Sleep Apnea

Articles on sleep apnea and cpap.

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    CPAP and Stomach Bloating - A Common Side Effect

    Abdominal bloating or air in the stomach is a common complaint of many CPAP users. Though it does not affect every single user, it still affects many and often becomes one of the major reasons for stopping CPAP therapy. Difference Between Aerophagia and Gastric Insufflation Bloating from CPAP use is mainly caused not by any digestive gas but by room air that is forced into the stomach through LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter). Just like digestive gases, this air also goes into vents and...
  2. CPAP Machine Pressure Settings for OSA

    The air pressure in a CPAP machine is measured in cm/H2O or Centimeters of Water- alternatively also called as CWP or Centimeters of Water Pressure. One way to understand the cm/h2O term is through the following example: if a person drinks water using a 3.9 inch (10 cm) straw, the suction generated would be 10 cm of H2O (water). Speech is also measured in similar terms. It is calculated at around 7 cm/ H2O pressure once it crosses the vocal cord. The Mean Pressure considered for Sleep Apnea...
  3. How to Fix CPAP Mask Leaks Easily

    CPAP mask is an integral component of the CPAP machine and any leaks, major or minor, should be addressed immediately. When a CPAP mask leaks, the user’s brain tries to compensate the loss of air with biochemical responses, which can negatively impact the body. Types of Mask Leaks Seal Leak Seal Leak is one of the most common forms of Mask Leaks. It appears when the air from a CPAP machine leaks from the gap between the CPAP mask and the user’s face. Mouth Leak Mouth Leak happens when the...
  4. Common CPAP Equipment Problems and Solutions

    Untreated OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) could result in the patient not having a good quality of life with high chances of it turning into a potentially life-threatening problem. Even though patients buy the CPAP machine, they often have little idea on how to get optimal CPAP treatment. These patients also have limited options to turn to when they encounter various issues with their machine. In fact, many patients start CPAP treatment but give it up midway due to discomfort caused by the...
  5. CPAP Mask Claustrophobia - How to Overcome it!

    Claustrophobia is an irrational or extreme fear of being confined in small room/space and becoming incapable of escaping from it. This could be triggered in many ways, including being in packed elevators, flights, being in small cars, windowless rooms, as well as tight-fitting clothes among others. Depending on severity, the person can suffer from either all or some of the following symptoms: Panic attacks Increased rate of breathing, heart rate as well as feeling of tightness in the chest...
  6. In-Lab Sleep Test Vs. Home Sleep Test

    When a person has been advised a sleep test, many doubts start racing in their mind. The three significant uncertainties that arise in any person who has been asked to undergo a sleep study are - Difference between in-lab sleep test and home sleep test Which test would help in effectively diagnosing the disorder? Which test is better and affordable? Differentiating Factors Location A major differentiating factor for sleep study test is the location of the sleep tests. Home Sleep Tests: A...
  7. Different types of PAP machines

    Sleep apnea is considered to be one of the most common types of sleep disorders, affecting more than 22 million Americans. Sleep apnea is characterized by a person having periodic pauses in breathing while they are asleep. An interruption in breathing does not last for more than three minutes, and their frequency can be anywhere from few disruptions to up to a hundred every hour. When a person has breathing pauses, they get partially awakened from their sleep since the brain gets pulled out...
  8. Choosing a PAP machine

    Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy is the most common treatment type for sleep apnea. This treatment is delivered using a PAP machine. Typically, the PAP machine is about the size of a shoebox, or even smaller. The device has a flexible hose which connects the PAP machine with a mask or any other interface, which is worn over the nose and mouth. A PAP machine works by pushing pressurized air through the sleep apnea patient’s airways at a pressure which can prevent apneic episodes. The...
  9. Tips for selecting first CPAP Mask

    After a person is diagnosed with sleep apnea (obstructive, central or mixed), the next step is to buy a CPAP mask. Many users just go ahead and buy any mask that is offered by the local DME (Durable Medical Equipment) without checking whether the mask is a perfect fit, and does it have any issues. The following tips throw light on important aspects that should be taken into consideration while choosing a CPAP mask. Selecting Appropriate Mask for Sleep Study While undergoing a sleep study,...
  10. Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) Therapy for Central Sleep Apnea

    Central sleep apnea syndrome or Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is a disorder where a patient’s breathing repeatedly stops while he is asleep. This happens when brain temporarily ceases to send signals to the respiratory system. A CSA episode usually lasts anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 seconds. These events are either cyclic or intermittent and are typically associated with decreased levels of oxygen in the blood. Though not as common as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea is still...
  11. Benefits of CPAP Machine Therapy

    Using CPAP machine for treating sleep apnea is the gold standard. However, it only ensures effective management of the disease and does not cure it. To get maximum benefit from the CPAP therapy, sleep apnea patients have to use CPAP machine daily. CPAP Machine CPAP machines aid in treating mild, moderate and severe sleep apnea. However, patients diagnosed with mixed apnea, central apnea, as well as Cheyne-Stokes respirations, undergo treatment using high-end technology devices like APAP...
  12. Replacement Schedule for CPAP Equipments

    A sleep apnea patient needs regular replacement of his CPAP equipment and supplies in order to have an effective treatment. The following table shows the replacement schedule followed by many insurance carriers, who tend to follow the Medicare guidelines. Of note, this is not a standardized schedule and every insurance company have their own versions. Product Replacement Schedule Description Full Face Mask 1 on...
  13. How to Clean a CPAP Mask and Machine

    This article aims at helping users know the best cleaning practices for their CPAP equipment. It also aims at answering questions about frequency of cleaning as well as what substances should be used for cleaning the machine. Importance of Cleaning CPAP Equipment Regular cleaning of CPAP equipment is necessary for ensuring that the user does not get any opportunistic infections as a result of dirty CPAP equipment. Moreover, routine and proper care would help the user to prolong the life of...
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