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CPAP Sanitizing Wipes vs. Ozone Cleaners

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.* If you’re suffering from breathing issues, a CPAP machine can prove to be an invaluable source of relief and help. Whether you’re at home or on the road, the CPAP device can be your best friend, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an inconvenience with its own set of chores. The device needs to be stored and cleaned to ensure that it won’t become contaminated, which could lead to you becoming contaminated! Between dust particles and harmful bacteria there are countless reasons to clean your CPAP device every single day. So do you just take apart your masks, tubing and device...

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Banana Bread – 60 Minute Activities

  In this blog series, Sleep8 is branching out from sleep related topics to bring you fun activities that can be completed in about 60 minutes, the same duration as your Sleep8 cleaning cycle. These could be anything from recipes, crafts, DIY projects, skills to master, workouts, or more. Keep your eyes peeled to the Sleep8 blog to find your new favorite pastime. I stumbled upon a meme the other day about bananas. At first thought it seems a little odd to have a meme about fruit, but to be fair the bananas probably deserve it. One of the more finicky of snacks, it takes a while for them to get ripe and then---seemingly once they are perfect, they are...

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Sleep Apnea in Children

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.* According to the American Sleep Organization “obstructive sleep apnea occurs in 1 to 5% of healthy children but can be higher in certain conditions, such as Downs Syndrome, children with craniofacial abnormalities, and neuromuscular disorders”. Sleep apnea in children differs from sleep apnea in adults in terms of causes and symptoms, which makes it a bit more difficult to diagnose. For example, adults suffering from sleep apnea are usually overweight, but children with sleep apnea are not normally overweight. It is also common for healthy children who do not have a sleep disorder to snore. Dr. Iannelli found that “10 and...

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How Sleeping Habits Change Through Our Lives

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.* Every person on planet earth has at least one thing in common: sleep. Even though it is one of the most passive activities that humans partake in, sleep is required for normal and healthy brain function. Like water, it is a necessity that we can only go without for a few days at a time, at maximum. One of the most interesting aspects of sleep is just how varied it can be. Different people have different relationships with sleep: some people get too little sleep, some wake up often during the night, some are drowsy during the day, and some sleep...

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Stages of the Sleep Cycle: Non-REM and REM

  *Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. Seek the guidance of a physician if you have any questions.* Sleep is an essential part of our biological processes and is crucial to good health. We spend about one-third of our lives doing it, so it’s definitely not something to overlook! Sleeping helps our brains form necessary pathways and create memories. When we lack sleep our brains don’t function at the optimal level. How much sleep do we need? It is well established that adults should ideally get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. There’s definitely no magic number, but most adults fall within this range. A chronic lack of sleep can result in a slew of health...

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