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Dr. Barry Krakow’s Review of Totally CPAP – Part 8

Dr. Barry Krakow’s Review of Totally CPAP – Part 8

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Read what Dr. Barry Krakow, author of Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping through the Night, has to say about my new book, Totally CPAP. This is Part 5 of a multi-part in-depth, critical review. This is taken from his blog. Read Part 1, Part 2 Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6, and Part 7. In Chapter 8, Section 1, Dr. Park offers great tips on the critical issue of nasal patency. First, he reviews the medical or non-surgical approaches to the problem and then wades deeply into his bailiwick, the surgical interventions. And, we’ll discuss the whole chapter using the same format of highlighting some of his key pearls and occasionally providing our commentary. Dr Park unequivocally stresses the value of “keeping your nose clean.” He points out one of the most obvious factors, surpris
Dr. Barry Krakow’s Review of Totally CPAP – Part 7

Dr. Barry Krakow’s Review of Totally CPAP – Part 7

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Read what Dr. Barry Krakow, author of Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping through the Night, has to say about my new book, Totally CPAP. This is Part 5 of a multi-part in-depth, critical review. This is taken from his blog. Read Part 1, Part 2 Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. In Chapter 7, Dr. Park adds “More Helpful CPAP Tips.” He covers several key factors such as cleaning your PAP equipment, travel tips, battery back-ups, situating your device in the bedroom, and how to manage your PAP device in the hospital should you be undergoing surgery. These were covered so well, I have no further comments. In the second half of the chapter, Dr. Park delves into other clinically relevant situations and factors, which we will discuss here, using the same format of highlighting some of hi
How Does CPAP Lower Blood Pressure?

How Does CPAP Lower Blood Pressure?

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It’s easy to write off snoring as nothing more than a nightly nuisance that drives your partner crazy. However, when you’re dealing with obstructive sleep apnea, there are serious health issues to be concerned about. Sleep apnea is linked with high blood pressure, a common risk factor for heart disease. Here’s what you need to know about high blood pressure—including recent research on how CPAP lowers blood pressure. Symptoms and Risks of High Blood Pressure If you’re thinking to yourself, “I feel fine, there’s no way I have high blood pressure,” that’s your first mistake. According to the American Heart Association, “high blood pressure is a largely symptomless killer.” The reality is that you might not even know you have it. If untreated, high blood pressure can cause potentially fatal
How a Mini CPAP Machine Can Improve Your Travel Experience

How a Mini CPAP Machine Can Improve Your Travel Experience

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While you can’t bring all the comforts of home with you on your trip, you should always bring a CPAP machine if you have Sleep Apnea. Today’s travel CPAP machines are tiny, lightweight, reliable and affordable, and most can fit easily in a purse or carry-on bag for total convenience and security. Let’s look at a couple of ways a mini CPAP machine can improve your travel experience. You’ll sleep better on the airplane: Unless you’re taking a quick flight (90 minutes or less), there is a good chance you’ll have an opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep. Just as you’d always use your CPAP when sleeping at home, make sure you improve your travel experience by using your CPAP when in the air (your fellow passengers are sure to appreciate less snoring, as well). Just remember to al
Achoo! 5 Tips for CPAP Users During Cold and Flu Season

Achoo! 5 Tips for CPAP Users During Cold and Flu Season

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Sore throat, runny nose, coughs, body aches … getting sick is the worst. And unfortunately, it’s that time of year again. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu season can start as early as October and run well into May.While there are many things we all know about when it comes to preventing sickness (such as vaccinations and handwashing), patients using CPAP machines for sleep apnea can take a few extra steps to protect their health and recover from a cold/flu.5 Tips for CPAP Users During Cold and Flu Season1. Use Your CPAP Machine as Prescribed to Sleep ProperlyA good night’s sleep is priceless – especially when it comes to your immune system. According to the Harvard Medical School, sleep plays a critical role in the functioning our immune system. If you’re not getting e
Adjusting to Your CPAP Mask

Adjusting to Your CPAP Mask

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“They want me to wear this?!” thought many sleep apnea patients the first time they unboxed their new CPAP mask.If you have felt this way, rest assured – you aren’t alone. After working with thousands of sleep apnea patients for more than 9 years, Meg McCurdy of Nationwide Medical’s Clinical Care Team said the mask is the #1 stumbling block for new patients. “The mask is intimidating. Patients blame themselves for being scared or weak or claustrophobic,” she said. “The important thing to know is that you are not alone – millions of others are going through therapy. Wearing a mask is a big adjustment for everyone, and many who do not seek help or persevere to find the right mask end up giving up.”If you need help adjusting to your CPAP mask, the best place to start is with education about w