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Zero Crap, Get CPAP: The Best CPAP Accessories are Here

We know how it goes when you’re trying to find high-quality CPAP supplies and not just well-advertised crap. You get the recommendations, do the research, believe you’ve found the right products, and then order with nothing but high hopes that you got it right. 

Unfortunately, sometimes when your CPAP accessories arrive, they aren’t quite what you thought you were getting, or they don’t work as well as you’d hoped. Aeroflow Sleep is here to help steer you in the right direction, whether this is your first rodeo as a new customer or you’ve been around the block with your travel CPAP equipment and want to add to your adapter arsenal.

To save you time (and possibly money, if you have an FSA,) we did the research for you and have compiled a list of the best CPAP accessories available!

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How an RN and Her Patient (Like You) Found Out Micro-CPAPs Don’t Work

Unhappy-Micro-CPAP Patient

We know many patients have grown frustrated with Philips Respironics’ DreamStation recall and the subsequent national PAP machine shortage. While both of these are out of Aeroflow Sleep’s control, we want to caution you about an alternative CPAP therapy solution some have been led to try out of desperation: micro-CPAP machines.

It’s unsurprising that patients are enticed by these devices. Micro-CPAPs cost as little as $15 on Amazon and claim to “maximize the airflow through the nasal passage and stop snoring,” which is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Of course, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the Internet…unless it’s this, because we’re here to tell you how an RN and her patient found out micro-CPAPs don’t work.

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Why Identifying These Sleep Apnea Symptoms Could Actually Save Your Life

Sleep Apnea Patient Frustrated

Research published within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states, “22 million Americans have sleep apnea, and 80% don’t know it.” Why? Well, sleep apnea is difficult to diagnose, because it’s a sleep disorder. That means it occurs while you’re sleeping. But how can you be expected to know you have a life-threatening illness if you’re not conscious when it happens?

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Which Philips Respironics DreamWear CPAP Mask Will Save You Time, Money, and More?

Sleep apnea is most often treated with continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP, and CPAP therapy is provided via a CPAP machine, hose, and mask. Of course, there are thousands of CPAP supplies available beyond the basics, and Philips Respironics is just one manufacturer among them. How do you narrow down the options?

If you are looking for a Philips Respironics product, DreamWear is by far their best-selling CPAP mask, and we agree; it’s a solid choice. Here, we’ll explore why Aeroflow Sleep recommends Philips Respironics DreamWear CPAP mask and how it will save you time, money, and more.

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Can Your SmartWatch Detect Sleep Apnea?

Today, we’ll take a look at wearable sleep tracking and if it can be used for sleep apnea detection. Then we’ll tell you what you should do if you suspect that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea. But first, you’ll need just a quick understanding of what exactly sleep apnea is and how it’s diagnosed.

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What Does AHI Mean? (And 3 Ways to Lower Yours Tonight)

Apnea-Hypopnea Index is not the easiest thing to say five times fast. It’s also not a widely discussed scale of measurement until you’re faced with a sleep disorder. This makes it rather intimidating for anyone newly diagnosed with sleep apnea. You’re probably wondering, what does the Apnea-Hypopnea Index quantify? Can I improve my AHI score? Am I going to die? Aeroflow Sleep is here with the answers and more.

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ResMed AirSense 11 Review and Guide

ResMed took the world’s most popular CPAP machine and turned it up to eleven. Or so they say! If you’ve recently been looking for a new CPAP machine, you’ve probably noticed the hype around the long-awaited ResMed AirSense 11. But does it live up to the excitement? And how is it different from the AirSense 10? Is it worth upgrading or should you stick with a proven machine?

Before you buy your next CPAP machine, check out our comparison of the different models, as well as answers to the most common questions about ResMed’s newest offering.

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9 Reasons You Need to Buy the Best CPAP Cleaner of 2022

A recent study discovered, “40% of CPAP users admitted to never cleaning their CPAP mask, and more than 80% skipped cleaning the CPAP tubing.” They don’t even pre-wash or use mask wipes! If you’re grossed out reading that, good. We were too.

Not cleaning your CPAP equipment leads to faster deterioration, meaning you’ll need replacement parts sooner. Germs can collect in CPAP accessories, and no one wants to be breathing in pathogens linked to respiratory illness.

The easiest way CPAP users can disinfect is by buying a CPAP cleaner, but how do you cut through the crowded market of CPAP supplies? Aeroflow Sleep has done all of the legwork for you and can give you 9 reasons why you need to buy the best CPAP cleaner of 2022.

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CPAP Water: Does It Need to Be Distilled? (Plus, How to Make Your Own)

A CPAP humidifier can be the key to sleep therapy success, making your airflow more comfortable and eliminating symptoms like dry mouth and sore throat– but always having to keep distilled water around is a bit of a pain. Is bottled water just as good? What would happen if you used tap water anyway? Is your doctor just in the pocket of Big Water? 

In truth, the answer to these questions can have a big impact on your health and on your wallet. Read on to learn about what kinds of water you can use in your CPAP machine, how the right kind of water can save you money, and even how to make your own distilled water!

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How to Order CPAP Supplies Online with Insurance Right Now

Navigating health insurance is about as easy as navigating the Bermuda Triangle, but when CPAP equipment costs an arm and a leg out of pocket, it’s a necessary evil…or is it? What if we told you how to order CPAP supplies online with insurance right now AND that Aeroflow Sleep would be doing all of the legwork for you?

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