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Part One: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 

Part One: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

Most CPAP users come across an issue or two when starting out. This is common. However, it is not common for problems to persist. We will take a look at common CPAP fails and how to solve them, one by one in the coming posts. Let’s get started.

 

How do I get used to wearing a CPAP mask?

This is a common situation. Here’s what has worked for many:

  • Take small steps to get accustomed to wearing one or two. Keep track of which one suits you, i.e. full face mask, nasal mask, etc.
  • Try wearing the mask during the day when you’re watching TV or reading a book. Sometimes wearing the mask while you’re on the Internet can help you get used to wearing it during sleep. Be gradual, start with one hour of use per day for a few days, then a short nap with CPAP for a few days and then sleeping with CPAP at night. As a result, this practice eliminates unfamiliarity.
  • Once you become accustomed to how the mask feels on your face, start wearing the CPAP mask every time you sleep-at night.. (The reality is that the more you wear the mask, the easier it will be to get used to wearing it.)
  • Use the device for several weeks or more to see if the mask and pressure settings you were prescribed still work for you.

After working through the above list, contact your provider*, consultant or DME for further assistance, if needed.

This is part one in a series.

Part two is here.

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Part Two: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 

Part Two: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 

So, you have gradually been getting used to a CPAP mask, but…

My CPAP mask has become uncomfortable to wear! Now what?

When it comes to getting a new CPAP mask, it’s important that you work together with your doctor and CPAP supplier to assure that the mask and device suit your needs.One of the ways this is done is with compliance wireless reporting. Check your CPAP. It may be transmitting important usage information about your CPAP experiences. Furthermore, a conversation about this data can eliminate travel time, etc. to and from your provider.

If monitoring is not helping, ask your doctor, sleep technologist, or CPAP supplier to show you how to re-adjust your mask (and for fitting tips)  to get the optimal fit. Be sure to read manufacturer product instructions or view a good Youtube video, which can also help you get a better idea about proper fit.

Lastly, the good news is there is a wide variety of mask styles. Check out the different CPAP mask types and weigh each mask’s pros and cons. Having the right conversation and with the right information can lead you to a great fitting mask.

This is part two in a series.

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Part Four: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 Part Four: Top CPAP fails

and How to solve them


For some CPAP users, the pressure generated from the unit is a big problem, even after fixing mask fitting issues.

Today’s topic is: I can’t tolerate the forced air that well. What now?

This issue creates an unfortunate CPAP Fail. But there are options to turn this around.

So, here’s some good news:

You may be able to overcome this issue by using the “ramp” feature on the CPAP machine. The “ramp” feature allows you to start with low air pressure, which is then followed by an automatic, gradual (programmable) increase that eventually sets itself to the pressure you were prescribed by your doctor. The rate of this “ramp” feature can be adjusted by your doctor as well, if required. The key to remember is that ramp is for the beginning of your sleep, not for all night-long.

 

There’s More

Another feature on newer CPAP units is pressure relief. Pressure relief is when you exhale, the pressure of the CPAP drops a little, making it easier to breathe out. Some CPAP have degrees of relief annotated by 1, 2, or 3 on the LCD screen. Many units allow you to adjust this feature yourself. If you can’t, contact your provider, manufacturer of the unit, DME or fellow CPAP user. And of course, the included instruction manual can help.

Finally, If none of this helps, ask your physician whether you can switch over to a APAP or BiPAP machine. But make sure you check if this is something that would work better for your treatment needs.Your sleep doctor can assess your need for these specialty units by using the data from your most recent sleep study.

This is part four in a series.

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Part Three: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them!

Part Three: Top CPAP fails

and How to solve them!

 

Some CPAP users experience immediate discomfort and long before considering mask fitting or CPAP pressure issues. Which leads us to today`s central question:

 

What do I do now? Am I allergic to my CPAP mask!

Here are some tips on how you can test whether your skin is allergic to your CPAP mask, and what to do about it.

 

  • Stop wearing the CPAP mask and contact your physician. Usually an allergic reaction to a CPAP mask will occur the same night you wear it.
  • Consider how frequently you clean your mask. Almost 9 out of 10 times, what appears to  an allergic reaction to a CPAP mask (such as a bruise on the face or a skin infection) is caused by infrequent cleaning of the mask.
  • Check whether your mask is an old version made with latex. The majority of the CPAP masks in the market today are hypoallergenic. Almost all are latex free.
  • Consider a one time free mask substitute, if you purchased your mask less than (30) thirty days ago.

This is part three in a series about common CPAP issues.

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Part Five: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

Part Five: Top CPAP fails

and How to solve them

Being sensitive to the CPAP experience is nothing new. But there are ways to lessen the impact of CPAP therapy. Read on because we dug deeper and found more practical solutions so you can remain compliant.

 

My nose is running or stuffy after I wear my CPAP mask!

This is a common seasonal issue and can be taken care of with a few key details.

First, check if your CPAP device comes with a heating option with the attached or attachable humidifier.  Usually runny nose and/or stuffy nose symptoms can be alleviated with the use of the CPAP humidifier.  Experiment with low to high humidity settings to suit your needs, such as level 2* for one night, level 3 the next night and so on. Notice when your stuffiness and/or runny nose is eased.  By paying close attention, you can find what setting works well.

If the above suggestion doesn’t work, possibly use a nasal saline spray before bedtime to prevent your nose from over-drying.

And of course, make sure that your mask is actually fitting well because a leaky mask can dry out your nose.

If a runny nose is taken care of, other not-so-fun developments can arise. So, let’s talk about the CPAP mask experience again and another issue, claustrophobia.

 

How can I feel less claustrophobic when I’m wearing the CPAP mask?

The approach described below is either a simple set of solutions or is a process of uncovering a deeper reaction to CPAP. Proceed and be sure to document your experience so you can consult your doctor, if needed.

Here are a few key tips to de-mystify claustrophobia:

  • While you’re awake, practice by first just holding the mask up to your face without any of the other parts attached. Once you’re comfortable with that, try wearing the mask with the straps. Part one of this series discusses mask acclimation tips.
  • Try holding the mask with the hose connected to your face, without using the straps for short periods of time. Make sure you have the hose attached to the CPAP machine at a low-pressure setting (with ramp feature turned on). And, of course, wear the mask with the straps for short periods of time while awake. After you’re comfortable with that, try sleeping with it on. See part one of this series for a strategic approach.
  • Relaxation exercises, such as progressive muscle relaxation, such as Theta meditation, Approaching CPAP therapy this way also may help reduce your anxiety.
  • If you’re still feeling claustrophobic, talk to your doctor, sleep technologist or CPAP supplier as there are more mask options in today’s CPAP supplies market than ever. It may help to get a different size mask or try a different style.

This is part five of an ongoing series.

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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.

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