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.
The old adage above speaks volumes about patient compliance with CPAP therapy. All too often we hear about patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea go through the long, arduous process of investigating their sleep troubles by having a sleep study, getting a diagnosis, receiving a CPAP machine for therapy, selecting a mask, getting educated on how to use their equipment, only to quickly abandon therapy within a few short weeks.
Many of these patients are shown the path to quality sleep and given the tools to change their declining health, but, sadly, they can't be forced to comply with treatment.
The question facing many sleep professionals becomes, "If we can't make them drink, how can we entice them?"
The only real answer is to help patients want to get better. The best way to do that is to have them get proactive about sleeping healthier by using their CPAP equipment. And getting them proactive starts with showing them how to track their own therapy progress.
Topics: CPAP compliance
We're going to be honest with you: CPAP therapy is going to be tough when you first get it prescribed to treat your sleep apnea. You might tell yourself that "it's just too difficult to tolerate", and quickly go back to your old ways of getting terrible sleep, risking long-term health conditions, and feeling tired all the time. But at least you don't have to wear a mask on your face at night with pressurized air blowing into your throat, right?
All too often patients go through the process of finally seeking help for their sleep troubles by contacting a sleep clinic, getting a consultation, having a sleep study, receiving their diagnosis, getting issued CPAP equipment, trying it for a few nights...and then quickly abandon treatment because they thought it was too tough.
It can be a little baffling to see people jump through so many hoops to get help, only to banish their CPAP device to the darkest reaches of their closet within a few days, when all they needed was a few helpful tips and tricks to make CPAP therapy a "can't sleep without it" treatment.
Here we'd like to help you arm yourself with the tools for successful CPAP therapy.
"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.
At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we strongly believe that well-informed patients will be most likely to succeed in successful treatment. That's why we constantly listen to our patients' questions and concerns, and strive to provide the best answers and resources possible for them.
One of the most important factors in maintaining CPAP compliance is taking proper care of your CPAP equipment. In order to have successful CPAP therapy, you must be willing to make your treatment a priority in your life, and that means regularly cleaning and maintaining your CPAP equipment. Fortunately, taking proper care of your equipment is pretty easy, and not very time consuming. With a little adjustment to your regular morning routine, your device and accessories will be working at 100% efficiency to get you that much needed sleep you've been longing for.
Topics: CPAP compliance
After you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you're going to need to purchase CPAP equipment so that you can begin your therapy as soon as possible, and get on the road to a healthier life. While there are many CPAP suppliers ready to sell you CPAP equipment the moment you show them your prescription, you should take a little time to consider whether or not they are the most qualified provider for your needs.
At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we want to make sure that you not only get quality CPAP equipment, but that you get your equipment from a retailer that actually cares enough to help educate you on products and therapy, as well as provides assistance in keeping you compliant with your treatment. That's why we have come up with some criteria that a quality CPAP provider should meet before you make your purchase.
Topics: CPAP compliance
Continuous Positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most common form of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A CPAP machine delivers pressurized air to your throat that prevents your airway from collapsing as you sleep at night. The device consists of three parts: a machine that pressurizes air from the room to your particular pressure needs, a hose to deliver the pressurized air, and a mask or nasal prongs that gently blows the air into your airways.
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.
CPAP masks are like shoes - you may have to try on a few before you find your favorite. Try a number of different masks until you find one that is comfortable to use. A comfortable CPAP mask is the most important component of successful CPAP compliance.