Try For Something NEW!

Posted Nov 18, 2019 by Jordan in

Keep It Fresh
   It is important to replace your CPAP Machine every 3-7 years. I’m looking at you, people who still use a Sullivan/ResMed S5 Series CPAP & VPAP Machine.
     It’s also important to replace your mask, cushions, headgear, filters, etc. They may not look like they need to be replaced and they might still be working fine but you should replace your CPAP Equipment like you would replace any health product, like a tooth brush. Dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3 months. And you should replace you CPAP equipment to make sure your machine is as clean, effective, and comfortable as possible.


Not all of your CPAP equipment should be replaced at the same time. The machine itself can last up to 3-7 years. But equipment like the filters should be replaced every 2 weeks. CPAP Filters make sure the air that you breathe though the machine is clean and isn’t filled with pet hair or dust, but if you are in an environment where it’s particularly humid or dusty; your filter is not going to last long. Just to be clear, this is referring to Disposable CPAP Filters. Please, do not throw way your non-disposable filters after 2 weeks. For the non-disposable, they need to be to be hand washed weekly with mild dish soap and then air dried.
 
CPAP Supply Maintenance
  You should replace your mask and tubing every 3 months. If you find that you’re experiencing leaks in your CPAP Mask, a lot of them, it’s time for a new one. Same goes with the CPAP Tubing which over time might develop small tears between the coils. Tears or leaks in your equipment can lower the prescribed pressure setting. How often you should change your CPAP Cushions/Pillows is based on what type of mask you have. If you have a Nasal Mask, it’s best to replace the cushion/pillow twice a month. For a Full Face Mask it’s best to replace it once a month.

  Headgear and Chin Straps should be replaced every 6 months. Headgear may become starched overtime causing you to tighten it so it will seal properly, which can cause discomfort.

We also recommend you replace the Humidifier Water Chamber every 6 months. You should also remove your water chamber from your CPAP machine when filling it with water. And remember to use distilled water and replace the water every day and clean it well once a week. Having a dry nose and throat is bad, but do you know what’s worse; breathing in mold. Do NOT use bleach to Clean your water chamber, or any of your CPAP equipment; uses vinegar, because it kills most mold, bacteria, and germs. A good way to get rid of the smell of vinegar, so you don’t have to smell that all night, is to use Johnson's Baby Shampoo.
Have A Long Lasting CPAP!

    All of these recommendations and tips could be the difference between having a well working CPAP machine for seven years and your CPAP machine breaking down prematurely. If you find that you’re in need of a new CPAP Machine or CPAP Equipment, come and visit us here at CPAP Supply USA.

Sweet Dreams!

Resources


https://www.sleepdr.com/the-sleep-blog/how-often-should-you-replace-your-cpap-supplies/ https://www.sleepapnea.org/treat/cpap-therapy/care-and-replacement-of-cpap-equipment/
  
https://www.sleep-apnea-guide.com/breathing-air-from-cpap-and-humidifier-that-contains-mold.html

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Stress and Sleep

Posted Nov 14, 2019 by Jordan in

Stress - Sleeps #1 Enemy
     There’s a reason why, when a person is stressed out, the phrase “losing sleep over something” is used. Stress and bad sleep come hand in hand. Too much stress can cause you to have bad sleep, which makes it harder to focus on what you need to focus on. This could lead to health issues,which can lead to stress, which can lead to bad sleep. It’s a vicious cycle. If you don’t get enough sleep at night, your body can boost its levels of stress hormones. The hormones connected that allow deep sleep, like our old friend melatonin from our “World Food Day” blog, are the same ones that tell your body to stop making stress hormones, like adrenaline and norepinephrine or noradrenaline. Adrenaline and norepinephrine are the hormones equivalent of flashing red lights and an alarm screaming, “DANGER, DANGER, DANGER!” Now imagine trying to sleep through that.
Helpful Tips
  Stress is literally the opposite of relaxation, and you kind of need to be relaxed in order to sleep well. About 46% of American reported sleeplessness due to their stress level. Stress could be caused by work, relationships, health, and really a lot of things. So here are some things that could help you relax before bed.
    There are a lot a good ways to relax before bed. One thing you can try is to picture yourself asleep. Ok, that kind of sounds
like a simple answer but imagining yourself in a peaceful sleep can actually put you in a state of relaxation. Another way to relax is by doing yoga or meditation. We know meditation is boring but that’s kind of the point. And exercise, not just yoga, is a great stress reliever. Also taking a hot shower or bath before bed is a great way to relax. You can also stick to one of the classics, counting sheep. Focusing your brain on one thing can help power it down.
 

Just Relax

    Stress is everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you have to share a bed with it. A few sips of chamomile tea or a few yoga stretches before bed can help you relax and allow you to sleep.

  Sweet Dreams!

Resources


https://www.sleep.org/articles/sleep-and-stress/ https://www.sleep.org/articles/sleep-better-when-stressed/
   
https://www.stress.org/stress-and-sleep-how-to-master-stress-and-enjoy-restful-sleep-instantly

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An Extra hour of Sleep Inside!

Posted Nov 1, 2019 by Jordan in

 

Hey! Where’s my extra hour of sleep? The only thing in here is a blog about daylight savings time and a reminder to set my clock back an hour! …Oh, I get it!

    Daylight Savings Time (or if you want to be grammatically correct “Daylight Saving Time”), you either love it or you hate it (the time change, not the grammar), it depends on whether you are an early bird or a night owl. But let’s be honest, no one likes it when DST begins. At the beginning of DST you have to set your clocks forward an hour, so you lose an hour of sleep. There are more fatal car accidents on the Monday following the time change at the beginning of DST due to sleep deprivation.

The Beginning

    Despite popular belief farmers are not to blame. Yeah! We were surprised to. In fact famers actually opposed to DST when it was implemented in March of 1918. A farmer’s schedule is determined by the sun not by the clock. DST was actually an attempt to conserve electricity during WW1 and Germany was the first country implement DST.

    A lot of people give the honor of “inventing” DST to Benjamin Franklin back 1784 but that’s just not true. The “early to bed and early to rise” founding father, an early bird, simply suggested that people change their sleep schedules and wake up at dawn. The first campaign to implement DST was in the early 1900’s and was led by an Englishman named William Willett, or as we here at CPAP Supply USA like to call him, Will-Will. He thought, “Wow, wouldn’t it be nice if the clocks moved forward 80 minutes so we can enjoy all this daylight in summer,” not thinking about how it would affect everyone’s sleep cycle.
Some Say "Bye Bye" to DST


    Some states don’t even do DST and choose to ignore it. In 2015 a bill was passed to end DST in the state of Alaska, and due to the fact that in some parts of Alaska night time lasts MONTHS, we can see why they don’t need it. Hawaii also doesn’t do DST, but for the opposite reason, because there’s not a hugely noticeable difference in the amount of daylight hours between the winter and summer months.
    The state of Arizona doesn’t have DST because it’s hot. No, we’re serious, that’s the reason. It’s so hot in Arizona during the summers they decided to leave the time at standard time all year around so there’s
actually some tolerable weather during the day. The only part of Arizona that does DST is the state’s Navajo Nation, and that’s because the Navajo Nation is also part of Utah and New Mexico which do, do DST. So instead of having the 2 different clocks on the reservation, they just elected to do DST despite what the rest of Arizona did. But what’s really interesting is that the Navajo Nation surrounds the much smaller Hopi Reservation, which is entirely in Arizona so they don’t really have a reason to switch to DST. So, the Navajo Nation is surrounded both inside and out by time that is 1 hour behind, giving it the nickname the Daylight Saving Donut.
Your Extra Hour Will Arrive Soon!

    The day after daylight savings time is rough. Our biological clocks are off by an hour. It’s like getting jet lag without having stepped foot on a plane. It’s said that it takes about one day to adjust to the time change and you’re probably thinking, “One hour of lost sleep doesn’t sound like much,” and it isn’t… if you get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep. If you are sleep deprived, an hour is a lot of sleep to lose. Don’t worry dear readers, Daylight Saving Time is over! Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 3rd.

Sweet Dreams!

Resources


https://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/03/11/alaska-senate-passes-bill-to-end-daylight-saving-time/ https://www.ktva.com/story/40073008/why-do-we-observe-daylight-saving-in-alaska
   
https://www.alaska.org/advice/shortest-day-in-alaska https://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-may-not-know-about-daylight-saving-time
   
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/10/28/20931998/daylight-saving-time-2019 https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2012-11-12/daylight-saving-donut-arizona-ken-jennings-maphead
   
https://www.timeanddate.com/time/us/daylight-saving-usa.html https://www.sleep.org/articles/handle-time-change/
   
https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/coping-with-time-changes  

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