How Can I Have a More Restful Night’s Sleep?

Many people transitioning into CPAP therapy find it difficult to adjust to.  If you’re feeling restless, however, it may have less to do with your CPAP equipment and more to do with your daily habits.  It could be due to a number of little things you do during the day that don’t have an effect until much later at night.  Below, we outline a number of these common problems.  You may find that following these simple tips could help your body know when it’s time to rest.

Shut off your electronics

It is recommended that you have no contact with your cellphones, laptops, tablets, or other electronics at least an hour before you plan on going to sleep.  Many doctors think that the bright screens are capable of heightening your brain activity, making it harder to adjust back to a relaxed state for sleep.  By holding off on your electronics, you could help train your brain to know when it’s time for bed.

Keep the room dark

This follows a similar concept as above; by keeping the room as dark as possible, you ensure that you have as few disruptions as possible.  This can allow your brain and body to relax and settle down, allowing sleep to come easier.  If you sleep during the light hours of the day, try products like blackout blinds to keep the sun out.

Take a nap

This tip may seem counterproductive, but not if it’s done in the right way.  Naps under 30 minutes can actually help you sleep better at night by preventing exhaustion.  Sleeping more than 30 minutes during the day, however, can cause you to wake during the deeper parts of your sleep cycle, causing you to wake feeling less well rested.  Many doctors also recommend you nap in a different area than where you sleep.  This recapitulates your body’s understanding that when you’re in your bed, it’s time to sleep.

CPAP therapy can make great strides towards your feelings of restfulness and alertness.  It does take time to transition, but the benefits greatly outweigh any initial discomfort.  If you’re following these above tips and still finding it difficult to fall asleep, talk with your doctor about other things you might consider.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of a few things you can do to improve your quality of rest. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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What is a BiPAP and is it Right for You?

There are many different types of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, each which has its own benefits depending on your personal and therapy needs.  A BIPAP, or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure machine, has many similarities to a more traditional CPAP machine, but it also has important differences.  Both of these machines work to deliver pressurized air into your airway, helping to keep it open and prevent instances of apneas, when you stop breathing while sleeping due to airway collapse.  These apneas can occur up to hundreds of times per night and have dangerous health consequences if not faced head on with your doctor.

Respironics PR System One BiPAP Machine
Respironics PR System One BiPAP Machine

 

BIPAP machines are, in a way, a more sophisticated type of CPAP machine.  They still are delivering pressurized air to prevent apneas, but they are able to have dual pressure settings.  Some patients complain that with a traditional CPAP machine, they have trouble while exhaling or falling asleep due to the continuous, single pressure.  By having these two settings in a BIPAP machine, your doctor can set one pressure for inhalation and the other for when you exhale, helping to minimize any uneasiness during therapy.  The exhalation pressure is typically set lower which allows the user to need less effort to exhale while asleep and prevent any discomfort that can cause you to wake.  

These machines are often seen as the next step for patients who are having a difficult time with a CPAP machine, or whose OSA and OSA markers have not improved with the use of a CPAP machine.  They are also seen as a good option for users with low oxygen levels or even cardiac health problems.  Of course,  only your doctor can decide if a BIPAP machine is right for your OSA needs, but always speak with them about your concerns, especially if you believe your therapy is not working as effectively as it should be.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive checklist on whether or not you should be using a BIPAP, but hopefully you at least have a better understanding of its differences from a traditional CPAP machine. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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How Do I Chose A Sleep Apnea Machine?

CPAP vs. Auto-CPAP Machine

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If you have been diagnosed just recently with Sleep Apnea, it is not as complicated as it sounds.  There are many options when best trying to choose your care, but when discussing sleep apnea therapy, there is a lively debate in the community as to which machine is superior: the classic continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, or the auto titrating positive airway pressure (autoPAP) machine.  While autoPAP machines are slightly more expensive, the devices can respond to long term therapeutic changes that occur in a patient’s sleep therapy lifecycle.  Some patients prefer one device over the other, and in this article we will discuss the pros and cons of each device as well as some long term trends affecting each machine’s popularity.

CPAP Machines

AirSense 10 Machine
AirSense 10 Machine

Traditional CPAP machines were created to supplement your normal breathing cycles and patterns through tubing and a CPAP mask.  It provides a pressurized stream of air to prevent apneas and hypopneas while sleeping.  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is unanimously known as the best method to treat sleep apnea, and CPAP machines provide a pre-prescribed set treatment during the night.  Your doctor will have you attend a sleep study, which can indicate whether or not you have sleep apnea.  Before CPAP Supplies Plus/Direct ships your CPAP machine, we will set the machine with your personalized pressure from the sleep study to make sure that you receive the best experience possible.

AutoPAP Machines

ICON Auto Machine
ICON Auto Machine

AutoPAP machines provide the same quality therapy that the original CPAP machine provides, but can adjust to differing levels of pressure needs throughout your sleep.  Advanced technological sensors in the autoPAP machine detect changing needs in your sleep apnea therapy and change the pressure accordingly.  In clinical studies, autoPAP machines deliver more successful patient outcomes and can provide a more streamlined therapeutic experience.

The new trend in the sleep testing industry is to provide patients the comfort of their own home while testing for obstructive sleep apnea.  Home sleep tests, also known as a polysomnography, are heavily favored by most insurance companies due to their ease, reliability, and predictability.  After sleep testing, the data is sent to a doctor specializing in sleep, who then interprets the results.  In the event the patient does have sleep apnea, he or she typically is prescribed an autoPAP machine.  While the machine tends to be slightly more expensive, its dynamic pressure settings make it extremely popular to make sure patients’ changing needs are met over time.  Given changes in the insurance industry, the autoPAP’s popularity will continue to increase due to its ability to respond to changes in patients’ breathing needs.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what the equipment is, but it is best to talk to your Doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

If you have any questions, post a comment or feel free to contact us at CPAP Supplies Plus – 877-791-3195.