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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Dirty or Broken CPAP is Not Healthy

Posted by Julia Higginson on Dec 7, 2019 8:44:00 AM

 

You depend on your CPAP or BiPAP equipment to help you breath better while you sleep each night. Your machine is taking care of your well-being every time you strap on the mask. But are you taking the time to take care of your machine?

Taking good care of your equipment is paramount to the success of your therapy. A dirty or broken machine translates into compromised therapy. That means you are back to not getting a good night's sleep because your equipment isn’t working right. Or you are breathing in dirty or even moldy air.

CPAP and BiPAP equipment need to be cared for and cleaned on a regular basis. Join us over the next few weeks as we discuss the signs of dirty or worn out equipment and how to care for your machine so you are getting the best therapy possible.

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'Twas the Sleep Before Christmas

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 6, 2019 5:15:00 PM

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

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Topics: christmas, sleeping, CPAP therapy

Fixing and Maintaining Your CPAP

Posted by Julia Higginson on Dec 6, 2019 1:38:00 PM

Your CPAP and BiPAP machine is made up of a myriad of parts. You need each part to be working well so you are getting the best therapy possible.

Think of your machine like your car. Your car needs frequent maintenance so that it will work properly. Worn out parts will make your car drive inefficiently and may even cause your car to break down. Broken down or worn out parts must be replaced if you want your car to work.

The same is true of your CPAP or BiPAP machine; it works best with proper maintenance and the replacement of broken down or worn out parts. You will be able to tell the difference with how your machine is working as parts break or wear out.

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Want better sleep? Relax!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 5, 2019 10:48:00 AM

Music soothes the savage beast

Having trouble sleeping can have wide-ranging, negative effects on your health, so it's something that you should take seriously. For instance, it makes you less safe behind the wheel and increases your long-term risk of medical conditions such as obesity and heart disease. 

Though medical sleep aids may work quickly to help you drift off, they can have side effects and aren't good to use in the long term. Luckily, there is another treatment for sleepless nights that's cheap, isn't habit-forming, and has absolutely no negative side effects: music.

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Topics: Sleep, relax, yoga, music

Napping Do’s and Dont’s

Posted by Hannah Edmonds on Dec 4, 2019 11:02:00 AM

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Topics: sleep hygiene, naps, power naps

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