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Understanding the Difference Between Sleep Apnea and Snoring

  Dealing with snoring is one of those things that’s often dismissed as merely a nuisance or a sign of aging. People will go years without giving it much of a second thought, only to eventually learn that they’ve been dealing with sleep apnea all along. If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious health consequences, so it’s important to understand the difference between these two conditions. Primary Snoring An estimated 90 million American adults snore during sleep, and 37 million report dealing with snoring on a regular basis. While many people associate the sound of snoring with the nose, it’s actually caused by turbulence and vibrating tissues in the back of the throat. When the muscles in the back of...

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How to Get Used to CPAP Therapy

If you've recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it's likely your doctor has prescribed CPAP therapy or continuous positive airway pressure and recommended you to use your machine every night. "In order to get the best results from your CPAP therapy, you need to use it diligently. You need to use it every day. Don't skip. Don't use it three or four days a week. Try to keep it on all night long because we now know that some of the worst episodes of sleep-disordered breathing actually occur in the early morning hours just before you wake up", according to sleep expert Dr. Robert Rosenberg. In spite of their doctor's recommendation, about half of people say they struggle with getting...

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Tips for Choosing the Best CPAP Mask for You

Do you experience allergies? Are you a mouth-breather? Do you get claustrophobic easily? Believe it or not, these are questions you should be asking yourself when choosing the right CPAP mask for you. By assessing your sleep habits, breathing patterns and general comfort preferences, you can confidentially chose the best CPAP mask for you and enjoy a positive experience with CPAP therapy to treat your sleep apena.  Today we'll review the three most popular CPAP mask styles with pros an cons of each.  Nasal Pillow CPAP Mask This mask is known for providing minimal contact with your face, the nasal pillows rest on the entrance of your nostrils and blow pressurized air directly into your nose. This CPAP mask works...

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How Often Should You Replace Your CPAP Equipment?

CPAP maintenance is an essential step of CPAP therapy. Part of which involves replacing your CPAP equipment regularly. By doing this vital step, you ensure that the hygiene of your equipment is high and to keep your CPAP supplies functionally optimally so you get the most out of your CPAP therapy.  How often you should replace your CPAP equipment can vary depending on numerous factors, but we always recommend following the advice of your doctor, CPAP manufacturer and insurance company. The below however can give you a general timeline and point you in the right direction.    CPAP Mask and Cushions: Every 3 Months  The CPAP mask itself is the harder plastic portion, can be replaced about once every three months...

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