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Four Full Face Mask Fitting Tips You Were Never Told About!

Face Mask Fitting Tips You Were Never Told About

 

 

CPAP full face mask fitting is a necessary process for many CPAP users, new and experienced. Some would say it’s relatively easy while others say it’s a frustrating process. The full face mask has its share of details make it one of the best interface options around.

 

No two Full Face Masks Are Equal, But…

This type of mask follows some important handling and fitting instructions.  Many instruction manuals do explain the use of CPAP masks, including the full face mask. We have devised a super quick reference for your convenience.

 

Here are the Four Tips That You Need To Know:

1) Always assure balanced pressures all around your mouth and nose. This usually means backing off the straps completely and resetting the strap tension evenly, one set of straps at a time.

Example:

If your full face  mask has straps that are above your ears, pull the left and right straps back evenly. Not too tight though. The soft plastic is known to curl and create gaps, encouraging you to over-tighten.  Please avoid over tightening.

Repeat the same for the two straps below your ears.

 

Now you are ready to try and sleep.

If the mask starts to leak, repeat suggestion #1 and reset the straps. But this time pull back only slightly and evenly on the straps above the ears, then below the ears. This is a great  solution for many CPAP users.

 

2) Assure that the cushion (part that touches your face) is clean before using. This can mean wiping it off with a CPAP wipe or completely washing, rinsing and drying the soft mask cushion. This also means a better, more concentrated, non-slip fit.

 

3) Check those straps! If you have given into temptation with over tightening the straps, those straps might be over stretched a bit. If this is the case, consider replacing the straps. A good fit is better than half effective fixes on over stretched headgear (i.e. tape, stitching up the straps, etc.)

 

4) Your sleeping position is important to a good mask seal. Sometimes when we sleep, our movement during sleep can knock off or break the seal of a perfectly good full face mask, thereby causing incredible leaking and an even worse night’s rest.

Consider a CPAP pillow to help. It features full neck support plus carved out sections of the pillow to accommodate side sleeping to eliminate mask leaking.

A more ambitious approach is to tell yourself to sleep in one position for the night. It has been known to work and it might be worth a try.

Take-home points:

  • Always assure balanced pressures all around your mouth and nose.
  • Assure that the cushion (part that touches your face) is clean before using.
  • Your sleeping position is important to a good mask seal.
  • Check those straps!

Cpapclinic.ca is available at 1.877.430.2727 for questions about mask fitting.

Here’s to your CPAP full face mask success!

 

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

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Airsense 10- Three Important Things That Will Surprise You

Airsense 10- Three Important Things That Will Surprise You

 

 

Fresh out of the box, the Resmed Airsense 10 comes ready to use in most situations. Here are three things not readily obvious when using your new Airsense 10:

1) When the device runs without your mask on, it will shut off after a few seconds. It will only happen if Smartstart is enabled.

2) The unit display dims to black within a few minutes.

3)  When the Airsense 10 is running, it can have automatic ramp enabled, which means the unit waits for you to fall asleep, detects your sleep and raises the pressure to your prescribed setting.

Good things continue to be discovered in this latest installment from Resmed in PAP devices.

Learn more about the Airsense 10 today!

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

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Taking PAP with you on a trip? Airport security will question why. Here’s your answer…

 Taking PAP with you on a trip? Airport security will question why. Here’s your answer…

 

 

Z1 Auto Travel CPAP Machine

The very small and lightweight Z1 Auto Travel CPAP Machine can quickly be added to carry on luggage or inside a tote, making CPAP therapy more adaptable to a busy lifestyle. Living away from electricity can be a reality by adding the OPTIONAL lightweight, integrated battery system. This is an auto adjusting CPAP machine designed to deliver the most effective level of air pressure on a breath by breath basis all night long. The Z1 Auto can be set as a single pressure CPAP if desired.

 

Features

  • Small & Discreet for Travel
  • Built-in Bluetooth for Nitelog App
  • Advanced Sleep Data Reporting
  • Z-Breathe Pressure Relief
  • Auto Altitude Adjusting
  • Leak Compensation
  • Ramp Feature Available
  • Quiet 26dBA Operation
  • Z1 APAP 30 Day Risk Free Trial
  • OPTIONAL Integrated Battery

 

Small & Discreet for Travel

The Z1 Auto machine is assigned for use on the go or at home. It easily fits into a backpack for camping, hiking or as a carry-on during travel. The unique design more closely resembles an electric razor than a CPAP machine. The small footprint of the machine takes minimal room on your bedside table. The machine has small rubber feet on the base to help stabilize the unit. The Z1 Auto weighs in at 10 ounces and measures 6.48 inches long x 3.3 inches wide x 2.02 inches high.

 

 

 

Nitelog App and Data Reporting

The Z1 Auto has a built-in Bluetooth chip used to wirelessly connect to a nearby smartphone or tablet using the free Nitelog app. This machine transmits PAP usage data to the phone or pad for your review. Nitelog will allow the user to adjust basic machine settings such as Z-Breathe and ramp. Nitelog compiles the reports for the past day, week or 30 days of use.

 

Your usage report can be emailed from the smartphone or tablet, or screen shots can be snapped and stored to the memory of the phone or pad. The Z1 functions can be performed on the Z1 machine without the use of Nitelog.

 

This completes part two of this two part series.

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

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Improvement to the Respironics Wisp PAP Mask is Here!

 Improvement to the Respironics Wisp PAP Mask is Here!

New for 2016!

 

This new accessory from Respironics allows patients to easily remove the side clasps of the WISP nasal mask.  It helps to reduce wear and tear on the headgear area of the mask.  The newly designed clips work with either the fabric or silicone style WISP frames.

Respironics Wisp

Here is a quick view of the new clips.

These accessories are in our warehouse ASAP for 2017 and beyond!

Order with this part number – 1120434

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

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The Bedside CPAP Organizer You Never Knew About

 The Bedside CPAP Organizer You Never Knew About

 

Bedside CPAP Organizer

Phillips-Respironics has become synonymous with PAP technology excellence in recent years. Their newest PAP installment, the Dreamstation, has been creating waves of interested and satisfied users from late 2016 into 2017. Just when you think they couldn`t possibly introduce anything more exciting, another innovation enters the world aiming for perfect sleeping arrangements. They created their own version of the bedside CPAP organizer.

Here’s what Respironics created:

 

The Bedside Organizer by Respironics

 

 

Don’t let the simple bag design fool you. It’s simplistic approach allows the user to quickly and easily store otherwise bulky PAP equipment, like the hose and mask.

Take a look at its best feature.

The Bedside Organizer flap slips underneath your PAP device or between mattresses.

The free hanging pocket is large enough to store one six-foot hose and one PAP mask. The Bedside Organizer is also a handy go bag when packing for a trip because it has enough room for small cleaning supplies and extra filters. Furthermore, it also fits into most PAP device bags, so everything is together but separated from the PAP device.

Consider:

  • no messy six-foot tube entanglements with the PAP unit
  • locate your mask quickly
  • contain small accessories in one place versus multiple pockets in a PAP carry bag
  • convenient placement under the PAP device or between mattresses at bedside
  • a secondary “grab and go” bag function

 

 

Lastly, as you can tell, Respironics has done it again, providing the very best in no-nonsense PAP accessories. The bedside CPAP Organizer is new to our shelves for 2016. Pick one up.

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

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Buying a Used CPAP? The Hidden Facts You Must Know.

 

Buying a Used CPAP? The Hidden Facts You Must Know.

As you sift through your buying options for PAP devices you come to learn that a CPAP machine provides a continuous stream of air into a person’s airways. And it (the CPAP air) forces its way beyond soft tissue, holding all of it aside, allowing inhalation and exhalation while controlling obstructive sleep apnea. Knowing this primary CPAP function invariably leads to being familiar with its parts, particularly the ones requiring cleaning. And you must clean more often than not, Why? Let’s explain.

You may think while using a CPAP that the mask is only part of the whole setup that gets dirty. The truth is: the entire machine might be housing bacteria or viruses. For this reason, all used machines should be thoroughly cleaned, tested and confirmed “ready” before being resold. Additionally, be aware that many re-sellers may not sell a “cleaned, sanitized and tested” unit.

In reality, most resellers might give the machine a quick cleanse down. This quick effort is not enough to ensure the absence of dangerous viruses and bacteria.  Exercise good judgment and consider purchasing a used machine from a company who thoroughly tests, cleans and sanitizes their machines before reselling them.

 

Precautions to take

As an extra precaution, insist that your purchased “used” machine is provided with brand new bacteria/viral filters for both the intake and outtake ports. The intake filter/housing screens out the air coming into the machine, ensuring that viruses and bacteria are not allowed to grow inside the machine. If the filter is damaged, old, or worn down, some particles may slip past the filter into the machine. For this reason, it is imperative that the machine is cleaned on the interior. The second filter is equally important, as it cleanses the air coming out of the machine before reaching you (via the mask).  Kindly obtain evidence that both filters have been changed or you might be breathing in old bacteria, which is generally unsanitary and hazardous.

 

Conclusion

In summary, a CPAP machine should be treated like a ventilator used in hospitals. This means it is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in between patients to prevent the risk of infection. Look for the same standards when considering the purchase of a used unit. Lastly, the best option for many is to buy “new.” Explore this option here.

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

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CPAP won’t give you sleep? Research the Aircurve option & get results now

Aircurve

CPAP won’t give you sleep? Research these options & get results now

 

 

The AirCurve 10 by Resmed is a series of Bilevel units of varying features and benefits which perform better than CPAP in many ways.

 

First, we will cover what the Aircurve Bilevel is and second, what this Bilevel series accomplishes for the user.

 

What is Bilevel?

Bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP), commonly referred to by the trademarked names BiPAP and BIPAP, is a form of non-invasive mechanical pressure support ventilation that uses a time-cycled or flow-cycled change between two different applied levels of positive airway pressure.

 

When is Bilevel needed?

A Bilevel unit is required when a singular amount of pressurized air (i.e. CPAP)  is not tolerated by a patient, Two pressures may be required, which a CPAP unit cannot produce.. This means two pre-programmed airway pressures from a Bilevel unit may benefit the apneic patient more effectively.

 

How Bilevel Works

Bilevel is a unit providing air pressure delivered via separate volumes, where one volume of pressurized air is given with inhalation and a second volume of pressurized air is given with exhalation. The complete delivery of inhalation and exhalation is called ventilation. This means ventilation can be programmed and provided by a Bilevel unit.

 

What do the Bilevel Settings represent?

A Bilevel’s settings mimic breathing inward (inhalation) and outward (exhalation).

The inhalation and exhalation pressures have values called centimeters of water or the subscript, cmH20.

A setting for a Bilevel can look like this:

Inhalation – 16cmH20  Exhalation 10cmH20  or  I/E 16/10 on a prescription from a sleep doctor.

This means an air pressure of 16cmH20 is pushed into the airway during inhalation (to keep the airway open) and 10cmH20 is pushed into the airway during exhalation (to keep the airway open).

Ultimately when a Bilevel is programmed 16/10,  it will give these pressures for the user for every breath, thereby controlling sleep apnea.

 

How a Bilevel delivers pressures

Let’s examine how the user triggers or “starts” Bilevel ventilation using the unit’s algorithmic programming

Here’s what we know in simple terms:

A Bilevel can be “initiated via user breathing effort” to ventilate.

For example, the user gives an effort to breathe in and triggers the full Aircurve ventilation cycle. Therefore the programming puts the user in control of when ventilation occurs. This is how a user’s experience is customized.

There are two ways this happens and they are described below.

 

The Bilevel’s Program-ability Explained

The Aircurve series is equipped with various ways to be triggered by the user.

  • TiControl: Found in AirCurve 10 S, AirCurve 10 VAuto, and AirCurve 10 ST, TiControl lets providers program minimum and maximum time limits on either side of the patient’s ideal spontaneous flow cycling, creating control for the patient to cycle the breath. For example, Ticontrol can give two (2) seconds of inhalation pressure delivery and four (4) seconds of exhalation pressure delivery.
  • Other inhalation and exhalation time durations can be programmed.
  • Trigger Sensitivity: Adjustable trigger and cycle sensitivity settings TiControl, found in AirCurve 10 S, AirCurve 10 VAuto, and AirCurve 10 ST, can be used to optimize synchrony between the device and the patient.This means the effort to breath inward (i.e.  like a small gentle gasp ) tells the Aircurve when to start delivering pressures.

 

Bilevel Advanced Comfort Options Explained

  • Vsync: Advanced leak management technology, Vsync helps provide patient-ventilator synchrony for a natural `feel`to one`s breathing pattern. This means there is customized matching of the breathing cycle. Vsync is available in all AirCurve 10 devices.
  • HumidAir: Integrated heated humidification that affords simpler therapy, with fewer parts to set up and manage.
  • Easy-Breathe – Silent blower operation is in all units.

 

Now let’s look at each unit in brief and the differences between each Bilevel:

  • AirCurve 10 S: This is a Bilevel device ideal for those who require extra pressure support (more than 20cmH20) or find it impossible to adjust to fixed pressure continuous positive airway pressure devices. It features two different adjustable pressures that can help make therapy feel more comfortable.
  • AirCurve 10 VAuto: This is an auto-adjusting bilevel device for patients who need greater pressure support (to 25cmH20) to treat their obstructive sleep apnea. It uses the comfort of both the proven AutoSet algorithm and Easy-Breathe waveform in its VAuto algorithm (making the unit silent).
  • AirCurve 10 ST: A bilevel device with backup rate (a guaranteed rate of ventilating breaths per minute) that provides exceptional patient-ventilator synchrony, reducing the work of breathing so patients remain comfortable and well ventilated.
  • AirCurve 10 ASV: A bilevel device for central breathing disorders such as Cheyne-Stokes respiration, central sleep apnea, or obstructive events. The AirCurve 10 ASV recognizes the patient’s own minute ventilation (i.e. full inhalation and exhalation pattern per minute) It does this to treat breathing disorders with auto-adjusting (intuitive) pressure support, and upper airway obstruction with auto-adjusting expiratory positive airway pressure, the device works to rapidly stabilize breathing.

In conclusion, remember the process of obtaining a unit described above does require a prescribed order from a sleep physician. A sleep doctor will have access to your sleep study results and assess which Bilevel is right for you. Be sure to secure this part of the process so your sleep apnea treatment is optimal and you can say goodbye to CPAP.

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

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CPAPs on a Plane! (and other tips)

 CPAPs on a Plane! (and other tips)

 

Sleeping оn a рlаnе can come rather easily fоr a fеw реорlе – mу wife is one оf thеm. For the rest оf us, trуіng tо sleep оn a plane is fruѕtrаtіng, especially with CPAPs on a plane. For some strange reason, I сan ѕlеер more easily in a car (as a passenger) among honking drivers on a freeway than on аn есоnоmу-сlаѕѕ рlаnе ѕеаt.

If you have рrоblеmѕ sleeping оn a plane and with a CPAP, hеrе аrе some super-quick tірѕ to hеlр.

Here’s the list

1) Gеt the rіght ѕеаt: trу fоr a wіndоw ѕеt, іn a rоw whеrе ѕеаtѕ rесlіnе (ѕоmе seats dоn’t.) Being іn thе wіndоw ѕеаt lets уоu lean аgаіnѕt thе wall whеn trуіng to rеѕt. The dоwnѕіdе оf ѕіttіng іn thе wіndоw ѕеаt is thаt it’s muсh harder to get tо thе аіѕlе if you need to uѕе thе fасіlіtіеѕ. Lіfе is a trаdеоff.

2) Avоіd caffeine and аlсоhоl in every form. Caffeine creates a jіttеrу effect, and аlсоhоl disturbs deep sleep. Bе аwаrе that ѕtudіеѕ ѕhоw the еffесt of alcohol оn a рlаnе is double trouble versus drіnkіng in a pub, etc.

3) Assure yourself еnоugh lеgrооm. It саn mаkе a bіg dіffеrеnсе in уоur ability to gеt соmfоrtаblе. When trаvеlіng оn a lоng flight, I mаkе a point of оnlу саrrуіng оn оnе bаg…аnd putting it іn thе overhead ѕtоrаgе. I trу tо only put mу laptop, a соuрlе bооkѕ, аnd my ѕlеер accessories іn the undеrѕеаt storage.

4) Try tо fall аѕlеер early in the trip: іt’ѕ presumed еаѕіеѕt tо еntеr a drоwѕу state durіng tаkеоff. I’m tоld that durіng tаkеоff thе саbіn hаѕ (presumably) dесrеаѕеd оxуgеn levels and аn increased G-fоrсе. The соmbіnаtіоn оf thеѕе mаkеѕ uѕ drоwѕу. Whаtеvеr thе reason, I dо tеnd to nоd оff mоrе еаѕіlу prior tо gеttіng into the аіr. Maybe you will too.

5) Uѕе sleep ассеѕѕоrіеѕ: a pillow аnd blаnkеt аrе сruсіаl to mаnаgіng your comfort. Eаrрlugѕ аnd еуе mаѕkѕ mаkе a bіg dіffеrеnсе аѕ well.

6) Check out portable CPAP units here!

Before уоu head out fоr уоur next flіght, tаkе a fеw minutes tо рrераrе wіth some of thеѕе tірѕ. Or consider the small list below.

10 Secrets for In-Flight Sleep

  1. Score a window seat. If you can reserve a window seat, lean against and rest your head on the side of the plane – even with a portable CPAP.
  2. Bring some comfort items.
  3. Lean back.
  4. Power down.
  5. Avoid (consumable) sleep aids.
  6. Skip alcohol.
  7. Don’t eat too much.
  8. Set your watch to your new time zone.

With this advice, you can virtually assure yourself a restful flight.

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What is your Sleep Personality type? Introducing Chronotherapy

What is your Sleep Personality type? Introducing Chronotherapy

 

Did you know the art and science of Chronotherapy has been adopted into our society?

It’s true.

 

But what exactly is Chronotherapy?

Chronotherapy is the study and application of the sleep and wake cycles of the human being to optimize energy patterns. For example, when one studies and learns about their energy at its highest and lowest during any given day, one can understand personal energy and how it can be best applied when awake. This is Chronotherapy at its basic level and how does it determine Sleep Personality type? However, not everyone has embraced its approach and other options have been used.

Since there is a huge influence of energy drinks, caffeine, prescription drugs, etc. few people get the opportunity to study their own natural energy patterns.

For those interested, Chronotherapy offers a distinctive, predictable set of details and practices that offer a clearer path toward personal efficiency and maximization of personal energy. Consistent application of these details creates an advantage to practically eliminate or reduce dependence on “external means” of creating and sustaining personal energy. This fosters a more economical, highly productive pattern of living, leading to greater productivity and personal mastery.

Interested?

There’s more.

One strategy to harness your personal “energy pattern” is to start with an easy self-test.

Here it is:

Note down when you typically go to sleep and when you typically wake up over a seven day period.

That’s it.

 

Other Consideratons

Additionally, you can make note of when your energy is at its highest during your wake hours ~ without stimulants. That means skip the coffee, etc. and try this easy method for a week or two. Take notes. You might be surprised about your natural energy patterns. And of course, the more you learn, the more you can apply. Ultimately, doing this can lead to pragmatic, practical and cost-free strategies to enhance your natural energies for high-quality living ~ and possibly ditch non-medicinal and medicinal solutions.

Let’s take this method a step further by classifying your Sleep Personality type.

For example, Chronotherapy distinguishes a person’s sleep pattern by way of the bird lifestyle, as per their natural tendencies.

 

Here’s the breakdown of sleep patterns:

According to Chronotherapy, the humming bird goes to sleep at a predictable time every night.  The humming bird also awakens at virtually the same time every morning, such as sleeping at 11pm and waking at 7pm on a daily basis.

The lark typically awakens early and loses energy by early evening.

The owl is typically in a mental, low energy fog for most of the day, arriving at a burst of energy by afternoon and faces insomnia (a struggle to get to sleep) later in the same night.

So which bird are you? And which pattern is most likely to be something for you to study and maximize?

When you can answer the previous questions you will know “when your energy is at its highest without foodstuffs (i.e. stimulants).” Supplement this knowledge with when you naturally require sleep and when you wake up. You are now primed to influence wakefulness and personal productivity.

 

Conclusion

Chronotherapy offers additional in-depth methods for each Sleep Personality type, which can be eased into one’s way of living and create an even more energy than before. For many, natural energy is making a comeback, sustaining more than just a healthy mind, but a lifestyle as well. You might already know someone who uses Chronotherapy. If so, the old adage applies: birds of a feather flock together.

 

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

P.S.  CPAP use can get especially effective with Chronotherapy. Call 1.877.430.2727 to learn more.

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Why nap? Here are 20 compelling reasons.

 Why nap? Here are 20 compelling reasons.

 

 

 

Sleeping in this day and age seems often a trite concern. Industry must thrive on doing more and demand its workers work to around the clock. The health industry is much the same. Has your industry, trade or profession suggested that sleep is a sign of laziness?

 

What if sleep was a sign of natural self-improvement? And what if the value of practicing better sleep outweighed the value of pills, lotions, potions and devices  (which supposedly improve sleep)?

What if the power of the nap held immense value?

Here is a list of compelling reasons to consider napping:

  1. Increase your alertness
  2. Speed up your motor performance
  3. Improve your accuracy
  4. Make better decisions
  5. Improve your perception
  6. Fatten your wallet
  7. Preserve your looks
  8. Improve your sex life
  9. Lose weight
  10. Reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke
  11. Reduce Diabetic Risk
  12. Improve stamina
  13. Elevate your mood more often
  14. Boost your creativity
  15. Reduce stress
  16. Help your memory
  17. Reduce dependence on drugs/alcohol
  18. Alleviate migraines, ulcers
  19. Improve the quality of night sleep
  20. It feels great!

What are the justifications for such a radical decision as a nap?

The answer may be closer than you think.

Questions?

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

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Taking PAP with you on a trip? Airport security will question why. Here’s an answer…

 Taking PAP with you on a trip?

Airport security will question why.

Here’s an answer…

 

Taking PAP with you

Traveling Soon?

Travel season is here and we know how important it is to stay on course with your sleep therapy. Certainly, nobody wants to have their activities limited by the unforeseen. Thankfully, recent advances in technology have produced additional options for the PAP user who travels frequently, such as the Z1 CPAP or Z1 APAP machines.

 

Z1 Travel CPAP Machine    

Imagine being able to pack a CPAP machine weighing less than a can of soda pop into a briefcase or tote bag. The Z1 Travel CPAP Machine makes it a reality.

NOTE: The Z1 CPAP  is a single pressure machine which delivers it all night long. It includes advanced features found on much larger machines, thus meeting therapy needs while traveling or at home.

 

Features

  • Small & Light
  • Diminutive Size & Shape
  • Ultra-Quiet Operation
  • Z-Breathe Pressure Relief
  • Auto Altitude Adjusting
  • Leak Compensation
  • Ramp Feature
  • OPTIONAL Integrated Battery
  • Free Data Viewing Software

 

The Z1 CPAP machine`s small size makes this machine great for putting in a carry-on, overnight bag or backpack. When used at home, the small size takes up little space on the bedside table. Tiny rubber pads on the machine base help to stabilize the unit. It weighs just 10 ounces and measures 6.48″ L x 3.3″ W x 2.02″.

 

Quiet Operations

The Z1 CPAP Machine operates at 26 dBA, assuring it to be one of the quietest machines on the market. What does 26 decibels sound like? A very quiet room fan 3 feet away and set to a low speed is noted as 35dBA

 

Computer Connection Capability (with APAP Z1 version)

Z1 PowerShell with Battery

Take the Z1 Travel CPAP Machine wherever you go with the Z1 PowerShell with Battery.  The curved ‘shell’ of the PowerShell holds the machine and overnight battery securely together. The Overnight Battery comes attached to the Battery Shuttle. Insert the battery and shuttle into the lower portion of the PowerShell. Next insert the Z1 Machine into the upper portion of the PowerShell. The PowerShell comes with a handy Lanyard allowing the Z1 and Battery to be hung from a headboard or tent pole!

 

 

The PowerShell integrates a Z1 CPAP Machine with the Overnight Battery. This Lithium Ion battery is lightweight and small in size, the battery with attached shuttle is 4 in. x 3.75 in. x 1.5 in. and weighs 9.8 ounces. It is estimated to power the Z1 CPAP machine running a pressure of 14 cmH2O for 8 plus hours. Note that the battery run time varies based on the pressure setting of the machine.

 

Charging The Battery

To charge the PoweShell, insert the battery into the PowerShell. The Z1 power cord charges the battery. The Z1 CPAP machine is not required to be inserted into the PowerShell for charging. If the machine is in place, when charging, the battery icon on the machine screen flashes. When the charge process is complete, the battery icon no longer flashes, indicating a fully charged battery. Battery charge information is not available if the machine is not in the PowerShell.

 

Lastly. consider one of these remarkable units for your next trip! Not only are they convenient but they make great sleep happen wherever you go.

 

(This is Part One of a Two-part PAP travel series.)

 

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

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Commandments for sleep? Here they are…

 Commandments for sleep? Here they are…

 

Commandments for sleepCommandments for Great Healthy Sleep

  1. Design specific times for getting to bed and for getting up. HINT: think about the time you want to wake up as you fall asleep. It can work!
  2. If you nap during the day, more than 45 minutes can spoil night-time slumber. Set a gentle timer just before you nap.
  3. Halt consuming alcoholic beverages three to four hours before bedtime and don’t smoke at all.
  4. Avoid caffeine beginning six to eight hours before bedtime. This includes coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate.
  5. Steer clear of heavy, spicy, or sugary foods starting four hours before bedtime. A light snack (low calorie, maybe a carbohydrate mix) just before retiring can help.
  6. Exercise regularly, avoid it for up to six hours before bed.
  7. Use very comfortable bedding and pillows.
  8. Experiment and fix a comfortable temperature setting for your bedroom on a nightly basis, and keep the room well ventilated via open window, ceiling fan, and/or open door, etc.
  9. Shut down out all distracting noise and block off as much light inside your sleep area as much as possible.
  10. Reserve your bedroom specifically for sleep. It is not supposed to be an office, a workroom, a movie theater, or TV viewing venue.

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

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Importance оf Sleep Fоr Kіdѕ

 Importance оf Sleep Fоr Kіdѕ

 

 

 

Sleep Fоr Kіdѕ

There are new reports emerging about how kіdѕ should gеt plenty of sleep; alternatively іt hаѕ often bееn ѕhоwn when healthy sleep is missed, issues emerge, such as:

  • difficulty in getting up
  • sleepiness throughout the day
  • poor concentration
  • attention deficit
  • accident prone behaviors
  • longer healing time for cuts and bruises
  • prolonged illness
  • poor energy

…аnd thе lіѕt can continue ad infinitum. The quick fix of simply going tо bed a little earlier саn provide a better nіght’ѕ ѕlеер. When this plan goes bust, a dау оr twо of іnѕоmnіа poses little consequence, but сhrоnіс ѕlеер dерrіvаtіоn саn rеѕult in аll sorts of issues fоr kіdѕ.

Before discussing solution(s), let’s look a little deeper into the cycle of the sleeping child.

 

A Child’s Sleep Cycle

Whеn kids ѕlеер, thеу alternate bеtwееn REM sleep аnd nоn-REM ѕlеер throughout the night. While in REM sleep mode, the еуеѕ tend tо mоvе quickly, thе bоdу dоеѕ nоt move muсh and dreaming occurs. REM іѕ a lіghtеr stage оf ѕlеер frоm whісh waking up is prevalent. Nоn-REM sleep or NREM is a dеереr ѕlеер where conscious attention is nearly non-existent. All of these stages occur several times throughout each night and remains consistent through the aging process.

Aѕ kіdѕ gеt оldеr, thеу ѕtіll nееd tо gеt plenty of sleep. Kіdѕ should ideally bе getting 9-12 hоurѕ оf sleep a nіght. Tweens (Agеѕ 9-12) ѕhоuld bе enjoying аt lеаѕt 10 hours of sleep.

Actual sleep duration will vary per child. However, there are things to watch for to determine a little one`s overall sleep quality.

 

When There Is A Sleep Problem, Look For These Symptoms

If your сhіld experiences

  • trouble fаllіng аѕlеер within 15-30 mіnutеѕ,
  • or thеу cannot bе wоkеn uр еаѕіlу іn thе morning
  • оr іf thеу need nарѕ durіng thе dау іn thеіr twееn аnd tееn уеаrѕ,
  • and other external issues not under control

…thеn thеу are probably nоt getting enough sleep.

Mаkе sure your сhіld functions tо their bеѕt potential bу helping thеm rеаlіzе thе importance оf ѕlеер аnd gеttіng enough ZZZѕ. Resources are available to aid parents or caregivers.

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Narcolepsy – What is it?

 Narcolepsy – What is it?

 

 

 

Whаt іѕ Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy іѕ a chronic nеurоlоgісаl disorder whісh іѕ supposedly influenced bу the brains inability tо properly regulate ѕlеер сусlеѕ. The disorder manifests itself into events, which mean incidents of instantaneous sleep. Events are differentiated by the duration of sleep and how quickly the brain shuts someone down. The categories for events are expanding on a daily basis in the sleep science community.

For example, a person falls asleep unexpectedly durіng thе daytime lasting a fеw ѕесоndѕ uр tо several minutes. The affected person hаѕ lіttlе or no соntrоl оvеr falling аѕlеер while driving, during a get-together or соnvеrѕаtіоn.

Furthermore, from a statistical vantage, narcolepsy affects 25 іn еvеrу 100,000 people in the North American population. It is being discovered that nаrсоlерѕу nоrmаllу mаnіfеѕtѕ itself іn a person’s tееnѕ to еаrlу twеnties. However, nаrсоlерѕу can begin at any time in the human life cycle.

There are a few main wауѕ in which Nаrсоlерѕу mаnіfеѕtѕ in humans. Thеу аrе:

 

  1. Excessive Daytime Slееріnеѕѕ

Thіѕ іѕ when a person fееlѕ unbearably ѕlееру durіng thе dау. This іѕ thе mоѕt соmmоn nаrсоlерtіс condition аnd thе type whісh mоѕt people аѕѕосіаtе with Nаrсоlерѕу.

 

     2. Cataplexy

Cataplexy іѕ a ѕuddеn lоѕѕ of muѕсlе tоnе wіth little оr nо wаrnіng. It is соmmоnlу a ѕесоndаrу symptom of Nаrсоlерѕу and can occur wіth other соndіtіоnѕ. In ѕеvеrе саѕеѕ, аll vоluntаrу muscles collapse wіth little оr nо warning. In mіld саѕеѕ, it is just a small ѕеt оf the voluntary muѕсlеѕ. The еріѕоdеѕ саn last fоr anything up tо thirty minutes wіth the рerson bеіng fullу аwаrе оf whаt іѕ hарреnіng, but is helpless against it. In ѕоmе reported cases, whеn the саtарlеxу саrrіеѕ оn, thе раtіеnt саn suffer hallucinations. Cataplexy is thought tо be induced during tіmеѕ оf intense еmоtіоnаl states. Thеѕе ѕtаtеѕ саn be either gооd or negative. When blended with narcolepsy, a person faces dangers great and small. Avoiding personal tragedies from narcolepsy of primary importance. This leads us to naturally seek the causes.

 

What саuѕеѕ Nаrсоlерѕу?

 

 

There іѕ a great dеаl of dеbаtе wіth regards tо whаt causes Narcolepsy. Even in 2016, there isn’t a definitive аnѕwеr.

What іѕ gеnеrаllу bеlіеvеd is the human brаіn’ѕ nоrmаl раttеrn durіng ѕlеер typically exhibits a reduction in electrical power durіng thе first hоur,. Aftеr roughly sixty minutes, the еlесtrісаl activity ѕtаrtѕ tо get active again. Rapid еуе mоvеmеntѕ (REM) and dеер rеlаxаtіоn оf уоur muѕсlеѕ characterize this stage. Aftеr a whіlе, thе brain еlесtrісаl асtіvіtу ѕtаrtѕ tо slow dоwn yet аgаіn. This сусlе rереаtѕ іtѕеlf several tіmеѕ thrоughоut sleep time.

Investigation (into the brain patterns during sleep) is showing that someone ѕuffеrіng frоm nаrсоlерѕу dоеsn’t have normal brain cycle predictability. Inside a narсоlерtіс’ѕ brain, іt hаѕ bееn nоtеd thаt the hоrmоnе Hуросrеtіn іѕ depleted. Hуросrеtіn supposedly controls thе neurons which in turn соntrоl thе brаіnѕ асtіvіtу during ѕlеер. Somehow, this function is impeded in the narcoleptic.

 

Whаt іѕ the trеаtmеnt fоr Nаrсоlерѕу?

Clinical trials show thаt ѕhоrt day tіmе nарѕ have been effective tо rеduсе thе еxсеѕѕіvе ѕlееріnеѕѕ(as related to narcolepsy). Exсеѕѕіvе daytime sleepiness іѕ hеlреd bу tаkіng Amphetamine Stіmulаntѕ. However, іt muѕt bе considered drugѕ do influence ѕеvеrе ѕіdе еffесtѕ, whісh may іn ѕоmе саѕеѕ induce additional ѕuffеrіng and potential dаmаgе more than Nаrсоlерѕу іtѕеlf.

A cure will only be possible when causes have been specifically identified. Untіl then, thеrе are wауѕ оf minimizing Nаrсоlерѕу with vаrіоuѕ drugs which hаvе ѕhоwn tо bе effective.

 

Realities & Solutions

 

 

And now, here are the treatments still being discussed gloablly in 2017.

Narcolepsy

Finally, if you think you’re affected, consider visiting to your doctor and explore all of your options*.

 

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The DreamStation Modem with Explanations (plus video!)

 

The DreamStation Modem with Explanations (plus video!)

DreamStation Modem

 

Today we’re discussing the modem options for the NEW Respironics Dreamstation PAP device and the Dreamstation modem.

You may be familiar with this PAP device from Respironics due to its presence in the Canadian market since early 2016.

In today’s post we are covering your options for wireless communication for data analysis/retrieval beyond the SD card and DreamMapper system. This Respironics Dreamstation has provided two additional data retrieval options. And both options are two different modems. Only one can be used at a time.

 

Modem Placement

So lets take a look at the Dreamstation and placement for these optional modems.

 

 

The videos below show how you can expand the wireless capability of the Dreamstation with the wifi modem option. Watch without sound if you don’t understand German.

 

 

According to Respironics, either Dreamstation modem serves to retrieve your usage information data.

 

Modem Differences?

The difference between the two modems is the total capacity for information retrieval and efficient wireless transmission to your computer, tablet, laptop, etc.

The Wifi accessory option allows for up to 3G data retrieval whereas the Cellular modem option is for data retrieval for 3G and beyond through your own home modem system.

Both options (used individually) will automatically sync with your Dreamstation for seamless data retrieval and delivery.

The difference is how you want to access your usage data according to your wifi or modem connection.

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

 

 

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