Category: snoring and apnea

EPAP Gets a New Look 0

EPAP Gets a New Look

Expiratory positive airway pressure for sleep apnea goes from humble beginnings to devices with expanded features such as reusability. 

When physician and engineer Rajiv Doshi’s wife complained about his snoring and asked if he could do something about it, he thought about it for a moment.

“Well, maybe that is a reasonable request; maybe I can do something about it,” Doshi recalls thinking. Maybe he could invent a solution.

An adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University, Doshi, MD, thought back to his days in medical school in the ’90s, when he had watched a patient with emphysema do an exercise called pursed lip breathing.

The exercise of breathing in through the nose and slowly breathing out through pursed lips helped that patient create backpressure to keep the airways open.

When that memory floated back to him, he knew he could invent a device to create that same backpressure to keep his airways open during the night, and hopefully prevent his snoring. It worked.

After months of developing and testing a homemade anti-snoring device made from an

Garmin’s Plan to Take on Apple, Fitbit and Others in the Wearables Space 0

Garmin’s Plan to Take on Apple, Fitbit and Others in the Wearables Space

The company is pursuing its own clinical trials with the University of Kansas to prove out healthcare capabilities in conditions like sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation detection, reports MedCity News.

Following larger trends in the space, Garmin has increasingly started to shift its wearables business towards the health and wellness space, especially for use in biomedical research and clinical trials.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/garmins-apple-fitbit-wearables/…

Website Sells Refurbished CPAPs and Other Sleep Devices 0

Website Sells Refurbished CPAPs and Other Sleep Devices

The concept of the new sleep devices and supplies website Repap.com grew out of Jim Boyle’s firsthand experience while treating sleep apnea patients with positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. “The experience for patients was completely frustrating, a hassle, getting the runaround with many delays for a much needed therapy,” he says.

Repap.com, which specializes in pre-owned, reconditioned CPAPs, bilevels, and accessories, aims to keep a “low-cost approach to eliminate the obstacles as a treatment provider for millions of sleep apnea sufferers nationwide,” says Boyle.

“Many sleep apnea sufferers can’t even afford the deductibles for a CPAP machine, let alone to fix it when it breaks down out of warranty. Sleep apnea care became more expensive and less caring.”

Repap.com’s sleep specialists are a team of experienced respiratory therapists and sleep techs who repair, replace, clean, refinish, and recalibrate parts in each machine.

Repap.com offers CPAP machines as low as $99, with flexible PayPal payment plans from a valid prescription. Warranties are available on used and new machines.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/website-sells-refurbished-cpaps/…

Overcoming The Cons Of Snoring 0

Overcoming The Cons Of Snoring

People may laugh at snoring and think of it as a laughing matter but the truth is snoring can kill you. Doctors can emphasize enough that snoring is often associated with sleep apnea. It is a serious but underrated medical condition that leads you breathless in your sleep. People often focus on the loud snoring sound of sleep apnea sufferers since snoring is one of its main symptoms but if you think about it, the breathing gaps are scary in itself. Imagine not being able to breathe in your slumber. Your brain always has to make that painful decision whether to let you breathe in your sleep and it leads to oxygen imbalances that can prove disastrous over time and it is a danger faced by all habitual snorers once they close their eyes for the night.

Aside from the medical dangers of snoring and sleep apnea, it can also put a strain on relationships especially if only one of the couple is snoring. It will drive the non-snoring partner insane especially that they constantly lose sleep at night …

Sleep Apnea Creates Gaps in Life Memories: Study 0

Sleep Apnea Creates Gaps in Life Memories: Study

People with sleep apnea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, new research has shown.

People with OSA are known to suffer memory problems and also have higher rates of depression but it is not well understood how these issues are connected with the development of the disease.

The new study led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, examined how the condition affected autobiographical memory and found people with untreated OSA had problems recalling specific details about their lives.

Lead investigator Dr Melinda Jackson said the research built on the known links between depression and memory.

“We know that overly general autobiographical memories – where people don’t remember many specific details of life events – are associated with the development of persistent depression,” Jackson said.

“Our study suggests sleep apnea may impair the brain’s capacity to either encode or consolidate certain types of life memories, which makes it hard for people to recall details from the past.

“OSA is increasingly common, affecting up to 30% of elderly people and around one

How to Choose and Use a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea 0

How to Choose and Use a CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea

Consumer Reports offers a guide to finding the right CPAP machine for those struggling with this sometimes challenging therapy for sleep apnea.

A gradual introduction to CPAP works best for many people. Start by using your CPAP for 20 to 30 minutes before bed.

If you find that the mask that felt right during your fitting is uncomfortable after a few nights, or that it’s difficult to adjust, contact your sleep medicine doctor or the medical equipment provider. You may need advice on adjusting or a different style of mask.

If you wear a full mask, have your sleep medicine specialist or sleep technician check its fit. For mouth-breathing, ask whether a chin strap can be added to your nasal mask or nasal pillow devices to hold your mouth shut during sleep.

Most newer CPAP machines come with a built-in humidifier—you can adjust the level of humidification so that it might ease nasal congestion. If that doesn’t help, talk to your doctor.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/02/choose-cpap-machine-sleep-apnea/…

Burglar Makes Off with Man’s Sleep Apnea Machine 0

Burglar Makes Off with Man’s Sleep Apnea Machine

Since the break-in, the Imperial Beach, Calif, man routinely wakes up gasping for air, reports ABC 10.

The thief left behind a white shirt with the words ‘West Coast Classic’ and a dark cap with a marijuana leaf printed on it. A neighbor spotted a man in his 20s wearing those items, skateboarding near the home Friday evening.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Imperial Beach sheriff’s station at 619-498-2400.

from Sleep Review http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2019/01/burglar-makes-off-with-mans-sleep-apnea-machine/…

Air Pollution May Up Sleep Apnea Risk 0

Air Pollution May Up Sleep Apnea Risk

The ill effects of air pollution may literally be causing some people to lose sleep, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

In “The Association of Ambient Air Pollution with Sleep Apnea: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis,” Martha E. Billings, MD, MSc, and co-authors report a link between obstructive sleep apnea and increases in two of the most common air pollutants: fine particulate pollution, known as PM2.5, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a traffic-related pollutant.

“Prior studies have shown that air pollution impacts lung and heart health, but only a few studies have looked at how air pollution might affect sleep,” says Billings, lead study author and associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington, in a release. “It seemed likely that air pollution was detrimental to sleep, given that air pollution causes upper airway irritation, swelling, and congestion, and may also affect the parts of the brain and central nervous system that control breathing patterns and sleep.”

The researchers analyzed data from 1,974 participants in the Multi-Ethnic

How To Help Your Snoring Partner 0

How To Help Your Snoring Partner

As people get into relationships, it is inevitable for them to share the same bed at night. While this is generally a welcome idea since it fosters intimacy and a deeper relationship with your partner, it can also bring about some challenges especially when one of you has sleep apnea. Snoring is the major symptom of sleep apnea but bear in mind that not all snorers have sleep apnea. To make that distinction, consult your doctor or a sleep specialist to get a definite diagnosis so that you can also receive the right treatment for your condition.

Snoring is not only a medical dilemma, but it has likewise causes conflicts in relationships. If the man snores loudly in his sleep, the woman won’t be able to sleep at all and it can result in a bad mood and cold shoulders the following day. If this goes on for a long time, imagine how upset the non-snoring partner is having to endure chronic sleeplessness every single day. It is no wonder that some couples actually have separate sleeping arrangements in order …

Philips Surpasses 10 Million DreamWear Masks, Cushions Sold Worldwide 0

Philips Surpasses 10 Million DreamWear Masks, Cushions Sold Worldwide

Royal Philips has sold its 10 millionth DreamWear CPAP mask and interchangeable cushion. DreamWear is a mask whose frame that accommodates multiple cushions, places the hose on top of the head, and is designed to prevent red marks, discomfort, and irritation on the nose bridge.

Designed to more efficiently meet provider needs for mask change flexibility, DreamWear is the only modular mask frame system on the market that works interchangeably with nasal, pillow, and full-face cushions.

“The invention of the DreamWear mask was not just an incremental improvement on existing CPAP mask designs, but a generational leap forward in terms of comfort and usability,” says John Frank, business leader of sleep & respiratory care at Philips, in a release. “Selling 10 million masks and cushions in just three years is a testament to the popularity of the patient-centric approach to design in health care, in addition to a proof point in the effectiveness of our innovative line of masks. This is just the latest example of Philips’ commitment to providing effective therapy options for sleep apnea patients, working toward our