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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Signs Your CPAP Machine Is Not Working or Needs Adjusting

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 4, 2018 1:57:14 PM

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 compliance, CPAP success

Take Your CPAP Therapy to the Next Level of Preparedness!

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 8, 2018 2:35:38 PM

Alaska Sleep Clinic is proud to offer you our patients the latest way to power their CPAP machines off the grid...The Venture Volt Walkabout Lithium Battery Banks.


EXPION360 Power Bank

The most powerful portable battery bank, You'll never need anything else.

The EXPION360 Power Bank offers more portable power for its size than other devices on the market today for CPAP use. Imagine using your computer, charging your tablet, charging your smartphone, powering your sleep apnea machine,  communications equipment, ham radios, charging your drone, charging cameras, anywhere! In fact, the Venture Volt power bank has a cigarette lighter style 12v power port and can power just about anything with a 12v male power plug.  

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Topics: cpap accessories, CPAP, CPAP success, travel, battery

7 Ways to Live with Your Partner's CPAP Machine

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jun 20, 2018 2:12:12 PM

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Topics: CPAP compliance, CPAP success, CPAP, losing sleep

DreamWear Mask Review

Posted by Julia Higginson on May 17, 2018 5:51:00 AM

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.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, cpap alternatives, CPAP, CPAP success

Allergies and Sleep Apnea: How are they connected?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Mar 27, 2018 6:53:00 AM

Allergies and sleep apnea: How are they connected? Spring has arrived, and allergy season is upon us once again. With that in mind, the blog turns its attention to the topic of sleep apnea and allergies.

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Topics: allergies, CPAP Masks, CPAP success

CPAP Therapy: How it Works, Getting Set up & Results

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 24, 2018 8:06:04 PM

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Topics: CPAP Masks, obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP, CPAP compliance, CPAP success, cpap accessories, Sleep

CPAP Therapy Compliance: Tips and Tricks to Make CPAP Treatment Easy

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 1, 2015 7:42:00 PM

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.

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP compliance

4 Reasons for You to Buy CPAP Equipment Before the End of the Year

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Dec 5, 2014 7:31:00 PM


The holidays are a busy time of year in which we spend our time Christmas shopping, making winter travel plans, enjoying the company of our families, and deciding just what to make our New Year's resolutions about. And for many of us, our New Year's resolutions often revolve around making our lives healthier and happier. Whether it's making healthier food choices, exercising more often, or quitting bad habits like smoking, many of us choose to start the next year off aiming at self improvement.

The Alaska Sleep Clinic wants to remind you that you don't need to wait until the first of the year to start making your health a priority. In fact, right now is the perfect time to start.

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Topics: CPAP success

Choosing the Best CPAP Mask: Pros, Cons, & Other Considerations

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Aug 8, 2014 2:10:00 PM

Finding the right CPAP mask is crucial to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. With so many different mask styles, shapes, and sizes, choosing the mask that works best for you can be a little daunting at first as there's no "miracle mask" that is best for all patients. What it all really boils down to is finding a mask that suits your own individual breathing needs, sleep habits, and comfort levels. At The Alaska Sleep Clinic we want to give you some initial key pointers and things to consider when you meet with your durable medical equipment (DME) technician as you find the perfect mask for every night use.

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Topics: CPAP success, CPAP Masks

9 Alternative Treatments to CPAP Therapy

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 29, 2014 3:08:00 PM

An estimated 20 million American adults are believed to have obstructive sleep apnea, with the majority of those cases going undiagnosed. Sleep apnea used to be merely considered an annoyance by many, but in recent decades with more information on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea, more and more people have begun seeking treatment for their chronic sleep disorders.

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Topics: CPAP success, children, BPAP, oral appliance

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