It may not be something we are all comfortable talking about, but gas happens. Most of us are used to this experience based on the foods we eat, but if you are using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea, you may be getting a gassy belly from another source — the machine itself.
Have you ever felt like you were too hungry to sleep or like a snack would really help you fall asleep faster? But you can’t eat before bed, that’s bad for your health, right? Well, that answer sort of varies. There are a few items that can enhance your sleep, while others should be avoided.
If you have sleep apnea then it’s time to master a CPAP. While CPAP machines may be the most effective sleep apnea treatment, they can take some getting used to. If you’ve followed all of the tips for added comfort such as wearing your mask a few hours before bed, wearing it during naps, trying different mask types, and even using a humidifier, you aren’t out of luck. You simply may need a BiPAP or ASV.
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What is sleep apnea? Could it be that I'm just tired more days than not? People all across the nation are afflicted with sleep apnea. They are waking up multiple times in the night, feel exhausted in the morning, and battle fatigue all day long.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. This summer, more people want to hit the road in an RV. It’s no surprise why. Overall, people love to camp to relax, escape the stress and reconnect with friends and family. Because more RVs today are lighter and smaller, more people are RVing for the first time!
Americans are in the midst of a sleep epidemic. Currently, Americans average 6.8 hours of sleep a night, and 40% of Americans get six hours or less. 37.9% of people report unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.
Somewhere between 18 to 22 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep apnea, yet the condition remains largely undiagnosed in our nation. Most people assume only overweight men suffer from sleep apnea, but in reality, sleep apnea can affect anyone. Before you commit to a polysomnography, film yourself sleeping to see if you're struggling to breathe at night.
Many of you have heard about sleep apnea and CPAP machines, whether it is from loved ones, friends or even news stories. One common thing you will find about CPAP therapy is that there are many different myths that have developed over the years. Some myths may be true and others do not have a leg to stand on.
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Being on CPAP treatment does not mean that you have to give up your active outdoor lifestyle. Many patients are concerned that they will have to give up their weekend outdoor activities when starting on CPAP therapy. They think they will have to lug around a large machine that has to plug in somewhere, but that is not the case anymore!
Those of us who use a CPAP machine to treat obstructive sleep apnea may not be able to solely use the machine in the comfort of our own home each night. Many of us travel for fun, for work, or we just enjoy being out in the great outdoors. Luckily, there are several options to power a travel CPAP machine when AC power is not available.