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Better Sleep: A Resolution To Keep

Posted by Julia Higginson on Jan 1, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The new year has begun and that means its time to pull out your resolutions. Do you have any new resolutions on your list or are you making the same resolutions that you seem to keep failing at?

Year after the most common resolutions are healthy eating, exercising more, and stopping smoking. And year after year most people find that their resolutions fall by the wayside within a few weeks to months.

Have you ever wondered why so many people fail at accomplishing worthwhile goals? The answer is simple: sleep. When you are sleep deprived or have poor sleep you are less likely to accomplish your goals because you are tired.

This year, instead of making the same old resolutions again, try making a goal for better sleep. A good night’s rest is the basis for making and keeping resolutions for a healthy lifestyle.

The Importance of Sleep:

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Topics: holiday, get better sleep, new year's resolution

Don't Let CPAP Ruin Your Travel Plans

Posted by Julia Higginson on Dec 8, 2019 1:54:00 PM

Travel can tempt you to not be compliant with your CPAP therapy. The overwhelming idea of packing and bringing your equipment with you can make you want to skip your CPAP while you are away.

Foregoing your CPAP therapy can be dangerous. Sleep apnea will occur whether you are on your dream vacation or at home. Without your CPAP machine, you run the risk of experiencing all the unwanted and sometimes even dangerous effects of untreated sleep apnea.

The good news is that traveling with your CPAP machine doesn’t have to be burden. There are several options, including travel-sized CPAP machines that can make it easier for you to travel.

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Topics: CPAP compliance, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP

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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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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Sleep Under the Midnight Sun

Posted by Julia Higginson on Jun 2, 2019 4:00:00 PM

Sleep is more important to mental and physical health than most people realize. Sleep helps the brain to work properly. If the brain is working properly so is the body.

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Topics: summer

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