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General Sleep Facts

General information regarding sleep, sleep apnea, the use of CPAP and Bilevel devices used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and other related sleep disorders

Sleep Apnea: A Factor in Carrie Fisher’s Death

How Apnea Played a Role in Leia’s Death Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, made the news this week when it was released that sleep apnea played a role in her untimely death. Throughout the … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea and Shoulder Pain

Sleep Apnea Linked To Shoulder Pain Apnea and Aches Could my sleep apnea be the cause of my shoulder pain? Anyone who has crossed over to the 40 years and older club will tell you that you start feeling your age. … Continue reading

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Bigfoot Needs a CPAP

Stern Show “Wack” Packer Needs CPAP Hey Now. While listening to some Sternthology on the Howard Stern show a few weeks ago I came across one of the shows that highlighted the first time the “Wack Packer” Bigfoot was introduced … Continue reading

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Home Sleep Study: Insurance versus Self Pay

Home Sleep Study Cost and Options It’s that time of year again when people with health insurance will notice their deductible is about to roll over. Insurance is one of those words that feel like a safety blanket to protect … Continue reading

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CPAP in Television and Movies

12 Times CPAP Made A Guest Appearance in Television It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I am on the couch playing Words with Friends or some other addicting phone app when one of my kids screams out “CPAP”. I … Continue reading

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Which is Better? Snoring Mouth Guards or CPAP

Snoring Mouth Guards or CPAP? When did the phrase “As Seen on TV” become the gold standard barometer of a quality product? I just heard a commercial on satellite radio with a bold message to “get rid of your CPAP and … Continue reading

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Finding The Best CPAP Mask for You

The Best CPAP Mask for Your Nose It can be very frustrating trying out different CPAP masks every night just trying to find the best CPAP mask for you. There are so many different types it can lead some people … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea Statistics with CPAP Therapy Recommended

Sleep Apnea Statistics Sleep apnea effects up to 22 millions people however most of these people are unaware they suffer from it. Sleep apnea statistics say that as much as 80% of the people that have this sleep disorder have … Continue reading

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Improve CPAP Comfort with These 10 Tips

Simple Hacks to Improve CPAP Comfort One night in the sleep lab while preparing the hook-up (sleep technician talk for applying electrodes and sensors) I witnessed something I had never seen in my 8 years as a sleep medicine professional.  … Continue reading

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Sleep Debt Hurts Healthy Sleep Habits

How Much Sleep Debt Do You Owe? You may have a credit score above 700 but that doesn’t mean that a debt collector is not calling to you every day in the form of daytime sleepiness, fatigue and irritability. The … Continue reading

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How Dirty is Your CPAP?

I had to fight nausea a few times when I was handed a excessively dirty CPAP mask. We have seen our fair share of stomach churning dirty CPAP masks come into our store over the years. I often ask myself how or … Continue reading

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17 Things Only CPAP Users Will Understand

 A look at the lighter side of sleep apnea therapy and treatment! 1. Your friends and family will make every sci-fi character reference that comes to mind when they see you with your mask on. Darth Vader has been the … Continue reading

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Paying Out of Pocket versus Using Insurance for CPAP Supplies?

Ever Wonder Why Doctors Take Vacation in July? I saw a major trend every year during the summer months at the sleep disorders center I worked for as a Director of Lab Operations.  Referrals were down and patient schedulers’ were … Continue reading

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Sleep and Age: How Much Should You Be Getting

How Many Hours Do I Need? Sleep and Age Sleep is essential to having a healthy and productive life, but getting enough is not always very easy. Many people believe that eight hours of sleep is the ideal amount of … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and the Importance of Sleep – What You Need to Know

It may seem strange to see the words pregnancy and sleep together in the same sentence since they so rarely coexist. Between all of the hormonal and physical changes, getting rest can seem like a very rare occurrence. Each trimester … Continue reading

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Daily Habits That Help Improve My Sleep

Improve My Sleep with These Tips It is important to get a good night’s rest, but so few people manage it consistently. Any insomniac can tell you that sleep is so much more than just laying down to go to … Continue reading

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How Sleep Heals the Body

Sleep is more than just time to rest after a busy day. It is, in fact, when your body has a chance to regenerate and heal, and it is a necessity for the overall health of your body. While we … Continue reading

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Curing Depression with CPAP Machines

Depression with CPAP Therapy Many people experience depression and the feelings of sadness and hopelessness it brings. The chemical imbalances that cause depression can result in a loss of interest in things that you use to enjoy, days full of fatigue, … Continue reading

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Healthy Eating Habits that Help Sleep Apnea

 Sleep apnea is a common disorder that plagues more than 18 million Americans every year. This condition causes the back of the throat to collapse during sleep, which constricts the airflow that delivers life-giving oxygen to vital organs such as … Continue reading

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Is Snoring Dangerous To My Health?

My Name is Jason and I Snore…Loudly Many of us are all too familiar with being banished to the couch or spare bedroom because of our embarrassing little problem; heavy snoring. Maybe some of you are the butt of your … Continue reading

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CPAP and Weight Loss: The New Sleep Diet

CPAP and Weight Loss While driving my 8 year old son to baseball practice last week I heard what may be the best marketing angle for a commercial on the radio. It wasn’t your typical “We are the Best” or … Continue reading

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7 Common Problems for First Time CPAP Users

7 Common CPAP Problems Users Face In 2004 I was working CPAP consultations at our sleep lab when a little old couple walked in for their follow up appointment. I immediately remembered them from their nights at the sleep lab … Continue reading

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13 Random Sleep Facts You Just Need to Know

Odd Sleep Facts 1.) What Do My Dreams Mean? There’s not a clear cut answer and some experts argue that we dream to fix experiences in long-term memory, meaning we dream about things in our life worth remembering. Others argue … Continue reading

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1800CPAP Would Like to To Give Thanks To…

Thankful for CPAP In honor of Thanksgiving, we are giving our list of 30 things for 30 days of November we are thankful for. 1.)    Our loyal customers (guess that’s a given, huh) 2.)    Selling ResMed CPAP products lower than … Continue reading

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Why Am I So Tired In The Morning?

Need More Sleep? #JustLetMeSleepALittleLonger I do not want to work out this morning. Period. End of Story.  I want to pull the covers back over my head, reset my alarm clock for one more hour of precious sleep. Within 30 … Continue reading

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What is That CPAP Thingy Called?

It says C-P-A-P, not C-R-A-P. Do you call it “soda” or do you call it “pop”; or maybe you call it “soda pop”? Whatever you call it, it’s always weird or awkward to hear it called by something else yet … Continue reading

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What’s New With CPAP in 2012

Cuts to CPAP Reimbursement and CPAP Replacement Schedule Hold on to your hats; it’s an election year and the hot topic is still healthcare reform and reimbursement cuts. So what does this mean to the average CPAP user?  Considering most … Continue reading

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What Is A Good Night’s Sleep Really Worth?

I see a lot of diagnostic sleep tests come across my desk and it’s not uncommon to see Mr. John Doe have an AHI (apnea hypopnea index) on average of 30. What does that mean,  AHI = 30? Many people … Continue reading

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Could CPAP Cure Your Hangover?

CPAP & Red Wine: Hangover Cure Recent studies have suggested that consuming red wine may significantly benefit your health; and millions everywhere parlayed this data into “Sure I’ll have another glass; it’s doctor recommended”. One sentence into this blog you … Continue reading

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