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Optimal Slееріng Pоѕturеѕ fоr Ideal Hеаlth аnd Bоdу Oxуgеnаtіоn

 

Optimal Slееріng Pоѕturеѕ fоr Ideal Hеаlth аnd Bоdу Oxуgеnаtіоn

 

Mоdеrn bооkѕ, аrtісlеѕ, and wеbѕіtеѕ gеnеrаllу ѕuggеѕt that wе ѕhоuld select thе орtіmаl ѕlееріng роѕіtіоn bаѕеd оn lеѕѕ раіn іn a spine аnd other раrtѕ of the body. Mеаnwhіlе, ѕhоuld wе consider the humаn body аѕ a purely mechanical mасhіnе? Could a сеrtаіn ѕlееріng position be temporary gооd for a ѕріnе, but eventually lеаd tо vаrіоuѕ hеаlth рrоblеmѕ due tо some fundаmеntаl abnormalities created bу thіѕ “ideal” ѕlееріng position? Thіѕ іѕ еxасtlу thе ѕіtuаtіоn with supine sleep оr ѕlееріng оn оnе’ѕ bасk.

Slееріng оn one’s bасk or supine ѕlеер, according tо medical studies, аѕѕосіаtеѕ wіth higher chances оf asthma; asthma аnd аllеrgіеѕ in whееzіng сhіldrеn; nосturnаl аѕthmа;bасk раіn in рrеgnаnсу; bruxіѕm and ѕwаllоwіng; bruxism;clenching еріѕоdеѕ and gаѕtrоеѕорhаgеаl rеflux; chronic rеѕріrаtоrу іnѕuffісіеnсу; соugh (nосturnаl) and соughіng attacks; GERD (gаѕtrоеѕорhаgеаl rеflux dіѕеаѕе); health оf gеrіаtrіс іnраtіеntѕ; hеаrt failure wіth сеntrаl ѕlеер арnеа/Chеуnе-Stоkеѕ (irregular) respiration; іrrеgulаr оr реrіоdіс brеаthіng; health of pregnant wоmеn; sleep арnеа; ѕlеер раrаlуѕіѕ and tеrrіfуіng hаlluсіnаtіоnѕ; ѕnоrіng; hурорnеаѕ аnd apneas; stroke with ѕlеер арnеа; stroke іn elderly раtіеntѕ; and pulmonary tuberculosis.

Hоwеvеr, thеrе wеrе nо рublіѕhеd ѕtudіеѕ that tеѕtеd еffесtѕ оf sleeping роѕіtіоnѕ оn саnсеr, heart dіѕеаѕе, dіаbеtеѕ, and mаnу оthеr соndіtіоnѕ. Mеdісаl professionals are buѕу wіth аn еtеrnаl ѕеаrсh fоr better drugѕ, whіlе it іѕ knоwn thаt ѕеvеrеlу ѕісk раtіеntѕ are mоѕt likely tо hаvе exacerbations оf their health problems during sleep (frоm 4 tо 7 аm). Furthermore, epidemiological rеѕеаrсh аrtісlеѕ have fоund thе hіghеѕt mоrtаlіtу rates fоr these еаrlу mоrnіng hоurѕ. Would іt be ѕmаrt thеn to іnvеѕtіgаtе the еffесtѕ of sleep lіfеѕtуlе fасtоrѕ (brеаthіng rоutе, ѕlееріng роѕіtіоn, аіr ԛuаlіtу, hаrdnеѕѕ оf thе bed, thеrmоrеgulаtіоn, еffесtѕ of late mеаlѕ, еffесtѕ оf еxеrсіѕе wіth mouth vs. nаѕаl brеаthіng and its duration, еtс.)?

Shоuld such rеѕеаrсh ѕtudіеѕ bе conducted, ѕlееріng on оnе’ѕ back wоuld bе dесlаrеd аѕ a оnе оf thе lеаdіng immediate causes оf mоrtаlіtу іn the ѕеvеrеlу ѕісk. (Thе оthеr kеу cause is mоuth brеаthіng during sleep lеаdіng tо drу mоuth іn the mоrnіng.)

Surеlу, we are biochemical, nоt mechanical machines and sleeping positions should bе ѕеlесtеd according to bеttеr hеаlth, prevention and treatment of chronic dіѕеаѕеѕ and bеttеr wеll-bеіng іn thе morning. Sіnсе сhrоnіс dіѕеаѕеѕ are bаѕеd оn ineffective brеаthіng and low body oxygenation, сhоісе оf орtіmum ѕlееріng роѕturеѕ fоr mоdеrn реорlе must bе bаѕеd оn bеttеr respiratory раrаmеtеrѕ аnd minimum lоѕѕеѕ іn body oxygenation іn соmраrіѕоn wіth evening vаluеѕ.

Hence, оur nеxt question іѕ what is the ideal or орtіmum brеаthіng раttеrn fоr proper bоdу oxygenation? If we соnѕіdеr mоdеrn реорlе, dоzеnѕ оf studies found thаt mоdеrn реорlе brеаthе аbоut 2 tіmеѕ mоrе аіr аt rеѕt than the mеdісаl nоrm. Thіѕ nоrm іѕ оnlу аbоut 6 lіtеrѕ of per mіnutе, whіlе оrdіnаrу adults breathe about 12 L/min. Cаn оvеrbrеаthіng іmрrоvе оxуgеnаtіоn оf сеllѕ аnd tіѕѕuеѕ? Thоuѕаndѕ of mеdісаl publications hаvе revealed thаt hуреrvеntіlаtіоn mаkеѕ uѕ HYPOXIC. Wе gеt lеѕѕ O2 in сеllѕ duе tо 3 factors:

1. Whеn wе brеаthе more, we ѕtаrt tо use сhеѕt muѕсlеѕ fоr rеѕріrаtіоn. Aѕ a rеѕult,  wе get lеѕѕ оxуgеn in thе аrtеrіаl blood.

2. Since wе rеmоvе tоо muсh CO2, аrtеrіеѕ аnd аrtеrіоlеѕ get соnѕtrісtеd (CO2 іѕ a powerful vаѕоdіlаtоr) and аll vіtаl оrgаnѕ get lеѕѕ blооd ѕuррlу.

3. Lеѕѕ оxуgеn is released іn tіѕѕuеѕ duе tо thе ѕuррrеѕѕеd Bоhr еffесt (CO2 іѕ аlѕо the key fасtоr fоr оxуgеn rеlеаѕе in tіѕѕuеѕ).

Indeed, nоt оnlу mеdісаl research hаѕ fоund all thеѕе effects іn vіvо аnd in vіtrо, уоu саn easily соnfіrm thіѕ fасt оn уоur rеlаtіvеѕ and frіеndѕ. Nоrmаl brеаthіng іѕ light, slow, іnаudіblе, аnd wіth ѕtrісtlу nаѕаl brеаthіng. Wе tаkе vеrу ѕmаll аnd ѕhоrt dіарhrаgmаtіс іnhаlаtіоnѕ and then hаvе lоng rеlаxеd аnd ԛuіеt еxhаlаtіоnѕ. Thіѕ breathing раttеrn іѕ аlѕо thе kеу сrіtеrіа fоr gооd ѕlеер and best ѕlееріng positions.

You can еаѕіlу notice that, when we have bеttеr health, оur breathing durіng ѕlеер іѕ lighter аnd ѕlоwеr so that оthеrѕ саnnоt hеаr and ѕее іt. Breathing оf ѕісk реорlе, on соntrаrу, іѕ fast аnd nоіѕу due tо their іnеffесtіvе breathing pattern оr irregular brеаthіng раttеrn during ѕlеер. Yоu саn оbѕеrvе thіѕ еffесt. Especially іf you рау attention to breathing of уоur ѕроuѕе, children аnd/оr relatives аnd frіеndѕ during ѕlеер. Whеn thеу are hеаlthу, thеіr brеаthіng іѕ ԛuіеt and rеlаxеd. Whеn thеу аrе ѕісk, уоu can easily hеаr them.

 

NEXT STEPS

Aѕ a next ѕtер, you саn measure уоur or thеіr bоdу oxygenation uѕіng a ѕtrеѕѕ-frее vеrѕіоn оf thе BHT (brеаth holding tіmе) tеѕt. Aftеr uѕuаl еxhаlаtіоn, ріnсh bоth nоѕtrіlѕ аnd соunt thе number оf seconds for thе brеаth hold, but dо the test only untіl fіrѕt оr initial ѕіgnѕ оf stress or discomfort. Heavy breathers have ѕhоrt brеаth hоldіng tіmеѕ, while nоrmаl brеаthіng соrrеѕроndѕ to 40 ѕесоndѕ. [Since most mоdеrn people breathe twісе thе nоrm, thеу hаvе about twice lеѕѕ оxуgеn in cells or about 20 ѕесоndѕ. Sісk реорlе usually have less than 15 s BHT аftеr оnе’ѕ uѕuаl еxhаlаtіоn.]

Yоu саn аlѕо tеѕt thе effects оf ѕlееріng postures оn your body оxуgеnаtіоn measured in seconds. Prасtісаl experience оf Ruѕѕіаn аnd western Butеуkо dосtоrѕ аnd рrасtіtіоnеrѕ fоund thаt if уоu hаvе a certain BHT when уоu gо to sleep. Sleeping on a сhеѕt (оr tummу) оr уоur left side wіll nоt сhаngе уоur BHT. (Your BHT wіll go dоwn, іf уоu ѕlеер fоr hours wіthоut changes in your bоdу position.) Slееріng оn the rіght ѕіdе wіll cause about 20% rеduсtіоn іn your BHT. Sleeping оn уоur bасk wіll dесrеаѕе уоur bоdу oxygenation bу аrоund 40%.

 

Conclusion

Hеnсе, ideal ѕlеер postures are рrоnе аnd оn thе lеft ѕіdе. Lastly, ideal sleep for mоdеrn people ѕhоuld іnсludе alternations bеtwееn these two optimal sleeping роѕturеѕ: sleeping оn your ѕtоmасh (оr сhеѕt) аnd thе left side.

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The Link between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

Diabetes

The Links between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

Scientists continue to learn about more health and related adverse factors when it comes to sleep and diabetes.  They have learned that conditions are discovered side-by-side and can even exacerbate one another. Research has revealed how Sleep Apnea connects to Diabetes, a rather severe combination.

Unfortunately, each condition might make the other one worse, invariably. If you suffer from type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea, it is paramount for your doctor to investigate risk factors and protect your long-term health.

 

Does Sleep Apnea affect diabetes?

Plenty of links exist between Sleep Apnea and type 2 diabetes.  The two conditions have a common joint risk factor: obesity. Excess weight adversely affects how and why the body processes sugar. This fact alone confirms that obesity is among the top risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Excess weight is also predominantly considered a significant risk factor in the development of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This is due to fat deposits inhibiting smooth and normal breathing.

Evidence also shows that Sleep Apnea is guilty of developing an internal evironment for diabetes. When there is disturbed sleep, it inhibits the body’s ability to properly process sugar. Poor sleep quality brings about chronic fatigue and leads to increases in blood glucose.

Researchers understand that stress associated with poor sleep lead to hormonal changes t which influence the release of stored glucose. The definitive link between blood sugar and Sleep Apnea is that those who have a risk for type 2 diabetes can sustain sleep problems.

Problems associated with Sleep Apnea and type 2 diabetes are made worse by  complications each of these ill health conditions can cause. Individuals who have type 2 diabetes and or Sleep Apnea do present a higher risk for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

 

Talk to Your Doctor 

According to research, the links between sleep and diabetes indicate and suggest that anyone who has either should be thoroughly tested. For instance, individiuals who havebeen diagnosedwith type 2 diabetes also have a fifty percent chance of developing Sleep Apnea.

The risk runs higher for men as they age: it is postulated that two out of three men over 65 who have type 2 diabetes also develop Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is critical to note that without proper testing, men cannot get the treatment that they need to improve their sleep and their general health.

 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is not simply snoring, as most believe. Sleep Apnea involves periods of time of no breathing, such as ten seconds to a minute or more, per instance. These periods of “no breathing” time rob the brain of oxygen and cause poor quality sleep and possibly jar someone awake.. If you have type 2 diabetes and suffer from any factor on the following list, talk to your doctor about a sleep study:

  • frequent or loud snoring.
  • insomnia.
  • sleepiness during the day.
  • sore throat.
  • dry mouth.
  • depression.
  • weight gain.
  • mood swings.

 

Treating Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

The links established between Sleep Apnea and diabetes create a problematic health issue. However, there are ways to ease or control one issue over the other and “treat” everything overall. One way is the loss of body weight.

Losing weight is considered the most effective treatment when winning the battle against both Sleep Apnea and type 2 diabetes. Many people find that they feel better when using an effective medical weight loss program.

Moreover, when better health is achieved through lifestyle changes, therapies that directly address Sleep Apnea do help. For example, many people who are able to get better sleep and stop Sleep Apnea symptoms use a PAP device when sleeping.

Today’s CPAP machines (versus earlier machines) are more effective and advanced than earlier models. There is also a wider spectrum of masks available to achieve the best comfort. Many who get a firm Sleep Apnea diagnosis and use a CPAP device consistently do experience relief within one to two months. For instance, users will discover they no longer experience low mood and intense brain fog that result from a poor night’s sleep. This reduction in stress allows metabolism to process sugar more efficiently, thereby reducing type 2 diabetes symptoms, as well.

Finally, If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or Sleep Apnea, please talk to your doctor about all risks. Simple tests are available and determine if you are suffering from one or both conditions. By gaining important information, you can create a plan to improve sleep, your metabolism and feel better.

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References:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/living-with/sleep-apnea-connection/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3449487/
http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/20/3/126
https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide/type-2-diabetes-sleep
https://www.physiciansweekly.com/connection-between-sleep-apnea-diabetes/

Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 4

PAP therapy

 

Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 4

 

PAP therapy

 

 

Moving around in bed (i.e. side sleeping, back sleeping and more) and working with a PAP mask can be a nuisance. Many weigh in and describe their struggles on a consistent basis in PAP forums, chat rooms, etc.

We’re examining common sleep positions and suggesting PAP mask alternatives to keep up with very active sleepers.

In Part One of this series, we examined PAP mask options for back sleepers. And in Part Two, we examined PAP mask options for side sleepers. Part Three discussed stomach sleepers and their PAP mask options.

Today we discuss “active moving”sleepers and the challenges of the maintaining a seal with any PAP Mask.

Before we dive into this post, take note that most masks are not designed to adhere or affix to the face and therefore never move when the user moves.

Yet, most masks are provided with enough head strap options to reduce the likelihood of shifting during movement while sleeping

 

PAP Masks that might work

Here are masks which have shown to work well with active sleeping and why:

  • stomach sleeping with the head positioned to the side might see success with Adjustable nasal pillow masks, Adjustable full face masks and Adjustable nasal masks, provided the sleeper refrains from excess movement.
  • A knee pillow can assist comfortable sleeping if side sleeping is accomplished and keeps active sleeping under control.

NOTE: Additionally, there isn’t a PAP manufacturer who claims a PAP mask can work with a face down head position successfuly and without issue.

Key Considerations and some alternatives

There are accessories that can assist (but not guarantee) the success of “active sleepers” with a PAP mask. The first accessory is the CPAP Pillow which allows for layers of the pillow to be added or removed to customize one’s sleeping arrangement. The CPAP Pillow can help make the “active sleeper” successful but it is dependant on the sleeper’s movement or reduction-therof. The cut-out feature of the pillow allows “space” for the PAP mask so it is not knocked off or dislodged.

 

PAP therapy

 

Subsequently. another alternative (or addition) to PAP therapy is the utilization of a mouth piece (typically recomended by a sleep doctor and/or ENT specialist). The mouth piece is designed to position the tongue and jaw forward so the weight of the jaw and tongue do not block or obstruct the airway.  And finally, the mouth piece may or may not be used with PAP masks for a therapeutic combination effect.

 

PAP therapy

 

 

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Part One: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 

Part One: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

Most CPAP users come across an issue or two when starting out. This is common. However, it is not common for problems to persist. We will take a look at common CPAP fails and how to solve them, one by one in the coming posts. Let’s get started.

 

How do I get used to wearing a CPAP mask?

This is a common situation. Here’s what has worked for many:

  • Take small steps to get accustomed to wearing one or two. Keep track of which one suits you, i.e. full face mask, nasal mask, etc.
  • Try wearing the mask during the day when you’re watching TV or reading a book. Sometimes wearing the mask while you’re on the Internet can help you get used to wearing it during sleep. Be gradual, start with one hour of use per day for a few days, then a short nap with CPAP for a few days and then sleeping with CPAP at night. As a result, this practice eliminates unfamiliarity.
  • Once you become accustomed to how the mask feels on your face, start wearing the CPAP mask every time you sleep-at night.. (The reality is that the more you wear the mask, the easier it will be to get used to wearing it.)
  • Use the device for several weeks or more to see if the mask and pressure settings you were prescribed still work for you.

After working through the above list, contact your provider*, consultant or DME for further assistance, if needed.

This is part one in a series.

Part two is here.

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Part Two: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 

Part Two: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 

So, you have gradually been getting used to a CPAP mask, but…

My CPAP mask has become uncomfortable to wear! Now what?

When it comes to getting a new CPAP mask, it’s important that you work together with your doctor and CPAP supplier to assure that the mask and device suit your needs.One of the ways this is done is with compliance wireless reporting. Check your CPAP. It may be transmitting important usage information about your CPAP experiences. Furthermore, a conversation about this data can eliminate travel time, etc. to and from your provider.

If monitoring is not helping, ask your doctor, sleep technologist, or CPAP supplier to show you how to re-adjust your mask (and for fitting tips)  to get the optimal fit. Be sure to read manufacturer product instructions or view a good Youtube video, which can also help you get a better idea about proper fit.

Lastly, the good news is there is a wide variety of mask styles. Check out the different CPAP mask types and weigh each mask’s pros and cons. Having the right conversation and with the right information can lead you to a great fitting mask.

This is part two in a series.

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Part Four: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 Part Four: Top CPAP fails

and How to solve them


For some CPAP users, the pressure generated from the unit is a big problem, even after fixing mask fitting issues.

Today’s topic is: I can’t tolerate the forced air that well. What now?

This issue creates an unfortunate CPAP Fail. But there are options to turn this around.

So, here’s some good news:

You may be able to overcome this issue by using the “ramp” feature on the CPAP machine. The “ramp” feature allows you to start with low air pressure, which is then followed by an automatic, gradual (programmable) increase that eventually sets itself to the pressure you were prescribed by your doctor. The rate of this “ramp” feature can be adjusted by your doctor as well, if required. The key to remember is that ramp is for the beginning of your sleep, not for all night-long.

 

There’s More

Another feature on newer CPAP units is pressure relief. Pressure relief is when you exhale, the pressure of the CPAP drops a little, making it easier to breathe out. Some CPAP have degrees of relief annotated by 1, 2, or 3 on the LCD screen. Many units allow you to adjust this feature yourself. If you can’t, contact your provider, manufacturer of the unit, DME or fellow CPAP user. And of course, the included instruction manual can help.

Finally, If none of this helps, ask your physician whether you can switch over to a APAP or BiPAP machine. But make sure you check if this is something that would work better for your treatment needs.Your sleep doctor can assess your need for these specialty units by using the data from your most recent sleep study.

This is part four in a series.

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Part Three: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them!

Part Three: Top CPAP fails

and How to solve them!

 

Some CPAP users experience immediate discomfort and long before considering mask fitting or CPAP pressure issues. Which leads us to today`s central question:

 

What do I do now? Am I allergic to my CPAP mask!

Here are some tips on how you can test whether your skin is allergic to your CPAP mask, and what to do about it.

 

  • Stop wearing the CPAP mask and contact your physician. Usually an allergic reaction to a CPAP mask will occur the same night you wear it.
  • Consider how frequently you clean your mask. Almost 9 out of 10 times, what appears to  an allergic reaction to a CPAP mask (such as a bruise on the face or a skin infection) is caused by infrequent cleaning of the mask.
  • Check whether your mask is an old version made with latex. The majority of the CPAP masks in the market today are hypoallergenic. Almost all are latex free.
  • Consider a one time free mask substitute, if you purchased your mask less than (30) thirty days ago.

This is part three in a series about common CPAP issues.

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Part Five: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

Part Five: Top CPAP fails

and How to solve them

Being sensitive to the CPAP experience is nothing new. But there are ways to lessen the impact of CPAP therapy. Read on because we dug deeper and found more practical solutions so you can remain compliant.

 

My nose is running or stuffy after I wear my CPAP mask!

This is a common seasonal issue and can be taken care of with a few key details.

First, check if your CPAP device comes with a heating option with the attached or attachable humidifier.  Usually runny nose and/or stuffy nose symptoms can be alleviated with the use of the CPAP humidifier.  Experiment with low to high humidity settings to suit your needs, such as level 2* for one night, level 3 the next night and so on. Notice when your stuffiness and/or runny nose is eased.  By paying close attention, you can find what setting works well.

If the above suggestion doesn’t work, possibly use a nasal saline spray before bedtime to prevent your nose from over-drying.

And of course, make sure that your mask is actually fitting well because a leaky mask can dry out your nose.

If a runny nose is taken care of, other not-so-fun developments can arise. So, let’s talk about the CPAP mask experience again and another issue, claustrophobia.

 

How can I feel less claustrophobic when I’m wearing the CPAP mask?

The approach described below is either a simple set of solutions or is a process of uncovering a deeper reaction to CPAP. Proceed and be sure to document your experience so you can consult your doctor, if needed.

Here are a few key tips to de-mystify claustrophobia:

  • While you’re awake, practice by first just holding the mask up to your face without any of the other parts attached. Once you’re comfortable with that, try wearing the mask with the straps. Part one of this series discusses mask acclimation tips.
  • Try holding the mask with the hose connected to your face, without using the straps for short periods of time. Make sure you have the hose attached to the CPAP machine at a low-pressure setting (with ramp feature turned on). And, of course, wear the mask with the straps for short periods of time while awake. After you’re comfortable with that, try sleeping with it on. See part one of this series for a strategic approach.
  • Relaxation exercises, such as progressive muscle relaxation, such as Theta meditation, Approaching CPAP therapy this way also may help reduce your anxiety.
  • If you’re still feeling claustrophobic, talk to your doctor, sleep technologist or CPAP supplier as there are more mask options in today’s CPAP supplies market than ever. It may help to get a different size mask or try a different style.

This is part five of an ongoing series.

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Unraveling the Mystery of Getting & Maintaining Sleep, A Series

Unraveling the Mystery of

Getting & Maintaining Sleep,

A Series

 

sleep

 

For most, sleep is automatically expected. The moment your head or my own hits the pillow, slumber is supposed to naturally occur and provide next-day rejuvenation. However, when it takes more than laying one’s head upon a pillow to gain unconsciousness, other options might have to be considered, especially when life choices and circumstances challenge proper rest. 

Is this you? If so, we feel your pain.

This month’s series of posts will focus on providing an overview about sleep, how to get it, keep it and make it better. Because failing to get great rest may have nothing to do with you.

We might mention something you haven’t seen or heard about yet.

For that reason, specific resources will be cited, quoted and referenced for you to read, consider or apply. We will explore possible solutions and techniques for better sleep. Maybe something piques your interest. Possibly other details fill out your understanding a bit more. Maybe you’ll find the ultimate answer for yourself.

We’ll leave out anything complicated and focus on simple, easy to understand tactics.

Our drive to explore what it takes for great sleep is the lifeblood of our business ~ join us in our quest for fantastic sleep.

The first entry to this series is coming in March!

Stay tuned for great articles on this blog.

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P.S. Some blog entries may be podcasted for easier referencing.

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Banned Sleep References?

 Banned Sleep References?

 

For some, sleep is as much as an art as it is a science. The moment your head hits the pillow, sleep is supposed to naturally occur, achieve restorative depth and rejuvenation. When it takes more than a simple pillow to gain sleep, other options have to be considered. especially when life choices and circumstances challenge proper rest.

A powerful resource can shed light on this very issue. Go here for more.

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Part Six: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

 Part Six: Top CPAP fails and How to solve them

Top CPAP Fails

I can’t fall asleep easily with the CPAP mask on?

This is a normal, temporary problem that occurs most often, especially with patients new to CPAP therapy. Read on for some quick, easy steps to get to sleep with your CPAP tonight.

 

On virtually all CPAP units, the ramp feature is utilized to ease the user to sleep.  Ramp gradually increases the pressure to its prescribed level. Some CPAP machines (like Resmed’s Airsense 10 and Respironics Dreamstation) allow ramp time to extend to as much as 45 minutes. Newer units have auto-ramp, which has eliminated the experimentation option. What auto-ramp does is wait for you to go to sleep before gradually increasing the pressure to the doctor’s setting recommendation.

Another setting on newer devices, like Respironics Dreamstation and Resmed’s Airsense 10, is CFLEX or pressure relief. What this setting does is ease the effort of exhalation by lowering the pressure each time you exhale. This feature is a blessing for many and spells the difference between frustration and great sleep.

Once getting to sleep is solved, sometimes the mask can creep in with another issue.

 

Why do I have dry mouth after wearing my CPAP mask?

If you find yourself breathing through your mouth at night or sleep with your mouth open, CPAP may worsen everything by drying out your mouth.  Since certain masks require your mouth to close (nasal and nasal pillows) and others allow your mouth to open (full or total face masks), the experience of the mouth opening and causing leakage is different for all. However, there is a way to solve this.

Start with assuring a proper fit for the mask of your choice. Replacing the seal for nose or nose/mouth may require changing, especially after 6 to 9 months of continuous use.

Second, a chin strap may help keep your mouth closed(with nasal and nasal pillow masks), keep it from falling completely open and breaking a good seal (with a full face mask)  and reduce the overall air leak. The only place your mask should leak is from the intended exhalation ports, which typically blow from the front of the mask on practically every mask.

Finally, be sure to follow the above tips and enjoy great sleep again.

This is the sixth part of an ongoing series.

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Part Seven: Top CPAP fails and how to solve them

Part Seven: Top CPAP fails and how to solve them

 

CPAP Fails

I keep on taking my CPAP mask at night without knowing it.

For new users of CPAP, it is normal to wake up and find that you’ve removed the mask in your sleep. If you move a lot in your sleep and bump your mask off, this will aggravate your deep slumber.

However, there are some tricks to making this situation work for you rather than against you.

 

Start here:

  1. You may find that a full face mask will stay on your face better. Seek out a good CPAP mask and accessories supplier or an online company who might lend you trial masks. Be ready for a monetary deposit when trying different masks.
  2. You may be unconsciously removing the mask because your sinuses are congested. If so, ensuring a good mask fit and adjusting settings heated humidifier to your CPAP machine may help. A chin strap also may help you to keep the device on your face.
  3. Your bedding can be your best friend if you work with pillows that won’t knock your mask off.
  4. If you use a skin friendly sealant. gel or cloth liners or mask sealant accessory, and combine all of the above steps together, great sleep could happen as soon as tonight.

And finally, explore even more options for optimum CPAP use and sleep therapy to avoid common pitfalls altogether by going here. This is part seven of a series about CPAP fails.

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It’s on! The Fitbit vs Airsense 10 CPAP sleep quality comparison review

   

It’s on! The Fitbit vs Airsense 10 CPAP sleep quality comparison review

  

Today we’re breaking down two very popular products that deliver sleep feedback to the user: The Fitbit and the Resmed Airsense 10 CPAP.

This comparison is to take a quick general look into the feedback, the type of information provided and an understanding what each device will and will not deliver for the user ~ especially when related to measuring quality of sleep and proper sleep apnea treatment.

The Fitbit:

The Fitbit is a wrist band which records motion and related statistics when you’re awake and active, therefore giving you good fitness information for your goals. It also records information about your sleep quality (in normal and sensitive modes) and rates your sleep according to the amount of physical movement during sleep.

 

How does the Fitbit measure sleep?

As per the manufacturer, If there is an absence of movement while sleeping, it is indicative of deep sleep and therefore your sleep score goes up. For example, the Fitbit issues a rating in the form of a number, such as 85, meaning the quality of sleep was good.

If you move during sleep, your sleep score plummets. For example, the Fitbit issues a rating of 49. This means sleep quality was bad.

But what if how you “feel” contradicts either result? For example, on a score of 49 you feel your sleep was great.

Or on a score of 85, you felt like you didn’t sleep at all. These examples deserve an explanation.

Some users offered their comments to explain.

“The FitBit isn’t accurate at all. It just tracks motion so if you fidget while you sleep, which happens a lot, you will get poor results.”

And what about expecting the Fitbit to assess, treat or measure sleep disorders?

“Consumers expecting these devices to distinguish sleep stages or give sleep quality feedback (like precise heart-rate, sleep apnea events, etc.) will not get good information. because the Fitbit relies on physical movements and not by brain activity. The two recordings are completely different.”

So the Fitbit’s sleep feedback quality is limited to reading physical movement while sleeping? Yes, and it goes no further. Remember, the Fitbit score is reflective of movement or lack of movement during sleep which might support or hint of a sleep disorder, not treat.

The Fitbit’s best use is for activity measurement and non-medical personal use reporting.

 

The Science of the Sleep Evaluation and the Fitbit

Sleep clinics utilize electroencephalography (EEG) and other measurements to measure and study brain waves during sleep. The quality of sleep is discerned by key information recorded within various stages of non-REM sleep reporting. As far as quality sleep goes, someone might require sleep quality assessments (i.e. sleep study in a sleep clinic, etc.) to obtain good sleep information.

The bottom-line is this, the Fitbit’s recordings sent to your phone cannot reflect EEG or sleep study-like results. Nor is it a treatment device for sleep apnea. This conclusion leads one to ask what the alternative for actual sleep feedback would be.

Let’s talk about CPAP for a moment.

 

The Resmed Airsense 10 CPAP Elite

Let’s discuss the Airsense 10 Elite CPAP and how it works as a sleep quality re-enforcement device and feedback tool.

 

The Airsense 10 Elite CPAP

The Airsense 10  3G CPAP (Continuous Postive Airway Pressure) device delivers airflow to open up the airway during sleep, therefore preventing stoppages in breathing. It is primarily used by individuals with sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea. It also records sleep quality derived from specific algorithms which send information from the unit’s memory to the a website via PC, tablet or phone, where the user can see, study and print the information.

 

The Science of Feedback for the Airsense 10

The information from a Resmed Airsense 10 reflects the quality of sleep because of statistical and graphical indicators, such as average per hour breathing stoppages (i.e. apneic events), etc., hours of actual use, wavelength breathing and leak patterns from the CPAP circuit and mask.

The information from an Airsense 10 is also indicative of the actual control of sleep apnea. And as a tool, it works quite well. This means the Airsense 10 Elite is more of a treatment device for sleep apnea. Essentially, sleep feedback is more accurate when a CPAP is performing without mask leaks, power interruptions, and usage interruptions.

 

Is it smart to combine the two technologies for an accurate reflection of high-quality sleep and proper sleep apnea treatment?

The verdict is that consistent information must come from the two devices to support a collaborative success. If the Fitbit reflects good sleep, so should the CPAP monitoring program. If results are mixed, it may have nothing to do with each device and more to do with conditions for sleep, such as a comfortable CPAP mask, comfortable bed, adequate CPAP pressure flow and a whole host of variables. The bottom-line is both units have their merits in measuring sleep and each device achieves this aim differently. If you use both units together and interpret the data with a dash of perspective and assistance from your sleep doctor and/or sleep consultant, you’ll have a better time understanding the direction of your sleep quality.
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The Shocking Truth About the Airsense 10 Autoset by CPAPClinic

The Shocking Truth About the Airsense 10 Autoset by CPAPClinic

 

Airsense 10 AutoSet

The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet is a premium auto-adjusting device for effectively treating sleep apnea. It is designed to automatically adjust pressure levels to fit your needs by ensuring you’re receiving the lowest most effective pressure necessary.  It also features an integrated humidifier and built-in wireless communications, helping you to remain comfortable and in tune with your sleep apnea support team.

The AirSense 10 AutoSet machine is designed to help you comfortably adjust to sleep apnea therapy. Featuring a sleek design and advanced comfort technology, the AirSense 10 AutoSet machine will help you stay on track with your day-to-day sleep apnea therapy.

Advanced Even Detection

The AirSense 10 AutoSet’s advanced technology differentiates between obstructive and central apneas so you can be confident that you are always receiving appropriate therapy.

 

Connected Care

You can benefit from an extra layer of support with myAir – an exciting new online program that offers tailored coaching, education and motivational tools to support your obstructive sleep apnea therapy.

 

Integrated Humidification

Heated humidification is a standard function inside all AirSense 10 therapy devices.  And with Climate Control’s enhanced Auto option, you can simply attach the ClimateLineAir, heated tube. Press Start on your device to receive the ultimate in humidification comfort. There are no settings to change and no complicated menus to navigate.

 

AutoRamp

ResMed’s new AutoRamp feature with sleep onset detection provides a low pressure to ease you asleep. Once you’re asleep, your CPAP machine gently ramps up your prescribed pressure at the moment you need it.

 

Summary

And of course, when sleep is this good, you will enjoy only the best in sleep apnea therapy devices. Finally, the choice for Resmed’s Airsense 10 Autoset will be the clear advantage over any other available treatment options.

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Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 3

 

Move around a lot in bed? PAP therapy and mask fitting suffering? Let’s fix it. Part 3

 

PAP therapy and mask

 

 

Moving around in bed (i.e. side sleeping and back sleeping) and working with a PAP mask can be a nuisance. Many weigh in and describe their struggles on a consistent basis in PAP forums, chat rooms, etc.

We’re examining common sleep positions and suggesting PAP mask alternatives to keep up with active sleepers.

In Part One of this series, we examined PAP mask options for back sleepers. And in Part Two, we examined PAP mask options for side sleepers.

Today we discuss stomach sleepers and the challenges of the maintaining a seal with any PAP Mask.

The PAP masks that do NOT work well with stomach sleeping include virtually all PAP masks. Here is why all PAP masks, won’t work:

  • Industry standard exhalation ports on any PAP mask get partially or completely blocked, therefore inhibiting proper air exchange for the user.
  • Impressions from the PAP mask can be present on the face and take hours to fade.
  • Invariably the mask gets moved or completely dislodged from bedding and/or the sleeping position.

 

PAP Masks that might work

Here are masks which have shown to work well with side sleeping (not necessarilty stomach sleeping) and why:

  • stomach sleeping with the head positioned to the side might see success with small nasal pillow masks, provided the sleeper refrains from excess movement.
  • A knee pillow can assist comfortable sleeping if side sleeping is accomplished.

NOTE: There isn’t a PAP manufacturer who claims a PAP mask can work with a face down head position successfuly and without issue.

Key Considerations and some alternatives

There are accessories that can assist (but not guarantee) the success of stomach sleeping with a PAP mask. The first accessory is the CPAP Pillow which allows for layers of the pillow to be added or removed to customize one’s sleeping arrangement. The CPAP Pillow can help make stomach sleeping successful but it is dependant on the sleeper’s movement or lackthereof. The cut-out feature of the pillow allows “space” for the PAP mask so it is not knocked off or dislodged. However, the pillow cannot keep up with “active movement” during sleep.

 

 

The alternative (or addition) to PAP therapy is the utilization of a mouth piece (typically recomended by a sleep doctor and/or ENT specialist). The mouth piece is designed to position the tongue and jaw forward so the weight of the jaw and tongue do not block or obstruct the airway. The mouth piece may or may not be used with PAP masks for a therapeutic combination effect.

 

 

Part Four of this series will explore another set of sleeping positon(s) which challenges effective PAP therapy — restless sleeping.

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