Even though tap water straight from the sink is more convenient for many CPAP users to access, CPAP manufacturers and clinicians recommend that patients only use distilled water in their humidifier chambers - and for good reason!
Wondering if you can use your FSA or HSA for CPAP supplies? The answer is yes! If you have funds that run out at the end of the year, this is the perfect time to upgrade your existing equipment. Start the new year off right with fresh, sparkling clean CPAP mask, tubing, humidifier chamber, parts, or a machine.
Most people are familiar with an overnight sleep study, commonly used to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and other sleep disorders. Less well-known is a CPAP titration study. Though there are similarities between the two sleep tests, they have different purposes. Let’s take a deeper look at how a titration study works and how it’s used during the course of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment.
If you find yourself snoring loudly, waking with a headache or feeling tired and groggy even after a full night’s sleep, your healthcare provider may recommend you get screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA.) Depending on your risk factors and the severity of your symptoms (see below), you have a few different options for initial screening and evaluation.
With holiday travel around the corner, CPAP users are gearing up to take their sleep apnea therapy on the road. Travel can be a tricky time for people with sleep apnea; new surroundings make it harder to get to sleep, even without a sleep disorder. Then there’s finding a reliable, portable CPAP machine. What options are available? Do I need a new mask? What features do I need to make cpap therapy convenient and comfortable while I’m on the go?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be a difficult condition to manage on your own. Thankfully, internet forums and support groups can help you find a community of other people living with the condition. You can use these groups to connect, ask questions, and share your experience at any time of day or night. They are free and easy to join. In nearly all cases, you can simply create an account to chat about sleep apnea with people who understand sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be dangerous if not treated. Common symptoms include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, and agitation. It’s also known to increase your risk of cardiovascular problems and other health conditions. Recent studies have explored the link between sleep apnea and tinnitus. Some have found that people with sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing both tinnitus and hearing loss.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can cause loud snoring at night and a wide range of daytime symptoms. Although sleep apnea is common, it is a serious condition. If it is left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to cardiovascular trouble, hypertension, and other complications.
Getting older, our sleep patterns change just as surely as our skin and hair. Understanding the difference between normal sleep changes and deeper sleep problems is important. Poor sleep is often assumed to be a normal part of aging, but that’s not the case!
In September of 2022, Philips Respironics announced a product recall related to a safety issue that affects some of their CPAP masks. Find out more details below, including information on potential health risks, which masks are being recalled, and who who to contact with questions.