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How To Get A CPAP Machine In 3 Easy Steps

Getting a CPAP machine is necessary to successfully treat sleep apnea, however, unfortunately, you can’t just go to a store one day to buy one. First, there are a few simple steps to take in order to protect your health by visiting a doctor and determining the correct CPAP pressure settings you need. Knowing the process can help make the steps easier and faster, so learn exactly how to get a CPAP machine below. 

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CPAP Myths Busted

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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CPAP Pressure Settings

Your CPAP therapy is as individual as you are. Your needs to treat sleep apnea are specific to you: your biological makeup, your facial structure, your weight, whether you have high blood pressure or heart disease and how you breathe during sleep. All of these things contribute to what CPAP machine, mask, and humidifier you use, and most importantly, your CPAP pressure settings.

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Foods That Help You Sleep

Most Americans do not get enough sleep.  We all know this; whether we are new parents, students, third shift employees, those that drive for a living, and many others.  Too many of us are not getting the sleep we need, and our diet is not helping.  We are busy, so we grab whatever is readily available, and let’s face it, most of the time it is the worst thing we could choose.  It is also important to keep in mind that an unhealthy diet paired with lack of quality sleep can ultimately lead to diagnosis of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea.

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Fisher and Paykel CPAP Products

Today, Fisher and Paykel is a company known for its respiratory and healthcare devices, but back in 1934, when the company began, they imported refrigerators, washing machines and radios.  In the 1960’s, F&P, as it is now known, looked for a way to create a business that would benefit from their growing manufacturing and electronics experience.  The first medical product they created was a respiratory humidifier, developed in New Zealand for patients who were in intensive care situations in the hospital.

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What is a Mandibular Advancement Splint?

It is true that snoring can be a significant component of sleep apnea, however snoring does not indicate sleep apnea on its own, and some with sleep apnea do not snore at all.  In the case of those who live with snoring, or have mild sleep apnea, there is another method to ease breathing during sleep and reduce snoring without the use of a CPAP machine.

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Heated Tubing for Your CPAP Machine

It’s again that time of year when the temperature fluctuates and that ever present humidity in the air has somehow increased.  This can become a nuisance to those using a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea.  Just as you have gotten used to the sound and feeling of sleeping with your machine running, you are now noticing condensation building up in your CPAP hose.

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Surgically Implanted Device Helping People With Central Apnea

A September 2013 study by the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center revealed remarkable results regarding the use of an implanted nerve stimulator to treat sleep apnea. This device, made by Respicardia, Inc., is designed to regulate breathing by stimulating the diaphragm during sleep.  This is important for patients with central apneas they are caused when the brain does not tell the body to breathe.  These apnea events have the same effects as obstructive sleep apnea, but with a different origin.  Dr. William Abraham, presented the results of an interesting study in September.  The study involved illustrating the potential safety and efficacy of an

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