Alaska Sleep Education Center

Factors Affecting Your CPAP Compliance: It Matters!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 9, 2021 11:12:00 AM

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) describes a situation when there are frequent pauses in breathing during sleep due to an obstructed airway. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a preferred and effective treatment which is considered to be the gold standard of OSA therapy1.2 . At least 4 hours usage of CPAP is suggested to maintain an effective and long-term therapeutic improvement and reduce the risk of comorbidities associated with untreated OSA3.4.5.6. However, maintaining high compliance with CPAP device could be difficult for some patients. It may lead to the following issues:

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Topics: CPAP compliance, cpap machines

Is Your CPAP Machine Working?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 14, 2019 10:22:00 AM

Continuous Positive Airways Pressure, or CPAP, is widely regarded as the best treatment available for obstructive sleep apnea. When properly set and consistently used, it is highly effective, though early on tolerance and compliance can be an issue. It may be easy to tell when a CPAP machine is working, but what are signs that it is not working anymore? Consider some of the major indications that your CPAP machine and equipment may need to either be adjusted or replaced. Here are some of the more typical scenarios: 

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP compliance, cpap machines

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

Sleeping with A CPAP Mask: Problems, Concerns, and Solutions.

Posted by Jennifer Hines on May 15, 2019 10:08:00 AM

At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we realize that one of the most important hurdles in CPAP compliance is helping clients find a mask they can comfortably wear every night. For many patients first diagnosed with sleep apnea, wearing a mask regularly to treat their disorder can seem daunting or even intolerable. Fortunately for these patients, CPAP masks come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes so that just about anyone can find the perfect mask for regular nighttime use.

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Topics: CPAP compliance, CPAP Masks

6 Common Questions about CPAP Therapy

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 28, 2019 2:24:00 PM

"There are naive questions, tedious questions, ill-phrased questions, questions put after inadequate self-criticism. But every question is a cry to understand the world. There is no such thing as a dumb question." – Carl Sagan.

When it comes to proper treatment for any health condition, patient education is often the most crucial aspect in compliance with therapy. Patients that are uninformed about their disorder and treatment options are among the first to quickly abandon therapy. It's sad to see patients go through the process of exploring their symptoms, seeking diagnosis, and getting set-up with treatment, only to discontinue treatment after a short time. And one of the biggest factors for patients quitting treatment is a lack of quality education from medical professionals about the necessity of continued therapy.

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Topics: CPAP compliance, CPAP

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