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How to help a snorer ~ the easy way, Part One

How to help a snorer ~ the easy way, Part One

 

So you’ve helped someone who snores, but the snorer insists on sleeping on their side to solve their snoring.

Is this a good thing?

Yes, it’s a start. For some, side sleeping actually reduces snoring to some degree.

But a question follows, is it enough? Will it prevent a larger, unseen health issue? Maybe. Maybe not.

But let’s run with the option to alter one’s sleeping position to alleviate snoring.

 

The Side Sleeping Option

Side sleeping can be a solution to snoring ~ temporarily speaking.

Here’s why: sleeping position is not static for most people.

And before explaining why, let’s understand how sleep works.

Please follow this link.

 

Moving During Sleep

After understanding how sleep works, we should examine another fact about our nocturnal experience: We all move during sleep.

The inevitable question now is this: can a person re-train themselves to sleep in a particular position?

The answer is yes and no.

Let’s start with the “yes” answer. Re-training one’s sleeping position one may require a bit of help from products that make the re-training process very comfortable. Below is a list of products which assist the sleeping position change and the potential reduction of snoring and how.

 

 

The Slumberbump is an inflatable which is worn with a velcro strap that accommodates different chest sizes. This item helps reinforce side sleeping by impeding back sleeping.

 

 

 

The knee pillow is a special pillow to assist your comfort level while sleeping on your side. It offers supreme comfort for the knees so they do not crunch down, bone to bone. Instead, there is soft naturally aligned support between the knees.

 

 

The sleeping pillow is designed to increase comfort for sleeping position reinforcement and can be utilized for effective side sleeping comfort. It can be easily combined with the Slumberbump and knee pillow if desired.

 

 

And there’s more to consider

As for the “no” answer to re-training one to sleep in another position, it is a matter of context. If a snorer has been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, no sleeping position may be able to help and snoring may persist without treatment like a sleeping device or doctor intervention. Before we get into further steps, Doctor intervention and prescribed treatments, let’s add another snoring treatment option ~ the chinstrap.

 

In Conclusion

The next post will cover how a chinstrap might assist the snorer, or not.

The post is called “How to help a snorer ~ the easy way, Part Two”

Look for it next week,

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If you Vape and use a CPAP, read this, it’s important.

 

If you Vape and use a CPAP, read this, it’s important.

The following excerpt is from a well-known blog entitled — here’s what they had to say:

Everyone knows that smoking’s bad for your body. Aside from the normal effects of cigarette smoke, nicotine wreaks havoc on your body’s natural sleep cycle. Choosing to vape instead of smoking eliminates many of the chemicals and toxins found in normal cigarettes. As these things are removed from the body, you’ll notice many positive changes, including better sleep.

Smoking cigarettes affects your sleep patterns in a number of ways. The toxins in cigarettes obstruct your lungs, therefore increasing your risk for sleep apnea. The nicotine in cigarettes acts as a stimulant to your body. This makes it much harder to fall asleep after smoking a cigarette. It also makes it considerably harder to fall into a “deep sleep” during the night. Once the nicotine leaves the body at night while sleeping withdraw symptoms start. These withdraw symptoms prevent the body from getting adequate “deep sleep” at night.

When making the switch to vaping, your sleep patterns can change significantly. Choosing to quit smoking and start vaping replaces the cigarettes, but not the nicotine. A vaping device still provides nicotine, however, since the majority of the chemicals are eliminated, your body reacts differently to the nicotine. As you continue to vape, you’ll realize you want an actual cigarette less, despite the fact that you’re still getting nicotine. So as you’ll see, again, shortly after you make the switch, you’ll notice improvements in your sleeping patterns such as restful longer sleep with less periods of waking up. If you begin to experience periods throughout the night where you wake up more often than normal, try dropping to a lower nicotine level. This may be your body’s subtle way of telling you that the nicotine level in your e-liquid is too high.
 

Nicotine is highly addictive and extremely hard to put down. By choosing a vaping device instead of cigarettes, smokers are able to successfully kick the habit for good which n return might help you get a better night’s sleep.

 

 

Here at CPAPClinic

In conclusion, please know cpapclinic.ca does not encourage vaping or smoking, but it is important to know how each practice affects sleeping.

 

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There’s a new snoring treatment. And it’s working.

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There’s a new snoring treatment. And it’s working.

 

It is called the MUTE. Watch for more:

 

 

This product is on its way!

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Get Great Sleep With This Meditation Theta Download – FREE! by CPAPClinic

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Get Great Sleep With This Meditation Theta Download – FREE! by CPAPClinic

 

Can meditation improve sleep apnea and CPAP use?

Give it a try.

Follow along with this video and get your headphones ready:

 

 

Here are the details about this free recording:

  • Free Binaural Beats Presents: Deep Sleep Pure Tone
    Sleep sound tonight with this pure tone binaural beat audio.
    Tones Used:
    Right Ear carrier tone: 111Hz – Beta Endorphines, Cell regeneration
  • Binaural Tones:
    Theta 5.5Hz – Moves beyond knowledge to knowing, shows vision of growth needed
  • “Inner Guidance” Inner Guidance, intuition, heat generation
  • Theta 4.9Hz – Introspection; Induce relaxation, meditation, & deeper sleep
  • Delta 3.4Hz – Sound Sleep
  • Delta 2.5Hz – Pain relief, relaxation; production of endogenous opiates; Use for sedative effect; – reported use on bleeding, bruises, insomnia, and sinusitis.
  • Delta 0.9Hz – Euphoria
  • Delta 0.5Hz – very relaxing, against a headache, for lower back pain; Thyroid, reproductive, whole brain toner

For other sleep comfort options, go here.

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What is the difference between the Airsense 10 and the Airsense 10 Elite?

 

What is the difference between the Airsense 10 and the Airsense 10 Elite?

 

 

Reference the chart below to specify the major differences between Airsense 10 and Airsense 10- Elite.

 

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Can a PAP unit cause TMJ? CPAPClinic investigates.

Can a PAP unit cause TMJ? CPAPClinic investigates.

Did you know the strongest muscles on your body sre the the Temporalis, Masseter and Pterygoid? These muscles are responsible for chewing. And they are the most reliable of muscles on the human body.

However, these muscles can be injured, and healed. Before we discuss this, here’s a quick overview about this miraculous set of muscles.

The Muscles of Mastication more commonly known as the muscles of the jaw consist of three muscles the Temporalis, Masseter and Pterygoid Muscles which work together to move the mandible at the Temporomandibular Joint.

The temporomandibular joint enables your jawbone on either side of your skull. You have one joint on each side of your jaw for mouth movement.

TMJ disorders — a kind of temporomandibular disorder or TMD — can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

The exact cause of a person’s TMJ disorder is often too complex to determine. If you suffer from this kind of pain, it can be from a combination of variables, like genetics, arthritis or jaw injury. Some individuals tend to clench or grind their teeth, which may or may not develop TMJ disorders.

In many cases, the pain and discomfort related to TMJ disorders is temporary. Additionally pain can be relieved with properly self-managed care.  Nonsurgical treatments also can be detailed by your physician.  Surgery is likely a final resort well after non-invasive measures have failed.

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders are detailed as:

  • Painful/tenderness of your jaw
  • Pain in either temporomandibular joints
  • Aching ear pain inside and/or out
  • Difficulty when chewing or pain with chewing
  • Pain in facial muscles
  • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth

TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew. But if there’s no pain or limitation of movement associated with jaw clicking, little or no treatment may be necessary.

 

The time to see a doctor

If persistent pain or tenderness occurs in your jaw, or if opening or closing your jaw completely causes acute pain, a visit to your doctor is most likely your best option. Your doctor, your dentist or a TMJ specialist can detail treatment options at length.

Causes

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) serves with a hinge action and sliding motions. The parts of the bones that interact in the joint are covered with cartilage and are separated by a small shock-absorbing disk, which is supposed to maintain smooth movement.

Painful TMJ disorders can occur if:

  • There is disk erosion or instability of the joint
  • Arthritis aggravates the cartilidge
  • Joint damage from blunt trauma

In many cases, however, the cause of TMJ disorders isn’t clear.

Risk factors

Factors that increase the risk of developing TMJ disorders include:

  • Numerous types of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Injury to the jaw
  • Long-term (chronic) grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Certain connective tissue diseases that cause problems which may affect the temporomandibular joint

 

TMJ and CPAP

Here are some preliminary impressions from various cases of CPAP users.

I am just curious if anyone else has developed TMJ issues while using the CPAP? Being a former mouth breather, I never had any issues until I started using the CPAP. I spent an entire year using chin straps and tape to keep my mouth shut and train myself to breath through my nose. Alan

 

Nasal masks and pillows can exacerbate TMJ in some patients, but there is lesser a problem with full face masks. The problem lies in the need for nasal mask users to hold their mouths closed against the pressure, and this can cause jaw displacements and grindings. John

 

I have just woken from my third night with the hose and still feeling the benefits, though the face mask is still not quite right yet. The one big plus is no tension in the head/cranial area this morning as I used my mouth splint. Robert

 

I have jaw issues (among other things) and once took my mask to my PTist to have her see if the mask’s placement was in any way interfering with anything. Other than having a good giggle at how goofy I looked (I gave her permission to giggle), she said she did not see a problem with the nasal pillows I was using. We went online together and looked at a bunch of the masks. Overall, at the ones at that time, she didn’t think any of them would be an issue. Neither would the CPAP pressure. Paula

 

I had TMJ surgery back in 1993 (mandibular osteotomy) and prior to the surgery I had daily horrible migraines. I was waking up with horrible headaches again almost a year ago. Also, I was having other symptoms too (shortness of breath/chest pains) but every morning I woke up with a killer headache. 

First thing the doctors found out was my oxygen was dropping when I would walk around. Then at my sleep study that found out I was desaturating to 69%. So it wasn’t my TMJ that was causing my headaches this time around it was my oxygen starved brain screaming at me. I wasted a lot of time/delayed treatment blaming it on my good ole TMJ flaring up again.

Not sure if this is happening with you, but you may want to see what your saturations were during your study. Do you think you are clenching/grinding your teeth trying to keep your mouth closed? I worked in dentistry for many years for both oral surgeons and DDS (both clinical and as manager. I can see how those oral appliances they use to treat apnea can mess with a person’s TMJ but I am not sure how a cpap can, unless again, if the cpap is causing you to grind/clench your mouth to keep it closed. Either way discuss it with your doctor and see what he/she has to say. I would be interested to see what they think. Paolo

 

Assessment and Conclusions

Several points were illustrated above about CPAP and TMJ.

  1. The stress of keeping the mouth closed when using a nose mask during CPAP may lead to TMJ.
  2. The use of a mouth device to keep the jaw allignment natural during sleep can lead to grinding or chewing during sleep, thereby leading to TMJ
  3. Full Face masks can lessen the onset of TMJ or prevent it altogether, presuming a comfortable full face mask is found and used consistently.
  4. Breathing through the nose for proper PAP therapy regardless of the mask design.
  5. Post surgery PAP use and long recovery times for the upper airway, especially if sugery was perfomred on the face and the patient has OSA to begin with.

 

How CPAPClinic can help you, using the above points:

  1. There are various options for keeping the mouth closed. Try this and this.
  2. An oral device is a very personal investment. We can get you started on this before you visit your dentist.
  3. When avoiding keeping your mouth closed during therapy, here are some alternative options to consider.
  4. Post surgical OSA treatment can be difficult but not impossible. Here are some solutions.

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Helping the snorer get great sleep, tonight with 1 great tip.

Helping the snorer get great sleep, tonight with 1 great tip.

 

 

Check this video out for a home remedy for the snorer.

Press play to learn how to reduce or eliminate snoring

 

 

Should this remedy help, but prove not to be enough for your lovable snorer ~

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Wondering why snoring happens?

Here’s another quick and easy to understand video.

 

If you’d like to get started on treating your snoring right away, go here.

 

 

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Will Snoring Stop With This New Innovation?

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Will Snoring Stop With This New Innovation?

 

 

The answer is no, IF:

  1. You are experiencing discomfort or pain inserting the device. You are probably using a size of Mute that is too big, try a smaller size.
  2. The ratchet is on the floor of the nose and the paddles are at the bottom of the nostril. You have Mute upside down.
  3. There is a big gap between the bridge of Mute and the bridge of your nose. If you can’t push Mute in any further without discomfort, you are probably using a size of Mute that is too big, try a smaller size.
  4. You cannot insert the curved arms and paddles of Mute into your nostrils. You are probably using a size of Mute that is too big, try a smaller size.
  5. When Mute is inserted, you can feel that the top of the paddles are finishing well below the top crease of the nostril (where your nose joins your cheek). You are probably using a size of Mute that is too big, try a smaller size.
  6. You pull the bridge of Mute and it comes out easily. The size of Mute you are using is too small, try a larger size. Mute has been engineered to follow the internal anatomy of your nose, when you tug on the bridge of Mute you should feel a little resistance.

 

The answer is Yes*, If:

  1. You are NOT experiencing discomfort or pain inserting the device. You are probably using a size of Mute that is just right.
  2. The ratchet is on the BOTTOM of the nose and the paddles are on the FLOOR of the nostrils.
  3. There is a small gap between the bridge of Mute and the bridge of your nose.
  4. You can insert the curved arms and paddles of Mute into your nostrils.
  5. When Mute is inserted, you cannot feel that the top of the paddles are finishing well below the top crease of the nostril (where your nose joins your cheek).
  6. You pull the bridge of Mute and it does not come out easily. When you tug on the bridge of Mute you should feel a little resistance.

 

 

Ready to get peaceful sleep tonight?

*NOT all snoring originates in the nostrils. Determining the various causes for snoring requires the expertise of an Eye, Ear, Throat, Nose Specialist.

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Are Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) and Sleep Apnea Linked?

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Are Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) and Sleep Apnea Linked?

Tinnitus is a medical condition described as a persistent ringing in the ears.

It is further described as “perception of a sound in the head without an external source”.  Approximately 23 million have experienced this problem for longer than three months at a time. This “condition” has a major adverse impact on the quality of an adult’s daily life such as resulting poor concentration levels, bad attitude, low awareness to self and others, lowered work quality, etc..

 

If you have ever played loud music in your car or from your earphones and your ears are left ringing, this is similar to tinnitus.

Although ringing is the most common complaint, some report hearing clicking, roaring, hissing, or buzzing. This might affect one ear or both.

Pitch and loudness also vary. Moreover, the overall sound can be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. The previously described indicates the auditory system is working improperly.  Although this may seem trivial, people suffer this on a daily basis.

Additionally, as research continues, no definitive cause has been identified.  Some causes have been identified, like old age noise induced hearing loss, ear wax buildup, sinus infections, hormonal changes in women and to a lesser degree, brain tumors. Another mystery is some individuals develop tinnitus for no obvious reason.  So, unfortunately, this scenario is difficult to discover the exact cause of tinnitus.

 

How Does Tinnitus Relate to Sleep Apnea?

Tinnitus impacts the quality of sleep in 50-60% of people afflicted with a sleep disorder, thereby proving a high correlation between tinnitus, insomnia and other sleep disturbances.

Tinnitus when combined with a sleep issue sadly represents a vicious circle.  This means people with ringing in the ears experience difficulty sleeping, thus diminishing the quality of their sleep. This combination leads to continuous sleep deprivation and signs of sleep apnea, which includes daytime sleepiness, lack of focus, irritability and other health issues, including insomnia.

According to a recent study via Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, insomnia negatively impacts tinnitus, worsening the functional and emotional toll on anyone sustaining this combination.

Study co-author Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, M.D., Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford, adds, “Tinnitus involves cognitive, emotional, and psycho-physiological processes, which can result in an increase in a patient’s distress. Sleep complaints, including insomnia, in these patients, may result in a decrease in their tolerance to the condition.” 

Finally, some people report some level of success in reducing tinnitus by utilizing CPAP therapy, however, there is little research supporting the topic.  As a result, with the lack of academic research at large, online sleep apnea and tinnitus forums are a good way to understand potential solutions and new treatment options.  Always speak to your doctor prior to any treatment option.  Most importantly, understand knowledge is power.

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Is personal PAP data critical to your therapy? Here’s a user experience worth reading.

Is personal PAP data critical to your therapy? Here’s a user experience worth reading.

PAP Data
Many PAP users love the fact that today’s PAP devices offer feedback so sleep effectiveness is optimized and sleep apnea is controlled. There is little doubt that daily feedback is a boon of encouragement to PAP users everywhere. Good PAP usage data serves the conversation with Vendor, Sleep Clinic Techs and Sleep Doctors alike.  But is there a cutoff for attentiveness to such data?
Several users offer their perspective.

Roy, Having been on the hose for 11 years now, I stopped looking at detailed graphs sometime ago, but I continue the daily habit of checking the numbers on the machine’s screen each morning before turning it off and removing the water reservoir to empty it, etc. I used to print out a few detailed graphs from ResScan before sleep doc visits to show him, but that’s no longer necessary. When I did print detailed graphs, I used ResScan software instead of SH primarily because the sleep docs were familiar with ResScan but didn’t know a thing about SH. David

Of course the above entry speaks for someone experienced with PAP devices. What about new(er) users and their experiences? The following offers what PAP feedback does for them.

 

Various Opinions

Started therapy a little over three years ago. The first five or six months, I looked at SleepyHead every day. Now, I just look at the machine display in the morning. If all appears well and AHI is under 1, I don’t look any further. If I haven’t slept well, or AHI is over 1, then I pop the SD card out to look at data. Al

And another user weighs in:

I must be a real slacker, because I don’t look at my graph from one Dr’s visit to the next and they are 12 months apart. I look at the screen on my Resmed each morning to see if the little face is red or green that indicates a leaky mask or not during the night, beyond that I go for months until I read something here or on the net that piques my interest and requires me to look at my SD card. Pedro

 

And another:

Being obsessed with SleepyHead (Resmed Feedback software) output testifies that you are committed to learning about and participating in your healthcare decisions.

 

And another:

I’m a big curious nerd and wanted to see what data was being stored on the sd card. Sleepyhead was the first software I downloaded and it is the best. I played with it for a while and got bored. Back in September I opened the software again when I joined this forum to gather titration opinions. I’m going back to the sleep doc again in February. i thought about taking the data with me but I don’t think it’s necessary. The therapy is working very well. That’s about all they will want to know. I used to check dream mapper daily but I have waned in that habit. I look at it couple times a week or so. Obsessed? Nah. Jesse

 

Conclusions

So having read the above entries, it is easy to see that there are varying levels of interest when using PAP data feedback from the device, the wireless service or SD card per PAP manufacturer.  Resmed offers Sleepyhead, Rescan and MyAir software while Respironics offers Dreammapper and a Bluetooth Phone application. Lastly, Fisher Paykel offers Infosmart.

Most users (who are new to PAP) will want to know how well they are doing during the first stages of PAP use. As usage becomes regular, the reliance on data is more of a checkpoint for some and a continuation of interest for others.

The takeaway from this brief entry is that today’s PAP devices offer data which reinforce the success of sleep apnea therapy. It also means citing areas for improvement and create a tracable history of sleep improvement.

For your PAP unit and tracking, check your user manual for details. If you have purchased a PAP unit from CPAPClinic and would like assistance please call 1.877.430.2727.

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*from ApneaBoard.com

 

CPAPClinic Talks About Quick Winter CPAP Humidity Tips!

CPAPclinic Talks About Quick Winter CPAP Humidity Tips!

 

Setting the humidity on your CPAP can be confusing throughout the year, especially when the seasons change or if there is a significant change in your sleeping area or location.

If you have been sleeping with your CPAP for any length of time you are aware of changes in the comfort of the air blowing at you. When you are in one room for a period and then change your sleeping location you might be aware of changes, like:

  • Little or no heat is coming through the tube.
  • Cold nose or skin.
  • Dry nose or dry mouth.
  • Itchy nose or face
    …and so on.

 

So, what happened to your CPAP humidifier as you went from the comfort of your room into another?

There is a simple explanation. And it has to do with where you sleep. Humidity in sleeping areas change and are largely variable in nature.

 

What caused all of this?

When there’s a lack of humidity in any environment in one room versus another, items in that environment become dry, like your nose, face, etc. If a window/door is left open during CPAP use. The air will be even drier if a ceiling fan or freestanding fans are running, etc.

 

Why does this happen?

As air moves around its capacity to hold moisture decreases because water vapor is spread out and evaporates or it is scattered enough not to condensate. Plus the temperature of the air is changing as it moves.

 

So what does this have to do with CPAP?

CPAP blows the air from inside your room to you. So whatever air conditions are inside your room will affect your CPAP experience, unless your CPAP humidifier is properly adjusted.

This practice means:
– warmer water in your water chamber
– a higher heat setting in your CPAP humidifier
– a tubing wrap or the addition of a heated circuit tubing.

Any or all of these quick changes can help you get proper humidity in drier room conditions.

If those changes don’t help, do this:

  • Turn ceiling fan settings on low
  • Close or leave door(s) and  windows(s) partially open

 

So what is the bottom-line?

When your sleeping location changes, take a moment to assess what might affect humidity in your sleeping area.

Here’s a checklist of what to possibly affect/modify:

  • Open window(s) (close them)
  • Closed window(s) (close them)
  • Open door(s) (close them)
  • Closed door(s)
  • Ceiling fan(s) (put on low speed)
  • Air conditioning (put on minimum high setting for some humidity to be in the air)
  • CPAP heat setting (it goes up during winter, down during summer)
  • CPAP humidifier setting (same as CPAP heat setting)
  • Water level inside your CPAP humidifier chamber (should be less than maximum)

The above list is by no means complete, but it serves to remind that CPAP humidity can and should be tended to both outside of and inside of the CPAP unit.

You can now enjoy a better sleep knowing how to affect humidity!

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Written and Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT

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Why do we sleep? Grab a coffee and listen. This is good.

Take a few minutes for a terrific audio clip. It’s very important for your sleep health.

 

Here is an excerpt of an actual review*:

It (the audio) explores so many of the issues that are the background for why it’s important to treat sleep apnea: of sleep needs to be optimal including the role of too little sleep and Alzheimer’s as well as over-eating, the biochemical differences between REM and non-REM sleep, how the latter gets distributed through the night, what time to wake up, what exactly gets refreshed during a good night’s sleep.

 

 

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Children and Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Yes, it is real. And here is why

Children and OSA?

Yes, it is real. And here is why

 

 

 

Is it possible Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects children and their ability to sustain wakefulness and productivity? The answer is yes. Read this extensive report.

 

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Reasons Why CPAP Nasal Pillows Are Better

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Reasons Why CPAP Nasal Pillows Are Better

 

 

When it comes to CPAP therapy, you have many choices in terms of choosing between CPAP full-face masks and CPAP nasal pillows. Needless to say, your choice between the two will depend on your personal preferences and medical needs. Nonetheless, you might find that nasal pillows are better especially when you consider the following benefits.

 

Minimalist Design

With their minimalist designs, CPAP nasal pillows appeal to most sleep apnea sufferers precisely because they have lesser material to deal with. After all, sleeping should be a time when you have lesser baggage on your person! Plus, you won’t look like an alien who landed beside your partner in the middle of the night. With the added emotional stress that sleep apnea can bring to a marriage, you definitely don’t want your vanity, or what’s left of it during sleep, to say goodbye for good.

 

Less Weight

And because a nasal pillow contains lesser material, it is to be expected that it is lighter, too. Just imagine how easier it will be carrying it with you on your travels and wearing it in your sleep. Without a doubt, you can have more freedom of movement while sleeping when you are using nasal pillows.

 

Clear Field of Vision

CPAP nasal pillows are ideal for two types of sleep apnea sufferers – first, those who are claustrophobic and, second, those who like to engage in their normal bedtime activities. With a full-face mask, your sense of claustrophobia becomes heightened precisely because it encloses most of your face. Maybe instead of breathing more easily, you might even hyperventilate at the thought of an enclosed space right in your face. In contrast, CPAP nasal pillows allow for more liberty in enjoying bedtime activities like reading books, watching television and talking with your partner. Your field of vision is clear and you can be heard clearly, too, because the nasal pillow only covers your nostrils, not most of your face.

 

Lesser Skin Irritations

 

Since a full-face mask covers almost the whole face, you are more prone to skin irritations and allergies. You have to look out for painful pressure points, which can be very difficult to deal with in addition to your sleep apnea. Now, contrast that with a nasal pillow that fits only over your nose. You will have lesser problems with skin irritations and allergies, which can only be good for you. Who wants added expenses for dermatologist visits, anyway? Definitely not you who may be burdened with sleep apnea costs as it is! There’s also the matter of full-face masks leaking air into your eyes which lead to dry eyes. It might sound contradictory, yes, but it’s painful, nonetheless. With CPAP nasal pillows, this problem is often avoided.

 

Conclusion

In closing, the choice between CPAP full-face masks and nasal pillows should be based on your personal preferences. You might have to experiment with various CPAP masks and pillows before you can find the right one for you.

It will be worth it when you start to enjoy a good night’s sleep, wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day, sleep apnea notwithstanding.

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Home testing paid for by OHIP? It is here.

 

Home testing paid for by OHIP? It is here.

 

Sleep apnea is a common ailment, affecting about 10 per cent of adults. Recent studies in the U.S. (and Canada) indicate that it’s largely undiagnosed, with at least 85 per cent of sufferers unaware they have the condition.

Health consequences can be dire when sleep apnea goes untreated. People afflicted with sleep apnea are exhausted all day, and have a high risk of being in a car or industrial accident. They also have an even greater risk of developing high blood pressure, stroke or heart failure. When sleep apnea is suspected, many investigate what to do. The problem for many is the discomfort and inconvenience of the diagnostic sleep test.

 

The Marketplace has listened

Ontario Canada will see the first at home sleep apnea test in 2017/18. And it is paid for by OHIP. The MaRS Excite program is behind this new development and the BresoDx home testing device. This device virtually eliminates everything required to be adhered to the human body for a thorough sleep test.

The Ontario government recently announced that the device will be available later in 2017. Sleep clinics throughout Ontario will issue these home tests.

 

Why the BresoDx was created  Home testing

The device was manufactured from a need to address undiagnosed sleep apnea people in Long Term Homecare environments. This acute need is exemplified where transporting older residents with suspected sleep apnea (into sleep labs) proves difficult. This sleep apnea device is a part of a program which MOHLTCH will foot the bill.

 

The Pilot Project

Director of research and senior scientist at Toronto Rehab, biomedical engineer Dr. Geoff Fernie is CEO of BresoTec, the company that produces BresoDx. He says the company and its device might well have perished without the pilot program.

“A startup can only make it if it’s got some market, somewhere. If it hasn’t got its home market and it has to wait until it has produced its product and put it on the market and then has to wait another two or three years to get accepted into its home market, it’ll die.”

Shahira Bhimani, the director of MaRS Excite, says the two-year BresoDx demonstration project — in which up to 3,000 Ontarians a year will try out the device — is “a huge win.”

The program aims to “innovate in the direction the health system is going,” Bhimani says.

 

Good News for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Respirologist Dr. Douglas Bradley, a University of Toronto medical school professor and head of the Sleep Research Laboratory at Toronto Rehab, is one of the three experts credited with BresoDx’s creation, along with Fernie and Dr. Hisham Alshaer, a physician, biomedical engineer and scientist at Toronto Rehab. Bradley says there’s no doubt that having Excite’s stamp of approval “accelerates our access to the Canadian market.”

Bradley says their mostly plastic device, which requires a memory to record data, is already selling in Canada, the U.K., Turkey and Italy. He and his co-creators are optimistic about how its adoption in Ontario will spur further market penetration.

“It’s one of the best-validated devices on the market for accurately diagnosing sleep apnea,” says Bradley of BresoDx, which was tested in three separate clinical trials during its Excite incubation. “And it differs from other devices in being much simpler. All you have to do is put the device on with a head strap, pull a tab, push a button and that’s it.” In contrast to BresoDx, virtually all other devices on the market use the same technology as that used in sleep labs, except with fewer electrodes.

William Charnetski, who occupies the province’s Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist, through which the MaRS Excite program is funded, points out that Excite’s products fulfill three of his mandates: improving the patient experience, injecting money into the health-care system by using Ontario facilities to test products, and creating jobs: BresoTec has 17 full-time employees.

“Healthcare is arguably the fastest-growing industry sector globally, and Ontario right now has a $52-billion budget and that’s only growing,” Charnetski says. “Not only should we be delivering excellent patient outcomes in an efficient way, but we should be leveraging that investment as an economic driver in Ontario.”

 

It’s a Win-Win

Undiagnosed sleep apnea costs the health-care system; Bradley further purports that studies indicate the cost of treating people with sleep apnea for cardiovascular diseases goes down by 40 per cent once their sleep apnea has been addressed.

Although this diagnostic option is in its infant stages of becoming mainstream throughout the province, an Ontario-based Vendor is offering a low-cost diagnostic alternative in the meantime.

 

With CPAPClinic you have a compareable low-cost option during this Pilot Program

While waiting for the BresoDx device to become mainstream, a comparable device called Apnealink can confirm sleep apnea with a one or two night test. It works with a probe slipping on one finger while a nasal application is positioned lightly under your nose. The Apnealink records your sleep time. When the unit is returned to CPAPClinic, your overnight data** is analyzed and becomes a report for your use and a good discussion between you and your General Practioner or Sleep Doctor.

Learn more here.

Portions of the above post are from this announcement.

 

In Conclusion

CPAPClinic is dedicated to learning about new developments and informing our readers. Look for our updates as they become available.

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Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT

Cpapclinic is a vendor of the latest CPAP supplies and accessories since 2014. Cpapclinic operates two locations: Mississauga and Vaughan in Ontario, Canada and is available to serve you online: www.cpapclinic.ca

 

 

* An earlier version of this post indicated that OHIP would cover the costs of the device for patients, based on incorrect information from MaRS. In fact, the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will cover the costs.

 

** at this point in time, the Apnealink does not replace a sleep study but it may suggest the need for one in a sleep lab.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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