Mikhail Shusterman CRTT, RCP Certified Respiratory Therapist, and Respiratory Care Practitioner

About Mikhail Shusterman CRTT, RCP Certified Respiratory Therapist, and Respiratory Care Practitioner

I’m one of the owners of AST & Breathe Easy CPAP. Since 2004 Caryn, John and I made a decision to get together. Using our knowledge and experience we opened a unique company Advanced Sleep Therapy, LTD. It was my best decision. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1977 I graduated from Kiev University as a technologist. In 1982 my dream came true, I was able to join medical community of Chicago as a Respiratory Therapist. That year I graduated from MGH School of Respiratory Therapy and passed the National Board of Respiratory Therapy Exam. I worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial and Elmhurst Memorial hospital. In 1990 I joined Abby Foster Durable Medical Equipment Company where I was able to gain a lot of experience in the respiratory home-care field. Since 2004 all of my above practical experience has helped me with my current venture. Excellent patient care, clinical knowledge, teaching ability all help us to bring the best service to our patients. I feel very proud to be a part of AST & BECPAP.

How to Tell If You Have a Sleep Disorder

How to Tell If You Have a Sleep Disorder

There are many people that have an un-diagnosed sleep disorder. They may feel very sleepy during the day. They may have trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. Friends or relatives may tell them they look very tired. They may experience mood changes, irritability or become overly emotional. Often they have difficulty paying attention, concentrating, or remembering things that are important. These are all symptoms of sleep deprivation, and possibly of a sleep disorder.

A person that has an un-diagnosed sleep disorder will usually answer the question, “What is the problem with your sleep?” with one of five answers. Those answers will be; “I have trouble falling asleep,” “I have trouble staying awake,” “I can’t get up in the morning,” “I seem to do strange things in my sleep” or “I can’t sleep because of my partner.” The particular answer chosen helps to narrow down the possibility of a specific type of sleep disorder.

When someone says “I can’t fall asleep” it can mean several things. There could be a problem when first going to bed, after waking up in the middle of the night, or in the early morning hours.
Many people have the problem of not being able to fall asleep when they go to bed. This is called sleep latency. Sleep latency can be a very serious symptom of certain sleep disorders, including sleep onset insomnia, delayed sleep phase disorder, shift work, restless leg syndrome or paradoxical insomnia. Many times the problem is not being able to stay asleep, which is sleep fragmentation. Often a person with this complaint can fall to sleep easily when they go to bed, but wake up often throughout the night. Sleep disorders may include sleep maintenance insomnia, shift work. If a person wakes up very early in the morning and cannot get back to sleep, it could be a sign of advanced sleep phase disorder or sleep maintenance insomnia.

If the answer to the question is “I can’t stay awake” and the person is falling asleep at inappropriate times there may be a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy, obstructive or central sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, restless leg syndrome, shift work or advanced sleep phase disorder.

If you find yourself or a loved one suffering from any of these symptoms your physician can order a sleep study to determine if you might benefit from CPAP Therapy. If your physician orders a CPAP machine, the Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy will be waiting by to assist you.

Those that say “I can’t get up in the morning” and take an hour or more to fully wake from their sleep may suffer from excessive sleep inertia. They are having difficulty making the transition from sleep to being awake. Sleep disorders that could be responsible for excessive sleep inertia are sleep apnea and delayed sleep phase disorder.

A person that answers the question with “I do strange things in my sleep” may find that their sleep is full of surprises. Sleepwalking, Sleep terrors, confusional arousals, REM sleep behavior disorder, nightmares, sleep-related eating disorder, and bruxism are all types of sleep disorders known as parasomnias.

If a person answers “I can’t sleep because of my partner” snoring, sleep apnea, bruxism, restless leg syndrome, or periodic limb movement disorder may be the sleep disorder to blame.

How would you answer the question of “What is the problem with your sleep?”

One of the most innovative CPAP Therapy machines are made by Fisher and Paykel, the ICON +NOVO CPAP machine with Smartstick Compliance Data because the ThemoSmart Technology ensures that your level of humidity is delivered throughout the evening prohibiting many of the CPAP use side effects which can include dry mouth, dry eyes, and sinus inflammation. The unit itself is lightweight and travel-friendly. Best of all you can order it online at Advance Sleep Therapy’s sister site 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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What to Expect at a Sleep Disorder Overnight Sleep Center

What to Expect at a Sleep Disorder Overnight Sleep Center

If you may think you might have a sleep disorder, your primary doctor or perhaps a doctor that focuses on insomnia issues may send you to the sleep center for diagnosis. You will find a great many of sleep centers located in the United States and their numbers are increasing. Sleep centers within the United States should be accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Whenever a person travels to a sleep center, it’s usually for the overnight stay. Costs involved for many sleep study tests vary from one to three thousand dollars and sometimes sleep studies will be repeated twice. The very first visit is, of course, to diagnose the sleep problem and a second visit back after in order to get accurate settings for every type of CPAP machine that could be needed. Medical insurance generally pays all or the majority of the amount of the tests were required to diagnose a sleep disorder.

Once a scheduled appointment has been received, many sleep centers send a sleep diary to the patient. The data beginning with the sleep diary is designed by the doctors to comprehend general lack of sleep.
Additionally, it is recommended that no caffeine or alcohol be consumed after 12:00 p.m. at the time of the scheduled test.

Usually, the patient packs an overnight bag similar to how in the event that they were going to stay at a hotel overnight. In the course of the sleep study you have on your own personal nightclothes and you may make use of a favorite pillow. It’s possible to bring a book or magazine in case you prefer to read before falling to sleep. Most sleep centers resemble a hotel accommodation and also have a television to look at if that’s exactly what the patient usually does before you go to sleep in your own home. As soon as you’re relaxed the sleep center technician starts anticipation of the apparatus that is required to keep track of your patterns of sleep.

Diagnosis coming from a sleep center study is made using polysomnography which records a continuous record of your sleeping. In an effort to have a specific reading a little more than two dozen small thin electrodes are pasted to specific areas of the body. They’re placed underneath your chin, using your scalp, near your eyes and nose, using your finger, chest, and legs, and likewise within the rib muscles and upon the abdomen. These electrodes then record various types of readings in the course of the night. Often an audio and videotape are likewise generated to monitor sleep noises and movement.

Once all of the equipment is present and set up the sleep technician leaves you alone to nod off. In spite of all of the equipment, it’s not uncomfortable. It is effortless to move or turn onto your side. Each bedroom within a sleep center has also an automatic intercom that’s why it’s very simple to call the technician if it is required for such things being a bathroom break. Whenever the sleep study is completed, the technician may wake you. Most studies which are used to identify a sleep disorder take seven to eight hours.

The reading is collected on any computer file called a polysomnogram and are also monitored and analyzed from the sleep technician in the course of the night. The outcomes subsequently sent further readings to discover in cases where there is a sleep disorder.

Even though sleep study might not sound comfortable, it is extremely vital that you determine and treat any sleep problem. If your Doctor orders a CPAP machine please know that the Dream Team will be standing by ready to assist.

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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Sleep Deprivation Causes Anxiety, Weight Gain, Depression and Often OSA

Sleep Deprivation Causes Anxiety, Weight Gain, Depression and Often OSA

Some individuals suffer from weight gain with mild to severe depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and stiffness in the joints and tendons. While weight gain is dangerous on its own, combined with sleep deprivation it can be horrible and here is why.

Fatigue from sleep deprivation can lead to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), not to mention, fatigue has severe results on the skin, and makes it appear dry and pale, thus, adding years to your appearance.

When your sleep deprived you might tend to get up in the middle of the night and eat without consciously realizing that you are doing this, thus adding to your weight gain.

Depression can be due to the anxiety in your everyday life causing the deficit within your sleeping pattern leading up to OSA. Your mind will perform better after a good night’s sleep. Reasonably sleep-deprived patients show increased activity in the parietal lobe of the mind which is accountable for memory. Studies have been carried out that present that for sleep-deprived patients, music soothes them back to sleep. Keeping a strict workout routine is also an excellent way to redirect the thoughts from disastrous pondering towards creating an extra calm and optimistic perspective.

Sleep deprivation can also affect interpersonal relationships. Certain treatments such as counseling are quite expensive and undesirable possibility for many people. Practicing meditation techniques for CPAP newcomers can help them with getting some deep sleep, which will, in turn, help the relationship.

If we find ourselves waking within the wee small hours and we battle to get again to sleep we’re better off getting up and performing some light reading in a delicate lit room with a warm glass of milk but limit yourself to the milk!

Brief time period sleep deprivation causes little bodily hurt because the body compensates for the lack of sleep by rising its adrenaline levels in the course of the day. It is because such people have abnormally low levels of melatonin (a hormone that induces sleep) and excessive levels of stress hormones.

Sleep deprivation is a common situation due to the truth that all of us reside in a society that’s on the go twenty-four hours a day.

Recognizing you’re sleep deprived is step one.  If you think you are having issues with sleep please visit your physician who will order a sleep study to determine if you require CPAP therapy. The team at Advanced Sleep Therapy will be waiting to assist you with setting up your CPAP machine and supplies so that you can get back to enjoying life.

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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Nocturnal Eating Syndrome – A Food Related Sleep Disorder

Nocturnal Eating Syndrome – A Food Related Sleep Disorder

Nocturnal eating syndrome is a sleep disorder that is more common in women than men. It is one of two eating disorders that are related to sleep. The other is called sleep-related food disorder. Nocturnal eating syndrome and sleep-related food disorder are parasomnias.

Nocturnal eating syndrome is a sleep disorder that is characterized by compulsive raids on the refrigerator at night. Usually, people with this sleep disorder are very light sleepers.  When they awake during the night they have an overly compulsive feeling that they will not be able to fall back to sleep unless they eat something. Once out of bed and at the refrigerator, the compulsion to eat makes them gobble down food. People with nocturnal eating syndrome are fully awake and remember eating the food the next day. This syndrome is a combination of a sleep disorder and an eating disorder. Insomnia is also a factor in nocturnal eating syndrome. Treatment for this disorder is usually received from a mental health professional that specializes in people with eating disorders. Improving sleep hygiene can also help with this disorder.

Sleep-related eating disorder also affects more women than men and is a variation of sleepwalking. During an episode of this sleep disorder, a person will eat during partial arousal from a deep sleep. Often they will eat very unhealthy or strange foods that they normally would not eat when awake. During an episode of sleep-related eating disorder, a person might eat frozen pizza, raw cookie dough, peanut butter on fish and even dog food. Often they are very careless and sloppy and may get burns or cuts while preparing the food. It is very difficult to wake a person during an episode and they have no memory of it in the morning. There does not seem to be a correlation to hunger during a sleep-related eating disorder episode, even if the person has eaten just before bed, an episode can still occur.

Although the cause of food-related sleep disorder is not known, several triggers have been identified. Medications such as lithium, a mood stabilizer, and the benzodiazepine receptor zolpidem are two of those triggers. People with mood and personality disorders or psychological problems such as bulimia are at higher risk of developing one of these food-related sleep disorders. People suffering from other sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder or narcolepsy are also at higher risk

People with sleep-related eating disorder usually have a history of sleepwalking. Because of this, people suffering from this parasomnia are considered having more of a sleep disorder than an eating disorder.  Treatment with prescription medication is often very effective. Antidepressants, dopamine agents, anticonvulsants, and opiates are often prescribed. Once sleepwalking is stopped so are the trips to the refrigerator.

Sleep eaters often are overweight because of the high caloric intake at night. The weight gain can lead to other sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. If your physician diagnoses you with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) the Dream Team at Advanced Sleep Therapy will be here to guide you. A great CPAP to consider is the Fisher and Paykel ICON AutoPAP CPAP machine as you can use this at home and on the go for traveling.

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.

Seeking treatment, either from a medical or mental health professional is essential for good health in the treatment of sleep eating disorders.

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A Dangerous Sound – Excessive snoring

A Dangerous Sound – Excessive snoring

There has to be a separation line between mild snoring to regular or excessive snoring. Little children might tend to snore since their nasal passages aren’t developed enough yet; they also haven’t discovered to swallow extreme secretions in their throat that makes them produce the snoring noise. Inebriated people likewise tend to snore in their sleep.

Nevertheless, if snoring takes place every night, and ends up being so loud (up to 80-90 decibels) that the individual in the other room, and even the individual snoring, can hear the sound, it might already be excessive snoring. Extreme snoring is typically brought on by a blockage in the air passage and various factors initiate this. Genetics may be one reason for snoring by inheriting a narrow throat. Obesity is another cause of snoring as obese people have actually fats accumulated around their necks narrowing their airway.

Also, when people age the tongue and throat muscles tend to become loose and flabby. This triggers the tongue to fall backward during sleep or the throat muscles to narrow in. Snoring is a typical event for males due to the fact that they have narrower airway than ladies. Medications, alcohol, and smoking are also a few of the perpetrators in snoring.

Excessive snoring causes, or could be a symptom of, some serious illness such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  Apnea suggests “desire of breath” and an individual in this condition actually stops breathing for 10-30 seconds and at numerous times over the night.

Sleep apnea is a harmful condition. A person struggling with sleep apnea becomes less productive during the day due to sleep deprivation. Being deprived of sound sleep results to fatigue, irritability, daytime drowsiness, early morning headaches, obesity, bad psychological and emotional health, bad short-term memory, and absence of concentration, extreme mood swings, and a slower reaction time.

Moreover, if sleep apnea progresses, the individual in this condition may suffer chest pains, hypertension, hypertension, stroke, type II diabetes, choking or sudden death.

Others might think about excessive snoring as harmless and might tend to make a joke out of it. Nevertheless, it is always best to discover a treatment for it early on prior to it becomes a dangerous condition.

If you think you might be suffering from OSA please contact your physician who will arrange a physical and a sleep study to determine if CPAP Therapy might be right for 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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Cardio Exercise, It’s Great for Your Health!

Cardio Exercise, It’s Great for Your Health!

Your body needs a great amount of sleep. Imagine if you did not sleep. The toll this would take on your heart could lead to stroke or having a heart attack. Not sleeping and expecting your heart to continue to pump could be equated to trying to lose weight without doing any kind of exercise. It is clear why sleep aids the heart.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, using a guided program like Weight Watchers can be a healthy start. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is also beneficial as a means to dropping weight, assisting a healthy heart and preventing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

It’s possible to drop weight too fast so you have to find a balance.  Just a little drop in weight can make a significant difference when you are trying to avoid OSA. Not to mention it will help you to get into that dressy outfit sitting in the back of the closet next to your favorite pair of old jeans that no longer fit the same.

Sleep, in particular, is extremely vital to your body. To be able to have a productive day at the office or normal activities, you need to find an appropriate amount of sleep time each night. If you want to find the very best sleep you can as well as combat your issues with snoring, it’s time to do a little research, which is probably what brought you to this page today.

If you know that you are tired all of the time, irritable during waking hours, snoring while sleeping, then it’s time to speak to your Doctor about Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Often a sleep test is arranged with your insurance and if necessary a CPAP machine is ordered for 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.

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.

By speaking to your Doctor about this situation, your care provider can better assist you. It’s really important that you obtain that priceless night of rest. In the evening your body desperately needs a way to recharge and also prepare for the next day.

Starting your morning with a cardio workout with the family members, in a walking group, or maybe purchase cardio home gym equipment to work out on your own. Either way, any of these forms of exercise will help your heart. An added benefit of having your own very personal workout machine is that you don’t need to venture outside in inclement weather to exercise.

Each time, whenever you’re exercising, you want to remember that you are adding days, months, and years to your life. You will notice things even more clearly, and even have an easier time with your breathing. These positive aspects will all help you to avoid having to worry so much about your heart health. If you do find that you need a CPAP or accessories the team at Advanced Sleep Therapy will be standing by waiting to serve.

 

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What is the TSA Pre-Check?

What is the TSA Pre-Check?

Traveling has the potential to be a headache for just about everyone, but when you’ve got sleep apnea and are traveling with your CPAP machine, traveling has a whole separate headache. At Advanced Sleep Therapy, we suggest enrolling in the TSA Pre-Check in order to prevent long wait times before your flight. CPAP users have had great luck with enrolling in this program.

The TSA, or The Transportation Security Administration is part of the United States Homeland Security and is in charge of keeping you safe at the airport and in the skies. They use screening methods, hi-tech equipment, and searches to ensure that no one who enters secured gates and flights have dangerous intentions.

Enrolling in the TSA’s Pre-Check program makes screening before your flight easier. You’ll usually be able to keep your belt, light jacket, and shoes on while not needing to remove your laptop and open up your carry-on bag before your flight. CPAP users with this perk say that they never have to open their carefully packed and organized CPAP storage bags only to have security officer tea them apart. Instead, they’re able to walk through a much shorter security line and travel sooner.

How to Enroll in TSA Precheck

Unfortunately, beginning February 2017, the TSA states that the number of enrollable persons in this program will be decreased. It’s still worth trying to enroll now, and you can so by visiting TSA.gov/precheck. You can submit an application and if it’s approved by the Department of Homeland Security, you’ll be provided with an ID number. Keep track of this ID as you’ll want it available when you’re purchasing your tickets.

Traveling with Your CPAP

When traveling with your CPAP, considering purchasing a travel-sized machine if you’re frequently on the move. We suggest the Transcend Travel Sized CPAP or the HDM Z1. Both of these machines are quiet, small, and durable for travel. You’ll find other great travel ready CPAP options on our website at Breatheeasycpap.com. Travel is a rich and fulfilling part of the human experience. Don’t let your CPAP therapy get in the way of your next vacation. Enroll in the TSA’s Pre-Check program and get in touch with one of our sleep specialists if you’ve got questions about traveling with your CPAP.

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Music to Help You Sleep

Music to Help You Sleep

Sleep apnea sufferers are likely familiar with sleeping problems. Whether you were suffering from constant waking, and trouble falling back asleep, before continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or you’ve developed sleeping difficulties while struggling to grow accustomed to your CPAP machine, sleeping troubles are no joke. Some CPAP users find creative ways to encourage a relaxed rest, tricks like using the ramp feature on their machine, avoiding caffeine during the day, and eating a small snack before bed. Others use soothing music to fall asleep, a technique found to be helpful in sleep apnea sufferers and regular old insomniacs alike.

Music Improves Quality and Quantity of Sleep

Research shows that using music at night to help you fall asleep can improve both the quality of your sleep and the number of hours spent in restorative bliss. The best part of using music to fall asleep? There’s no side effects. Those suffering from insomnia may be tempted to try sleeping medications right off the bat, however, sleeping medications aren’t without side effects. These medications may cause daytime drowsiness, changes in appetite, and constipation.

Using Music to Help You Sleep

Start by choosing soft music with no more than sixty beats per minute. This includes much classical music, light jazz, and music made for meditation. Sleep experts suggest listening to music that doesn’t evoke any strong emotional responses, whether those responses are positive or negative.

Plan to listen for about forty-five minutes. Studies show that this is about the normal time it takes to get the best effects of musical therapy. Go to bed a little bit earlier and refrain from feeling discouraged if sleep doesn’t arrive immediately. Remind yourself that sleep may take some time to improve, as much as three weeks in some cases.

Sleep Still Not Improving?

Get in touch with your primary health care provider if you are still having problems sleeping. It may be that you need a sleep study or to see a sleep specialist, like those at Advanced Sleep Therapy. We’re dedicated to getting you the best sleep of your life because better sleep means better health.

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Which Doctors Can Treat My Sleep Apnea?

Which Doctors Can Treat My Sleep Apnea?

Has your partner finally had enough of your snoring at night? Snoring, that frustrating noise caused by narrowed or obstructed airways in the throat, is a cornerstone symptom of sleep apnea. If you’ve been getting complaints from your bedmate, it may be time to see a physician, especially if you’re experiencing any other symptoms of sleep apnea such as weight gain, high blood pressure, concentration difficulties, and persistent fatigue. When it’s time to get help, can any health care provider diagnose and treat your sleep apnea?

Get in Touch with Your Primary Health Care Provider

Presenting your symptoms to your primary health care provider is a great place to start when looking to treat your sleep apnea symptoms. Not only do many insurers require a visit to your primary care provider before seeing a specialist, a primary health care provider is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and may be able to diagnose your condition without a sleep study. However, if they feel your case is complex or would like a definitive diagnosis, they may send you to a sleep specialist.

Sleep Specialists Come from All Backgrounds

Sleep specialists are specially trained to care for sleep disorders and may be primary care providers, pulmonologists, neurologists, and even dentists. These physicians are usually accredited by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Talk to Your Mental Health Care Professional About Your Symptoms

For many sleep apnea sufferers, their only symptoms are related to their mental health. Chronic fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritability, and even depression are all common symptoms of sleep apnea, especially in women. Occasionally, psychiatrists and other behavioral health care professionals may be able to diagnose sleep apnea based on these symptoms alone.

No matter where you seek help for your sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment, we recommend advocating for an appointment with a team of sleep specialists. Our team of sleep specialists at Advanced Sleep Therapy is equipped to walk you through your sleep apnea treatment from diagnosis to treatment.

 

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Why Should I Use Distilled Water in my CPAP Humidifier?

Why Should I Use Distilled Water in my CPAP Humidifier?

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy can take some time getting used to. Many CPAP machine users find that using a humidifier which connects to their machine is a great way to make the therapy more comfortable. A humidifier keeps their nasal mucous membranes moist and their throat less dry therefore making sleep apnea treatment easier to stick with. Whether you’re using a H5i Heated CPAP Humidifier or a System One 60 Series Heated Tube Humidifier, some care instructions are important to remember. Perhaps the most important instruction? Use only distilled water with your humidifier.

Distilled Water Makes Your CPAP Machine Last Longer

Regular tap water contains minerals which may cause a white buildup inside of your humidifiers chamber. This build-up may also transfer into your CPAP tubing and machine. Mold is also more likely to grow in humidifier water chambers using regular tap water. A machine that’s been contaminated with mold or overrun with mineral deposits may need extra cleaning or may even need to be thrown out.

You can purchase distilled water at many convenience stores and most pharmacies. If distilled water isn’t available, use regular bottled water. Check your humidifier’s user manual to ensure that you’re using the best source of water possible.

Where to Purchase Your Humidifier

If you don’t have a humidifier yet, you’re missing out. Because humidifiers make sleep apnea treatment so much more comfortable, you’re more likely to stick with your therapy than if you weren’t using one. This is especially true for those suffering from chronic sinus conditions. To find a humidifier that’s just right for use, browse our online sleep apnea supply store at Breatheeasycpap.com. There you’ll find options like built in CPAP humidifiers, stand alone humidifiers, and heated tubing to provide the most comfortable CPAP therapy. You can also contact our team of sleep apnea treatment specialists who can direct you to the best place to purchase distilled water and answer your questions on taking care of your CPAP system.

 

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What Your Apnea Hypopnea Index Means for Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

What Your Apnea Hypopnea Index Means for Your Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition which affects nearly every aspect of your health. If you’ve got sleep apnea, you’re experiencing moments without oxygen up to hundreds of times a night. Most physicians prescribe continuous positive airway pressure therapy via a CPAP machine to treat the disorder. CPAP machines keep your airway open, unobstructed by your soft palate or narrowed airway. After starting CPAP therapy, many users wonder whether or not their CPAP therapy is working. Health care providers often track their patient’s apnea hypopnea index to keep their finger on the pulse of your condition.

What is the Apnea Hypopnea Index?

A person’s apnea hypopnea index reports the number of times the airway is narrowed or partially obstructed, events known as hypopnea, or totally blocked, an experience known as apnea, throughout the night. Your apnea hypopnea index, or AHI, is determined via a sleep study, usually completed in a clinical sleep laboratory or at home.

What Does My AHI Mean?

The AHI measure the severity of your sleep apnea. The number provided after your sleep study describes the quantity of episodes without enough breath or completely without breath every hour during the night. A score below 5 indicates no sleep apnea or a very slight existence of the condition. Mild sleep apnea is given a score between 5 and 15, moderate is between 15 and 30, and severe cases of the disorder present with a score of over 30 episodes per hour.

Tracking Your AHI

Many modern CPAP machines such as the Philips Respironics System One REMstar Auto A-Flex (DS560S) or the ResMed S9 Elite track your AHI while you sleep each night. Your information will be stored on your machine in an SD card that you can extract the information from and bring to your physician. Your AHI is stored on the CPAP machine’s SD card and from there, your health care team can determine whether or not your current treatment is effective. If it’s not, they may prescribe a high level of pressure or suggest another treatment option.

Your goal for CPAP therapy is generally to obtain an AHI of less than 5. Some sleep specialists even prefer a number as low as 1 or 2. If you’ve got questions about achieving your goal or which CPAP system would best help your sleep apnea, contact the sleep specialists at Breatheeasycpap.com.

 

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Might My Sleep Apnea Be Genetic?

Might My Sleep Apnea Be Genetic?

 If you’ve been snoring at night, you may want to evaluate your risk factors for having or developing sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by periods of suspended breathing that can occur up to hundreds of times a night. Your weight, age, and race all play a part in the development in this condition as does your family’s health history. All of this may lead you to wonder: is sleep apnea genetic?

Sleep Apnea and Your Family’s Health History

Available medical information points to the certainty that there’s a genetic component to sleep apnea. If someone in your family has been diagnosed with the disorder, it may be time to  ask your doctor about your personal risk factors. Obesity, heart disease, and snoring also play a role in sleep apnea. If you’ve got any of these issues along with a family history of sleep apnea, you’re at risk.

The Relationship Between Your Weight and Sleep Apnea

There is without a doubt a connection between sleep apnea and obesity. In fact, over half of those with sleep apnea are also obese. Because it is known that obesity seems to run in the family, doctors also often categorize sleep apnea as a hereditary disorder.

There are mountains of studies showing the genetic component to obesity and this alone may explain sleep apnea in many cases. Too much fat around the neck and throat interfere with a person’s ability to keep a patent airway, leading to upper respiratory obstruction throughout the night. Does being overweight seem to run in your family? Are you showing any symptoms of sleep apnea? If so, talk to your primary health care provider about a possible diagnosis.

 Sleep Apnea Therapy Works

Whether your sleep apnea is hereditary or you’re the black sheep of the family, remember that a diagnosis with the condition isn’t the end of the world. Treatment for sleep apnea is effective, painless, and easy to get acquainted with. If you’re diagnosed, your physician will likely prescribe ycontinuous positive airway pressure therapy via a CPAP machine. When it’s time to purchase your medical equipment, visit a reliable respiratory health supply store online or in person. Don’t be intimated by your treatment options, let a sleep apnea expert help get you started. While you can’t control your genetics, you can control your therapy and ultimately, your good health.

 

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Feeling Forgetful: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Could be to Blame

Feeling Forgetful: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Could be to Blame

While most people recognize snoring as a symptom of sleep apnea, many fail to recognize another cardinal symptom of the disorder: memory loss. If you’ve been feeling like you’re more forgetful lately or that you’ve grown more forgetful over time, obstructive sleep apnea could be the culprit.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person’s breathing is interrupted frequently throughout the night. This lack of breath can anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and has serious consequences. These moments without oxygen add up and lead to all sorts of health complications from cardiovascular events to diabetes.

When sleep apnea occurs because a person’s airway has become blocked, either by a collapsing throat, excess wait around the chest and neck, or the relaxing of the soft palate, this is known as obstructive sleep apnea.

How Does Obstructive Sleep Apnea Cause Memory Loss?

When your body senses that you’ve been without breath, it sends a mix of chemicals and signals throughout your body, prompting you take wake. These disruptions in sleep, or micro arousals, are a big reason why you may be experiencing a problem in memory, concentration, and fatigue during the day, even when you’ve been in bed for eight hours!

There’s more to your memory loss than frequent waking. A study out of UCLA found that sleep apnea creates actual brain injury because of those numerous episodes apnea, or oxygen loss. Participants in this study found that those with sleep apnea had a 20% smaller mammillary body than those without the disorder. The mammillary body is an anatomical structure found on the underside of the brain. Damage to this structure or a reduction in its size can lead to memory loss and has even been associated with memory related disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

Recovering from Memory Loss

When you’ve been feeling so unlike yourself for so long, you may be wondering whether or not you can function normally again. Generally, the answer is yes. Most people who start continued positive airway pressure say that they see an improvement in these symptoms in time. To speed the process, you may benefit from taking a vitamin B complex supplement or eating foods rich in thiamin. Exercise is another great way to boost your memory. In fact, exercise has been shown to generate new cells in the brain’s hippocampus. Last but not least, sleep apnea requires treatment in order for your memory loss to stop its progression and start healing.

Continuous positive airway pressure machines, or CPAP therapy, is the standard and most effective way to treat sleep apnea. If you’ve got memory loss related to sleep apnea, a CPAP machine, like Resmed’s Air Sense 10, is one great way to start improving your memory.

Our memories are precious. If you’re snoring, have signs of memory loss, or any other symptoms of sleep apnea, call your primary healthcare provider. If your physician diagnoses you with sleep apnea or you have questions about your CPAP equipment, contact us at Breatheeasycpap.com. We’re a team of trained respiratory therapists, registered nurses, and physicians committed to quality health care.

 

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Dry Mouth in the Morning? It May Be Sleep Apnea

Dry Mouth in the Morning? It May Be Sleep Apnea

Saliva works to help our bodies stay healthy-it moistens our mouth, protecting our oral cavity from bacterial and fungal infection as well as acting to cleanse and digest particles of food. When something goes wrong with your saliva production or maintenance during the night, you may wake up with an uncomfortable sticky and coarse feeling in the mouth. You may be parched or show signs of dehydration in your oral cavity like sores in your mouth and splitting cracking skin on your lips. Bad breath and a frequent sore throat are other indications that your dry mouth is getting out of hand at night.

If you’re like many others and don’t think that finding out the cause of your dry mouth is that important, think again. Dry mouth can lead to health problems like gingivitis, an oral disease that may cause tissue and dental loss.

Causes of Dry Mouth

Your dry mouth may be caused by dehydration, medications, poor oral hygiene, or sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is the cause of your dry mouth, you’ll likely have other symptoms of the disorder like snoring, fatigue, and poor concentration. Sleep apnea is also characterized by weight gain, high blood pressure, and even sexual dysfunction. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms along with dry mouth, it’s time to talk to your doctor. You may be breathing through your mouth naturally or because your body is trying to compensate for oxygen lost during sleep apnea events by promoting mouth breathing. Either way, breathing through your mouth may lead to dry mouth.

What if Sleep Apnea is Causing My Dry Mouth?

If sleep apnea is the cause of your dry mouth, you may need continuous positive airway pressure therapy. CPAP therapy delivers constant positive pressure to your airway, preventing throat closure and episodes without breath during the night. This treatment may keep your mouth from opening so frequently during the night, preventing dry mouth and the frustrating side effects.

What if I’m Still Experiencing Dry Mouth?

For some, CPAP therapy alone doesn’t cure dry mouth or their dry mouth begins after starting therapy. If this is your case, we suggest adding warm air humidifier to your CPAP system. A humidifier moistens delivered air, preventing the drying of your oral or nasal membranes, promoting a much more comfortable atmosphere for sleep apnea treatment. The H5i Heated CPAP humidifier made by ResMed is one of the many wonderful warm air humidifiers available online.

Can’t find the best option for your CPAP machine? Still have questions about your dry mouth? Get in touch with the sleep specialists at Advanced Sleep Therapy and we can help. Whether you need a CPAP machine to get started, a humidifier to promote comfort, or a referral to another healthcare provider for something different altogether, we’d be delighted to be of assistance.

 

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How Does Sleep Apnea Affect the Brain?

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect the Brain?

Sleep apnea isn’t just a fancy way to describe snoring-it’s a serious medical condition with a laundry list of consequences. Sleep apnea deprives your body of oxygen hundreds of times a night stressing your organs, promoting cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and even negatively impacting the way your brain functions.

Your Brain on Sleep Apnea

Before understanding what sleep apnea does to your brain, it’s important to understand just how it works to interrupt your memory and cause actual brain injury. A sleep apnea episode occurs when your breathing stops during the night, usually as the result of a narrowed airway from some sort of obstruction. In many cases, this obstruction is caused by weak muscles around the throat or excess weight near the chest and neck. This moment without breath worries your body which in turn sends signals to the brain make a Hail Mary pass for oxygen. The brain responds by partially or totally waking you, disrupting your sleep and haunting you for the entirety of the next day.

These little interruptions in sleep, or micro arousals, are partially to blame for a disturbance in memory, concentration, and fatigue during the day, but they are only a part of it. One study performed by scientists at UCLA found that sleep apnea creates real brain injury due to the frequent episodes of oxygen deprivation. The research gathered in this study found that people suffering from the disorder had a 20% smaller mammillary body, an anatomical structure found on the underside of the brain. Injury or reduction in size of this structure leads to memory loss and has been associated with other disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Memory Loss is a Big Deal

A reduction in the size of your mammillary body means that you’ll have a harder time remembering in both the short and long-term. If you haven’t realized this yet, memory is an essential part of functioning and making it through the day. Have you been feeling more forgetful lately? Leaving your keys at home, forgetting to send that email at work, or accidentally skipping your errands on the way home? Sleep apnea may be the culprit.

Your Brain Can Heal

If you’re like the many Americans who’ve gone for years without getting treatment for their sleep apnea, brain injury may weigh heavily on your mind. Can you ever get back to functioning normally? Probably. Most people who start continued positive airway pressure say that they see an improvement in these symptoms fairly quick. Researchers suggest taking a vitamin B complex supplement or eating foods rich in thiamin. Exercise is also proven to help generate new cells in the hippocampus. Most importantly, sleep apnea needs to be treated so that this interruption of brain function can cease and your brain can heal.

Continuous positive airway pressure machines, or CPAP therapy, is the trusted way to treat this serious medical condition. Research shows that using one of these machines, like Resmed’s Air Sense 10, can prevent a heart attack, stroke, and worsening memory loss.

You deserve to function at your best. If you’re snoring, have symptoms of memory loss, trouble concentrating or all of the above, call your primary health provider as soon as possible.

 

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Can I Use My CPAP Machine Without Electricity?

For the adventurous, sleep apnea therapy can seem like a prison. You want to travel, camp, or have spontaneous overnights with friends, but without your continuous positive airway machine, you’re likely to sleep restlessly or not at all. After committing to CPAP therapy, the thought of going without it can be scary. You know that your CPAP machine keeps you healthy and prevents all sorts of serious illnesses, but can you really live the life you’ve dreamed of having while continue your CPAP therapy?

You Can be Adventurous and Use Your CPAP Machine

Camping away from home might seem absolutely impossible if you’re suffering from sleep apnea and using a CPAP machine for your treatment. Each part of your CPAP machine might seem restrictive: Your head is strapped to what feels like deep sea diving equipment when you want to take a stroll on the beach. The reality is that there are plenty of options to keep you out in the wild, camping, traveling, and using your CPAP without instant access to a electrical outlet.

Use Your CPAP Unplugged

Breatheeasycpap.com has some excellent options for turning any CPAP machine into a wireless piece of equipment. Somnetics is a company committed to the production of quality sleep apnea equipment. They make excellent CPAP machines as well as battery options for your spontaneous side. With their

Transcend P4 Overnight Battery, you’ll have 9 hours of freedom from electricity as well as your everyday routine. For longer stays away from home, Transcend P8 Multi-Night Battery might be right up your alley. You can use either of these battery packs with any CPAP machine or with Somnetics’s

Transcend EZEX  CPAP machine, a sleep apnea treatment machine weighing less than a pound, making travel a breeze.

Human Design Medial has an excellent line of sleep apnea products, their most travel worthy being the HDM Z1 CPAP machine. This machine is ten ounces and available with a rechargeable lithium ion battery that can provide up to 13 hours of charge.

Care of Your CPAP Machine

As always, the cleanliness and care of your CPAP machine and sleep apnea equipment are both very important. We suggest ensuring that your CPAP equipment is kept in a separate back pack or bag with a seal than your other camping or traveling gear. By keeping your sleep apnea equipment separate from everything else, you’re creating less opportunities for dirt, sand, or any other environmental damage from befalling your CPAP machine.

Using cleaning wipes made for CPAP masks available at Breatheeasy.com, is the quickest and safest way to keep your sleep apnea mask from degrading or getting dirty on your overnight adventures.

Where to Find Travel CPAP Supplies

Online at Breatheeasycpap.com you’ll find all the great products from Somnetics and HDM mentioned in this article, as well as hundreds of other products to complete your sleep apnea therapy both with and without electricity. This online CPAP supply store was created and continues to be staffed by respiratory health care professionals. Their aim is to provide you with the best advice and products to meet your sleep apnea treatment needs. Their mission is to keep your CPAP treatment continuous and to keep you living your life the way you prefer. With the products sold at their excellent online storefront, you’ll be as adventurous and spontaneous as ever.

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Sleep Eating

Have you ever woken in the morning to a bed full of crumbs? Have you found food stuffs half eaten or in strange places in your home? If your answer is “yes” to either of these questions, you may be sleep eating, a condition similar to sleep walking. Sleep eating can be a humiliating discovery, especially if you’ve been leaving the kitchen a mess or eating your roommate’s food. Often, your family will make light of your strange nocturnal habits, but if you’re gaining weight or feeling like your night eating is out of control, it may be time to take the issue seriously.

Is Sleep Eating Dangerous?

On top of leading to weight gain, sleep eating can be dangerous. Sleep eaters may injure themselves while cooking on a hot stove or dicing onions in their sleep. Other risks include eating harmful objects such as cleaning solutions or cigarettes. Sleep eating can also cause long term damage on to of the immediate physical danger. As a sleep eater, you’re more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes and cognitive difficulties in the morning as a result of multiple wakings in the night.

What Causes Sleep Eating?

Nocturnal Eating Syndrome, or sleep eating, is a medical condition with no exact cause but with many known contributors. Women are a bit more likely than men to become sleep eaters, as are individuals with other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Chronic dieters, alcoholics, and drug addicts are also at a greater risk of developing habitual sleep eating. The best way to start managing your sleep related eating is by seeing a doctor to rule out any underlying causes.

How Is Sleep Eating Treated?

Medical professionals agree that your sleep eating should never be treated with sleeping medications. These medications may increase your level of confusion during the night and increase your likelihood of injury while you’re in your “working” in kitchen. Some sleeping medications have also been known to cause sleep eating, an issue your health care practitioner will surely investigate.

Some research suggests that certain medications, such as topiramate, can improve episodes of sleep eating in most people. A clinical trial showed an improvement of sleep eating and even some weight loss with this treatment option.

If sleep apnea is influencing your sleep eating habit, treating this sleep related breathing disorder might help. CPAP therapy, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy, may improve your sleep in many facets, including reducing episodes night wakings.

Talk to Your Doctor About Treating Your Sleep Eating

Even if you’re just an occasional sleep eater, discuss the episodes you’ve experienced with your doctor. They may find a solution or a problem you haven’t thought of yet. They can point you in the direction of a solution if sleep eating is becoming a bigger problem than you may have realized.

If your doctor believes you might be suffering from sleep apnea, you’ll likely be prescribed treatment via a CPAP machine and sleep apnea mask. Your health care practitioner may have suggestions for CPAP supply retailers like Breatheeasycpap.com or local storefronts where you can try on a few masks.

No matter the cause of your sleep eating, don’t delay treatment if your physician believes it’s necessary. Your health is important. It’s time to put your sleeping troubles to bed.

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Transcend Solar Panel: CPAP Use That’s Eco-Friendly and Travel Ready

For the outdoor enthusiast, sleep apnea therapy can feel like a life sentence. You want to travel, hike, and camp under the stars but without your continuous positive airway machine, you know that you’ll sleep restlessly or not at all. Lack of sleep is one thing, but the thought of going without your CPAP machine is another. You know that your CPAP machine keeps you healthy and prevents all sorts of serious illnesses, and you want to reap these benefits. But can you really live a life dedicated to the great outdoors while undergoing CPAP therapy?

CPAP Therapy Doesn’t Have to Keep You at Home

To the newbie CPAP user, your CPAP machine seems pretty confining. Your strapped into a virtual space helmet and tethered to the CPAP machine like it’s your spaceship. If you can remember that your machine is a really empowering tool, your treatment will be a lot easier to handle. Sleep apnea treatment gives you energy, health, and with new CPAP accessories like the Transcend Solar Battery Charger you’ll be gaining your freedom too!

The Transcend Solar Battery Charger

Somnetics is one of the most innovative CPAP companies around. They’ve created one of the lightest and user-friendly CPAP machines on the market. This groundbreaking and freeing piece of equipment, the Transcend Auto CPAP Machine makes travel not only possible but simple and exciting! No matter what your plans are, throwing the machine into your day bag is a perfectly good option. Weighing just under a pound, the Transcend Auto CPAP is one of the smallest CPAPs on the market.

The Transcend CPAP line works great with rechargeable batteries so it’s eco-friendly and, now that the company has developed a solar battery charger, you can seriously get off the grid. All you’ve got to do is spread out the solar panel and place it in direct sunlight. When you’re in an area with limited sunlight you’ll still be able to charge your Transcend batteries, you’ll just need to anticipate that it will take a few hours longer to fully charge. Lay it out, let it charge, and you’ll be living spontaneously in no time.

Tips for Camping With Your CPAP Equipment

If you’re headed outdoors for an overnight camping excursion, pack your CPAP equipment in a waterproof bag. The last thing you’ll want is to ruin an expensive medical device because of a little rain. We also suggest packing your CPAP machine and sleep apnea mask in a bag separate from your other camping supplies or clothes. This minimizes the the risk of introducing sand or dirt into your CPAP system. Bring a few bottles of distilled water with you while you camp if you plan to use a humidifier during the night. Ensure that you’ve packed a few clean towels so that you can dry out your humidifier after use each morning. Try using disposable CPAP mask wipes to clean your sleep apnea mask and put it away in protected in a clean towel or cloth bag.

You can purchase disposable wipes as well as all of the items in the Somnetics Transcend line at Breatheeasycpap.com. We believe that your sleep apnea diagnosis shouldn’t mean that your outdoor lifestyle is over. Visit our website today and we’ll help you get back on the trail.

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Is My Sleep Apnea or CPAP Machine Giving Me Ear Problems?

As a person whose been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you know that you experience periods without breath while you sleep. In most cases, this is due to obstruction of your upper airway caused by the partial collapse of your windpipe or a blockage by your tongue or soft palate. But, did you know that not only is your breathing affected, but the function of your Eustachian tubes is also impaired?

Eustachian tubes are responsible for equalizing the pressures in your ear and upper airway. They are easily blocked by the same mechanisms that cause obstructive sleep apnea. When these tubes are obstructed and unable to promote inner ear equilibrium, your inner ear is likely to become swollen and irritated. This can result in feeling like you’re always trying to “pop” your ears, hearing ringing in one or both ears, or even infections. This problem is solved through continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP therapy.

Can CPAP Therapy Cause Ear Problems?

Despite being the most effective way to treat sleep apnea, CPAP therapy can occasionally be the

cause of chronic inner ear pain or discomfort. If your CPAP pressure is not high enough, your airway may not be opening like it should, meaning your treatment for sleep apnea isn’t completely effective and that your Eustachian tubes are still blocked. Not only frustrating and damaging to your ears, this ineffective treatment means that you’re still at risk for the serious health consequences of untreated sleep apnea such as stroke and diabetes.

On the flip side, if your CPAP pressure is too high, your Eustachian tubes may not be able to keep your inner ear and pharynx at equalized pressures. This means that your tubes will be forced open, making your inner ear prone to swelling and infection but with no way to drain or change pressures.

Should I Quit CPAP Therapy If I’m Getting Ear Problems?

You shouldn’t quit treatment with your CPAP machine because of ear problems. The best option is to discuss your chronic pain with your doctor and follow up with a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat conditions. These specialists see a lot of CPAP related ear issues and will be able to easily determine the cause of your ear discomfort, whether they’re from low or high pressures. While you wait to see a physician, ensure that you’re able to breath out your nose so that your sinuses are free of pressure problems. You might need to take over the counter nasal decongestants or vigorously irrigate your nostrils using a neti pot.

Maybe It’s Your Sleep Apnea Mask

For some sleep apnea sufferers, their sleep apnea mask is the cause of the problem. If you’re experiencing ear issues and are using nasal pillows or a nasal mask with your CPAP machine, a full face mask like the Fisher and Paykel Forma mask may help keep forced air evenly distributed in your airway, lessening the chance of dramatic pressure changes. You can find this mask and all your other sleep apnea treatment needs at BreatheeasyCPAP.com. Don’t allow ear pain to ruin your sleep apnea treatment. Talk to your doctor today.

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Help! I’m Spending a Night Away From Home Without My CPAP!

If you’ve just started using CPAP therapy, you might find it hard to believe that there will come a day when the thought of spending a single night without your CPAP machine is anxiety producing. At first, treating your sleep apnea with continuous positive airways pressure therapy via a CPAP machine is a chore. You’ve got to get used to the humming of your machine, the forced air blowing against your face through a long plastic tube, and snug sleep apnea mask. There’s no way around it: the whole CPAP thing is weird in the beginning.

After a week or so of use, most CPAP users say they’ve gotten comfortable with their equipment. And in no time at all, most say that they couldn’t live without out it, metaphorically and literally. They’re not snoring anymore or waking up hundreds of times a night feeling like they’re choking. Once they’ve learned to tolerate therapy, learning they may have to spend a night without the machine truly makes them uneasy.

What’s So Rough About a Night Away?

You might think that most people would be thrilled to go without their CPAP machine. No tubes or masks strapped to their foreheads, no pressurized air down their throats, sounds good, doesn’t it? The fact is that once most sleep apnea sufferers have discovered the energizing effects of CPAP therapy, they never want to go back to life before. A night without CPAP therapy means a night with snoring and hundreds of wakings. It means having dry mouth and a terrible headache in the morning instead of feeling well rested. And mostly, a night without CPAP therapy means there are going to be moments while asleep where you simply stop breathing. It’s a terrifying thought. What if you fail to start breathing again?

How to Get Used to the Idea of  a Night Without CPAP

Before getting nervous about experiencing an apnea episode that never ends, remind yourself that you likely had sleep apnea for years before ever investing in a CPAP. Of the hundred of times you’ve stopped breathing before, your brain has always been strong enough to initiate normal breathing patterns. For most, the deadly cardiovascular effects of sleep apnea are related to long term treatment neglect.

That isn’t to say that if you’ve got anxiety over finding out that you’ll be spending a night away from your CPAP is unfounded. Whether it’s for work or play, a night without your CPAP means you know you’ll  likely suffer a bit from those small, annoying adverse effects of sleep apnea, like headaches and sore throat. If you’re going without your CPAP machine for a night avoid alcohol and cigarette smoke. Try to follow your nighttime routine as closely as possible and plan for some trouble falling asleep. In the morning, have a cup of warm tea to ease dry mouth and sore throat and take an over the counter pain relief medication for headache.

Most importantly, remind yourself that a night away is okay. You’ll be back on track tomorrow. You’ve got a long life of sleep apnea treatment ahead of you.

Stay Prepared for Nights Away

Although we suggest that all CPAP users have a back up plan, making sure to have a CPAP battery pack, extra sleep apnea mask, and extra cord for their CPAP machine is especially important to those with severe sleep apnea. You’ll find battery packs providing eight to fourteen hours of charge and all your other CPAP needs from the experts at Breatheeasycpap.com.

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The Anatomy of Nasal Mask

Finding the most appropriate CPAP mask style to treat your sleep apnea can be confusing. Everyone has a different facial shape, comfort level, and prescribed pressure setting meaning that no single mask is perfect for every sleep apnea sufferer. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy can be delivered via nasal pillows, which form seals at the base of your nostrils, full face masks, providing greater coverage, or nasal masks. CPAP users often find that nasal masks are the most appealing because they provide a greater freedom of movement than the full face mask but can handle a much higher pressure setting than nasal pillows .

The Anatomy of a Nasal Mask

Nasal masks are the most popular choice for CPAP users. At Breatheeasycpap.com, you’ll notice that even after deciding that a nasal mask is right for you, you’ll still have to narrow down your choice by brand. ResMed, Fisher & Paykel, Philips, and Circadiance all offer quality nasal masks to suit your needs.

Most nasal masks are set up in a similar fashion. Headgear made from a soft fabric encircle your head and keep the mask snug against your face. The nasal portion includes a replaceable gel or cushion piece connected to the mask and oxygen port. It’s at this point that you may notice holes in the top or sides of your mask. If you’re sleep apnea treatment is intended to increase the amount of oxygen in your system, won’t those little holes make treatment impossible?

Is the Air Coming From My Nasal Mask an Air Leak?

Understanding the purpose of the small holes at the top of your nasal mask is an important part of therapy and safety. These openings are intended to vent out the potentially damaging by-product of breathing known as carbon dioxide. If you inhale too much of the carbon dioxide you’ve breathed out, you’ll reduce the oxygen in your blood and may succumb to carbon dioxide poisoning. Early signs of carbon dioxide poisoning include dizziness, headache, or flu-like symptoms. If you’re worried about any of these symptoms, get outside into the fresh air and seek medical care as soon as possible.

To prevent carbon dioxide poisoning,  ensure that these ventilation holes are always left uncovered. Some nasal mask users are tempted to cover these holes because they wrongly believe them to be an air leak or caused by high pressure. Others cover them because they’re sometimes loud or blow air against their eyes or partner’s face during the night. To combat these issues, try ear plugs at night, use eye drops in the morning, or wear an eye shield or swimming goggles during the night.

Quality CPAP Masks for More Comfort

When you decide which mask style and brand is right for your treatment, visit a reliable online sleep apnea supply retailer like Breatheeasycpap.com. This online storefront is ran by a group of respiratory therapists and health care practitioners who are committed to solving your sleep apnea treatment issues. They’re passionate about finding the perfect CPAP machine system for every customer and will get your shopping, whether for a nasal mask or otherwise, off on the right foot.

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Is it Just the Weather or Is My Sleep Apnea Worse?

Sleep apnea, a medical condition described by periods of breathlessness during sleep, has many acute symptoms. Snoring, dry mouth and headache in the morning, frequent nighttime waking, and many others may be found on the laundry list of things caused by the disorder.

For some people, these symptoms are a constant frustration while for others, their sleep apnea seems to get worse and better at different times. If you’re one of these individuals with intermittently worse symptoms, you might be curious about what sort of seasonal or weather issues could be affecting your sleep. Below are a few things to look out for when managing your sleep apnea.

Stormy weather

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that people with obstructive and central sleep apnea alike reported a worsening of their symptoms during times of low barometric pressure. These low pressures are often responsible for cloudy, rainy weather as well as thunderstorms when the pressure drops even lower. Consider keeping a diary to write down when your symptoms worsen to see if they correlate with this stormy weather.

Seasonal Allergies

For those with seasonal allergies, different times of the year might produce different effects. Those most affected by ragweed pollen will most likely be very stuffed up, have worsening headaches, and even trouble breathing from August till October. For others, early Spring when the flowers first bloom is the most difficult to manage season. There are even unlikely individuals have to struggle through both the Spring and Fall!

Is Sleep Apnea a “Winter’s Disease?”

For over a decade, researchers studied prevalence of sleep apnea diagnoses as well as the severity of a person’s symptoms. What they found was that many more people are diagnosed with sleep apnea or seek out extra treatment for their existing sleep apnea during the winter months. This has caused some health care practitioners to call sleep apnea a “winter disease.”

The precise reasoning behind this increase is unknown. Some theories include barometric pressure changes, illness related to the seasonal flu, and indoor pollution from fireplaces and wood stoves.

How to Manage Changing Symptoms

The seasons are always changing, and unfortunately, so are many sleep apnea sufferers symptoms. The good news is that management of the disease is very possible. Most doctors recommend Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy for sleep apnea, and this treatment is versatile enough to allow changing seasons and symptoms.

If you’re experiencing nasal congestion as the result of seasonal allergies, you may want to use a full face mask during these times if you normally use a nasal mask. When your nose is stuffed up, you won’t be able to receive the health benefits of your prescribed CPAP therapy. A warm air humidifier might also be the best choice for nasal congestion, as the moist air will loosen secretions and prevent nose bleeds or secondary infections. Humidifiers also help combat the dry air often experienced in winter. You might also get relief from nasal sprays or rinses before and after sleep.

Keeping your CPAP system clean during times of worsening symptoms will prevent the acquisition of secondary infections are allergies or colds. You can find CPAP cleaning supplies, warm air humidifiers, and the rest of your CPAP system needs at Breatheeasycpap.com. This site is ran by a group of dedicated respiratory health care practitioners who care deeply about your comfort and sleep apnea treatment.

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Are My Bad Dreams Nightmares or Night Terrors?

It’s very likely that you’ve experienced a nightmare at least once or twice in your lifetime. You may have woken up in the middle of the night with your heart beating fast and lay in your bed recalling the scary stuff that filled your dreams. In general, these bad dreams are normal and isolated events, but when they begin to occur more frequently, you might start to wonder whether they are a sign of something more serious.

What are Nightmares?

The experience of a having a bad dream is clinically called a nightmare. Nightmares are characterized by suddenly waking from REM, or the rapid eye movement stage of sleep, and recalling the distressful content of your dreams. It’s very common to have a fast heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and difficulty falling back to sleep afterwards.

These bad dreams might be caused by daytime stress, death of someone close to you, or intermittent illness. If your nightmares begin occurring more frequently than normal and you’re finding your quality of sleep is lacking, consider making an appointment with your physician.

Could My Nighttime Waking Be From Night Terrors?

If you’re experiencing frequent waking and can remember the vivid details of your bad dreams, you’re most likely not having night terrors. Despite it’s spooky name, night terrors aren’t a sign of poor health and are usually not an indicator of a larger health problem. Night terrors are similar to nightmares in that you’ll often have increased blood pressure and large pupils when they occur but are different because you won’t truly wake up after a night terror episode. You may experience sleep walking or screaming in your sleep but you’ll have little to no memory of it in the morning.

When to Talk to Your Doctor

For some, night terrors accompanied by sleep walking can be dangerous. You may attempt to walk down stairs, go outside, or cook food while asleep. Talk to your doctor about what steps they recommend you take to prevent you from harm. You may also need to investigate whether or not your night terrors are wrongly diagnosed, as sometimes the symptoms can be confused with other health conditions such as epilepsy.

 If you’re concerned about lack of sleep from nightmares and you’re waking in the morning with headaches, or dry mouth, ask your doctor about sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can increase episodes of nightmares and is a medical condition in which a person experiences frequent waking and momentary lapses in breathing. It also causes snoring but has more serious effects overtime, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and stroke.

What if Sleep Apnea is Causing My Nightmares?

If your nightmares turn out to be related to untreated sleep apnea, you’ll be relieved to know that Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP therapy, can help. One study found that the use of CPAP machines corrected nightmares in 91%  patients.

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder. Whether from lack of sleep, stress related nightmares, or long term adverse cardiovascular effects, treatment is important. Ask your prescribing health care provider for sleep apnea mask style recommendations, and visit a trusted CPAP retailer. Breatheeasycpap.com is a health care practitioner based online business. You’ll be pleased with the variety of CPAP systems and sleep apnea accessories available at their website. Getting you a good night’s rest, free of nightmares and night terrors, is their passion. Don’t let sleep apnea keep you awake any longer.

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New Treatments in Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition characterized by the frequent, momentary cessation of breathing while a person sleeps. Without treatment, sleep apnea sufferers may develop diabetes, renal disease, or stroke on top of mood changes and problems concentrating.

The life threatening implications of sleep apnea are solved by treating the disorder, most commonly with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP therapy. The use of this standard treatment helps millions of Americans sleep better and start preventing the cardiovascular changes such as high blood pressure which results from long term, untreated sleep apnea.

Despite the highly correctable nature of this disorder, nearly half of sleep apnea patients stop using their prescribed CPAP machines a few weeks after they begin treatment. Experienced CPAP users understand the struggle with comfortably managing sleep apnea. Finding the right CPAP mask and other appliances can be confusing and time consuming and so, many people opt to try new, alternative sleep apnea therapies before or after CPAP machine use.

Mouth Pieces to Treat Sleep Apnea

The utilization of oral appliance therapy, or the use of dental mouth pieces, is a popular choice for the treatment of sleep apnea. Some surveys show that these devices can be as effective as CPAP therapy. An impression of a person’s teeth is made at a dentist’s office and then a mouth piece is designed specially for the individual sleep apnea sufferer. When used, the new device changes the jaw alignment preventing snoring and helping to keep airways open.

Other oral devices such as Apnicure’s Winx Therapy System may also be an option. Winx promotes the movement of the soft palate forward and keeps the tongue stable so the windpipe stays open during the night. This device differs from a basic mouth piece in that it’s connected to a light, quiet vacuum which works in conjunction with the oral appliance.

New Surgical Therapies for Sleep Apnea

In some sleep apnea sufferers, neither the use of mouth pieces or continuous positive airway pressure devices are enough to treat their condition. Improvements in surgical technology has prompted the engineering of the FDA approved Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation Device. This device is a pulse generator with two leads that is surgically implanted near the lungs. The implants work by sensing when a person stops breathing and stimulates them to take a breath without rousing them from sleep. This procedure is only recommended for people who have failed treatment via CPAP therapy.

 CPAP Therapy is Still Improving

Although many people are uncomfortable or nervous about the use of sleep apnea masks and CPAP machines, the technology and engineering of CPAP therapy is continuing to improve and remain the most widely recommended sleep apnea treatment. Devices made by Philips Respironics such as the Amara View face mask or the Pico nasal mask are two excellent examples of advancements in comfortable CPAP applications. At Breatheeasycpap.com, we offer superior products that provide comfort and excellent management of sleep apnea. If you’re suffering from the disorder, please visit our site to find the best CPAP mask and sleep system for you.

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The Truth About Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes

There are plenty of great reasons to start treatment for sleep apnea. After a day or two of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP therapy, you’ll have more restful sleep, feel more rested and refreshed during the day, and, of course, put an end to that awful snoring that’s been keeping your spouse awake all night long. But that’s only the beginning.

Did you know that treating your sleep apnea can also decrease your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes?

Why Do We Develop Diabetes in the First Place?

Type 2 Diabetes, or Diabetes Mellitus, is a medical condition characterized by high blood sugar levels. Generally developing in adulthood, Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Human bodies produce a hormone called insulin which signals cells to use up recently eaten sugars and energize the body.

In Diabetes Mellitus, your cells begin to starve as they become resistant to insulin and the sugar you’ve eaten isn’t broken down. This sugar then floats inaccessibly through your bloodstream. Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes varies, but your health care provider may prescribe you with oral medications, insulin injections, or a combination of both.

How CPAP Treatment Might Prevent Diabetes

By now you know that your sleep apnea is the reason you snore as well as the reason that you often wake up feeling exhausted. It’s also important to recognize that your sleep apnea is contributing to harmful physical effects that might influence your sensitivity to insulin.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the many conditions put into a category called “Sleep Disordered Breathing.” Multiply studies have linked sleep disordered breathing with the release of stress hormones thought to contribute to the development of diabetes as well as the faulty production of healthy hormones.

When you treat your sleep apnea with CPAP therapy, you’re correcting long-established low and  sporadic levels of oxygen delivered to your organs. This oxygen will decrease the times your body feels stressed as well as decreasing incidents of insulin resistance. As previously mentioned, CPAP treatment will also improve your sleep, immediately helping with the regulation of your body’s hormones. The sooner your sleep apnea is treated, the less likely you are to develop Type 2 Diabetes.

CPAP Therapy in Established Diabetics

If you already suffer from diabetes, you know that managing this disease can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re already exhausted and sleep-deprived because of untreated sleep apnea. The good news is that once you implement a plan to treat your sleep apnea, you’ll be feeling less exhausted and have a better control of your blood sugar levels! A study from the Health, Metabolism, and Sleep Center at the University of Chicago found that CPAP therapy improves a person’s blood sugar levels as well as their ability to control their levels in the morning.

Treat Sleep Apnea with High-Quality CPAP Products

Whether you’re trying to manage already diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes or hoping to prevent it, getting your sleep apnea treatment started is a major priority. To ensure that you’re treating your sleep apnea with the perfect style CPAP mask and system for you, it’s imperative to purchase equipment from a thoughtful and trustworthy CPAP supplier. At Breatheeasycpap.com, we’re health care professionals who understand the need for cost effective and superior sleep apnea products. Visit our website today and stop diabetes in its tracks.

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Obesity and Sleep Apnea

Obesity and Sleep Apnea

Did you know that the number of obese and severely obese patients that doctors treat for sleep apnea is roughly double that of adults of a normal weight? When it comes to finding a cause for most sleep apnea cases, we know that obesity is the primary culprit.

When excess fat surrounds the upper airway and around the chest and neck, increased pressure is placed on the throat. This leads to an increase in turbulence during breathing, especially at rest. While we have strong evidence to support that obesity can cause sleep apnea, we’re also gaining new insight which supports that the disorder itself contributes to obesity.

It might seem complicated, but overtime, as sleep apnea deprives you of a normal night’s rest, you crave more sugary foods to feed your sleepless brain and are unable to perform as many physical activities that you may have in the past. This causes our bodies to become increasingly resistant to insulin and, in turn, we readily gain weight.

Both Obesity and Sleep Apnea Put People at Risk

While the jury is still out on which came first, obesity or sleep apnea, we know that both health issues greatly increase the risk of developing harmful cardiovascular disorders and other grave illnesses such as diabetes. If you’ve developed both obesity and sleep apnea, you’re at a greatly inflated risk of being diagnosed with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke. These are complicated and often fatal disorders, and so, those who are at risk must be mindful of their health and take the necessary precautions aimed at prevention.

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

Staying active and choosing healthy meals are important activities matters for all people, but they’re especially important for those who have both sleep apnea and obesity. If you’re concerned about your health, talk to your doctor about starting a weight-loss regime and exercise program. Finding a style of physical activity that you already love, such as swimming or biking, is a great place to start.

Keeping a food diary is an excellent way to explore how what you’re eating impacts your moods and sleeping habits. When you wake up exhausted and drink several cups of coffee or get through the afternoon by chugging a large soda, you’re putting your sleep quality in jeopardy.

When a person drinks caffeine, especially in the afternoon, brain activity is stimulated making it harder to sleep later on. This struggle to get enough rest leads most people to choose the same poor habits the following day.

If caffeine consumption is one of your issues, try limiting your caffeine intake. In doing so, you’re giving your body permission to find its own natural rhythm.

CPAP Therapy to Control Sleep Apnea and Lose Weight

Although CPAP treatment is not a weight-loss regime, it is a tool to help you get control back into your life. We know that CPAP therapy improves sleep, and this improved rest decreases instances of insulin resistance and improves out of balance hormones that might be contributing to your obesity.

You want to be healthy, but if you aren’t treating your sleep apnea, you simply won’t have the energy to exercise or the will power to choose healthy foods. You deserve to live a long and healthy life.

When you make the choice to start CPAP therapy, you’re showing the world that you value yourself. Find a trustworthy CPAP supply store like Breatheeasycpap.com and discover your perfect CPAP machine and mask options and get started on the path of healthy living.

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Why Do Dogs Snore?

Why Do Dogs Snore?

Is there anything sweeter than seeing the telltale signs that your beloved dog has fallen into a deep sleep? The corners of their mouths curl into smiles, they twitch their legs in a dream, and, just like their owners, they sometimes snore.

Humans snore for varied reasons including allergies, sinus issues, aging, and normal changes in their soft palates during rest. Occasionally however, humans snore from a serious condition called sleep apnea. As is true with humans, it is just as important to take your pet’s snoring seriously and become educated on what might be the cause.

Allergies and Obesity Might be the Cause of Your Dog’s Snoring

Second-hand smoke, incense, household cleaners, and mold or dust may be affecting your pet’s healthy breathing. These irritants sometimes promote the constriction of the animal’supper airways, causing their breathing to become noisy as air passes through the narrowed area.

If you have noticed that, your dog has grown a little pudgier than normal, excess weight could be responsible for a recently developed case of snoring. If you think, your pet is overweight, start by getting them outside for exercise more often. Next, talk to their veterinarian about starting a low-calorie dog food.

Sometimes, snoring in dogs is the result of a tumor, a dental problem, or a fungal disease. These issues are treatable but, if ignored, can be fatal. Bring your pet to the veterinarian for regular check-ups to keep an eye out for development of any serious illness.

Boxers, Pugs, and Other Short-nosed Dogs are More Prone to Snoring

Another cause of snoring that your veterinarian may need to look into is Brachycephalic Syndrome, a series of respiratory problems found in dogs with short noses or flat faces. Shih-Tzu’s, Bulldogs, and boxers are examples of canines who are prone to this condition. If your brachycephalic dog is snoring or showing signs and symptoms of an increased difficulty in breathing, talk to your vet about possible treatment options.

Can Dogs Develop Sleep Apnea?

All dogs are at risk, but brachycephalic dogs are more likely to develop sleep apnea than any other breeds. Just like humans, dogs may experience a momentary lapse in breathing while asleep and sometimes, in dogs, the condition is fatal. Your vet will first encourage you to start your pet on a weight loss program if obesity is a factor in their respiratory issue. They may also suggest using a warm air humidifier near the area your that dog sleeps, as this has been shown to promote the opening of upper airways. In severe cases, surgery to open the nostrils may be necessary.

Sleep Problems? Keep Your Dog Out of Your Bedroom

If you’ve had your dog’s snoring checked out by a veterinarian and they’ve ruled out any dangerous causes, but his snoring is too loud to sleep with at night, consider keeping him out of the bedroom. Your frequent waking is exacerbated by your pet’s noisiness and can reduce overall sleep quality leading to fatigue the following day.

People with insomnia should be especially cautious about sharing their sleeping areas with animals. The same holds true for sufferers of sleep apnea especially if they are already experiencing problems with restlessness. Not to mention, this restlessness might be keeping your dog awake too! Although we can’t do much for your dog’s sleep issues here at BreatheEasyCPAP.com, we want both of you to get the best night’s rest possible.

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