Sleep Apnea Test – Regis Takes A Sleep Apnea Test!

October 14th, 2009

During sleep week, tv personality, Regis Philbin of “Live With Regis and Kelly” took a sleep apnea test. This a great video to watch to learn more about sleep apnea and what a sleep lab does.

Sleep Apnea Supplies – What You May Need

October 8th, 2009

If your doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, there are sleep apnea supplies that you are going to need to purchase.  Finding the supplies you will need should not be a chore. Here are a few of the supplies you need:

* CPAP pillows – wedge pillows,

* CPAP full mask or nasal mask

* CPAP/BiPAP machines

* Tubing, cleaners and chin straps

* Rechargeable battery packs

* Cord extenders

* Machine filters

* Travel size machines

* Electrical conversions

Packages including the basic CPAP machine, a heated humidifier and a nasal mask may be purchased rather than buying each piece separately.

There are several good sites where the machines may be purchased online.

You may also be able to get your supplies at a discounted prices or free.  There are service providers that work with groups of independent companies that provide CPAP and BiPAP supplies. Medicare and most private insurance companies will cover your CPAP or BiPAP supplies.

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Understanding Sleep Apnea CPAP

May 19th, 2009

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are one of the most popular ways to treat people who suffer from sleep apnea. A sleep apnea CPAP device includes a small machine, a mask or nose piece, hose and a fan. The device uses air pressure to push your tongue forward and open your throat. This allows air to pass through your throat. It reduces snoring and prevents apnea disturbances.

A CPAP device is not a cure for sleep apnea. But, is considered first-line treatment for mild, moderate, or severe obstructive sleep apnea. When CPAPs are used correctly, sleep problems usually get much better. Read the rest of this entry »

Sleep Apnea Pillows

February 28th, 2009

We have moved on from the days that people used to put tennis balls in the back of their t-shirts for sleeping. This alerted them when they would roll over on their back and snore so they could flip back to their side thus their partner did not suffer from sleepless nights. However, today there is another problem that can cause snoring, gasping, choking and sleepless nights.

Sleep apnea is a problem many people are suffering from and do not even know they are. When the soft tissues at the back of the throat collapse, they block the airway. This can happen hundreds of times a night and can be fatal. A solution for snoring and sleep apnea other than visiting your doctor which should be your first stop are sleep apnea pillows. These pillows have been used before. They are great for those who suffer from acid reflux. But now the design has been put to use for those who suffer from sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry »

Sleep Apnea Quiz

February 28th, 2009

Take this sleep apnea quiz.  The following questions are designed to help you to determine if sleep apnea is a problem for you. The answers will determine if you are at risk of having sleep apnea. A positive answer likely will mean that you may have this condition or some type of sleeping disorder that is interrupting your sleep. Read the rest of this entry »

Sleep Apnea Causes

February 28th, 2009

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a period of time when you do not breathe. The bad part is you probably do not even realize you are not breathing because you are asleep. Statistics show that 90% of people who suffer from sleep apnea do not even know they have a problem. This may happen hundreds of times a night. If this disorder is not caught and treated it can be life-threatening. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Sleep Labs For Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

February 28th, 2009

You may be wondering what sleep labs are and what would necessitate having a sleep lab. If so, here are a few answers to your questions. A sleep lab is a specialized facility that is set up for the average person to spend the night so that tests can be performed. The tests are to determine if the person is suffering from a sleeping disorder which could prevent them from getting enough rest or could be dangerous to their health.  Sleep Apnea treatments are then recommended if indeed a disorder is discovered. Read the rest of this entry »

What Are The Best Sleep Apnea Treatments?

February 28th, 2009

Sleep apnea is thought to be responsible for many medical problems. Along with the risk of death, there is also high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and stroke. So what can we do to lessen the risk of these problems? What are the best sleep apnea treatments that can help. The following are a few that have worked for many people. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Sleep Apnea?

February 28th, 2009

The word apnea actually means ‘no breath.’ The two together means no breath. Sleep apnea happens when you stop breathing while sleeping. A person can literally have hundreds of these periods of non-breathing in one night. They normally last from 10 seconds and can be longer. The next time you are jolted from sleep in the middle of the night gasping for air you may well have been in the midst of sleep apnea. Read the rest of this entry »