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Jan 16, 2017 at 13:01 o\clock

Beauty :: How To Choose a Comfortable CPAP Mask

The pause of flow of air intake while sleeping is called as "sleep apnea". This sleeping disorder makes the patient miss one or two breaths while he is asleep. This cycle continues frequently, making the person wake up completely and thereby disrupting the sleep pattern. Thankfully, with the advancements in medical technology there is a perfect solution for this sleeping problem. The use of "continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) Mask" is the best treatment available today for sleep apnea. These CPAP machines where invented by Professor Colin Sullivan in 1981. The CPAP masks commonly referred as the "breathing machines" helps the people to keep the air passage of the body open, so that they can breathe without any interruption. Though the CPAP mask helps the people to sleep well without disruption, many of them find it very much difficult to adjust to the new sleep regimen. Hence it is very much important to choose the CPAP mask that gives a perfect fit.

Understanding the working principle of the CPAP masks will help you to choose the best comfortable machine for overcoming the sleeping problem. The CPAP masks resemble the looks of a ventilator but have a very different working principle. Unlike the ventilators, the CPAP machines open up the air passage by creating a positive pressure. These machines only push the air into the respiratory system during the sleep apnea cycle. I.e. These machines only help during the intake of air and the air exhaust is done by our body itself.



Wearing the CPAP masks during sleep can make people feel uncomfortable, especially if the mask is bulky, hard, heavy, and noisy or causes skin irritation. People using the CPAP masks face five main problems such as air leakage, pressure from headgear, limited sleep positions, skin irritation and noise. However, with the advancements in technology, all these 5 difficulties have been overcome. The "Cloth Nasal Mask" is a new product that allows the people to continue their CPAP therapy without experiencing the 5 main problems of the conventional CPAP machines. This is how the Cloth Nasal Mask overcomes the difficulties faced by using the conventional CPAP machines:

1. The cloth material inflates like a balloon, hugging the skin and thereby reducing the air leakage

2. Very little tension is needed in the headgear because you don't need to keep tightening to headgear to get a good seal.

3. With no rigid buckles, clips or faceplates you can sleep in any position of your preference.

4. As a non-allergic cloth is used, there are reduced chances for skin irritation

5. These cloth masks make use of exhalation holes instead of an exhaust valve so only negligible level of noise is produced.

CPAP therapy will be effective only if continue with it, which you will do only if you feel comfortable with the mask used. Hence it is always good to choose the "Cloth Nasal Mask" that eliminates the 5 main factors that causes discomfort.



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Jan 13, 2017 at 19:27 o\clock

Beauty :: How To Choose a Comfortable CPAP Mask

The pause of flow of air intake while sleeping is called as "sleep apnea". This sleeping disorder makes the patient miss one or two breaths while he is asleep. This cycle continues frequently, making the person wake up completely and thereby disrupting the sleep pattern. Thankfully, with the advancements in medical technology there is a perfect solution for this sleeping problem. The use of "continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) Mask" is the best treatment available today for sleep apnea. These CPAP machines where invented by Professor Colin Sullivan in 1981. The CPAP masks commonly referred as the "breathing machines" helps the people to keep the air passage of the body open, so that they can breathe without any interruption. Though the CPAP mask helps the people to sleep well without disruption, many of them find it very much difficult to adjust to the new sleep regimen. Hence it is very much important to choose the CPAP mask that gives a perfect fit.

Understanding the working principle of the CPAP masks will help you to choose the best comfortable machine for overcoming the sleeping problem. The CPAP masks resemble the looks of a ventilator but have a very different working principle. Unlike the ventilators, the CPAP machines open up the air passage by creating a positive pressure. These machines only push the air into the respiratory system during the sleep apnea cycle. I.e. These machines only help during the intake of air and the air exhaust is done by our body itself.



Wearing the CPAP masks during sleep can make people feel uncomfortable, especially if the mask is bulky, hard, heavy, and noisy or causes skin irritation. People using the CPAP masks face five main problems such as air leakage, pressure from headgear, limited sleep positions, skin irritation and noise. However, with the advancements in technology, all these 5 difficulties have been overcome. The "Cloth Nasal Mask" is a new product that allows the people to continue their CPAP therapy without experiencing the 5 main problems of the conventional CPAP machines. This is how the Cloth Nasal Mask overcomes the difficulties faced by using the conventional CPAP machines:

1. The cloth material inflates like a balloon, hugging the skin and thereby reducing the air leakage

2. Very little tension is needed in the headgear because you don't need to keep tightening to headgear to get a good seal.

3. With no rigid buckles, clips or faceplates you can sleep in any position of your preference.

4. As a non-allergic cloth is used, there are reduced chances for skin irritation

5. These cloth masks make use of exhalation holes instead of an exhaust valve so only negligible level of noise is produced.

CPAP therapy will be effective only if continue with it, which you will do only if you feel comfortable with the mask used. Hence it is always good to choose the "Cloth Nasal Mask" that eliminates the 5 main factors that causes discomfort.



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Jan 13, 2017 at 17:22 o\clock

CPAP.com - CPAP Machines

CPAP Machines, much like CPAP Masks offer a variety of available options including CPAP, Auto Adjusting CPAP (APAP) and BiPAP/BILevel CPAP machines. CPAPs are the most common types of machines and blow a single pressure airstream. APAPs blow a variable pressure stream dependent on the minimal pressure needed to keep user's airways open. Lastly, BiPAPs blow two separate pressure streams, one at inhalation and one at exhalation.

Many CPAP machines provide advanced data in order to track your therapy progress and performance over time. You and your doctor can use this data to make changes in your setup, like changing your mask, or increasing or decreasing your pressure to see if your therapy performance http://www.ecomed.co.za/82-cpaps - http://www.ecomed.co.za/82-cpaps - improves and ensure you are getting effective treatment. You can use our CPAP machine compare charts to determine which machines provide advanced data.

Jan 13, 2017 at 05:05 o\clock

Treatment Alternatives to Give Relief to Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Sleep apnea -- disrupted breathing while sleeping -- affects more than 12 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The consequences of the disease are becoming more and more apparent, with links to heart disease, cancer, strokes and diabetes. But patients with apnea face a huge issue: 50 percent of them abandon the main form of treatment within three months of starting it.

The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the first line of therapy for apnea patients, but it has serious downsides. In most cases, it's a mask users wear over their mouth and nose. It has historically been loud and invasive, forcing patients into certain sleep positions. The air flow can be cold and feel dehydrating too, and it causes claustrophobia for some.

For Jonathan Williams, 61, his inability to use the CPAP machine wasn't even conscious.

"I would just rip it off, within 5 minutes of me falling asleep," he said.

His apnea worsened. He suffered night terrors when his breathing became obstructed, extreme exhaustion during the day from repeated wake-ups, drowsiness while driving and his blood pressure spiked. Finally doctors performed surgery on him, altering the anatomy of his epiglottis and opening his nasal passageway. They then prescribed a mouthpiece to help support his jaw and keep his airway open. Jonathan says he still wakes up two or three times per night, but, for the first time in 20 years he's waking up refreshed.

"I really started to get some really noticeable relief," he said.

Andrew Wellman, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Sleep Disordered Breathing Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital, says this personalization and combining of therapies is innovative.

"The most exciting advances in sleep apnea management are that you don't necessarily have to treat it with one therapy but you may be able to individualize therapy on a case by case basis," he said.

The realization that the CPAP machine has such a high abandonment rate has fueled research into identifying apnea's causes more directly and tailoring therapies for each patient. So for patients who've tried CPAP machines in the past and can't tolerate them, it's worth talking to a specialist and looking at some of the innovations in treatments that have evolved over the past few years.

Smaller, Quieter, Less Invasive CPAP Machines



Reviews of CPAP machines list the decibel levels as significantly lower than older units with the quietest new machines coming in at 27 decibels, slightly louder than a 24-decibel whisper. They are smaller, some weighing less than two pounds, and many have built in humidifiers and heaters to make the air more comfortable.

For some, a nasal pillow can work in lieu of a mouth and nose mask, making the footprint of the CPAP on the face much smaller and less claustrophobic.

Nasal Plugs

There are also nasal plugs that passively (no electricity or wires required) can maintain positive air pressure that supports the breathing process and can help prevent obstructions. Called Provent, these prescription nasal plugs make it easy to breathe in, but harder to breathe out, which leaves some air chambered like in a balloon to support the soft tissues that can collapse in sleep causing apnea.

Mouthpieces

Mouthpieces are technically called mandibular repositioning devices (MRD) because they move the jaw to keep the airway open. Some are custom molded and can be a next line of therapy for patients who can't tolerate CPAP machines.

Positional Apnea Aids

For some apnea patients, breathing interruptions only happen when they are on their back. For this, doctors have often prescribed two tennis balls sewn into a tube sock and pinned to the back of the pajamas. If a patient turns on his back, the balls are uncomfortable and force him to turn onto his side. One study of the practice found that 38 percent of people who tried this method were still using it 6 months later (this trick could work for people who snore and don't have apnea). There are also more subtle tools, such as the Night Shift positional sleeping aid that is worn like a collar and vibrates if the wearer turns on her back. The vibration escalates until the wearer turns over and sleeps on her stomach or side.

Jan 12, 2017 at 10:41 o\clock

What Is Sleep Apnea? - InfoBarrel

I have been suffering from sleep apnea for most of my life. My hope is that those that might be suffering from it seek medical assistance and finally get a good night's sleep.

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Sleep apnea is where person stops breathing while sleeping. This causes the body to be deprived of oxygen for periods of up to several minutes. The lack of oxygen can then cause the person to wake up gasping for air so that the oxygen levels in the blood can return to normal and provide oxygen to the cells of the body. Episodes can happen from 5 to 30 times (or more) per hour and causes the body to be unable to rest and recover properly. It causes the person to wake just after going to sleep, therefore interrupting the non-REM and REM (the important times during sleep) cycles that are needed for proper bodily function.

Sleep apnea's can be caused for two main reasons. The first is the obstruction of the airway by the relaxing of your muscles causing a blockage. The second is the brain stops sending the signal to breathe. Originally I suffered from the obstruction of my airway but now suffer from my brain stopping my breathing (a small side effect of my treatment), though it is not as bad. I was originally having about 30 blockage caused sleep apneas per hour and now have about 3 brain caused apneas per night.

Watch What Sleep Apnea Looks Like

Sleep apnea causes a disruption to the normal sleep patterns that the body relies on to restore the body for the next day. Due to this interruption of my normal sleep patterns I would have to sleep about 12 hours to feel even somewhat normal.

Unfortunately due to the nature of sleep apnea when people wake from an episode they do not remember gasping for air as it is a subconscious reaction and occurs before they are aware they are awake. Like most people I sought medical assistance only after my mother discovered I would stop breathing for several minutes. I would only start breathing again just before she jumped out of bed to come to my rescue. If it was not for the fact that at the time I was sleeping with only a thin wall between my mother and myself, I would probably continue to go undiagnosed.

The symptoms of sleep apnea are not easy to detect as they have multiple possible causes, however they can include:

Restless sleep

Snoring

Fatigue

Falling asleep during the day

Insomnia

I remember having the problem of regularly falling asleep in the most inappropriate places such as on the bus or train and it would happen frequently (I would even fall asleep in church, please don't tell anyone though) including falling asleep in front of the TV. I ended up having to keep myself busy to help stop myself from falling asleep.

I Was Like This Often!

Sleeping On The Train

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The side effects of sleep apnea can include:

Daytime sleepiness

Fatigue

Arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)

Increase risk of:High blood pressure

Heart attack

Stroke

Obesity

Diabetes



Lose of concentration

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Moodiness

Belligerence

Insomnia

The diagnosis of sleep apnea is through the conducting of a sleep study, where you are wired up to a device that monitors your heart rate, breathing and blood oxygen concentration. The sleep study can be conducted at a sleep center or in your own bed with an at home study kit (supplied by a sleep professional). I did an at home study where I was wired up to a device that was strapped to my chest. After the study is complete the recorded data is then analyzed and a report is then explained to you.

Asleep On The Job?

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Treatment of sleep apnea can come in many ways, some of these include:

CPAP machine - stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and provides pressurized air that assists to keep the airway clear by forcing an increased flow of air during each breath in.

Medications - not common but can be effective for sleep apnea caused by the brain.

Oral appliances - objects that are designed to help hold the tissue in the mouth (tongue etc.) from obstructing the airway. These are not always effective

Surgery - removal and limiting movement of excess skin to help prevent obstruction. This is very invasive and is not always effective.

This Is What My CPAP Looks Like

CPAP Machine

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After undergoing my sleep study and being diagnosed with sleep apnea I decided to go with the CPAP machine and have been using it for about two years now. The difference between before and after is incredible and I often wonder how I could put up with being sleep deprived before. I decided to go with the CPAP machine because it has the highest success rate of all of the options. While it was not cheap it has been worth the money many times over. Even though I sound like Darth Vader I will continue to use the device as it has changed my life for the better.

If you suspect that you might have sleep apnea than I suggest going to see a sleep professional. There are many around and the cost of an at home sleep study is not much, especially when you are able to get a good night's sleep.

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