World Food Day

Posted Oct 16, 2019 by Jordan in Lifestyle

Are you tired? Are you hungry? Are you tired and hungry? Are you so tired you can’t eat? Are you so hungry you can’t sleep? Do you dream about food because you’re so hungry and you wake up to find yourself chewing on your pillow? …No? That last one just me? Ok then…

It’s not a good to go to sleep hungry; it’s also not a good to eat large meals before bed. Here are some snacks that might help you sleep. Emphasis on “might,” we here at CPAP Supply USA not saying that two minutes after eating a banana you’ll be fast asleep, no. We’re saying these snacks have the chemicals, amino acids, enzymes, nutrients, and hormones that work together to promote a good night’s sleep.

Produce Lovers

Take bananas for an example. Bananas are high in potassium, and potassium helps KEEP you asleep. It also has tryptophan in it. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning your body can’t produce it, that is needed for the normal growth in infants, and for nitrogen balance in adults. It is also a natural sedative that helps your body make a relaxing mood hormone named serotonin which helps your body make melatonin which is a hormone that controls your sleep cycles. Now remember that! Tryptophan will come up a lot in this blog.

Meat Eaters

Poultry like chicken and turkey also has tryptophan. We’re not saying you should eat an entire chicken dinner before bed, but it does explain why everybody needs to take a nap after thanksgiving dinner. A good snack would be half a turkey sandwich made with whole grain bread. Whole grains actually encourage insulin production that results in even more tryptophan activity in the brain. And if you’re having a Thanksgiving craving, some low-sugar cranberry sauce would go perfect on that half sandwich.

Even the foods you eat for dinner can help you get a head start on your sleep, like fish. Fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut are packed to the gills (badum tish) with vitamin B6 which makes melatonin which is normally triggered by being in the dark, so your brain can have a head start on lights out. Do you not like fish? Understandable, do you like breakfast? Believe it or not, eggs have tryptophan in them. One of the most popular and well known breakfast foods makes you sleepy. YOUR LIFE IS A LIE!

Grains & Dairy

Whole grain also has magnesium in it which helps you stay asleep. A small bowl of whole-grain cereal with milk would be a great snack before bed, because calcium also has magnesium and tryptophan in it. A small glass of warm milk with a little bit of honey in it is a great snack before bed especially since the glucose in honey lowers your levels of orexin which is a neurotransmitter in the brain that makes you alert. It’s amazing how many foods that help you sleep go so well together with other foods that helps you sleep. Like bananas and nuts.

Bananas, as we mentioned before, has tryptophan in it, it also has magnesium, same with nuts like almonds, walnuts, flax, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds. So half a banana and a hand full of almonds is a nice, filling, sleep inducing snack right before bed. A lot of fruits are good before bed, like kiwis, which are rich in serotonin and antioxidants, and tart cherries which have melatonin.

These were just some of the healthy choices that you can munch on for your next midnight snack. Try to stay away from the candy and leftover pizza, and you should be good.

Resources


(2019). Set yourself up for sound slumber with these calming foods and beverages. Retrieved from https://www.sleep.org/articles/foods-for-sleep/ Stevenson, A. (2019). TOP 10 FOODS THAT (MIGHT) HELP YOU SLEEP Retrieved from https://www.sleepassociation.org/about-sleep/top-10-foods-help-sleep/
   
Elliott, B. (2017, October 23). The 9 Best Foods to Eat Before Bed Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-foods-to-help-you-sleep (2019, October 2). Tryptophan Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002332.htm

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Love Your Heart

Posted Feb 22, 2018 by Aaron in Lifestyle, Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks, Tips & Tricks
 

Heart Disease

CPAP Supply USA, our staff and partners recognize the importance of talking about many disorders and diseases that can be evaded and/or treated to save lives. Here are some statistics, guidelines and other pertinent information we have gathered to bring awareness to Heart Disease.

 

The Numbers Don't Lie

Women: Men:
Each year 1 in 3 female deaths are caused by heart disease making it the number 1 killer among women.
  • 90% of women have 1 or more risk factors for heart disease or stroke
  • 80% of heart diseases and stroke events may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 321,000 men in 2013—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths.
  • Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Poor Diet
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use

How to Combat Heart Disease

 

Be Privy to Prevention Practices!

  • Sleep Well
  • Reduce Salt Intake
  • Exercise
  • Speak Out About Heart Disease
  • Get Regular Physician Check Ups
  • Know Your Blood Pressure


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Check Out This Awesome Product + Prescription Policy

Posted Oct 18, 2016 by Tonya in CPAP Products

Looking for a machine that will give you top notch portable oxygen therapy? Well look no further and feast your eyes on the SimplyGo Mini Portable Oxygen Concentrator. This attractive and sleek machine with an easy-to-remove external battery, provides the latest and greatest in oxygen therapy. Tested to be reliable and durable, the SimplyGo Mini gives you all of the comfort of the SimplyGo, but on a smaller and lighter scale. It has the ability to deliver nearly 20% more oxygen than the nearest competitive POC weighing 5lbs or less. The easy-to-use and read LCD touchscreen makes choosing between the 5 pulse dose setting fast and simple! So what are you waiting for? Purchase a machine today and experience the freedom to go anywhere and do anything with ease!

When purchasing a machine, you will need a prescription from your doctor, but did you know we can assist in obtaining your prescription? Meet Kate, our Prescription Coordinator.

Here's the run down. If your order includes CPAP masks, machines, or heated humidifiers, we must have your prescription on file before we can ship your order. The good news is - we are here to help you with this process! There are three easy ways to give us your cpap prescription:

 1. Fax your prescription to our toll free fax number at 1-866-560-4227
 2. Email your prescription to script@cpapsupplyusa.com
 3. Ask and we can request your prescription for you! All you have to do is contact customer service at 1-866-560-2727

Yes, it's just that simple. Head on over to the FAQ section regarding our prescription policy for more information.

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CPAP Supply Summer Reminder

Posted Jul 21, 2016 by mhall in

Replacing your PAP supplies isn't the first thing you think of when you get up in the morning, in fact it is the last! But the importance of replacing PAP tubing, filters, cushions and other supplies should be on yout to do list. WHY?

 


 Bacteria can grow in tubing, cushions, and filters

 

 Bacteria causes other health issues



 More health issues mean more doctor visits
 


  More doctor visits mean more money out of your pocket 

 

By replacing your PAP tubing, filters, and cushions as recommended replacement schedule, you avoid these issues. Review the Replacement Schedule below for more information. 

Item (number) HCPCS Code Replacement Frequency
CPAP Mask A7034 Every 3 months
CPAP Headgear A7035 Every 3-6 months
CPAP Tubing A7037 Every 3 months
Disposable Filter A7038 2 new filters every month
Non-disposable Filters A7039 2 new filters every 6 months
CPAP Chin strap A7036 Every 6 months
Full Face Mask A7030 Every 3 months
Oral CPAP Mask A7044 Every 3 months
Humidifier Chamber A7046 Every 6 months
CPAP Machine E0601 Generally, every 3-5 years, or as necessary

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CPAP Supply USA Staff Picks

Posted Mar 7, 2016 by mhall in

 

 

 

Latest and greatest on the market. Light weight and smaller in dimension for travel. Track your therapy through Resmed's myAir. Everything you need to know about your machine & therapy is at your fingertips.






 


Most people such as myself love to travel, but carrying a big CPAP machine is not a pleasure when traveling. The small travel  Transcend machine  weighs only .94 lb.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

My go to mask would be the Comfort Gel Blue. Tried and true, this mask has proven itself over and over again with its popularity among patients. People often request this mask for its comfortable design, ease of use, and reliability.





 



The Medistrom batteries can operate most PAP machines and provide emergency power in case of an outageThe  Pilot-12 or Pilot-24  can be charged and permanently left hooked up to your PAP machine.

 

 



 

 

 

Meet Mr. Soclean2 the machine that makes CPAP therapy a healthier and cleaner experience. Disinfect your mask and machine without touching any of your equipment. Destroy mold, bacteria and viruses. It’s fast!

 



 


 

 

Although the DeVilbiss Intellipap is travel-friendly weighing in at just under 2 lbs (PAP only), it is also suitable for continued nightly use. Now one does not need to sacrifice quality workmanship for portability.

 

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