The post How to Avoid Pneumonia While Using a CPAP Machine appeared first on The CPAP Shop. The last thing that anyone with sleep apnea needs is to compound the condition with respiratory distress such as through the development of serious conditions such as pneumonia. While a recent study shows evidence that people with sleep apnea are potentially more vulnerable to developing pneumonia, there are ways to decrease that risk for CPAP machine users. In the most recent study of patients with sleep apnea published in CMAJ, researchers found that more than nine percent of the study group with sleep apnea developed pneumonia. Researchers speculate that many of the sleep apnea patients that developed pneumonia were likely more susceptible to aspiration of liquid and other contents (food and dri...
Do you suffer from sleep apnea? If so, you’re not alone. Around 18 million Americans are estimated to have this condition, which causes you to stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds to even a minute. Left untreated and undiagnosed, it can be dangerous and increase the risk of heart disease by three times and a stroke by four times compared to those who don’t have this problem. Fortunately, however, there are treatments available to address the causes and effects of this disturbance in your sleep. The most popular treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, and this is applied through devices called CPAP masks. These machines provide continuous air pressure to the nostrils in order to avoid what are called apneas — interruptions...
You’ve likely heard CPAP machines be referred to as the ‘golden standard’ in nonsurgical treatment for sleep apnea1. Research shows that regular CPAP use is particularly successful for suffers who have moderate to severe sleep apnea2. While every person using CPAP has a different experience, some may notice an improvement in the day following their first sleep with the mask and machine3.
With all of the medical information at your fingertips today, it may seem easy to self-diagnose any condition, from the flu to Sleep Apnea. And, maybe to some extent, you can! All of the information you read about Sleep Apnea is meant to help you recognize the signs and know what to do from there. (Hint: The answer will most likely be to see a medical professional!) Understandably, some people want to start treatment as soon as they pinpoint their condition and would prefer to be able to buy a CPAP machine without a prescription. We admire your enthusiasm, but are here to tell you a prescription is required to purchase a CPAP machine – and, for good reason. A CPAP machine is qualified as a Class II medical device and, as such, requires a medical professional licensed to write prescr
The post DreamStation Go CPAP Machine Review by Dr. Brandon Peters appeared first on The CPAP Shop. Brandon Peters, MD is board-certified in both neurology and sleep medicine and currently practices at Virginia Mason Medical Center located in Seattle. He is also a clinical faculty affiliate at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He primarily treats sleep apnea and insomnia patients. The majority of his patients use CPAP machines and we wanted his opinion for the DreamStation Go CPAP Machine Review. You can read more about Dr. Peters on his website. Dr. Peters has reviewed CPAP equipment for us in the past, and we felt that his unbiased expert opinion would help people debating the purchase of a new travel CPAP machine. We
What Does Your CPAP Machine and Your Furnace Have in Common? Last week the motor in my furnace burned out and like any normal person my first thought were “How much is this going to cost me?” and “Should the motor in my furnace burn out after just 8 years?”. I have always been diligent about changing the filter and making sure it was maintained but like any other motor that runs on a frequent basis (i.e. computers), it’s going to go bad at some point. After the repair man inspected it my first question was answered quickly, $476.00 would be the cost of replacement and labor. While this was a bit hard to swallow it was relieving to know that it was fixed just in time for cold weather season. Replacing Your CPAP Filters Promotes Longer Machine Life A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressur
If you have a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine as a part of your sleep apnea therapy, it’s important that you are taking regular care of it.
The post CPAP Machine FAQs appeared first on The CPAP Shop. In our most recent survey we asked our users about their CPAP machines, in the hope that by sharing their responses, new CPAP users will be able to decide on the most important features in the purchase of a CPAP machine. We’ve listed their responses in the form of CPAP machine FAQs. CPAP machines FAQs – #1 CPAP users are happy with their machines. Are CPAP users happy with their CPAP Machines? We surveyed over 500 CPAP users and asked them if they were satisfied with their CPAP machines. 98% of them were satisfied and over 60% of them were highly satisfied. CPAP Machines FAQs #2 CPAP Machines are long-lasting with proper care. How long do CPAP machines last and how long do most users keep them? CPAP machines are the most exp
Looking for the best CPAP machines, masks, and other technology? We’ve rounded up our top-selling masks and machines, including which machines are a top pick for traveling, the most comfortable CPAP masks, and what our new Oxygen Concentrator line means for you. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, we’ve made it easy to scan our top CPAP equipment and learn more about CPAP therapy. Best CPAP Machines of 2017 We’re proud to offer some of the industry’s leading technology. Some of our best CPAP machines include: AirMini AutoSet Travel CPAP Machine by ResMed This machine is the smallest ResMed machine available today, weighing just over half a pound. It’s perfect for travel, thanks to its compact size and small 20W power supply. Plus, it pairs with the AirMini by ResMe
With the winter season in full swing, colds and flus are common. Chances are, despite all of your best hygienic efforts, you will get sick at some point. Getting a good night’s sleep can become a daunting task when dealing with a head cold, and is only amplified for those suffering from Sleep Apnea. Combine those two things with trying to use your CPAP machine, and you may be tempted to double up your dosage of nightly cold medicine. Of course, the severity of your Sleep Apnea can make a difference, so it’s always best to check with your doctor before using your CPAP machine when you’re sick. Here, we have a handful of tips, tricks and other solutions you can try as you nurse yourself back to health: Sleep on your side or elevate your head. The first and most simple tip is to try changing