So, you’ve got your CPAP machine and mask, you’ve begun therapy, and everything is going well, but you find yourself wondering how to clean your CPAP machine. In this article, I will cover several methods of cleaning your CPAP equipment along with what products work the best as a CPAP machine cleaner. But first, let’s clarify why cleaning and sanitizing your equipment is so important.Continue Reading
Sleep. We spend a third of our entire lives sleeping. Yet it's possible your sleep is hurting your health due to sleep apnea. This article will explain the difference between sleep apnea and hypopnea, along with adverse events per hour that disrupt your sleep and your life. Sleep apnea and hypopnea are treatable, but first it's best to know what they are and how they affect you. This article will explain an apnea vs hyponea and what events per hour are.Continue Reading
Sleep apnea is an increasingly common sleep disorder affecting millions of people in the world. This condition either causes you to stop breathing during the night or causes very shallow breathing. Signs of sleep apnea include snoring loud, your breathing stops, or you choke as you are trying to inhale. This is a result of the relaxing of the muscles of the upper airway, especially if you sleep on your back. Obstructive sleep apnea may cause drowsiness throughout the day, high blood pressure, depression, pre-diabetes conditions, heart damage, and stroke. This is a very serious medical condition that needs to be treated in a timely manner. There are different ways to treat sleep apnea, including prescriptions, surgery, and sleep apnea machines. This article will explain what a sleep apnea machine is.
With the increased prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, many questions have arisen as to what is the best treatment. Most patients opt for the non-invasive treatment method of PAP (or Positive Airway Pressure) but the diagnosis doesn’t end there. There is a wide range of choices, from masks to machines, so which one is best? In this article, I will discuss the differences between a BiPAP vs CPAP machine.Continue Reading
So, you have done your sleep study at a clinic and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Your next logical thought will likely be, “How much does a CPAP machine cost?” The answer, unfortunately, is not definitive; it just depends. Fortunately, you have many options when it comes to buying a CPAP machine and related equipment.
What I hope to do here is give you as many details about the typical CPAP buying process. With this information, you will be able to ask the right questions of your doctor and insurance company to understand the costs associated with using a CPAP machine.
What is a CPAP Machine? You might have heard people talking about this machine when referring sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine. This means the machine takes in air and pressurizes it to a prescribed air pressure setting. The air then flows through a CPAP hose and into a CPAP mask which is strapped around the user's nose and/or mouth. The air pressure keeps your throat from closing during sleep, stopping apnea or hypopnea events. The CPAP machine provides air pressure continuously through the night and helps treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).Continue Reading