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Simple Steps to Keep Your CPAP Machine Clean

CPAP machines are designed to help people who suffer from sleep apnea feel better. These machines increase airflow during the night, helping you breathe better so you can sleep without disruption. But for the machine to work well and keep you healthy, you do need to keep it clean. Your machine should come with specific instructions for care, but there are some basic tools and techniques that tend to work on most of them. Check out five products that might help.Mild, pure, liquid soap: CPAP machines have humidifier water chambers, which you need to clean every morning. Empty any unused water from the chamber and then let the chamber soak…

Travel, CPAP & Sleep Apnea

Six things to know so that your CPAP machine can become a trusted travel companion Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is a common and very effective treatment for Sleep Apnea.   Some people on CPAP find the machines somewhat clunky and are reluctant to travel with them. As we head into spring breaks and summer vacations, you may be wondering how traveling with this equipment is possible. I’ve done my best to answer basic questions that will help you rest comfortably while on the road. Can CPAP machines be in carry-on luggage? Yes. In fact, it is recommended not to check your CPAP machine because of concerns that it could get lost or damaged. Fortunately, because CPAP…

What is Sleep Apnea?

Learn the signs that may point to this condition.   Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Does your partner complain about your incessant, loud snoring? Do you feel more tired in the morning than when you went to bed? Then you could be one of the 18 million American adults who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition in which the upper passages of your airways close up, cutting off your oxygen and interrupting your breathing until you wake up and start breathing again. The only way to confirm whether you have sleep apnea is to take a sleep test, where experts record what happens while…

What Is A Cpap Machine?

Everything you need to know about this sleep apnea treatment.   After being diagnosed with sleep apnea, there’s a chance that your doctor may give you a CPAP machine as a form of treatment. It’s a little more unusual than, say, popping a pill, so understanding how it works may answer any questions that you might have and/or ease any concerns. Q: What is a CPAP Machine? A: CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The machines help people with sleep apnea breathe more easily and regularly every night while they are sleeping. A CPAP machine increases the air pressure in your throat to prevent your airway from collapsing when you inhale. It also decreases snoring (which…

How to Prevent Snoring

Get rid of the earplugs and get ready to rest easy with these 10 tips to put snoring to rest. As many as 45 percent of people snore. But what may seem like a harmless habit can take a toll on your relationship, your memory, and even your health. In fact, three out of four people who snore have , a type of snoring that causes you to stop breathing for brief periods, disrupts your sleep so you’re more likely to feel fatigued during the day, and raises your risk for heart disease. But if you’re feeling helpless about this habit that strikes when you’re fast asleep, have no fear. Below, 10 smart…

I Have Sleep Apnea—Do I Really Need a CPAP?

Different treatments can help you breathe easier if you have sleep apnea. It’s a simple question, but it has a complex answer. There’s no one-size-fits-all remedy for sleep apnea—a potentially life-threatening condition in which a sleeper periodically stops breathing for several seconds at a time and then resumes breathing, often with a loud snort. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor is likely to treat it based on the severity of your condition. For mild sleep apnea, treatment options include: Avoiding Sedatives: Drinking alcohol or taking medications that make you sleepy can cause the tissues in your mouth and throat to relax too much, making it harder for your airway to stay open while…

Does Snoring Mean I Have Sleep Apnea?

Learn how serious your snoring really is. Snoring can do a lot more harm than just annoy your partner—it can lead to poor sleep quality and quantity. About 90 million Americans suffer from snoring; as many as half of those may have the sleep disorder Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). While OSA almost always causes loud and regular snoring, just because you snore doesn’t mean that you have OSA. Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which your breathing is obstructed, causing you to wake up in order to start breathing again. Regular snoring doesn’t typically wake you up. One way to tell the difference between snoring and OSA is to look for the symptoms of…

Is Snoring Bad?

Noisy night breathing may mean serious health issues Oh, snoring. Unfortunately, not many people consider this habit a good thing! The noisy breathing sounds, such as wheezes, whistles, or rattles, not only disrupt your bed partner, but also signal that your airway is blocked. While there are routine reasons, such as a cold or allergies that an airway may be temporarily clogged, chronic snoring may be a symptom of a potentially serious condition that’s associated with an increased risk for heart disease: obstructive sleep apnea. And in children, snoring can indicate large tonsils or other physical abnormalities that contribute to obstructed breathing. What’s more, snoring, itself, may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease….