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!



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!



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!



Are You Sleeping Right?

Posted Oct 24, 2019 by Jordan in

It’s hard to toss and turn when you have a CPAP machine attached to your face, so you want to try and find a nice comfy position before you drift off to dream land. “But CPAP Supply USA,” you ask, “what’s the best position to sleep in when you have sleep apnea?” That’s an excellent question random reader of this blog. Today we’re going to go over the best sleep position for people who suffer from sleep apnea.

Not The Best

Before we discuss the best sleep position, let’s go over the worse sleep position for people with sleep apnea, on your back. A good example of this is the soldier where you lay flat on your back with your arms by your sides, like a soldier. ATENHUT! It’s true that sleeping on your back is one of the healthiest ways to sleep and allows your back, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position, but not if you have sleep apnea because gravity can cause the jaw, tongue and soft palate to drop back toward the throat, narrowing the airway.

Reverse It? With that knowledge, you would think that if you flipping over and sleep lying on your stomach would fix the gravity problem. Well, yeah, sleeping on your stomach does mean that gravity is now pulling your jaw, tongue, and soft palate away from the throat and eases snoring, but it also means that your face is being smothered by your pillow. You have to strain your neck just to breathe, so sleeping on your stomach is not the best sleeping position either.

Try These Sleep Positions

The best way you can sleep with sleep apnea is on your side, this could be the log, which is when you lie on your side with your arms by your side (which is the least popular sleep position and sounds like a really good way to stop the blood flow to one of your arms), or the yearner, which is like the log except your arms are stretched out in front of you. When you sleep on your side your airway is open and more stable.

But the most popular sleep position is the fetal position. The fetal position is when you’re on your side with your torso hunched and your knees bent towards your chest like a safe little ball. A loose fetal position is good for snorers, but if you’re curled up to tight it can restrict breathing in your diaphragm. This sleeping position is the go to sleeping position for 41% of adults.

Give It A Try!

We know it’s hard to change your sleep position, no matter how detrimental it is to your health, but this blog is not here to tell you how to sleep, it’s here to inform you the best way to sleep for your health. Who knows, you can try switching up your sleep position and you find it’s much more comfortable than your old one.

These are just the basic sleep positions, but they have a lot of sub-positions. What’s your sleep position? Are you a soldier, laying straight and stiff as a board? Are you a starfish with all your limbs spread out taking up most of the bed? Are you a fetal position sleeper (there’s a 41% chance that you are)? I, personally, sleep in this weird combination where the bottom half of my body is in the fetal position and my upper half is twisted so I’m lying face down. Let us know your favorite sleep position.

Sweet Dreams!


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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.


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