A Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Gluten?

Posted Sep 12, 2013 by Kristen P. in Lifestyle

Doctors are just starting to understand how certain individuals can be greatly affected by gluten, the main protein in wheat products. Cases of celiac disease and gluten intolerance are rising every year and symptoms and complications are vast and varied, affecting almost every part of the human body. Recent research is showing a link between sleep disorders (or just poor sleep) and gluten sensitivity.

Because it is a relatively new diagnosis with very wide ranging symptoms and complications, celiac disease (or it's milder cousin, gluten intolerance) can go undiagnosed for years. Individuals with either of these disorders may have no idea where their symptoms and health problems are coming from. But as the body of research is beginning to grow, doctors and scientists are finding that your morning bowl of cereal (or your sandwich at lunch, or your dinner roll - let's face it, wheat is a huge part of the American diet) may not be as safe a food choice as it seems.

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Eating gluten triggers an immune reponse that, over time, causes increased inflammation and microscopic damage to the gut. Healthy digestion is a key component of of overall body health, and when it's not functioning properly, you can see a variety of whole body and mind symptoms.

So, what does this have to do with your apnea? The newest research findings (as well as tons of online anecdotal testimonies from patients who've tried gluten-free diets) are linking celiac and gluten to poor sleep, sleep disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea. No one knows exactly how this occurs yet (though, we do know that increased inflammation in the body, from whatever source, can cause a whole host of conditions such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease), but it is occuring. Gluten sensitivity often causes heart burn or acid reflux so maybe that's the connection? Regardless, it's important for you, as a sleep apnea sufferer, to know that there might be something more underneath your health problems.

Getting tested for celiac disease is not the easiest process, and, here's the tough part, there is not current, conclusive test to tell whether or not you have the milder version, gluten intolerance. Many doctors would encourage patients to try and elimination diet where you completely eliminate gluten for a period of 2-4 weeks to see how you health changes overall. Does your joint pain get better or disappear? Does your acid reflux quiet down? Are you sleeping better and for longer stretches? These would all be signs to get tested for celiac disease. If those results come back postive, you'll work with your doctor to determine the best lifestyle changes for your health. And if they come back negative but you still felt better while gluten free? Then keep doing it! Again, no test exists to tell you whether or not you are gluten intolerant, but your symptoms are real. Eliminating gluten (regardless of a celiac diagnosis) has improved the quality of life for thousands of people (myself included!). Google "gluten intolerance" to read countless blogs and articles about how eliminating that one pesky protein has changed the lives of so many.

And many people think being gluten free is too restrictive, and, at first, it can feel that way. The first time I went to the grocery store after making the choice to eliminate gluten, I was lost. Proper research about gluten free products and restaurants in your area can make the biggest difference. My entire family has been without gluten for three years now and it doesn't hold us back from enjoying food at all. Being gluten free has eliminated asthma, eczema, reflux, persistant vomiting, skin rashes, migraines, joint pain, and has calmed the effects of a major auto-immune disorder - all just in my home!

Below are some resources for you to begin... it can seem daunting at first but it may be the step you need to get your energy, life and sleep back on the right track!

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/celiac-disease/DS00319

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomsofceliacdisease/a/celiacsymptoms.htm

http://celiac-disease.com/can-celiac-disease-cause-sleep-apnea/

http://kellyhobkirk.com/misc/how-going-gluten-free-changed-my-life/

http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/

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Released today! Four new CPAP masks are available now.

Posted Sep 3, 2013 by Kristen P. in CPAP Products

Newly released masks by ResMed, Philips Respironics and Circadiance Sleepweaver - all available for purchase today. Read on to see the new ResMed Swift FX Nano and Nano for HerRespironics Amara Gel Full Face Mask, and the Sleepweaver Anew All-Cloth Full Face-Style Mask... a new mask for everyone's individual needs today!

New from Respironics - The Amara Gel Full Face

Our newest full face mask is now fully customizable. Choose from the original silicone, air-filled cushion, or now, choose a gel full face cushion that molds gently to your face as you sleep. An excellent new option to an already proven Respironics mask. Shop for yours now...

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New from ResMed - The Swift FX™ Nano Masks

Combining the amazing simplicity of the Swift masks that we all love with the comfort and ease-of-use of a ResMed nasal mask, the Nano is the best of both worlds. In design, this mask is a compact nasal mask, but it fits just like the smaller nasal pillows-style masks. This mask is available in the Nano and the Nano for Herstarting just today! Shop for yours now...

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New from Sleepweaver - The Anew Cloth Full Face

Cloth masks by Sleepweaver are the newest successful mask styles to be introduced in recent years, and now full face mask users have this option too! The Anew Cloth Mask is designed in style for those who breathe through their mouths and require a full face design. Now you have the option for an all-cloth, very soft, and loose-fitting mask option. Shop for yours now... 

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Refreshing Your CPAP Mask

Posted Aug 8, 2013 by Kristen P. in Tips & Tricks

Refreshing your CPAP maskSometimes it's just not practical or affordable to replace your entire CPAP mask. Many CPAP users don't realize that different parts of their mask can often be replaced to "refresh" it for longer use. CPAP masks, especially newer designs, often have just a few major components that need to be updated to make your mask like new again. And while we do believe that replacing your mask regularly is a key component of good sleep therapy, but we also want to be sensitive to the needs, budgetary and otherwise, of our customers.

So, we've compiled a list of part of your mask that can often be replaced for general upkeep and maintenance. While every mask is different and has different replacement components, in general each mask has two types of replacement parts that are key in keep the mask fitting and working well:

  • Mask Cushion or Pillow - This mask component is probably the most sensitive and important component of your mask. Most cushions are made of delicate silicone that is gentle on the face but can also be easily compromised by nightly use. In general cushions can be replaced as often as once every three months. Making sure you have an excellent seal is of major importance so your cushion needs to fit well and be in great condition. This would probably be the first and most important replacement component for your mask. Nasal pillows are also easily replaced and important for cleanliness and hygiene reasons.


  • Headgear - Coming in a close second to cushion replacement is your headgear. Worn out, stretched thin, and ragged headgear is nightmare for therapy as well as for your head. CPAP masks are generally supposed to fit somewhat loosely to ensure that the masks works like it's supposed to and that you don't get a massive headache from pressure point pain. When headgear gets stretched out from overuse it just doesn't hold the mask on correctly anymore. The user tends to overtighten to compensate and then pain as well as loss of therapy pressure can be experienced. It's important to keep your headgear in good shape or your mask just won't work as well as it's made to. 

So now you know the essential components, there are also some other miscellaneous parts that you might need for your specific mask:

  • Mask Frame - The main part of any mask, the mask frame is also generally the most durable. Made of harder plastics usually, this frame would normally be the last thing of your mask to break.
  • Headgear Clips - Some masks have clips that connect the headgear to the mask frame (most notably Respironics and ResMed masks often have this feature). Customers have often complained that clips can break well before the life of the mask is up. These are easy and inexpensive to replace.
  • Cushion Clip - A few masks have clips that connect the cushion to the frame.
  • Elbows - Many masks have swivel elbows the jut out from the mask frame to connect to your tubing. Fisher and Paykel masks often have this feature. Replaceable mask elbows are widely available.
  • Exhalation Filters - Older Fisher & Paykel masks have exhalation filters that help with the noise level of the mask.
  • Other parts - Each mask is different and will have specific replacement parts for that design. If something breaks on your mask, doesn't assume it can't be fixed. Search online or call us to see if that specific part can be purchased separately.

 

Another option exists with our custom Mask Refresher Kits. We have created an easy purchasing package for most of our popular CPAP masks. You choose your package, decide whether or not to have a new headgear added, and then checkout, knowing that all the parts you need to recreate and refresh your mask are included.

And at the end of the day, if you can't find the part you need or your mask just can't be refreshed any longer, then you should consider purchasing a new CPAP mask. If you want to try a new mask or have questions, please feel free to contact our Customer Service team for assistance.

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Overstock Sale! We reduce our inventory and you get the savings.

Posted Jul 30, 2013 by Kristen P. in Store News

We're cleaning out our warehouse, and we've lowered prices on more than 50 of our products. Shop overstock CPAP supplies up to 90% off list price. Just while supplies last!

Some of our deeply discounted items include:

Please note: Only items and specific sizes listed are on sale.

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Spend $25 and get a popular CPAP accessory for 1 cent.

Posted Jul 29, 2013 by Kristen P. in

Today through July 31st - Shop CPAP Supply USA, purchase at least $25 of supplies, and get one popular CPAP accessory for only one penny! Choose from an 8 Ft. CPAP Tubing, the Pur-Sleep Aromatherapy Starter Kit, or the Cozy Hose BOSS Tube Management System. One penny item per customer per order please. Sales extends through 7/31 only.

One order - one item - one penny!

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