Today is Paul McCartney's 76th birthday! Sir Paul may not use a CPAP machine; but he definitely appreciates good sleep! After all, he and John Lennon did write these lyrics:
One of the most common questions we get asked here at The Alaska Sleep Clinic is "how can I travel with my CPAP machine?" Many of our patients travel frequently to the "lower 48" for vacations and to visit family, and quite a few of our residents have "slope" jobs which require them to be away from home for long periods of time between R&R breaks.
Living with sleep apnea can be difficult enough without all of the extra hassles associated with travel. Many patients find having to use a CPAP machine every night at home challenging enough (at least initially), and the idea of having to travel with their machine almost too much to bear.
One of the biggest complaints about using a CPAP machine is how uncomfortable wearing a mask can be or how claustrophobic the mask makes you feel — none of which helps you in your attempt at a good night’s rest.
Does this scenario sound familiar? You have a snoring problem. You come into a sleep lab to have a sleep study conducted and find out you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
The next thought is “ok, so how do I treat my sleep apnea?”
The most common way to treat sleep apnea is to be put on a positive airway pressure (PAP) machine while you sleep. PAP Therapy involves placing a small mask or nasal pillows over the nose or nose and mouth and blowing compressed air into the lungs.
PAP machines are also known as Durable Medical Equipment (DME). DME is the medical term for long lasting medical equipment prescribed by a doctor for use in your home.
Traveling can be a hassle, especially for the CPAP user.
Alaska Sleep Clinic wants to make your on-the-road CPAP experience a breeze. Here are some tips to help you sleep better while traveling with your CPAP.
Philips Respironics is another popular brand among CPAP users. They offer a variety of masks from nasal pillow masks to full-face masks. This article will discuss the Wisp Nasal Mask and the DreamWear Nasal Cradle mask.
BiPAP (also referred to as BPAP) stands for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure, and is very similar in function and design to a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). Similar to a CPAP machine, A BiPAP machine is a non-invasive form of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Both machine types deliver pressurized air through a mask to the patient's airways. The air pressure keeps the throat muscles from collapsing and reducing obstructions by acting as a splint. Both CPAP and BiPAP machines allow patients to breathe easily and regularly throughout the night.