Did you know that there are over 80 different types of sleep disorders? Maybe that amount of medical conditions doesn’t surprise you, but what if we told you that more than 50 million people in the United States alone have been diagnosed with some form of a sleep disorder? The truth is that there is a high prevalence of sleep disorders, and because these disorders occur while you’re sleeping, it can be very difficult to identify if you have one or not. In an effort to raise awareness, we’re highlighting two different sleep disorders in today’s blog: narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Keep reading as we break down the differences, similarities, warning signs, and treatment options for both.
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I wish I had the perfect solution to the misery that only seasonal allergies and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can bring. Truth is, I don’t, however…in my 15 years of CPAP use, I have made it through 15 spring seasons filled with pollen, dust, and other allergens. I’ve learned a thing or two about how to cope, and I hope that sharing some of the comfort measures that have helped me gives you some new strategies to try this spring.
February is American Heart Month. But what does your heart have to do with your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA,) not to mention your pee? Well, a new study revealed that people with high uric acid and OSA have a higher risk of death, and the way researchers found out about this was all thanks to cardiovascular disease (aka, heart disease.) Joined by our favorite Medical Advisor, Dr. Carleara Weiss, we’ll do a little digging into some risk factors you may not yet know exist.
With Super Bowl Sunday on the horizon, football is top of mind for many Americans. But did you know that it’s estimated that up to one third of football players in the National Football League (NFL) have sleep apnea? Plus, 52% of former NFL players have been diagnosed with some form of sleep disordered breathing. The numbers don’t lie; there is clearly a widespread epidemic of sleep apnea within the NFL. Why is this the case, and does sleep apnea impact other athletes (and sports) too? Keep reading to find out!
Becoming a CPAP user can be scary. Even though you’ve had your sleep study and know Aeroflow Sleep will ship you the right supplies based on your doctor’s diagnosis, there’s the whole process of getting to know your CPAP machine: how to set it up, where the different parts go, and when to perform cleaning and maintenance. Don’t worry; this blog has all of the answers you need for your first machine.
If I could hop in a time machine and travel back to when I first received my diagnosis and started CPAP therapy, there are so many pieces of advice I wish I could give my younger self. Until time travel becomes a reality, I hope that by sharing 6 things I wish I had known starting out with CPAP you can avoid some of the pitfalls and curveballs I dealt with early on. I’m Emma Cooksey, and I’m a real-life sleep apnea patient.
Aeroflow Sleep is well aware of the fact that cleaning your CPAP supplies can be annoying. Let’s face it; any extra chore that gets added to your to-do list is likely going to be zero fun (unless you’re Mr. Clean). But seriously, skipping out on regular cleaning and replacement comes at a cost. Keep reading to learn more about the negative impacts of dirty CPAP equipment; like respiratory illness.
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about CPAP products the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled, and while this isn’t necessarily news to anyone in the sleep apnea industry—let alone our patients, why CPAP masks have joined that list may be a question that remains unanswered. That’s why Aeroflow Sleep, alongside Teresa Power DeNike, is here to clear up any misconceptions about magnetic CPAP masks.
As your sleep specialist continues to narrow down mask options that are a good fit for you, your physical features will also be assessed; factors like whether or not you have facial hair, or if you have a deviated septum, will also play a significant role in your mask selection process. Since a deviated septum can impact your journey to finding the right mask fit, we thought we’d shed some light on which CPAP mask is the best for this condition and why.
Being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can involve a lot of new habits. Whether it’s your partner adapting to your new sleep setup or getting into the groove of keeping CPAP parts clean, it’s never too late to revisit and improve your CPAP habits, and what better time to try than the New Year?!
My sleep apnea therapy (also called CPAP therapy) has taught me that building habits is a personal journey and what works for me might not be a perfect fit for everyone. I hope that by sharing my habits around CPAP, I can help you develop ideas for what might work best for you.