After an in-home sleep study has been completed, and returned to us, it is then interpreted by the board-certified sleep physicians working with us. If the patient is not familiar with what the sleep doctor is looking for, they may feel slightly vulnerable. It can be unnerving to feel poorly and not know what is going on to cause it. In order to put nervous patients a little more at ease, here are the indicators our sleep doctors are looking for when reading the results of an in home sleep study.
There are three main types of CPAP masks - full face masks, nasal masks, and nasal pillow masks. Each of the three mask options has the same basic components: mask frame, headgear, and cushion. Since the CPAP mask is the interface between you and your CPAP machine, it needs to provide a comfortable fit. Otherwise you’ll be less likely to keep it on all night and your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment will be less effective. Don’t worry, the best CPAP mask for you is out there, read on to find out how to find it.
When you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the next step in your treatment will be to get set up with a PAP device (the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment). There are different types of PAP machines, each with slightly different functionalities. Let’s dive into the types of machines available and how they treat sleep apnea.
If you’ve talked with your health care provider about sleep problems like snoring or excessive daytime sleepiness, you may have been referred for a polysomnogram, or an overnight sleep study. Curious about what to expect when you undergo one of these tests? We’ve gathered answers to some of the most frequently asked questions to put your mind at ease.
We’ve updated this year’s list of the best CPAP machines with feedback from our clinicians and real user reviews. You’ll find some brand new winners and some all-time favorites. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you’re looking to upgrade your old CPAP, these machines combine the effective therapy doctors recommend with the user-friendly features that patients love.
But how do you tell the must-haves from the mistakes? Below our recommendations we’ll explain how to choose the right CPAP machine– from the types of CPAP machines you’ll encounter to the features to look out for– so you can decide on the perfect machine for yourself!
We get it, CPAP equipment expenses can add up, and it's tempting to try to save money by ordering products on Amazon, eBay, Facebook, and Craigslist. While it may seem like a harmless way to reduce some of the financial load associated with CPAP therapy, it may end up costing you more money in the end, not to mention there are serious health risks involved.
Once your head hits the pillow the rest might feel like a mystery until you wake up the next morning. You may wake feeling well rested or like you hardly closed your eyes at all, as you’re left wondering how you really slept. Many modern CPAP machines now include sleep tracking functions, but that only helps if you've already been diagnosed with sleep apnea. However, wrist trackers such as Fitbit or the Apple Watch may be able to clue you in on your sleep quality and even track sleep apnea.
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.