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Air Pollution May Up Sleep Apnea Risk

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 Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) who also enrolled in both MESA’s Sleep and Air Pollution studies. The participants (average age 68) were a diverse group: 36% were white, 28% black, 24% Hispanic, and 12% Asian. Nearly half (48%) of the participants had sleep apnea. Using air pollution measurements gathered from hundreds of MESA Air and Environmental Protection Agency monitoring sites in 6 US cities, plus local environment features and sophisticated statistical tools, the research team was able to estimate air pollution exposures at each participant’s home. The study found a participant’s odds of having sleep apnea increased by: 60% for each 5 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) increase in yearly PM5 exposure. 39% for each 10 parts per billion increase in yearly NO2 The researchers adjusted their findings for factors that may have biased their results, including body mass index, [...]

By |2019-01-31T02:16:08+00:00January 31st, 2019|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

Sleeping with CPAP: 7 Tips for a Better CPAP Experience

As many sleep apnea sufferers can attest to, the first time you try your CPAP mask: you hate it. The main problem is our mindset. Many of us feel hesitant about wanting to wear a mask, in any capacity, while we sleep. A 2008 research study1 hailing from the Canadian Respiratory Journal reports that almost half of those who try the treatment, or are merely diagnosed with sleep apnea, wind up not doing the treatment at all. The study reports the following: 43 of 80 patients (54%) were still using CPAP and most reported an improvement in symptoms. 12 of 80 patients (15%) had abandoned CPAP after using it for approximately 10–15 months. 25 of 80 patients (31%) had never commenced therapy after initial diagnosis and CPAP titration. Many continue sleeping like they always have, not realizing years later that their health will suffer for it. But finding out you have sleep apnea shouldn’t result in a negative mindset. Instead, it should be the opposite: You found out before it’s too late and, thankfully, there’s a treatment that will have you feeling better than you ever thought imaginable! Sleeping with CPAP is the beginning to living a more energized and healthy life. It takes some time to adjust to, but I hope these tips will help you adjust faster and have you sleeping like a baby – with your CPAP mask. Tip 1: Practice makes perfect This is just like wearing a watch or ring for the first time. It feels weird. The same applies to your mask. If you don’t get accustomed to wearing it, you’ll have trouble sleeping with it. Wear it as much as you can, before using it at night, at [...]

By |2017-02-06T22:03:01+00:00February 6th, 2017|CPAP Learning Center, CPAP Machines|0 Comments

Springtime and CPAP

Springtime is here! Time to open the windows and let the fresh air in – along with dust, pollen and other allergens. And read our helpful springtime CPAP tips. 1. If you have spring allergies, try CPAP humidification. If allergies are attacking your nose, it can feel more irritated when it has to warm up all that incoming CPAP air. Using your CPAP humidifier can help when you have allergies by sharing your nose’s job of warming that air, making you feel more comfortable and relaxed. It can also help if your allergies cause you to havecongestion, dry mouth or cold-like symptoms without a fever. 2. Adjust your own humidification. If you have an Air10™ or S9™ CPAP machine, your Climate Control Auto settings will provide the best protection against rain-out (an uncomfortable condition in which humidified air cools too quickly and condenses in your mask, becoming water droplets that dampen your face). But some nights, you may want more control over your humidification, especially if you have allergies, get a cold, etc. Fortunately, setting your own humidity and temperature settings on your Air10™ or S9™ machine is easy – just follow these simple steps. 3. Check your CPAP air filter. We recommend checking your CPAP machine’s air filter year round for dust buildup, and replacing it at leastonce a month, as needed. This is worth emphasizing in March and April when more particles both in and outside your house can find their way into your filter. (Ask your equipment provider how often you’re covered to get replacement air filters, and if you’re eligible to receive hypoallergenic filters.) 4. Still congested? Consider a full face mask. If you’re using a nasal or a nasal pillows mask and have [...]

By |2016-03-29T22:04:46+00:00March 29th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

Travel with CPAP Equipment

Travel with CPAP equipment Sleep apnea treatment doesn’t have to interfere with your travel plans. ResMed masks, machines and accessories are fully portable. Air travel When sleep apnea treatment is needed in-flight, it is recommended that you contact the airline at least two weeks prior to traveling. Follow these recommended preparations: Carry a letter from your doctor certifying your need for CPAP treatment. Obtain approval from the airline’s Medical Services for use on the flight. Carry a copy of the approval letter from the airline if they provide one. Carry a copy of ResMed’s statement of FAA compliance letter for ResMed devices. Carry a copy of ResMed’s travel letter for assistance in carrying your CPAP device through security and on the aircraft. Arrange seating close to a power source on the aircraft. Confirm the type of power cord or adapter required by the aircraft. Reminders The airline has the final approval for in-flight usage. Humidifiers should not be used with CPAP devices while on the plane, as water could spill. Please note that not all ResMed devices are approved by the FAA. International travel ResMed devices run on virtually any power supply in the world without the need for a power transformer. However, you will need a plug adapter appropriate for the country you are visiting. Plug adapters can be purchased at most electronics and travel stores. Battery options Like camping? No worries, you can still take your machine along with you! Your Air10™, S9™, Stellar™, and most S8 machines can connect to an external battery: the ResMed Power Station II (RPS II). In addition, this battery provides a backup power for up to 13 hours in case of a power outage or no available [...]

By |2016-03-07T20:39:56+00:00March 7th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

Common CPAP Complaints: Dry Mouth

Common CPAP complaint: Dry mouth Your CPAP machine can be positively life-changing in so many ways (ie, restored sleep, more energy, improvement of other existing health conditions). But we know it can also be challenging to use at times, tempting users to abandon their treatment and accept life-threatening consequences. That’s why, for the next three weeks, we’ll examine common complaints related to CPAP masks and how you and your doctor can try to resolve them – starting with dry mouth. We hope our tips can help you achieve better sleep apnea treatment and better sleep! If you’ve ever felt dry mouth when you take your CPAP mask off in the morning, you’re not alone. Roughly 40% of patients on CPAP therapy experience dry mouth,1 which can cause various side effects including headaches, dizziness, bad breath, coughing and difficulty talking or eating. Below are the three main causes of dry mouth: Dry mouth cause #1: Medications or other conditions Before you blame your CPAP mask for your dry mouth, it’s important to rule out other culprits. The Mayo Clinic lists six potential non-CPAP causes that you should discuss with your doctor first: Oral medications that list dry mouth as a side effect Aging Cancer drugs Nerve damage (as result of an injury or surgery) Tobacco or methamphetamine use Other health conditions: Sjogren’s syndrome and HIV/AIDS can cause dry mouth Stroke and Alzheimer’s disease can cause a perception of dry mouth, even though the salivary glands are functioning normally.2 Dry mouth cause #2: Non-heated air If you and your doctor determine that your CPAP machine’s air is likely causing your dry mouth, you may benefit from added moisture through a heated humidifier and/or heated tubing. (Both come standard with [...]

By |2016-03-07T20:36:04+00:00March 7th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

Using a CPAP Humidifier this Winter

Using a CPAP humidifier this winter When the weather outside is frightful, using humidification can make CPAP more delightful. Cold, dry air: Is often less comfortable to breathe. Can cause you to wake up with uncomfortabledry mouth. Makes your nose work extra hard to heat air up before it reaches your lungs, which can cause sinus headaches and irritation. Humidification can help you avoid all of that and sleep more comfortably all winter – and really all year! Here are some tips for breathing heated comfortable air during the cold months. 1) Use Climate Control to automate your settings – and your comfort The Climate Control feature on your Air10™ or S9™ machine adjusts your humidification settings for you based on the room conditions to help you get the right amount of humidity for added comfort. Plus it automatically balances your settings to protect you from rain-out – a discomforting event that occurs when humidified air cools in your tubing, causing some moisture to condense and reach your mask as water, dampening your face. 2) If you choose to manually change your humidification, make small changes Some nights, you may want to manually control your humidification settings, especially when the weather turns cold, dry and/or rainy. It’s easy to do if you have a ResMed Air10™ or S9™ CPAP machine and a ClimateLine™ or ClimateLineAir™ heated tube; just follow these simple steps. But we suggest making small changes to help avoid: Air that’s much warmer in the humidifier than your tube, which can cause rain-out. Air that’s too hot, causing the desired air moisture to evaporate, leaving you once again with non-humidified air. 3) Even if you haven’t needed humidification yet, it may help in the winter If you [...]

By |2016-03-07T20:34:30+00:00March 7th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

When to Replace your CPAP Supplies? by Res Med

When to replace CPAP supplies To get the most out of your CPAP supplies, using it is only half the battle. The other half is making sure you inspect and replace your supplies as often as needed to maximize seal, comfort and health benefits. We all know that we need to replace our toothbrush every 3–4 months; if we don’t, the bristles wear down, fall out and become much less effective in cleaning our teeth. Similar things happen to our sleep apnea equipment over time. For instance, mask cushions collect dirt, oil and bacteria from our faces. These can create odors, deposit back onto our faces while we sleep, affect how well the mask seals, and also cause skin irritation. And of course CPAP machine filters need to be changed out for the same reasons that your car and vacuum filters do; build-up over time makes them less effective and even contribute to nasal symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. The great news is: Medicare and most private insurers cover scheduled replacements of all mask parts and other supplies (including CPAP machines, but we’ll talk about those in an upcoming blog post). Ask your insurance provider how often it will cover the replacement of each part. Your equipment supplier can answer any questions about this and even help you fill out and process any necessary forms. Based on Medicare coverage, we suggest that you replace: Every month Mask cushions and/or nasal pillows CPAP machine filters Every 3 months Mask frame (not including the headgear) CPAP tubing Every 6 months Mask headgear Chin strap (if applicable) Humidifier water tub Keep it clean Cleaning your equipment as recommended is also key to ensuring that [...]

By |2016-03-07T20:29:29+00:00March 7th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

The Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Untreated Sleep Apnea Risks Sleep apnea can be a life-threatening disorder. If treated, you can live a healthy, active life. If untreated, you have a higher chance of serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. High blood pressure 1 in 3 people with high blood pressure also has sleep apnea. In patients who take multiple medications to control their blood pressure, that number is much higher. Treating sleep apnea may help lower your blood pressure and benefit your heart. Heart disease Sleep apnea may place a patient at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. CPAP therapy is associated with a lowered risk of heart disease. For more detailed information about the effects of untreated sleep apnea on heart disease and sleep, click here. Diabetes More than 1 in 2 people with type 2 diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea. Studies show that sleep apnea may affect the body’s ability to use glucose and insulin. For more detailed information on diabetes and sleep, click here. Obesity/overweight Treating sleep apnea may help you in your efforts to reach a healthy weight. Exercise is important in controlling your weight, but when you’re tired you have less energy to exercise. Treating sleep apnea has been shown to improve a person’s overall quality of life and increase energy throughout the day. The increased energy from treating sleep apnea may help you exercise, which can lead to weight loss.

By |2016-03-07T20:26:27+00:00March 7th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

NIV: A Home Treatment Option for COPD

COPD treatment from ResMed In November (COPD Awareness Month), we learned about the symptoms, causes and facts of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder); and overlap syndrome (when people have COPD and obstructive sleep apnea), which affects 1 in 10 people with OSA. This week, we'll discuss one COPD treatment option that can help patients breathe easier. It's called non-invasive ventilation (NIV) therapy, which ResMed offers with VPAP™ COPD (pictured, right). How NIV works NIV treatment consists of a machine that provides air through a tube and mask to help you breathe easier, similar to CPAP. But VPAP COPD is designed specifically to treat COPD with these key comfort features: Easy home setup. Your machine’s default settings were chosen to treat breathing challenges specific to COPD, so you can simply bring it home, plug it in and start using it. Breathe comfortably. Its separate pressure settings for inhalation and exhalation make it easier to breathe in and out. VPAP COPD even syncs up with your breathing pattern in real time and offers Climate Control humidification and temperature settings to maximize comfort. Works with oxygen therapy. If you’re on oxygen therapy, the ClimateLineMAX™ Oxy tube conveniently connects to both your oxygen tube and VPAP COPD machine, so there’s no need for a separate tubing connection. Plus, the oxygen can mix with VPAP COPD’s warmed, humidified air for added comfort. ResMed also offers other machines for people in various stages of COPD. If you have COPD, ask your doctor if any of these options can help treat your COPD symptoms. Why NIV for COPD? If people with COPD are admitted to the hospital due to an acute exacerbation, they are often placed on NIV. But once they’re discharged, they continue with their [...]

By |2016-03-07T20:24:24+00:00March 7th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments

4 Tips for Camping with CPAP

Next time you sleep under the stars, make sure you and your tent mates can actually sleep. If you have sleep apnea, check out these four CPAP camping tips. 1. Use CPAP while camping. Always use CPAP whenever and wherever you sleep. Travel bags make it easy to bring CPAP with you. You’ll also be glad you got a good night’s sleep in order to get the most out of your outdoor vacation. (Not to mention, your tent mates will rest well too if CPAP keeps you from snoring.) 2. Know how to power your CPAP outside. If you have an external CPAP battery, refer to its user guide on how to charge it. The ResMed Power Station II (RPS II) can only be charged in a wall outlet. If you don’t have access to wall socket power during your multi-night vacation, you should consider getting a marine battery to power your CPAP machine.  Talk to your equipment provider about what you need and where you can get it. 3. Know how many hours of power you have. Humidification and CPAP pressure can both affect how much power your battery can provide. For instance, ResMed’s RPS II packs up to 13 hours of power. But with humidification on, it’s closer to 4 hours. Ask your equipment provider: How much power your CPAP battery can provide Whether you can run two batteries at once to double your power (you can with the RPS II) Whether you can likely get by without using humidification outside (depending on the weather forecast) 4. Change your filter when you get home. Your filter likely picked up far more allergens and dust particles outside than it does in your bedroom. Be sure to ask your provider [...]

By |2016-03-07T20:22:51+00:00March 7th, 2016|CPAP Learning Center|0 Comments