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Unraveling the Mystery of Getting & Maintaining Sleep, A Series

Unraveling the Mystery of

Getting & Maintaining Sleep,

A Series

 

sleep

 

For most, sleep is automatically expected. The moment your head or my own hits the pillow, slumber is supposed to naturally occur and provide next-day rejuvenation. However, when it takes more than laying one’s head upon a pillow to gain unconsciousness, other options might have to be considered, especially when life choices and circumstances challenge proper rest. 

Is this you? If so, we feel your pain.

This month’s series of posts will focus on providing an overview about sleep, how to get it, keep it and make it better. Because failing to get great rest may have nothing to do with you.

We might mention something you haven’t seen or heard about yet.

For that reason, specific resources will be cited, quoted and referenced for you to read, consider or apply. We will explore possible solutions and techniques for better sleep. Maybe something piques your interest. Possibly other details fill out your understanding a bit more. Maybe you’ll find the ultimate answer for yourself.

We’ll leave out anything complicated and focus on simple, easy to understand tactics.

Our drive to explore what it takes for great sleep is the lifeblood of our business ~ join us in our quest for fantastic sleep.

The first entry to this series is coming in March!

Stay tuned for great articles on this blog.

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P.S. Some blog entries may be podcasted for easier referencing.

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Banned Sleep References?

 Banned Sleep References?

 

For some, sleep is as much as an art as it is a science. The moment your head hits the pillow, sleep is supposed to naturally occur, achieve restorative depth and rejuvenation. When it takes more than a simple pillow to gain sleep, other options have to be considered. especially when life choices and circumstances challenge proper rest.

A powerful resource can shed light on this very issue. Go here for more.

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Part Six: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 Part Six: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

Top CPAP Fails

I can’t fall asleep easily with the CPAP mask on?

This is a normal, temporary problem that occurs most often, especially with patients new to CPAP therapy. Read on for some quick, easy steps to get to sleep with your CPAP tonight.

 

On virtually all CPAP units, the ramp feature is utilized to ease the user to sleep.  Ramp gradually increases the pressure to its prescribed level. Some CPAP machines (like Resmed’s Airsense 10 and Respironics Dreamstation) allow ramp time to extend to as much as 45 minutes. Newer units have auto-ramp, which has eliminated the experimentation option. What auto-ramp does is wait for you to go to sleep before gradually increasing the pressure to the doctor’s setting recommendation.

Another setting on newer devices, like Respironics Dreamstation and Resmed’s Airsense 10, is CFLEX or pressure relief. What this setting does is ease the effort of exhalation by lowering the pressure each time you exhale. This feature is a blessing for many and spells the difference between frustration and great sleep.

Once getting to sleep is solved, sometimes the mask can creep in with another issue.

 

Why do I have dry mouth after wearing my CPAP mask?

If you find yourself breathing through your mouth at night or sleep with your mouth open, CPAP may worsen everything by drying out your mouth.  Since certain masks require your mouth to close (nasal and nasal pillows) and others allow your mouth to open (full or total face masks), the experience of the mouth opening and causing leakage is different for all. However, there is a way to solve this.

Start with assuring a proper fit for the mask of your choice. Replacing the seal for nose or nose/mouth may require changing, especially after 6 to 9 months of continuous use.

Second, a chin strap may help keep your mouth closed(with nasal and nasal pillow masks), keep it from falling completely open and breaking a good seal (with a full face mask)  and reduce the overall air leak. The only place your mask should leak is from the intended exhalation ports, which typically blow from the front of the mask on practically every mask.

Finally, be sure to follow the above tips and enjoy great sleep again.

This is the sixth part of an ongoing series.

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Part Seven: Top CPAP fails and how to solve them

Part Seven: Top CPAP fails and how to solve them

 

CPAP Fails

I keep on taking my CPAP mask at night without knowing it.

For new users of CPAP, it is normal to wake up and find that you’ve removed the mask in your sleep. If you move a lot in your sleep and bump your mask off, this will aggravate your deep slumber.

However, there are some tricks to making this situation work for you rather than against you.

 

Start here:

  1. You may find that a full face mask will stay on your face better. Seek out a good CPAP mask and accessories supplier or an online company who might lend you trial masks. Be ready for a monetary deposit when trying different masks.
  2. You may be unconsciously removing the mask because your sinuses are congested. If so, ensuring a good mask fit and adjusting settings heated humidifier to your CPAP machine may help. A chin strap also may help you to keep the device on your face.
  3. Your bedding can be your best friend if you work with pillows that won’t knock your mask off.
  4. If you use a skin friendly sealant. gel or cloth liners or mask sealant accessory, and combine all of the above steps together, great sleep could happen as soon as tonight.

And finally, explore even more options for optimum CPAP use and sleep therapy to avoid common pitfalls altogether by going here. This is part seven of a series about CPAP fails.

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It’s on! The Fitbit vs Airsense 10 CPAP sleep quality comparison review

   

It’s on! The Fitbit vs Airsense 10 CPAP sleep quality comparison review

  

Today we’re breaking down two very popular products that deliver sleep feedback to the user: The Fitbit and the Resmed Airsense 10 CPAP.

This comparison is to take a quick general look into the feedback, the type of information provided and an understanding what each device will and will not deliver for the user ~ especially when related to measuring quality of sleep and proper sleep apnea treatment.

The Fitbit:

The Fitbit is a wrist band which records motion and related statistics when you’re awake and active, therefore giving you good fitness information for your goals. It also records information about your sleep quality (in normal and sensitive modes) and rates your sleep according to the amount of physical movement during sleep.

 

How does the Fitbit measure sleep?

As per the manufacturer, If there is an absence of movement while sleeping, it is indicative of deep sleep and therefore your sleep score goes up. For example, the Fitbit issues a rating in the form of a number, such as 85, meaning the quality of sleep was good.

If you move during sleep, your sleep score plummets. For example, the Fitbit issues a rating of 49. This means sleep quality was bad.

But what if how you “feel” contradicts either result? For example, on a score of 49 you feel your sleep was great.

Or on a score of 85, you felt like you didn’t sleep at all. These examples deserve an explanation.

Some users offered their comments to explain.

“The FitBit isn’t accurate at all. It just tracks motion so if you fidget while you sleep, which happens a lot, you will get poor results.”

And what about expecting the Fitbit to assess, treat or measure sleep disorders?

“Consumers expecting these devices to distinguish sleep stages or give sleep quality feedback (like precise heart-rate, sleep apnea events, etc.) will not get good information. because the Fitbit relies on physical movements and not by brain activity. The two recordings are completely different.”

So the Fitbit’s sleep feedback quality is limited to reading physical movement while sleeping? Yes, and it goes no further. Remember, the Fitbit score is reflective of movement or lack of movement during sleep which might support or hint of a sleep disorder, not treat.

The Fitbit’s best use is for activity measurement and non-medical personal use reporting.

 

The Science of the Sleep Evaluation and the Fitbit

Sleep clinics utilize electroencephalography (EEG) and other measurements to measure and study brain waves during sleep. The quality of sleep is discerned by key information recorded within various stages of non-REM sleep reporting. As far as quality sleep goes, someone might require sleep quality assessments (i.e. sleep study in a sleep clinic, etc.) to obtain good sleep information.

The bottom-line is this, the Fitbit’s recordings sent to your phone cannot reflect EEG or sleep study-like results. Nor is it a treatment device for sleep apnea. This conclusion leads one to ask what the alternative for actual sleep feedback would be.

Let’s talk about CPAP for a moment.

 

The Resmed Airsense 10 CPAP Elite

Let’s discuss the Airsense 10 Elite CPAP and how it works as a sleep quality re-enforcement device and feedback tool.

 

The Airsense 10 Elite CPAP

The Airsense 10  3G CPAP (Continuous Postive Airway Pressure) device delivers airflow to open up the airway during sleep, therefore preventing stoppages in breathing. It is primarily used by individuals with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. It also records sleep quality derived from specific algorithms which send information from the unit’s memory to the a website via PC, tablet or phone, where the user can see, study and print the information.

 

The Science of Feedback for the Airsense 10

The information from a Resmed Airsense 10 reflects the quality of sleep because of statistical and graphical indicators, such as average per hour breathing stoppages (i.e. apneic events), etc., hours of actual use, wavelength breathing and leak patterns from the CPAP circuit and mask.

The information from an Airsense 10 is also indicative of the actual control of sleep apnea. And as a tool, it works quite well. This means the Airsense 10 Elite is more of a treatment device for sleep apnea. Essentially, sleep feedback is more accurate when a CPAP is performing without mask leaks, power interruptions, and usage interruptions.

 

Is it smart to combine the two technologies for an accurate reflection of high-quality sleep and proper sleep apnea treatment?

The verdict is that consistent information must come from the two devices to support a collaborative success. If the Fitbit reflects good sleep, so should the CPAP monitoring program. If results are mixed, it may have nothing to do with each device and more to do with conditions for sleep, such as a comfortable CPAP mask, comfortable bed, adequate CPAP pressure flow and a whole host of variables. The bottom-line is both units have their merits in measuring sleep and each device achieves this aim differently. If you use both units together and interpret the data with a dash of perspective and assistance from your sleep doctor and/or sleep consultant, you’ll have a better time understanding the direction of your sleep quality.
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The Shocking Truth About the Airsense 10 Autoset by CPAPClinic

The Shocking Truth About the Airsense 10 Autoset by CPAPClinic

 

Airsense 10 AutoSet

The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet is a premium auto-adjusting device for effectively treating sleep apnea. It is designed to automatically adjust pressure levels to fit your needs by ensuring you’re receiving the lowest most effective pressure necessary.  It also features an integrated humidifier and built-in wireless communications, helping you to remain comfortable and in tune with your sleep apnea support team.

The AirSense 10 AutoSet machine is designed to help you comfortably adjust to sleep apnea therapy. Featuring a sleek design and advanced comfort technology, the AirSense 10 AutoSet machine will help you stay on track with your day-to-day sleep apnea therapy.

Advanced Even Detection

The AirSense 10 AutoSet’s advanced technology differentiates between obstructive and central apneas so you can be confident that you are always receiving appropriate therapy.

 

Connected Care

You can benefit from an extra layer of support with myAir – an exciting new online program that offers tailored coaching, education and motivational tools to support your obstructive sleep apnea therapy.

 

Integrated Humidification

Heated humidification is a standard function inside all AirSense 10 therapy devices.  And with Climate Control’s enhanced Auto option, you can simply attach the ClimateLineAir, heated tube. Press Start on your device to receive the ultimate in humidification comfort. There are no settings to change and no complicated menus to navigate.

 

AutoRamp

ResMed’s new AutoRamp feature with sleep onset detection provides a low pressure to ease you asleep. Once you’re asleep, your CPAP machine gently ramps up your prescribed pressure at the moment you need it.

 

Summary

And of course, when sleep is this good, you will enjoy only the best in sleep apnea therapy devices. Finally, the choice for Resmed’s Airsense 10 Autoset will be the clear advantage over any other available treatment options.

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Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 3

 

Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 3

 

PAP therapy and mask

 

 

Moving around in bed (i.e. side sleeping and back sleeping) and working with a PAP mask can be a nuisance. Many weigh in and describe their struggles on a consistent basis in PAP forums, chat rooms, etc.

We’re examining common sleep positions and suggesting PAP mask alternatives to keep up with active sleepers.

In Part One of this series, we examined PAP mask options for back sleepers. And in Part Two, we examined PAP mask options for side sleepers.

Today we discuss stomach sleepers and the challenges of the maintaining a seal with any PAP Mask.

The PAP masks that do NOT work well with stomach sleeping include virtually all PAP masks. Here is why all PAP masks, won’t work:

  • Industry standard exhalation ports on any PAP mask get partially or completely blocked, therefore inhibiting proper air exchange for the user.
  • Impressions from the PAP mask can be present on the face and take hours to fade.
  • Invariably the mask gets moved or completely dislodged from bedding and/or the sleeping position.

 

PAP Masks that might work

Here are masks which have shown to work well with side sleeping (not necessarilty stomach sleeping) and why:

  • stomach sleeping with the head positioned to the side might see success with small nasal pillow masks, provided the sleeper refrains from excess movement.
  • A knee pillow can assist comfortable sleeping if side sleeping is accomplished.

NOTE: There isn’t a PAP manufacturer who claims a PAP mask can work with a face down head position successfuly and without issue.

Key Considerations and some alternatives

There are accessories that can assist (but not guarantee) the success of stomach sleeping with a PAP mask. The first accessory is the CPAP Pillow which allows for layers of the pillow to be added or removed to customize one’s sleeping arrangement. The CPAP Pillow can help make stomach sleeping successful but it is dependant on the sleeper’s movement or lackthereof. The cut-out feature of the pillow allows “space” for the PAP mask so it is not knocked off or dislodged. However, the pillow cannot keep up with “active movement” during sleep.

 

 

The alternative (or addition) to PAP therapy is the utilization of a mouth piece (typically recomended by a sleep doctor and/or ENT specialist). The mouth piece is designed to position the tongue and jaw forward so the weight of the jaw and tongue do not block or obstruct the airway. The mouth piece may or may not be used with PAP masks for a therapeutic combination effect.

 

 

Part Four of this series will explore another set of sleeping positon(s) which challenges effective PAP therapy — restless sleeping.

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Why you should not listen to this Sleep Apnea Expert ~ completely

Why you shouldn’t listen to this Sleep Apnea Expert ~ completely

 

There are many experts in the Sleep Apnea world, including the one featured in the above video. For the first minute, he is explaining accurate Sleep Apnea realities.

However, he gets into an explanation of how the tongue is the only reason for Sleep Apnea.

Let`s understand the tongue is only one part of a host of reasons for the presence of Sleep Apnea.  However, he goes on to say a dental appliance is 100% necessary to “cure” Sleep Apnea by lifting the tongue. This is not only interesting, it makes our faces cringe a little because he is offering only one answer among many possibilities.

Let’s understand his postulation a little more and offer a wider understanding. He may have grounds to proclaim a cure for a falling tongue (thus causing Sleep Apnea) from his own studies of one or more groups under his care. However, it should be said the tongue is not the singular reason for Sleep Apnea for everyone else not under his care.

Nor is his much-touted mouth-piece the only solution to Sleep Apnea.

There is a suggested sequence for the Sleep Apnea sufferer to follow.

Here are the recommended steps to take if you suspect you have Sleep Apnea:

  1. Visit your general practitioner for an initial assessment. Obtain a referral to a sleep clinic .
  2. At the Sleep Clinic, you will be tested and possibly diagnosed, telling you what you are dealing with.
  3. Once someone knows what they have, such as Sleep Apnea, they have the option (via a Sleep Doctor recommendation) to see an ENT specialist and find out why they have Sleep Apnea.  An inner examination of the oral, nasal and throat cavities by an Eye, Ears, Throat, Nose (ENT) Doctor is the best evaluation to determine the cause for Sleep Apnea and create a list of the best treatment options.
  4. The lesson here is, each person with Sleep Apnea may have one or more causes and treatment options.

Learn more about various Sleep Apnea treatments within the general chart below.

 

If someone has researched the above options, they should always defer to

  • their Sleep Doctor,
  • the results of their sleep study
  • and the results of an ENT test (if done)

…when developing their Sleep Apnea treatment plan.

Lastly, there isn’t a cure for Sleep Apnea yet, but there is help to guide you or someone you know through the process of treating it properly.

We are here to help you along the way.

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The New Resmed F20: A Review, Part One

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The AirFit F20 Full Face Mask

 

 

The AirFit F20 is ResMed’s new full face mask for the CPAP, APAP and BiPAP user. To their credit, ResMed has retained many of the features that made the F10 Full Face mask, their previous installment, very popular, making slight improvements throughout the mask design. We will focus on key changes to the mask and give our rating

1. The resmed F20 cushion.

The Resmed F20 features a redesigned cushion, which defines the whole sleeping experience for many PAP users. Resmed claims the F20 cushion is superior to the F10. And although the basic design of the silicone cushion of the F20 looks extremely similar to the F10, there have been some changes which are meant to make it more comfortable and retain a more consistent seal.

ResMed has used a combination of a frost-like appearance on the silicone, which had been on the F10 mask cushion. The polished silicone seal of previous masks, like the Quattro FX and Mirage Quattro, did “resemble proper adherence” to the skin, preventing the cushion from riding up the chin and into the mouth.

The frost-like surface on the upper part of the Resmed F20 cushion is designed to reduce any irritation across the bridge of the nose. These tiny changes should be a decent improvement.

Additionally, a major issue with the F10 occurred when the silicone part of the cushion was detaching randomly from the hard plastic. This would require purchasing a new cushion; but this proved to be very costly for many, even if insurance helped. ResMed has assured the cushion connection point remains solid with the Resmed F20. This should mark the longevity of this mask part and reduce the frequency of replacing the cushion.

 

2. Magnets

Resmed had finally done it, they experimented with the magnet idea in their N10 model, and were happy with its success. Therefore, the bottom straps of the headgear attach to the mask frame with carefully designed, magnetized clips.

This means no more breakable plastic hooks.

The F10 had silicone hooks that the headgear looped over when attaching to the frame. As well as being prone to breaking, some patients with limited dexterity and strength found them difficult to use. This is despite the hooks being considerably easier to use than the clips on the older Quattro models. The Resmed F20 solves the clip issue with magnets.

In addition; and this is may be the part you’ll like; the magnetic clips are terrifically easy to use. They are the best option for anyone who has dexterity or strength problems with their fingers. The great thing is, if you get the clips very close to the magnets, they will simply “pop” into place. Providing the magnetic clips stay attached throughout the night, this full face mask option will prove to be “the answer” for many.

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Airsense 10 AutoSet for Her…Finally!

 

AirSense™ 10 AutoSet for Her

 

Women and men with sleep apnea require different levels of comfort. That’s why the AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her was created.  It is the first sleep apnea therapy device specifically designed to optimize female-specific sleep apnea therapy. When this system is combined with unique ResMed for Her masks, the AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her machine delivers an exceptional sleep therapy solution for women.

 

And just how does this come about?

The AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her machine is made to help a lady comfortably adjust to sleep apnea therapy with a unique, gentle algorithm which matches the natural breathing pattern for most women.  It features a sleek design and advanced comfort technology. In addition, the AirSense 10 AutoSet machine will help any woman stay on track with her day-to-day sleep apnea therapy.

What this means is better, faster, more efficient care.

And just how do we know?

It all happens with MyAir™ – an exciting new online program offers tailored coaching, education and motivational tools to help optimize female sleep apnea therapy. Plus, it adds a monitoring feature that measures and confirms therapy goals and usage feedback. Reports can be printed, faxed, and emailed among those who wish to have expanded support.

 

Airsense 10 Autoset For Her

Key convenience features also include Heated humidity option, Automatic Ramp, optional heated hose (a.k.a Climate Line), light color with floral design, backlight automatic turn-off, and Easy-Breathe Technology.

Be sure to search for the best in CPAP care right here.

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References

  • Lin CM, TM Davidson and S Ancoli-Israel. Gender differences in obstructive sleep apnea and treatment implications.Sleep Med Rev, 2008. 12(6):481-96.

  • Valipour A, et al. Gender-related differences in symptoms of patients with suspected breathing disorders in sleep: a clinical population study using the sleep disorders questionnaire. Sleep 2007; 30(3): 312-9.

Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 2

Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 2

 

 

Moving around in bed (i.e. side sleeping and back sleeping) and working with a PAP mask can be a nuisance. Many weigh in and describe their struggles on a consistent basis in PAP forums, chat rooms, etc.

We’re examining common sleep positions and suggesting PAP mask alternatives to keep up with active sleepers.

In Part One of this series, we examined PAP mask options for back sleepers.

Today we discuss side-sleepers and the challenges of the maintaining a seal with Full Face Masks.

The PAP masks that do NOT work well with side-sleeping include some full face masks. Here is why some full face masks, such as the Resmed Quattro Fx and Sleepweaver Anew (or even more masks which are too numerous to list here) won’t work some of the time:

  • when the jaw opens, it breaks the seal around the jaw area and it creates a leak around the chin, which leads to ineffective therapy
  • the pillow bumps the mask and a leak ensues or the pillow is too thick or thin and creates a “pinched” aairway, causing minor choking and disruption to the mask fit.
  • the tubing weight pulls the full face mask off to the side, creating air escape into the eyes
  • the seal of the mask is not tight enough (or is made tighter than usual) and air pours out, thus ruining good sleep and making the PAP humidifier go empty.
  • some full face masks do not provide enough pressure around the bridge of the nose and lead to air leaks into the eyes.

 

Full Face Masks that work

Here are masks which have shown to work well with side sleeping and why:

  • the Resmed Quattro the four point headgear holds better to the head and virtually assures the mask stays; NOTE: the mouth is not prevented from opening
  • the Resmed F20 Full Face mask, the magnets and preset velcro adjustments on the headgear keep this mask in place; NOTE: the mouth is not prevented from opening
  • the Respironics Dreamwear Full Face Mask, it’s unique all silicone design holds the headgear portion and the tubing on the top of the head, which removes unnecessary tubing front hanging issues. The mouth and nasal accomodation is super soft and stays in place; NOTE: the mouth is not prevented from opening
  • the Respironics Amara View is much like the Dreamwear Full Face mask, only it has a plastic frame to hold the soft silicone nose and mouth portion for a secured fit. The back of the head headgear holds well; NOTE: the mouth is not prevented from opening
  • the Fisher-Paykel Simplus Full Face mask either one of these masks have four points of connection with headgear, securing it to the head quite well, plus these two masks are light and won’t bear down on your face, thereby remaining in place; NOTE: the mouth is not prevented from opening

 

Extra Considerations

  • A CPAP Pillow (yes, we know it’s not a mask) but, a CPAP Pillow keeps the mask from being dislodged with a convenient gap and in some cases, height adjustability. The Full Face Mask also remains intact, undisturbed and giving you great OSA therapy. Plus there is a harness to hold the tubing so it doesn’t move around and drag the mask away from your face.

Side Sleeping

  • A pillow for the knees. A knee pillow cushions the resting of knee atop knee, preventing impingment of the knee, hip and low back.
  • The Sleep Noodle is a special pillow which will work with any PAP user and mask to reinforce side sleeping. A foam piece sits within a zippered bag. This bag is attached to a velcro body strap (adjustable from 24 to 54 inch chest sizes) and it is worn around the chest. The entire Noodle prevents back sleeping by “stopping” you from rolling onto your back.

 

Combination Benefits?

Many have discovered combining a PAP Full Face Mask with a Positional Pillow Therapy Device works wonders for improving their quality of sleep. It may be a worthwhile investment.

Part Three of this series will explore another sleeping positon which challenges effective PAP therapy — stomach sleeping.

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You have to use a CPAP? Here’s how to handle that…Part Four

You have to use a CPAP? Here’s how to handle that…Part Four

 

(In the last post, it was advised to use the CPAP while awake in a pleasant setting, This is the next step…)

Pleasantly distract yourself and keep using the PAP for 20 or 30 minutes or longer. This helps you to associate the CPAP with something that you enjoy doing, and you will be more relaxed when you use it at bedtime. If you need more time to adjust, extend this period or try again later. Many will advise using the system for all night or for no time at all. “All or none” methods usually fail. Easing into the PAP is smarter, easier and more natural, making it something you will be eager to do again.

You will find that by spending a little time adjusting to the PAP* with something pleasurable that it will be easier to use it at night. If you struggle, spend a little more time practicing during the day in the first week when you’re awake, as much as you need. Most people will find that after a few days and nights of persistence, using PAP gets easier. Although ultimately your persistence may vary from days to weeks, you can start to feel the benefits of treatment and deep sleep that you desire.

 

And if you need help

Importantly, if you run into difficulties, get help early from your provider, DME, supplier or sleep support team. Prompt interventions that correct early problems will ensure that the therapy is successful for you over the long-term. With early support, careful mask selection, and a little practice, you can get used to PAP treatment for your sleep apnea.

*a.k.a. CPAP

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You have to use a CPAP? Here’s how to handle that…Part Three

Have you to use a CPAP? Here’s how to handle that…Part Three

 

(Previously: you collected your CPAP and set it up within your sleeping area. Here’s the next step…)

…connect the mask to the tubing and CPAP machine. Once all the connections are made, turn the device on. Most often, the device starts at a lowered setting and gradually increases the air pressure (this is called Ramp) the longer you use it. This allows you to fall asleep easily, but it will also help you to practice with it.

If the pressure starts to get too high, you can reset it or even turn the machine off, then on in order to lower it again. General settings on most units range from five (5) to forty-five (45) minutes, with most units adjusting in increments of five minutes (i.e., 5 min ramp, 10 min ramp, etc.)

During the beginning of your effort with the CPAP mask and machine, take slow and deep breaths with the mask and pressure blowing. You will find that the air pressure fills up your lungs, which is easy to breathe in. As you breathe out you will feel a little resistance. You will hear the air escaping from the exhalation ports on the mask, which are on the front panel of most, if not all masks This resistance is a little uncomfortable, however keep at it: it will get easier. Try to focus on taking full, even breaths.

Keep your mouth closed as you do this. especially for masks that fit slightly up or around the nose.  Be mindful that if you open your mouth with a nasal oriented mask, you will feel the air rush out (following the path of least resistance) and there will be no CPAP benefit. Once you establish a comfortable breathing pattern, perhaps after a few minutes or hours, focus your attention on something pleasant and do something you enjoy: watch a little television or a movie, read a book or magazine, listen to some music, or get on the Internet.

The next step will make this adaptation process to CPAP easier.

(More to Come…)

Part Three in this series arrives tomorrow!;

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OSA exercises

As promised, here is part two of OSA exercises.

Though this may sound surprising, singing is one of the best ways to exercise and strengthen your throat muscles, including your vocal cords, the strongest muscle in the throat. But then, this is not like singing leisurely while taking a shower!

Singing exercises for sleep apnea involve singing some special sounds and tunes that primarily focus on the movements of the soft palate, palatopharyngeal arch, tongue and nasopharynx.

This type of workout is best for toning the lax muscles of the upper throat.

The goal of singing exercises is to tone the soft palate, tongue, and throat muscles so that they do not collapse or vibrate during sleep.

Singing exercises are fun to do. And your vocal chords will love you even if you do sing off-key – because your vocal cords don’t have ears!

 

Easy Singing Exercise:

1. Sit or stand in a comfortable position with your back straight.

2. Say the syllables “Ung-gah” in a singing tone. Your soft palate will move down to touch the back of the tongue on the first syllable and then move up and away on the second syllable.

3. Continue to sing these syllables energetically for a few minutes at a time, several times a day.

The didgeridoo is a long, wooden instrument created by indigenous Australians more than a millennium ago.

Though simple in design, it requires some skill to play. When you learn to play the didgeridoo, using what’s called “circular breathing”, you strengthen the muscles of your upper airway.

The goal of a didgeridoo exercise routine is to dilate your airway and stiffen the airway walls, and develop muscle tone and control.

 

 

 

Circular Breathing Didgeridoo Exercise:

1. Sit comfortably in a chair with the didgeridoo resting on the floor between your feet.

2. Inflate your cheeks with air, then place your lips firmly around the tip of the didgeridoo so that the air remains in your mouth.

3. Inhale and exhale slowly through your nose several times until you feel the separate actions of breathing through your nose and maintaining a supply of air in your mouth. Relax.

4. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your lips into the didgeridoo while maintaining both a firm lip hold on the instrument’s tip and keeping your cheeks puffed out.

5. Continue with this circular breathing pattern throughout the exercise. This pattern is the key to playing the instrument as it allows the continuous droning sound to stay unbroken. Initially, you may only be able to make a squeaking sound.

But, with practice, you’ll blend the two motions into one circular breathing cycle that will strengthen your mouth and lung muscles.

There are two types of yoga exercises for sleep apnea: breathing exercises and exercises for weight loss. As a stress reducer, yoga improves the quality and quantity of sleep by improving your breathing.

a) Yoga breathing exercises for sleep apnea involve breathing deeply, sitting in the right posture, and gaining an increase in the oxygen levels in your blood.

This then improves your metabolism, boosts your energy levels, and helps your body release toxins.

b) If obesity or overweight is the root cause of your sleep apnea, yoga exercises (along with diet management) can help you with weight loss.

You’ll also improve several physical and emotional aspects of your life that contribute to sleep apnea disturbances.

 

Easy Yoga Breathing Exercise:

The goal of this exercise is to enhance your lung capacity, tone your upper airway, and alleviate throat blockages.

1. Sit in a cross-legged position on the floor, place your feet on the opposite thighs, and keep your upper body straight.

2. Relax in this position, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply through both nostrils.

3. As you inhale, contract your neck muscles and make a soft, low grunting sound.

4. Hold your breath for as long as you can.

5. Use a finger to close one of your nostrils while you exhale out of the other nostril.

6. Repeat steps 2-5 above reversing the open and closed nostrils.

7. Repeat the entire process for several minutes, 3 to 5 times a day.

 

■ Buteyko Breathing Technique for Sleep Apnea

The Buteyko breathing method is a dynamic and potentially beneficial exercise for all sleep disorder sufferers over the age of four.

The method was developed in Russia during the 1950s by Dr. Konstantin Buteyko and was initially intended for asthma sufferers.

The basis of the Buteyko technique is to help people with chronic hyperventilation relearn how to breathe through their noses in a manner that calms the respiratory system and produces quality sleep.

While there haven’t been any widely acknowledged clinical trials of the Buteyko method, but the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health, headquartered in Australia, has published a list of doctor testimonials.

This same organization published a sleep apnea and breathing retraining survey of 1100 participants, with a finding that 95 percent of apnea sufferers in the group had improved sleep.

 

Buteyko Nose Breathing Exercise:

If you can’t locate a Buteyko clinic or instructor, and you want to try one of the nose breathing exercises, here are a few tips:

1. Sit comfortably in a chair, with your feet flat on the floor.

2. Breathe in slowly and gently, no exaggerated inhales.

3. Hold your breath for a few seconds.

4. Exhale slowly and gently.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 for a period of 3 minutes.

Note:

1. As you become accustomed to this exercise, try to hold, or control pause, your breathing for more time before exhaling. When you start to feel uncomfortable, exhale slowly. This method can be used with yoga relaxation exercises.

2. Remembering to breathe through your nose is easier if you place your tongue against the roof of your mouth, with the tip of your tongue touching the back of your teeth.

 

۞ Your Personalized Sleep Apnea Exercise Program

And remember: no matter which exercises you select, your personal program should be balanced so that you’re working to improve all of your relevant respiratory muscles.

Just like the old-time Life cereal commercial stated: Try it, you’ll like it!

 

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OSA exercises with or without CPAP therapy

OSA exercises with or without CPAP therapy

 

OSA exercises

There is an unusual assumption among PAP users which is saying a PAP unit is the end-all treatment option for OSA once it is mastered. This does not have to be the case. Like anything we humans want to physically maintain, supplementary exercises can augment and improve PAP therapy. This truth exposes how nearly everyone with OSA could benefit from the following exercises listed below and improve the effectiveness of PAP therapy.

 

Please Note:

This supplemental plan works regardless of your physical abilities. The plan even works if you have a mobility issue, which means you can sit comfortably in a chair to do some of the exercises.

The collective goal of each breathing exercise listed below is to clear, open, and strengthen your airway muscles.

The method that you select to achieve your personal goal will depend on what area in your respiratory system needs attention.

 

 Oropharyngeal Exercises Help People Who:

1. Have been diagnosed with OSA due to lazy throat tissue, or a large or thick tongue

2. A neck size exceeding 16 inches

3. Happen to breathe with the mouth open during sleep

 

 Oropharyngeal Exercises Will NOT Help:

1. Children below the age of 4 because they will require dedicated attention from a personal physician.

2. Central sleep apnea patients (because the cause of sleep apnea is neurological not muscular or throat related)

3. Individuals with nasal issues such as a deviated septum, where the nasal “wall” is angled the wrong way.

Mouth Throat Exercises for Sleep Apnea

Mouth and throat OSA exercises are intended to work the throat, tongue, soft palate, and jaw.

The following are regarded as the most effective type of sleep apnea exercise. All have been studied most thoroughly by academic researchers and professionals such as speech therapists.

The following are exercise examples which are designed to address OSA problem areas. They work the four areas of the mouth and throat mentioned above.

 

Tiger Yell

This exercise requires you to open your mouth wide, imitating the facial features of a tiger that is about to yell or roar. No noise is required. The objective is to toughen the muscles at the back of your throat.

 

How to Do the “Tiger Yell” Exercise

1. Stand in front of a mirror so you can see your entire face.

2. Open your mouth as wide as you can, stick out your tongue as far as you can, in a downward position & as if you are trying to lick your chin.

3. The uvula, that small bell shaped piece of tissue at the back of your mouth, will lift upwards when your tongue is all out.

4. Hold the lifted uvula position for 5 seconds and relax.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 for a total of 10 times.

 

● NOTE: Tongue Exercises for Sleep Apnea

Clinical studies have shown that doing tongue exercises regularly for about 30 minutes every day can significantly reduce neck circumference, decrease snoring, and improve sleep apnea symptoms. Tongue exercises also aid in strengthening jaw muscles.

 

Tongue Slide

The goal here is to tone both your throat and tongue muscles.

How to Do the “Tongue Slide” Exercise

1. Keep your head up and look straight ahead. Initially, use a mirror to see that your head is positioned correctly and look directly into your own eyes.

2. Place the tip of your tongue against the back of your upper teeth.

3. Slowly slide your tongue backward as far as it will go along the roof of your mouth.

4. Hold for a few second and then relax.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 for a total of 10 times.

 

Soft Palate Exercise for Sleep Apnea

A relaxed, weak, soft palate can move into your throat opening during sleep, aggravating good rest. Exercising your soft palate and uvula will elevate these muscles. Your throat will expand and your respiratory system and both benefit from soft palate exercises.

 

Soft Palate Blowing

This exercise can be done in either a standing or sitting position.

 

How to Do the “Soft Palate Blowing” Exercise

1. Close your mouth and inhale gently through your nose.

2. Press your lips together to form a resistance and exhale by blowing the air out from your mouth. Try to maintain the blowing out action for 5 seconds.

3. Tighten your abdomen while exhaling.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for a total of 10 times.

5. Perform these repetitions 4 times a day.

 

Jaw Exercise for Sleep Apnea

A tight jaw places pressure on your breathing passages. Jaw exercises can help to loosen, relax the jaw and tone your tongue muscles.

 

 Jaw Tension Relief Exercise

Use a mirror for this exercise to ensure your jaw is moving up and down.

 

How to Do the “Jaw Tension Relief” Exercise

1. With a closed mouth, allow your teeth to just touch.

2. Position your tongue in a resting position, with the tip laying behind the upper front teeth.

3. Arch your tongue against the roof of your mouth.

4. Slide the tip of your tongue back as far as it will go along the roof of your mouth.

5. Keep your tongue in this position and slowly open your mouth until your tongue can no longer rest on the roof of your mouth.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 for 5 minutes, 2 times a day.

 

Part Two  of OSA exercises is coming.

 

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