quick tip is a few sniffs of Eucalyptus is said to help someone who has fainted and when mixed with cinnamon is known to alleviate the symptoms of the flu.

Eucalyptus is also commonly used for aromatherapy too because when mixed with other oils it is extremely beneficial. The effects of Eucalyptus are stimulating and balancing and the scent is very woody. For the purposes of aromatherapy it blends well with Juniper, Lavender, and Marjoram. Eucalyptus when used in aromatherapy does the body good as it helps to relieve mental fatigue, improves mental clarity and alertness, sharpens the senses, refreshes and revives, stimulating, energizing. This is great for CPAP patients who suffer with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

It also has great effects on the body as it feels cooling; it relieves pain and sore muscles, breaks up congestion, and reduces inflammation. Eucalyptus incorporated with aromatherapy offers pure enjoyment. Inhaling the fragrance of Eucalyptus can reduce stress and lessen depression. It makes for an overall sense of better well-being. Eucalyptus is great for both bathing and also for massage oils.

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 |2019-04-03T02:40:34+00:00January 5th, 2019|

How Can A Hot Tub Help You Sleep?

How Can A Hot Tub Help You Sleep?

Perhaps you never thought of the good it can do for you to soak in a hot tub for 15 or so minutes before you’re ready for bed. Well, the fact is, just that simple activity can bring on a good, deep night’s sleep. A night’s sleep that is so good that when you wake up you’re not still exhausted, you actually feel rested and rejuvenated.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that soaking in hot water, like you find in a hot tub or spa, before you head off to bed can ease the transition into a deeper, more fulfilling sleep.

If a person has the pain of some sort, whether its mild to severe there is an anxiety that goes along with that that will often interfere with someone’s sleep causing them to still feel like they didn’t get enough sleep. By soaking in a hot tub for a half an hour or so before bedtime will help alleviate the pain and if the pain is gone, so is the anxiety; and if the anxiety is gone there is an opportunity for a good night’s sleep. In order to heal from pain and to even attempt any pain management, there is one basic necessity; sleep. Without rest and sleep, it is very difficult to have any grip on pain management, without the use of drugs.

If you are having trouble sleep through the night you want to discuss this immediately with your physician as you might be a candidate for CPAP Therapy. Medically, it is believed that physical health and mental health are intertwined and there is a good shot at mental health if a person’s physical health is in good shape.

This whole idea of all of the aspects of our lives having an impact on one another sounds almost like, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” And like that age-old riddle, the most important thing to understand is that one affects the other which affects the other. Which is more important to keep healthy? The answer is simply having an understanding of how all of these aspects of our lives affect one another has got us a step ahead of the game and that’s the best place to be when it comes to our overall health.

Good sleep will work wonders for the rest of your healthy life and a way to get good sleep is to soak in a hot tub for up to 30 minutes before going off to bed. When you have a good night’s sleep your body is able to rejuvenate and eventually heal it and that will bring about a healthy state of mind. A healthy state of mind will keep the physical body in tune and able to sleep fully and peacefully in keeping with the whole cycle.

It doesn’t really matter which came first, “the chicken or the egg?” What matters is that all of the cycles affects the rest of the cycle and on and on and if that means soaking in a hot top for a few minutes a night to allow your body to get the rest it needs, then so be it. Not a big price to pay, huh?

If your physician orders a sleep study and you are placed on a CPAP machine the Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy will be standing by to assist you.

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 |2018-11-13T05:51:07+00:00November 17th, 2018|

Comfortably Getting Started with Your CPAP

Comfortably Getting Started with Your CPAP

Sleep is critical to a healthy and balanced everyday life. If your physician feels that you might have obstructive sleep apnea you will be asked to undergo a sleep study to find out for sure. You will be asked to go to a sleep laboratory for one evening to be tested during your sleeping hours. If you are found to have sleep apnea a CPAP machine will be ordered for use at bedtime.

There are different types of CPAP machines your sleep specialist will understand your needs based on what your physician orders and interviewing you at the time of CPAP set up. Rest assured if you go through the Dream team at Advanced Sleep Therapy this CPAP will be the type of system that’ll provide you the outright most beneficial outcome.

It is imperative that you listen to your CPAP Respiratory Therapist and that you continually use the CPAP whenever you are resting. CPAP is truly a great help to assist those that are combating snoring. If you are brand-new to CPAP, you are most likely to discover the tips available to you from Advanced Sleep Therapy’s Blog very helpful. When choosing your CPAP Company it’s truly recommended to speak to your physician about his recommendation, as well as asking questions of the company to ensure that you have a “comfort level” with them for your therapy.

Using a CPAP for your OSA will ensure you’ve started on the path to improving your wellness.

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 |2018-11-13T01:16:54+00:00August 25th, 2018|

Packing Your CPAP Safely for Travel

Packing Your CPAP Safely for Travel

When you pack your CPAP, there is obvious chance that your bag becomes misplaced or lost.  Whether you are brand new to CPAP, or if you’re a seasoned user you need to know what to do to pack your equipment properly. We hope that you find these hints handy.

CPAP is very ordinary, the majority TSA representatives are knowledgeable about all the devices.  Additionally, there really are a lot of additional little travel CPAPs which might be a good alternative while traveling.

If you do choose to pack your CPAP in the event you really don’t remember to pack your mask, headgear, tubing or any component of the CPAP system the Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy is just a phone call away.

 Please make sure that the TSA understand that you have got a CPAP device. What lots of men and women find it impossible to notice is the fact that travel having a CPAP system can be a significantly less difficult than formerly considered.  Newer CPAP machines regularly require an assortment of voltages that contrasts the USA and European voltages which vary between 110V to 220V. Older CPAP machines may have an alternative to fix the input signal voltage.

For easy traveling having a CPAP system, your carry-on bag can lower the risk of harm.  Additionally, you can find the travel CPAP machines created especially for airline traveling in the case that you are a regular flyer.

Cleansing and disinfecting the CPAP mask and machine are all vital to make sure optimal remedy and appropriate disease management.  Cosmetic devices utilized to look after OSA or alternative sleep-breathing ailments may possibly become a possible resolution for those who visit distant regions.

The Downside Risk of Packing Your CPAP Safely for Travel.

Luggage Bags are one of the utter contentious troubling issues inside of the traveling industry.  Foreign travel will probably demand some type of adapter so verify ahead.

Camping together with your system may be being among the very intriguing issues which you may possibly to manage.  If you are definitely going to become somewhere somewhat far more rural and you also camp over an average foundation you may possibly wish a purchase a system that features a straight back up battery package.

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 |2018-03-05T23:55:33+00:00July 14th, 2018|

3 D’s of Sleeping Tablets

3 D’s of Sleeping Tablets

After reading this, I hope you can still sleep well. Sleep-inducing medicines, commonly known as sleeping pills, have a credibility of helping people get some solitude during the night. Sleep deprivation is such a hard condition to have since it actually zaps a person’s energy to do the more vital things in life, at work, and at home. Specifically, it is utilized by chronic insomniacs who frantically need to get that well-deserved rest.

Insomniacs often flip over the numerous cable television channels each night hoping to get tired adequate to sleep. For them, it does not matter if they sleep in front of the television as long as they do get to sleep eventually. T.V. browsing loses its effectiveness after a couple of nights, leaving the insomniac up and awake the entire night, and, yes, bone-weary the next morning. Manic work, occupational tensions, and the ever-toxic concept of work itself leaves an individual with no other choice but to rely on the “quick” relief.

Studies reveal that individuals who are prone to stress and other daily worries are the ones who would probably resort to making use of sleeping tablets. We want to share with you why you should never result in taking sleeping tablets and should consult your physician if you are having trouble sleeping. If your physician orders CPAP therapy Advanced Sleep Therapy will be available to answer all of your questions.

Research studies show that long-term use of sleeping pills might trigger undesirable adverse effects or health problems. Individuals who typically take haven or rely primarily on these sedatives are more susceptible to negative results and even life-threatening scenarios as:

Degradation of activities

Studies show that constant usage of sleeping tablets can lower brain cell activity, affect short-memory term and cause hang-overs. It’s a bad thing to forget certain work errands simply because of sleeping tablets.

Dependence

Much like how the body forms its natural defense through the production of antibodies, the body may likewise develop an immunity to the drug. The regular consumption of a specific drug would lessen the strength of the active components. Ultimately, the user would have to take greater doses of the drug and be open to the risk of developing a drug dependence or dependency. Sleeping pill dependency is, in truth, quick ending up being a common health issue.

Death

Individuals who use sleeping pills have unquestionably greater death rates than those who do not. Sleep apnea clients are recommended to avoid taking sleep-inducing tablets completely.

As sedatives, sleeping tablets have the tendency to lengthen the pauses in breathing when one is asleep. This scenario can jeopardize the health of people with sleep apnea. Every year, lots of cases of death are credited to the effects of these drugs.

As the saying goes, we can purchase elegant bed but we can never buy a good night’s sleep. This proverbial declaration just shows that lots of people are truly struggling to board another reveal train to Dreamland. And the struggle goes on. For some individuals, a good night’s sleep is like a rare product. Wishing you better sleep always.

The Dream Team

 

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By |2018-03-05T06:37:43+00:00May 26th, 2018|

CPAP Cleaning Can Be Fun!

CPAP Cleaning Can Be Fun!

CPAP machines are excellent for individuals with breathing ailments. CPAP machine is a product that will help you breathe more evenly as you sleep so you may secure a complete night rest. Very few men and women enjoy dealing with spring cleaning, but it does not necessarily mean that anybody should need to do it alone.

The first time you try to wear your CPAP it may be kind of uncomfortable in the beginning, but as soon as you fall asleep you’ll be in a position to stay asleep because you will continue to breathe throughout the evening. Provided that your mask doesn’t fall off you are going to have no interruptions.

As you breathe through the mask for a number of hours each night and particularly in the event that you use a heated humidifier along with the CPAP machine you create a warm, moist environment within your mask. The masks have added cushions in the event you want to add them to decrease chafing and to raise airflow. They also come in many different colors and styles.

As you start using your CPAP machine you will need to make sure it is kept sanitized. If you work hard to keep your CPAP clean, then you are also likely to be more inclined to wear it each night.

It is very important to clean your CPAP the right way. Unwashed masks will possibly have an odor and harbor germs. Seek advice from your manual to learn the right way to clean your CPAP mask.

The Dream Team at http://breatheeasycpap.com recommends you try SoClean2-CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer, as well as have a supply mask cleaning wipes to clean your mask on the go.

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 cleaning supplies without any prescription being required from our online store.

Great sleep is undoubtedly a crucial luxury!

 

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By |2018-03-05T05:40:22+00:00April 7th, 2018|

The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet

The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet

The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet is a premium auto-adjusting pressure device with a built-in humidifier, cellular connectivity as well as advanced event detection.
The AirSense™10 Autoset with built-in HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier from ResMed is at the cutting edge of CPAP technology. This model functions with a high powered AutoSet Algorithm and provides a completely individualized and dependable treatment session for you. When it comes CPAP machines, the AirSense™10 Autoset™ with HumidAir™ provides a great alternative.

With each AirSense 10 device offering built-in mobile| technology, a person will get unprecedented access to treatment data and remote access to device options, allowing you to end up being more attached.

The AutoSet algorithm employed in the AirSense 10 AutoSet is deemed one of the best CPAP machines and is one of the top clinically posted discussions in the field of respiratory education for sleep-disordered breathing.

Functions work automatically to adapt to each person’s therapy pressure because your needs can change from season to season. This particular CPAP machine presented by Breath Easy CPAP ensures your ideal, least expensive remedy.

Superior event detection identifies core sleep apnea stop issues, respiratory hard work, associated arousal and Cheyne-Stokes breathing events to supply you treating physicians valuable information directly for the continuing health-related with your needs.
AutoRamp™ in addition to sleep onset detection provides low pressure in order to aid in your falling asleep with ease. The particular quiet Easy-Breathe motor makes for a tranquil environment for you and your bed partner.

The Autoset Algorithm actually is a feature that is unique to Resmed and can provide adjustments to the system based on every inhale taken. The system can compensate regarding flow limitations and is designed to increase pressure throughout the duration |associated with the limitation.

The ResMed Humidifier ensures that a perfect level of humidity is provided to you throughout the treatment session. The humidity level can be very easily adjusted thanks to the settings on the options screen.

The AirSense™10 Autoset™ with HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier features an Expiratory Pressure Relief or EPR, system which enables the pressure to be continuously adjusted with regard to allowing for more natural breathing.

The LCD Display features an easy to read menu and tracking for many of the major data points of a therapy session. Both you and your Clinician can use the screen to review data such as ramp time, humidity level, pressure relief and others in order to adjust these settings for the needs of each patient. Clinicians can use the “Sleep Report” option on the menu in order to retrieve advanced data regarding each therapy session.

Additionally, ladies, if you are looking for a sleep therapy machine that offers high performance and customization options, the AirSense™10 Autoset™ CPAP for Her with integrated HumidAir™ Heated Humidifier and ClimateLineAir Tube offers an attractive option that you will love.

Breathe Easy CPAP is proud to offer a complete line of ResMed CPAP machines, CPAP humidifiers, CPAP masks, CPAP headgear and all cleaning and CPAP accessories.
You can order the ResMed AirSense 10 CPAP from our online store at Breathe Easy CPAP.

Wishing you better sleep and better health,
The Dream Team

 

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By |2018-03-05T04:52:10+00:00February 17th, 2018|

What’s the Perfect Room Temperature for Sleep?

What’s the Perfect Room Temperature for Sleep?

Struggling to get better sleep at night? You may need to lower your thermostat. A hot debated topic between couples since the invention of the thermostat, keeping a room at a lower temperature is probably the best option for fostering healthy sleep.

What Temperature is Ideal?

Research suggests that the best temperature for sleep is around sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit and as low as sixty-one degrees Fahrenheit for those of us who enjoy sleeping under a few blankets. We need these lower temperatures because our bodies recognize a drop in core temperature as a signal to initiate sleep. It gets colder outside, our temperature drops by one to two degrees, and our bodies begin releasing chemicals promoting sleep. Our homes are made to hold in heat and keep us warm even during the coldest of months, but without a drop in temperature we may struggle to catch some shut eye.

What if I can’t Control the Heat in my Room?

For apartment dwellers, you may not be in charge of the thermostat. Rather, you’ve got a bed next to a radiator that spits out heat all night long. This situation is similar to those living in hot climates without access to an air conditioner. How on earth are you supposed to stay cool when you don’t have any control of the temperature?

We suggest purchasing a cool mist humidifier and a fan in your bedroom. Together the mist will prevent you from drying out due to the strong nighttime heat and will keep you cool while the fan blows air around your room. You may also want to sleep with your door open so that air circulation is at its best.

If you’ve adjusted your room temperature and are still having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, it’s might be time to see a physician. Are you snoring at night? Waking up with dry mouth or a morning headache? You may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can contribute to fatigue and insomnia. Talk to your physician about visiting a sleep specialist, like our team at Advanced Sleep Therapy. There may be a simple solution to your sleeping troubles, we’ll help you find it.

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By |2018-02-24T05:08:45+00:00December 30th, 2017|

What’s CPAP Compliance?

What’s CPAP Compliance?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition which results in periods of breathlessness throughout the night. These moments without breath mean moments without oxygen and untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of developing serious heart disease. Fortunately, the treatment for sleep apnea, known as continuous positive airway pressure therapy, stops sleep apnea related symptoms and reduces your risk of having co-occurring medical problems.

What’s Compliance?

Doctors, and often insurance companies, look at a patient’s compliance with therapy throughout treatment. A compliant CPAP user takes advantage of their CPAP every night and uses it for several hours.

Doctors monitor compliance because they know that sticking with CPAP therapy isn’t always easy. While we may know the benefits of sleep apnea treatment, only about half of people who are prescribed this treatment actually stick to it.

Compliance Isn’t Always Easy

At Advanced Sleep Therapy, we’ve got an eye for things that may make compliance difficult. A poorly fitting mask, using a CPAP machine without a “ramp feature,” or neglecting to add a humidifier to your CPAP system make committing to your treatment difficult. We’ve got a group of specialized health care professionals who are practiced in solving these problems. We’ll direct you to the right CPAP supplies and skills for caring for your CPAP so that compliance is easy.

Telemonitoring May Improve Compliance

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 data to you and your physician if they’ve been given permission. This data includes the number of episodes without breath, the presence of air leaks in your mask, and hours of CPAP machine use practiced each evening.

Those who have developed these apps and the CPAP machines they’re associated with, say that they ensure better sleep apnea treatment compliance. Patients suffering from the sleep disorder experience more effective treatment and are easily able to discuss compliance issues with their health care providers.

You can find CPAP machines equipped with telemonitoring capabilities on Breatheeasycpap.com. Established medical supply companies like RedMed and Philips Respironics are improving technology to monitor compliance and CPAP design to improve user comfort with every new machine or smartphone application that they create. Visit our online storefront today to not only start CPAP therapy but to fully commit to it.

 

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By |2017-03-15T20:28:32+00:00October 14th, 2017|

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Down’s Syndrome

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Down’s Syndrome

Down Syndrome is a disorder which affects human cellular parts known as chromosomes. In people with Down Syndrome, there is an extra copy of the twenty-first chromosome. This difference results in low muscle tone at birth, when it’s usually diagnosed, and a variety of mental and physical disabilities into adulthood. In particular, children and adults with Down Syndrome are at an increased risk of developing sleep apnea, a disorder which results in periods without breath during the night.

Sleep Apnea and Down Syndrome

People with Down Syndrome are at an increased risk for developing sleep apnea due to a variety of mostly physical factors. Because they often have poor muscle tone, people with Down Syndrome often have a difficult time controlling their tongues and soft palates, especially when sleeping. This inability to control the soft palate and tongue leads to obstructive sleep apnea as the person’s airway is blocked during the night. Similarly, those with Down Syndrome may also have enlarged tonsils and adenoids which can also contribute to narrowed airways.

Those with Down Syndrome are also likely to be overweight, adding extra pressure to their chests and neck, another risk factor for sleep apnea. Along with excess secretion and mucous production, it’s easy to see why sleep apnea is such a common experience in those with Down Syndrome.

What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a dangerous medical condition which, when left untreated, may lead to life threatening cardiovascular disease, memory loss, and diabetes. Those suffering from Down Syndrome are especially vulnerable to these conditions, especially cardiovascular disease. Because Down Syndrome correlates strongly with congenital heart disease, treatment of sleep apnea is critical.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Down Syndrome

Depending on the cause of sleep apnea, treatment is varied. Generally, if tonsils and adenoids are present, the primary care physician will evaluate whether or not the removal of these would improve symptoms. Weight loss may also be suggested. Most care providers will also prescribe continuous positive airway therapy, also known as CPAP therapy. A CPAP machine delivers pressured air through a mask that connects to the head while sleeping. This is the standard and most effective form of treatment for sleep apnea.

If someone you love has Down Syndrome and has recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to initiate treatment as soon as possible. Visit us at Advanced Sleep Therapy for questions on treatment or if you suspect someone you know may be suffering. Purchase your sleep apnea supplies from a reputable online CPAP supply store like Breatheeasycpap.com. There, you’ll find a team of specialists ready to help find the perfect CPAP options for you or your loved ones.

 

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By |2017-03-13T19:12:55+00:00September 9th, 2017|

What is Parasomnia?

What is Parasomnia?

The word “parasomnia” is a broad term used to describe a set of disorders in which the person behaves abnormally during sleep. You’ve likely heard of some parasomnia related disorders, such as night terrors, sleepwalking, and sleep paralysis, but there may be some that you’re just not aware of. Wondering if you’re experiencing parasomnia symptoms? Keep reading to learn more.

Types of Parasomnias

Finding out you’ve been behaving abnormally during the night is nerve-wracking. More often than not, people discover they’ve got a parasomnia disorder because they may have family telling them about their odd behavior during the night. Some of these disorders include:

  • Sleep walking. This one is easy to understand. Sleep walking occurs most commonly in childhood and in people who are stressed or fatigued. Sleep walkers move around occasionally throughout the night. They may even look awake and talk while they move around the house.
  • Sleep terrors. Often involving full blown panic attacks, sleep terrors are intensely confused states in which the sufferer screams, runs, and even grows combative while asleep believing they are in real danger. This disorder is common in those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Sleep related eating disorder. Also known as nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder, this parasomnia involves eating foods while completely asleep and maintaining a lack of awareness about the activity.

Sleep Apnea is a Risk Factor for Parasomnia

Prevalence of parasomnia in patients with obstructive sleep apnea is about ten percent. Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by intermittent breathing cessation during the night. It leads to all sorts of medical complications and co-existing conditions such as parasomnia. Researchers noted that an increase in parasomnia prevalence in sleep apnea sufferers was true regardless of age, race, or sex of the study participants.

If you’ve been told you’ve been having parasomnia-like events during the night and are snoring or showing any of the signs of sleep apnea, such as dry mouth, high blood pressure, or morning headaches, it’s time to see a physician. If diagnosed, your doctor will likely recommend continued positive airway pressure therapy via a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea. When it’s time to start treatment, visit us at Breatheeasycpap.com and we’ll gladly  get you set with the perfect CPAP system to initiate your therapy.

 

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By |2017-03-13T04:52:07+00:00August 5th, 2017|

The High Price of Untreated Sleep Apnea

The High Price of Untreated Sleep Apnea

After receiving your diagnosis of sleep apnea, your next step is to find a continuous positive airway pressure system to start treatment. CPAP therapy is effective in treating the sleep disorder and preventing associated health consequences, like heart disease and diabetes. But, a quick look on any medical supply website is daunting. Choosing a CPAP machine and mask feels complicated, foreign, and expensive. The cost alone may make you want to forgo treatment altogether. Not so fast. While starting sleep apnea therapy may seem costly at first, the price of untreated sleep apnea is much higher.

Cardiovascular Disease

The leading cause of death in America? Heart disease. Also known as cardiovascular disease, heart disease is any condition which affects the heart or blood vessels. Not only dangerous, heart disease is costly. One in six dollars spent on healthcare pays for heart disease treatment. Do you have a robust savings? A heart attack could cost you as much as one million dollars.

The treatment and management of heart disease is expensive too. While the amount varies per person, if you’ve got heart disease, you’ll be shelling out for medications, diagnostic testing, and frequent visits to the cardiologist’s office. Still think a CPAP system is too expensive?

Diabetes

It turns out that sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes are closely related. About fifty to sixty percent of patients with diabetes also have sleep apnea. What’s the connection? Excess glucose related to stress and sleep deprivation associated with sleep apnea. Type 2 diabetes is expensive and costs sufferers of the disease anywhere from eight thousand to thirteen thousand dollars a year.

Your Career Might Be Suffering Too

If you’re not treating your sleep apnea, you’re putting your career at risk. Untreated sleep apnea causes actual brain damage which means that you’re feeling exhausted during the day, are more forgetful than ever, and are likely having trouble concentrating. None of these issues are compatible with great work There’s no better way to get yourself into financial hardship than losing your job over your health.

Getting CPAP Therapy Started

Still intimidated over purchasing a CPAP system? Please consider contacting the sleep experts at Advanced Sleep Therapy. We’d love to help you understand your insurance plan and find you a CPAP system that’s cost-effective and just right for your personal treatment.

 

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By |2017-03-13T04:24:52+00:00June 3rd, 2017|

New Treatment for Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Women

New Treatment for Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Women

When we picture a person suffering from sleep apnea, we are quick to call to mind an image of a heavy set, older man. Sure, men are nearly eight times more likely to develop sleep apnea than women, but neglecting sleep apnea care because you don’t fit the “usual” mold is dangerous. Women, just like men, can suffer from this serious disorder.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common medical problem where snoring, or the sound made when breath passes through a constricted upper airway, is the main symptom. Sleep apnea affects your brain function, hormonal systems, and cardiovascular health. Getting treatment is so important, and you can count on most health care providers treating sleep apnea with continuous positive airway pressure therapy.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea: Men Versus Women

Along with snoring, symptoms of sleep apnea involve dry mouth and early morning headaches. Restlessness at night and an increase in urination are also common. Countless people suffering from sleep apnea report feeling exhausted all the time, even when they’ve had what they thought was a full night’s rest.

The difference in diagnosing the disorder in women is less often about the difference in symptoms and more frequently about how health care practioners are interpreting them. While depression is a symptom of sleep apnea in both men and women, doctors are much more likely to see depression as a stand alone condition in women than in men. Women are also more likely to report their sleep disturbances and headaches rather than snoring because they tend to snore much quieter than their male counterparts.

A New Take on Sleep Apnea Treatment for Women

The standard treatment for sleep apnea is continued positive airway pressure therapy for both women and men. This therapy is painless, effective, and stops snoring immediately. With a CPAP machine, both men and women are more likely to sleep soundly while preventing secondary illnesses related to sleep apnea such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Discuss with your doctor the type of CPAP device they recommend. If they’re unsure, you can’t go wrong with purchasing a popular machine such as ResMed’s AirCurve 10.

When CPAP therapy first began, the creators of the CPAP masks were primarily focused on treating men with this illness. This made treatment for women less effective because masks for men don’t always fit women correctly.

When you purchase your machine, make sure that you also purchase a mask that fits you just right. Women should pay especially close attention to mask styles because of the difference in facial shape. Some companies even make special masks just for women! You can read more about this mask styles on our blog.

If you suspect you may have sleep apnea and that it’s going missed or undiagnosed, talk to a trustworthy team of sleep specialists. Advanced Sleep Therapy is built from dedicated registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians, ensuring that you’ll get the help you deserve and the supplies that you need.

 

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By |2017-03-08T20:44:31+00:00April 22nd, 2017|

Why Should I Use a CPAP Humidifier?

Why Should I Use a CPAP Humidifier?

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP therapy, is an imperative part to treating your sleep apnea and avoiding the long-term health risks of this condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and even kidney disease. CPAP use will also help you get a better night’s sleep and help eliminate snoring as well as excessive fatigue.

Despite the real comfort CPAP machines provide, users sometimes experience nasal congestion or a dry nose and mouth. This is because forced air delivered through your CPAP mask can be irritating to the mucosal lining of your nose which causes swelling and excess mucous production, both of which contribute to nasal congestion. The irritation also promotes the breeding of infectious organisms who in turn create even more mucous and swelling! This obvious discomfort is frustrating. No wonder so many find it tough to adhere to their sleep apnea treatment!

How can we keep up with treatment while feeling comfortable? This is where CPAP humidifiers come in.

Here’s How a CPAP Humidifier Can Help You

While they’re available in both heated and non-heated, we tend to prefer the heated CPAP humidifiers. That’s because the warmth of heated humidifiers tend to be more relaxing than the non-heated variations while still moistening all delivered air. This prevents the drying of the nose’s mucous membranes and decreases uncomfortable nasal symptoms while reducing the chance of infection.

Studies show that heated humidifiers are especially important in sleep apnea suffers over sixty. Still, we recommend them to all of our clients. Why? Because comfort increases compliance, and we want you to use your CPAP as much as possible.

When using your humidifier, check the operating instructions for information on the best choices for filling the water tank. Many humidifiers are not well-suited for tap water and should only be filled with distilled.

The nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians on our sleep treatment team believe that your sleep apnea treatment shouldn’t be sidelined because of nasal discomfort.

Visit Breatheeasy.com to find CPAP humidifiers and other devices; we promise that you’ll appreciate our attention to quality and practical pricing.

 

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By |2018-02-24T05:11:06+00:00March 18th, 2017|

Losing Sleep: The Wonders and of Frustrations Microarousals in Sleep Apnea

As a sufferer of obstructive sleep apnea, you know the feeling of waking up from eight hours of sleep feeling more exhausted than when you first turned in for the night. It’s an awful and draining experience, not to mention frustrating. Your spouse simply cannot understand your extreme fatigue. After all, how can you be exhausted when you kept them awake snoring all night long? The answer? microarousals.

What are Microarousals?

Sleep apnea is characterized by the intermittent cessation of breathing while you sleep. You’re nearly constant snoring is caused by the partial blocking or narrowing of your airways. When this narrowing becomes too great for your breathing to fight against, your breathing stops completely. Although the effects aren’t good for you in the long run, your body has adapted to these moments without breath by developing an amazing method for getting breathing jump started.

During a period without normal breath your brain becomes more active, a phenomenon which can be measured on an electroencephalogram, or an EEG. This increase in brain activity is a mild, but awakened state known as a microarousal. These moments are effective in telling your brain to send signals to your lungs and natural breathing is restored. A few of these are normal for even those without sleep apnea and you generally won’t feel their effect in the morning. However with cases of sleep apnea, these microarousals are occurring up to hundreds of times every night, something your body can’t just bounce back from.

How Microarousals Affect Your Body

Although lifesaving in the short term, microarousals wreak havoc on your body overtime. A study published with the Psychosomatic Medicine Journal found that these disturbances in sleep resulted in higher levels of lipids, the molecules that make up fat cells. More of these cells and your risk for obesity, diabetes, and even worsening sleep apnea increases. Perhaps more serious than weight gain, microarousals lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol and high blood pressure.

Together, these adverse effects on the body are probably why having sleep apnea greatly contributes to the development of cardiovascular illness. A hardening of the arteries known as atherosclerosis may be the first sign of deterioration from microarousals and this vascular damage leads to deadly health conditions such as kidney disease or even stroke.

How to Manage Microarousals with CPAP

Fortunately, the solution to preventing frequent microarousals is by undergoing the painless sleep apnea treatment known as continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP. CPAP machines deliver forced air to your lungs while you sleep, keeping your throat open and restoring natural breath. Without those episodes of breathlessness caused by airway obstruction, microarousals won’t occur, leaving you feeling much more rested and wakeful after CPAP therapy. Using your prescribed CPAP machine will also help reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular damage and will, of course, stop your snoring from keeping your family up at night.

After your doctor writes you a prescription for a CPAP machine, visit Breatheeasycpap.com to get started. The health care professionals at this online CPAP supply retailer are well versed in sleep apnea therapy and can help you navigate your insurance plan. They’ll get your breathing and your sleep apnea treatment therapy started off on the right foot in no time flat.

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By |2017-03-01T18:38:56+00:00February 4th, 2017|

How to choose the proper CPAP mask

When it comes to treating your sleep apnea, choosing the best CPAP mask can be really intimidating. Just taking a look at the hundreds of options on any CPAP supply retailer site can be enough to make you want to give up your CPAP therapy before it’s even begun.

Don’t quit just yet! The consequences of leaving your sleep apnea untreated are not for the faint of heart. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke are just a few health problems you could encounter should you neglect sleep apnea treatment. You can find the right mask for you; the respiratory therapists at Breatheeasycpap.com are sure of it. Here are a few questions that will help you choose the perfect fitting mask.

What’s Your Prescribed CPAP Pressure Setting?

When your doctor first gave you the prescription for a CPAP machine, they will have given you a pressure level that you’ll use to set your machine. This pressure describes the amount of forced air needed to keep your airway from closing at night.

If you’re pressure level is above 12cm H20, you’ll probably want to opt out of using a nasal pillow set up. If they’re above 14, even a nasal mask might not be enough. When used with high pressures, you might experience air leaks or have difficulties keeping your mask from becoming disconnected. For pressures above 14, a full face mask is preferable.

Do You Have Facial Hair?

If you have a beard, you may have a difficult time getting a nice seal without air leaks. A nasal mask or nasal pillow will likely be a better option.

Are You an Active Sleeper?

For the nighttime mover and shaker, you’ll likely struggle finding a sleep apnea mask that doesn’t disconnect with frequent movement. Most sleep experts suggest the use of nasal pillows for sleep apnea sufferers who toss and turn during the night. We suggest checking out The Mirage Swift II, it’s one of the bestselling nasal pillows on the market. The Fisher and Paykel Pilairo Q is another great mask and has some of the highest customer ratings.

Are You a Mouth Breather?

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, there are so many CPAP users who breath through their mouths that some doctors prescribe full face masks to all of their patients. However, the full face masks cause some sleep apnea sufferers to feel claustrophobic, and they simply cannot tolerate the feeling of being confined. In these circumstances, a comfortable cloth chin strap can be used along with a nasal mask or nasal pillows. This accessory keeps your mouth from falling open during the night, forcing you to breath through your nose.

What Does Your Insurance Cover?

Many insurance providers, including Medicare, will replace your sleep apnea mask every three months. This means that if you end up unhappy with your first choice, you can bear with it for a few months and then move on to a different mask style. If you’re looking for the best place to shop for your next sleep apnea mask, Breatheeasycpap.com has plenty of excellent, high quality choices. Whether you’re shopping for price or comfort, their online CPAP supply store has an experienced team of health care professionals ready to help you make the right choice.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:01+00:00January 7th, 2017|

Sticking to Treatment: How the Airing Micro CPAP Could Change Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious health condition demanding treatment. Most doctors recommend getting started with continuous positive airway pressure therapy as soon as possible after your diagnosis. Sleep apnea puts you at risk of developing kidney disease, stroke, and diabetes. If, despite knowing the consequences of not using your prescribed CPAP machine, you’re having a tough time committing to your sleep apnea therapy, you’re not alone. Studies have shown that getting people to use their CPAP machines and stick out therapy with their sleep apnea masks is tough. Many people give up treatment all together, but why?

Why Do People Dislike Their CPAP Therapy?

With the whirring of the CPAP machine, a hose that acts like a ball and chain, and a hot, plastic mask, the traditional CPAP system can feel like a science fiction torture device. Although some people adore their CPAP therapy and the energy it’s brought back into their lives, some can’t handle things like exhaling against the CPAP pressure level or hearing small air leaks. Some sleep apnea sufferers just want to throw out their CPAP machine so that they’ll have more space next to their bed!

The Airing Micro CPAP

Steven A. Marsh is an incredible inventor who’s worked with The National Health Institute and has over 75 patents to his credit. He’s created the Airing Micro CPAP machine, a CPAP system that hopes to be the future of sleep apnea treatment. This innovative product is said to be quite comfortable and won’t be subject to air leaks like standard CPAP masks.

The Airing Micro CPAP is worn much like nasal pillows but without any straps or headgear. It uses battery powered micro pumps to maintain positive pressures in your airway, keeping your windpipe wide open and you free from the health consequences of sleep apnea.

This developing product is small, only about one to two inches and works without a hose, a sleep apnea mask, or even a machine. It’s battery lasts about eight hours so nothing will keep you tied down at home. With the lasting battery and small stature, the Airing Micro CPAP can easily be tossed into your day bag and give you the freedom to go wherever the day takes you.

Is this Micro CPAP Available to Purchase?

Although the Airing Micro CPAP is not available for purchase just yet, it’s hoping to be approved by the FDA and out for sale soon. Currently, the developers of this novel take on sleep apnea treatment are asking for donations and contributions to the further development of the Airing on Indiegogo.com. Since June 2015, people interested in seeing this product tackle sleep apnea have invested over one million dollars to the project. On the site, you can contribute to the project financially and will be rewarded with the promise of an Airing Micro CPAP of your very own once they’re ready for sale. Things are looking great for Airing and for sleep apnea sufferers who just cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.

Until you’re able to purchase an Airing of your own, you’ll need to do your very best to adhere to your CPAP machine therapy. The health care professionals at BreatheeasyCPAP.com would love to hear from you and help you get your CPAP therapy going right away. They’ll help you find the most comfortable sleep apnea mask style and CPAP machine for your very personal treatment. Don’t let sleep apnea wreak havoc on your health later, take action today.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:09+00:00December 3rd, 2016|

Keeping an Eye on Treatment: Smartphone Apps for CPAP Users

In a modern world where everything fits in the palm of your hand, it’s not surprising just how many programs web developers have created for our phones. No matter where you are, you’re able to track your calories, footsteps taken, cash spent, and even the status of your friendships. It shouldn’t be shocking to know that with the right applications, you can also track your sleep apnea.

Since eighteen million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, it’s only fitting that some of these tech savvy users are looking for the best way to sync their continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, use with their smartphones. To learn more, read below and see just what these groundbreaking applications can do for you.

What Can a CPAP Smartphone App Do For Me?

Before the dawn of smartphone apps, most CPAP machines relied on their “SD” cards to keep track of user data. This SD card was small and could be removed from the CPAP machine and then uploaded to your computer. Once uploaded, this information could be sent to your respiratory therapist or physician. Although most machines still use SD cards to store data, smartphones applications are quickly becoming the preferred choice of handling this information.

Although you’re already dying to run off and download one of these great applications, let’s take a look at what they do for you. Philips Respironics, HDM, and a few other major CPAP engineering companies have developed smartphone applications to use with your therapy. These apps measure how often you’re using your CPAP device, how long you’re sleeping each night, your prescribed pressure setting, and the number of breathless episodes you experience nightly.

How Your Doctor (and You) Will Use the Info

Smartphone applications that measure breaths and and provide data on your CPAP use aren’t just fun party tricks. This information can be a valuable part of your therapy, helping you stay committed to treatment by watching your progress and paying attention to just how often your CPAP machine keeps you breathing. The creators of these applications say that they help keep patients compliant. They’re sticking to their treatment and discussing their issues with their health care providers.

Doctors use the information gathered from these applications to determine if a person’s prescribed pressure level is adequate or whether or not they’d benefit from an increase in pressure. And because they can tell whether or not their patient has truly been wearing their sleep apnea mask at night, doctors can use these applications to remind their patients to keep up the good work. By proving accessible information to both you and your doctor, these applications keep everyone on the same page.

Where Can I Find a CPAP Smartphone Application?

These applications come by many names, but you’ll be satisfied with Nitelog by HDM or SleepMapper by Philip’s Respironics. You can find these apps, along with several others, wherever you purchase your smartphone applications. Your doctor or respiratory therapist may also have suggestions. If you’re new to CPAP treatment, start by investing in quality sleep apnea equipment from Breatheeasy.com The health care professionals at this online store can help you find the perfect CPAP machine for you and your data tracking.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:12+00:00November 5th, 2016|

Aromatherapy for CPAP

You’ve spent your entire day juggling. You’ve fed your family, walked the dog, paid your bills online, and scheduled to do it all over again the following day. Now, all that’s left is for you to lay down and begin recharging. Unfortunately, if you’re suffering from sleep apnea, settling down to relax may be no easy feat.

Surely you’ll have a memory of a time when you’ve felt completely exhausted, but after securing your CPAP mask in position, your brain refused to settle down and allow you to catch a few “Zzz.” Fortunatley, there are ways to promote a better night’s sleep, especially for those using continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP therapy. The project managers at “VaporClear” believe they’ve found a solution to the frustrating problem of restlessness through the ancient art of aromatherapy.

What is Aromatherapy?

The use of alternative medicine complementing standard therapy is a growing trend in health care. Aromatherapy, or the use of essential oil scents to alter the mind and body, is no different. For centuries, humans have used these oils to prevent and treat illnesses. Some even claim a special mixture called “Thieves’ Oil” prevented a group of people from developing the Black Plague in the 1330s.

Today, the use of these essential oil based therapies are especially prominent in Asia and France and, in some cases, doctors may even prescribe these oils for patient use. Aromatherapists claim that inhaled fragrances act medicinally within the body, just as an oral medication would. However, more research is needed to back up these claims.

Nevertheless, there is evidence showing that the use of aromatic oils simply make you feel great and relaxed. A study performed by the University of Maryland Medical Center reported that the smell of lavender essential oil soothes and promotes slight sedation when inhaled. No wonder we have historically placed lavender stems under our pillows!

How Can I Use Aromatherapy with my CPAP?

If you search around online, you can find aromatherapy kits for your CPAP machine system at any quality online retailer. These kits are easy to use and begin working right away. By placing a few drops of a CPAP machine safe oil on a diffusion wafer and placing it below your system’s intake, your CPAP machine will absorb therapeutic fragrance all night long. The calming scents are delivered to you via your sleep apnea mask and come in a variety of relaxing smells such as eucalyptus and lavender.  If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try fun scents like “Bubblegum” or “Dark Chocolate” engineered by VaporClear Aromatherapy, the leading manufacturer of essential oils for use with sleep apnea.

Purchasing Your CPAP Machine Aromatherapy Kit

If you’re like most CPAP users, you’ve spent a ton of time getting educated on the best continuous positive airway pressure therapy machine for you. CPAP therapy can be costly, and when it comes to purchasing sleep apnea care accessories, you’ve got to make smart decisions. With that in mind, never risk damaging or ruining your CPAP equipment with essential oils that are not designed for CPAP use or by using any essential oil improperly. When purchasing CPAP aromatherapy kits from a reliable CPAP retailer like Breatheeasycpap.com, you’re guaranteed safe use to preserve your CPAP system and a night of deserved relaxation.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:20+00:00September 17th, 2016|

All in the Family: Is Sleep Apnea Hereditary?

Is your snoring a bother to you and your partner? Unfortunately, it might be more than just bothersome. Snoring is also a common symptom of a larger health issue known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by periods of suspended breathing which can occur up to hundreds of times a night. If you’ve been snoring, you may want to evaluate your risk factors of developing the disease. You may be aware that your weight, age, and race play a role in the likelihood of having the condition, but did you know that your family’s history may seriously affect your risk?

Obesity: A Common Denominator

A little over half of sleep apnea sufferers are also obese. This common link may be why doctors often categorize sleep apnea as a hereditary disorder. Hundreds of studies have shown a genetic component to obesity, and that fact alone may explain why obesity and sleep apnea often coexist. Excess fat around the neck and the effect obesity has on the musculature around the throat both negatively impact a person’s airway, making it harder for the windpipe to stay open during sleep. If you’re overweight and have a family member with sleep apnea, consider paying a visit to your health care practitioner.

Cardiovascular Disease

Although untreated sleep apnea causes cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, known as  hypertension, and heart failure may also contribute to the development of sleep apnea! Since high blood pressure is most certainly a genetic disorder, together sleep apnea and high blood pressure make a  deadly genetic duo.

Overtime, untreated sleep apnea makes this hypertension worse, and the same is true for the reverse. Persistent and unmanageable high blood pressure leads to hardening of the arteries, congestive heart failure, and stroke. If you’ve got a family history of hypertension, it’ll never hurt to have your doctor’s office provide you with a sleep apnea screening.

Family History of Sleep Apnea

The medical consensus is that a genetic component is certainly influencing sleep apnea. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with the disorder, ask your doctor about your risk factors at your next check up. If you’re also obese, have a history of heart disease, and snore, don’t put off having your risk factors evaluated as soon as possible. It’s very likely that you’re suffering from sleep apnea. Although treatable, sleep apnea should be taken seriously before it promotes the development of other grave medical problems like kidney disease and diabetes.

CPAP Therapy Can Help

A diagnoses for sleep apnea isn’t a death sentence. In fact, sleep apnea it extremely treatable and treatment is effective in preventing a worsening of the disease. The most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure therapy via a CPAP machine and sleep apnea mask.

When your doctor prescribes you with CPAP therapy for you sleep apnea, purchase a CPAP system and sleep apnea care supplies from a reliable retailer. The health care professionals at Breatheeasycpap.com take pride in connecting sleep apnea sufferers with their optimum CPAP systems. You might not be able to manage your hereditary factors, but you can ensure that you treat your condition with a quality CPAP machine and put a stop to its dangerous adverse effects.

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By |2017-03-01T18:39:27+00:00August 13th, 2016|

Sleep Apnea and Kidney Disease

If you snore at night, you’re probably aware of how frustrating it can be to your family. They complain that it keeps them awake half the night, but is it really that big of a deal?

If you’re curious about your snoring, it’s generally a good idea to talk to your health care provider. Snoring is only one of the many symptoms of sleep apnea, a disorder known for causing interrupted breathing during the night. While snoring seems benign, sleep apnea is not. Sleep apnea has many deadly adverse effects including the development of kidney disease.

What is Kidney Disease?

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood, producing urine to excrete excess salt and minerals, and also to produce certain hormones. Kidney disease occurs when your kidneys become damaged and are unable to properly filter your blood. This unfiltered blood builds up in your system leading to swelling, breathing problems, and even heart trauma. Kidney disease is separated by stages, each stage growing progressively worse. In many cases, you’ll need to have a procedure performed called “dialysis” where the excess fluid accumulated in your body is removed via a catheter in your abdomen or your arm. For most, dialysis is painless but comes with risks of infection or hypovolemia, the removal of too much fluid.

 How Does Sleep Apnea Cause Kidney Disease?

When sleep apnea is left untreated, your blood oxygen level decreases hundreds of times every night. All of your organs require oxygen to function, and when the blood supplying the kidneys is depleted of oxygen, the area in the kidney responsible for blood filtration is damaged. Once damaged, the kidney’s ability to filter your blood falters, and the symptoms of kidney disease, such as swelling, fatigue, or the development of skin rashes begin to appear. If the kidney continues to lack oxygen, these symptoms will grow progressively worse and in time become deadly.

What if I Already Have Kidney Disease?

Having a diagnosis of sleep apnea on top of kidney disease is understandably scary. Studies show that having sleep apnea can increase the risk of forming kidney disease related complications as well as your mortality rate.

Still, there is hope. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy administered via a CPAP machine is the most commonly prescribed medical treatment for sleep apnea. This treatment restores oxygen to your blood by opening your windpipe during the night, thus preventing those momentary lapses in breathing. The use of CPAP treatment with a sleep apnea mask is shown to decrease the severity of kidney disease symptoms such as high blood pressure.

CPAP therapy is painless and will start relieving the uncomfortable symptoms of sleep apnea immediately. Snoring will be eliminated and you’ll be sleeping more comfortably all night long. Whether you have just found out you have sleep apnea and want to prevent kidney damage or you have kidney disease and would like to help prevent worsening symptoms, CPAP therapy will improve your quality of life. Breatheeasycpap.com is an online CPAP retailer created by certified respiratory therapists. There you find a variety of quality, comfortable CPAP and sleep apnea supplies to help get your health back on track.

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By |2017-03-07T18:45:24+00:00July 9th, 2016|

Traveling With Your CPAP Machine Is Possible!

Those who treat their sleep apnea with Continuous Positive Airways Pressure, or CPAP therapy, experience improvements in their quality of life immediately. They put an end to their snoring, experience restful sleep and find peace of mind knowing that their treatment decreases the risk of developing serious, long term health problems.

However, knowing how beneficial CPAP treatment is doesn’t change the fact that many people feel overwhelmed and tethered by their therapy. Sometimes this feeling of being chained to your CPAP device makes you feel as though following your more adventurous passions, like traveling or even staying a night away from home, are out of the question.

Plan Ahead to Make Traveling Easier

At first glance, CPAP machines and their sleep apnea masks, tubing, and adapters might seem complex. How could you possibly get all those bits and pieces anywhere?

Our suggestion is to avoid getting anxious about the process and think concretely. Start by making a list of all the components to your machine. In most cases, there should only be a few things to keep track of. Count on bringing your CPAP machine, CPAP mask, the hose that connects your mask to the machine, and your humidifier, if you have one.

Ensure that you’ve cleaned and dried all your components before packing so they don’t mold while put away. If you’re planning to bring your CPAP warm air humidifier, pack a few small bottles of distilled water. Once it’s time to pack your items, collect any cords together and wrap them nicely with a rubber band or a bread tie. Place all of the parts to your CPAP system in a clean gym bag or a CPAP travel bag.

Power Options for Traveling With Your CPAP

Technology has done many wonderful things for modern humanity, but, like everything else, it’s prone to failure. For this reason, many sleep specialists and CPAP retailers suggest traveling with a few extra items whenever you can afford it. Bringing along another CPAP mask or second power cord will prevent neglecting to use your machine because a piece of your equipment stopped working.

You may also consider buying one of ResMed‘s battery packs so that you can use your CPAP while you snooze on a plane or sleep in a tent. No matter which items you decide to travel with, make sure that you check with the Transportation Security Administration’s website for a few helpful hints on flying with you machine if you’ll be traveling by air. Tips like making sure to pack your CPAP in your carry-on will help get you where you’re going a lot easier.

Look for a CPAP Machine Known For It’s Small Size

Modern CPAP systems have improved from their predecessors in countless ways, and if traveling is an important part of your life, you’ll be excited to know that CPAP machines have gotten much smaller than they once were. The Transcend made by Somnetics International and the HDM Z1 are two great CPAP options notable for their lightweight, compact, and easy to use styles.

Created by respiratory therapists, physicians, and nurses, Breatheeasycpap.com is an excellent online CPAP retailer. They’re experienced in helping sleep apnea sufferers start shopping for their CPAP travel needs. At their site, you’ll find the right CPAP machine and sleep apnea mask for your journey and the rest of your life too.

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By |2017-03-07T19:02:13+00:00June 4th, 2016|

Big Things Come in Small Packages: The HDM Z1 Product Line

If you suffer from sleep apnea, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is a life changing therapy. The promotion of restful sleep and uninterrupted breathing during the night gives you the energy to make positive changes in your life. When your sleep is healthy and rejuvenating, the world is your oyster.

However, CPAP therapy can sometimes feel like a ball and chain. Many CPAP machines are large, loud, and bulky. Sleep apnea masks can be bothersome to put on and off. The size of these items alone feels like it prevents travel and adventure. How are you supposed to live life to its fullest if you can never sleep away from home?

HDM Makes Travel Possible

The HDM Z1 Product line is the solution to feeling caged by your sleep apnea treatment. Light-weight, compact, and chargeable, the Z1 Auto CPAP travels easily, making vacations, camping, or impromptu nights away from home possible. It’s small enough to hold in just one hand and weighs only about ten ounces. It’s also considered exceptionally quiet in comparison to other popular CPAP machines so you won’t be disrupting any fellow adventurers. Not only can this small CPAP device be a travel companion, it is FAA approved, meaning you can bring it with you anywhere, even on an airplane.

HDM Z1 Auto CPAP is Adaptable

It’s important to note that not only is HDM’s Z1 product small in stature, it’s also a dependable and smart device. By developing an algorithm to understand and adapt to your breathing, the HDM Z1 Auto CPAP delivers a personal, natural breathing experience by adjusting to your individual needs thousands of times each night. This adjustable CPAP can be used with a warm air humidifier to make sleep apnea therapy more comfortable than ever.

HDM Products are Technologically Advanced

Along with being the cream of the crop in the engineering sense, HDM has also developed an iPhone application that syncs information received from your CPAP machine to your phone! You can use the application to start and stop your machine, analyze data such as number of apnea, or breathless, episodes you’ve had in your sleep as well as what level of pressure was used to keep your airway open. You can even send information collected on your smart phone to others via email. Keep your doctor, respiratory therapist, or your partner updated on your progress.

Where to Purchase Your HDM CPAP

The respiratory therapists at Breatheeasycpap.com love the versatility and intelligent engineering involved in the production of HDM products. At our online storefront, we can help you purchase the perfect CPAP machine and comfortable sleep apnea mask like the ResMed AirFit. Your sleep apnea therapy should never keep you from exploring your dreams. Your treatment should empower you. Visit us today and we’ll help you get started.

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By |2017-03-07T19:04:52+00:00April 30th, 2016|

What’s the Deal with Nasal Pillows?

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you may have been told by your doctor that you need to start Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy via a CPAP machine. One look at  Breatheeasycpap.com and you’ll see that there is an abundance of mask styles to choose from. Full masks for high flow pressures and reliable coverage, nasal masks for freedom from claustrophobia …and nasal pillows?

What are Nasal Pillows?

Despite the strange name, nasal pillows aren’t so odd. Nasal pillows are a CPAP mask style used by many people who find themselves claustrophobic from the full face mask and are not pleased with the minimalism of a nasal mask. Nasal pillows work by creating a seal around your nostrils and are great for fitful sleepers or those who like to wear their glasses at night. If you’re a CPAP user with a lot of facial hair, you may also find that nasal pillows fit your face better than any other mask style.

Still, like everything else, there are drawbacks to nasal pillows. For example, if you’re a mouth breather or are prescribed a high-intensity pressure setting, nasal pillows are likely not for you. Another drawback is that some users complain of nasal soreness after using this mask style.

Nasal Pillow Irritation Causes

Irritation with nasal pillows often occurs as a result of dryness. The forced air delivered by CPAP machines might cause nasal congestion in all masks but is more likely to cause dry, cracking, and sometimes bleeding nostrils with nasal pillows. To address the issue, try using a warm-air CPAP humidifier with your system, or administer Ayr nasal rinse or gel into your nostrils each morning and evening. If the discomfort continues to be a problem or the soreness worsens, check in with your doctor to ensure that you haven’t developed an infection.

Other Tips for Managing Nasal Pillow Soreness

Before investing in nasal pillows, check to make sure that your prescribed air pressure is compatible with this style of mask. For some, high air pressures can cause not only cracking and nose bleeds, but it can cause dislodging of the pillows thus making the therapy ineffective. Read through your device’s manual when it arrives and double check the pressure capacity.

Ensure that your nasal pillows are the right fit for you. Not all sizes, brands, or nasal pillow seals work for everyone. If the seals at the base of the pillows are too large for your nostrils, you’ll find that your nose will get sore simply from putting on and removing your mask twice daily.

Purchase a nasal pillow set up from a CPAP supply company of superior quality. Breatheeasycpap.com is run by a caring team of nurses, doctors, and respiratory therapists who are invested in promoting comfortable CPAP therapy. Their professionalism and dedication to providing sleep apnea sufferers with CPAP supplies is the mission that sets them apart from all other online sleep apnea supply companies.  At their online storefront you’ll find a variety of nasal pillows to suit your needs, as well as full face or nasal masks should you decide that nasal pillows aren’t for you.

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By |2017-03-07T19:10:33+00:00March 26th, 2016|

Fitness Trackers for Sleep

Fitness Trackers for Sleep

These days, time moves quickly and life is busy. This fast-paced world is one of many reasons to pay attention to your time and the quality of sleep you’re getting at night. With insomnia impacting more people each year and the prevalence of sleep apnea increasing, it’s ever more challenging to sleep well at night. Although we know that technology like screened electronics can contribute to sleep loss, technology is also finding ways to improve sleep.

Fitness Trackers and Sleep

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard of the popularity of fitness trackers like the FitBit and Jawbone. They strap to your wrist and work as watches, count daily steps, and measure heart rate. Most fitness trackers go even further by claiming to measure your sleep.

The idea behind this assertion is that fitness trackers record sleep patterns so that you can examine them each morning. After looking at your sleep quality, you are able to ask yourself what sort of behavior you engaged in on a day that was followed by good sleep. Did you drink less coffee or go for a long walk? The same idea holds true for exploring the problems behind a rough night.

Are Fitness Trackers Reliable?

Although Fitness trackers are very popular, some wonder whether or not they are entirely accurate indicators of sleep quality. For instance, most use a sensor to track movement and claim that they can tell whether or not you’ve engaged in deep or light sleep. The issue behind this claim is that most people move just as much in one stage of sleep as they do in another.

Physical Activity Improves Sleep

Whether or not your fitness trackers is reliable for detecting and measuring your sleeping habits, they are certainly likely to encourage you to start moving more every day. We have evidence to support that sleep is impacted by physical activity, and studies show that people who exercise report a decreased in perceived sleepiness, meaning they feel less tired overall.

If you use a fitness tracker, set a goal for 10,000 steps every day and increase your heart rate for twenty to thirty minutes a day. Ask your doctor what types of physical activity you’re able to engage in and use your fitness tracker with friends to compete for improved health.

You May Be Suffering From Sleep Apnea

If sleep is still a struggle after an increase in physical activity and the use of fitness trackers just isn’t cutting it, talk to your doctor about whether or not you need to have a sleep study performed. This test looks for a variety of sleep issues and can tell you whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea.

If you’re one of the twenty-two million Americans suffering from this condition, don’t fret. Sleep Apnea is highly treatable through Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy.

Visit a reputable CPAP supply retailer to set up your CPAP system. The respiratory therapists, nurses, and physicians at Breatheeasycpap.com are highly skilled in helping you get connected with the leading CPAP choices. Our products are diverse, low priced, and superior in quality. Engaging in CPAP therapy is the best way to ensure a good night of rest for sleep apnea sufferers.

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By |2017-03-07T19:12:36+00:00February 20th, 2016|

Amara View/Pico

Amara View/Pico

Finding the most suitable CPAP mask style to treat your sleep apnea is conceivably baffling if you’re unsure where to begin. Hundreds of CPAP device and system options are available, and understanding what factors need to be considered when shopping around for a sleep apnea mask can be frustrating.

We suggest you begin your search by asking your physician for style recommendations that they believe would work well for you. They may also suggest you start by browsing a trustworthy online CPAP supply company like BreatheEasyCPAP.com and research the more popular options.

Nasal Masks are Comfortable and Versatile

A nasal mask, like the Philips Respironics Pico is an excellent first choice for many because of its small and inconsequential weight. This CPAP mask style is secured to your nose and keeps your mouth free as opposed to the more bulky full face mask style. If you have a beard or use reading glasses at night, the nasal mask might be an optimal choice.

Those who have tried full face masks may have experienced dry mouth or discomfort caused by a mouth leak from their larger mask, may find that nasal masks are more agreeable. A mouth leak occurs when a person using a full face mask sleeps with an open mouth, causing air to frequently bypass their lungs and leak pressured air into their oral cavity. In this case, the solution might be to use an adjustable chin strap that prevents the mask from opening, although some sufferers of sleep apnea find this technique uncomfortable.

One drawback to enlisting the help of a nasal mask like a Pico becomes evident when you’re experiencing moderate to severe nasal congestion, sinus obstruction, or a deviated septum. Without open ventilation through your nose, your CPAP therapy cannot be as effective as prescribed.

Full Face Masks Deliver Effective Treatment

Full face masks are often enlisted to prevent air leaks with mouth breathers or with those using a BiLevel device to provide two distinct air flow pressures. The increase in surface area created by a fuller mask allows for a comfortable delivery of higher pressures. Unfortunately, some users report a mask leak occurring near the bridge of the nose at the top of the mask causing dry eyes in the morning. This problem is addressed by checking your mask’s fit, applying eye drops, or even using swim goggles.

As previously mentioned, some CPAP users feel claustrophobic when using the full face mask and stop using their device regularly. This neglect puts them at risk for the dangerous complications related to untreated sleep apnea.

Thankfully, as technology improves, CPAP therapy continues to grow creating more accessible long-term products. A mask like Philip Respironics Amara View is a prime model of the continued improvements to CPAP therapy. This mask provides mouth and nose coverage while keeping a low profile to allow the CPAP user to wear glasses and avoid marks on the bridge of the nose. The Amara View is lightweight and slight, making it ideal for both comfort and functionality.

Research Your Perfect CPAP Mask

Whether you’re more excited by the small, versatile nasal CPAP mask, or comforted by the reliability of a full face sleep apnea mask, ensure that you check your mask/device compatibility before making a final purchase. The doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists at Breatheeasycpap.com look forward to assisting you in making the perfect choice and getting your sleep apnea treatment properly launched.

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By |2017-03-07T19:13:20+00:00February 6th, 2016|