Lose the Germs!

Allen Levine2 comments

We are here to support you with all your sleep apnea needs which is why we want to remind you that it is so important to consistently stay clean and away from harmful germs. We all try to stay clean; we shower, wash our hands, brush our teeth, wash our sheets, etc. Why wouldn't you wash your CPAP mask and other supplies too?

Lets face it there are germs everywhere and the last place you want them are by your face! Your CPAP machine is always by your mouth where moisture is present. With so much moisture and bacteria, instead of building a sand castle at the beach this summer, you will be building a castle of mold in your CPAP instead. Below is a guide to help you avoid the germs and bacteria: 

Healthy CPAP Guide

Don't forget to change your CPAP Supplies:

Every 6 Months: Head Gear, Black Non Disposable Filter & Chinstrap

Every 3 Months: Frame, Tubing

Every Month: Full Face Mask Cushions

Bi-Weekly: White Disposable Filters, Nasal Mask Cushions

Only when cracked or broken: Humidifier Chamber 

    *DID YOU KNOW: Failure to timely change your CPAP supplies could lead to infections and respiratory problems.
    Your health is too important to us; change your supplies soon!

    Daily Cleaning Tips 

    1. Soak all supplies in a 50/ 50 solution of white vinegar and warm water for 8- 10 minutes.
    2. After soaking the supplies, rinse thoroughly with warm water.
    3. You may also use a non-antibacterial soap in place of the vinegar.
    • DO NOT USE ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS, as they can interact with the plastics in the equipment, often causing them to break down.

       Try these Items to Clean Your Machine! 

      You have probably heard of the importance of a clean CPAP or you might have never thought you had to clean it! Not cleaning your CPAP machine would be as bad as not changing your toothbrush for over a year! You do not want to put so much bacteria in your body would you? See below for great products to help clean your machine, making it easy and care-free.
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      SoClean 2 is a CPAP's miracle cleaning machine, it has made disinfecting your CPAP mask, hose and reservoir hassle free! It helps avoid and destroy mold, viruses and frustration. This machine also gets rid of 99 % of bacteria and cleans all tubing for your CPAP machine! 

      Here are some additional cleaning supplies to help you stay in tip top shape!
                                                                           
                      Unscented CPAP Wipes            CPAP Tube Cleaning System                

      Before you go to bed, think again! Put your health first and make cleaning your CPAP supplies a priority!

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      Struggles of CPAP Therapy

      Allen Levine

      Welcome to the struggles of sleep apnea - I have witnessed the initial struggle of getting used to the CPAP supplies first hand and am here to offer some support! CPAP therapy is hard enough without having to deal with all the extra mishaps that come with trying it for the first time or changing masks and machines with the newest ones. Here are the common obstacles that pretty much everyone has to deal with (You're not the only one, nice to know huh? …) The good news is that if one CPAP mask or device doesn't work for you, you have other options. And most CPAP masks are adjustable, to help make them more comfortable for you

      Obstacle 1: Leaks

      Do you wake up in the morning or middle of the night and notice something has been leaking through the night? No, you didn’t dream it (unless you had a sad dream maybe teared up) but that means your CPAP mask is leaking. This leak could be that your mask is the wrong size or it is just leaking either way, it means you are not getting full air pressure that you need!

      How to solve it:

      Always try the first two options before the third one listed below:

      1. First adjust your pads and straps to tighten your mask.
      2. Replace the liner or add cushions to your particular mask. **Not all masks are made the same, so no, you cannot use your husband’s/wife’s mask or cushions sorry!
      3. Call your provider. If you tried both options above, it means you have the wrong size mask or just a leaky one. Call us at (877) 307-2727 to talk to our clinical care to get the comfort you deserve asap!

      What happens if you ignore this:

      Not getting your needed air pressure means you are not getting the most out of your cpap therapy, which means it is not helping you treat your sleep apnea.

      Besides that, having your mask leak means you could also irritate your skin. This skin irritation could cause skin chaffing and rashes because the moisture is making your mask run against your skin.

      Obstacle 2: Sinus Infection

      CPAP user or not, sinus infections are not fun nor do you wish them on anyone. No, not even your enemy. Are you getting them more often recently? Ask yourself when was the last time you cleaned your CPAP?  Yes that is right, you have to clean your machine because unfortunately it does not clean itself. If you have not cleaned your tubes, machine or masks you are infesting yourself with all this bacteria you never knew existed! Having these unwanted germs can cause you to be sick more often or worsen your sickness!

      Solution:

      Guess what?! We thought of that problem too! Have you heard of SoClean? SoClean makes cleaning 99% of germs 100% easier! Click here to learn more.

      Want to clean the old fashioned way? That is fine too! Click here to read our cleaning blog or here to shop cleaning supplies.

      Obstacle 3: Claustrophobia- Feeling uncomfortable in a mask

      It happens! If you are already claustrophobic you know the feeling too well and can cope but if this is new to you don’t worry. There are millions of people with claustrophobia & we have tips for you! That’s right we want you to feel like a million bucks!

      How to solve it:

      Practice while you are awake by putting on the mask during the day. Take it in steps:

      1. Hold the mask to your face and breathe through it.
      2. Wear the mask and all accessories and do the same as step 1.
      3. Do steps one and two but attach the hose to your CPAP machine and set at a low-setting. **Make sure ramp feature is turned on**

      If you still experience discomfort while using CPAP therapy, know that we do not want you uncomfortable any longer. Call us to see what other masks we have to offer you at (877) 307-CPAP.

      Obstacle 4: Mask falls off in sleep

      We have this conversation ALL the time! We trust you but here are a few solutions to be a pro at CPAP therapy.

      Do you move a lot in your sleep? If you do, you probably knocked your mask off your face. It is normal to wake up with it off.

      Consistent falling could also mean that you are wearing too big of a mask. Whether it is clothing, food or you cpap supplies, too big is too big. Don’t know how it should feel? Your mask should always fit snugly not too tight nor too loose. The issue could have been that when your respiratory therapist came into your house it wasn't tightened to your head size.

      Did your mask get looser with time? Age of your mask will also affect the size of it!

      Solutions:

      -If you are a crazy sleeper (like I am) try a full face mask or a chinstrap. Having extra support means you’ll have more control in moments you feel like you do not have any at all.

      -Set an alarm for the first couple of weeks to check to see if your device is still on.

      -Adjust your headgear. This might seem like a self-explanatory task but it is almost always overlooked and is an easy carefree fix.

      - Call us today to see if you are up for a replacement mask!

      Obstacle 5: Dry Mouth 

      I am the first to admit I sleep with my mouth wide open. (I know, attractive.) They call us “mouth breathers” I like to call us “singing enthusiasts.” Unfortunately, we end waking up with dry mouths thirsty for water and our cpap masks do not make it any easier, as if we weren’t already horrified.

      Solution:

      Chinstraps are the best friend we always needed but may never have wanted. In the case of CPAP therapy, we learn to love them. Another option is a full-face-mask which covers your mouth and nose.

      Not a patient person? Time to start practicing because one night can change your life.

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      Learn to Love Mornings

      Allen Levine

      Love mornings just as much as your sleep.

      There are those of us who love hamburgers, those who love hot dogs, those who love cats, those who love dogs, or those who love mornings and those who think THOSE people are crazy.

      There is a lot of talk these days on how waking up earlier would make you feel like you had the best day of your life but did you know it is actually good for your health? Research at the University of London and Heidelberg shows that i you wake up early you are less likely to be stressed, depressed and overweight. With autumn coming up, don’t fall into the same routine! Here are some steps to at least begin tolerating your mornings.

      1. A New Love

      First thing’s first you cannot think of mornings with a sense of negativity the night before. You have to think of it as a start to a new day of new opportunities. Not dreading the morning means you will not be dragging it when it is here.

      1. Believe You Can Dream

      Is number one easier said than done? What about picturing your perfect morning? What do you see yourself doing in the morning? Whether is a morning walk or a cup of coffee or a swim, think of what you want to do as your peaceful time and go for it.

      1. One Step At A Time

      We have to be realistic here, you are not going to change your opinion overnight or even over a week. But if you dream it, it can happen. Dreams start small too, plan step by step and begin waking up 10-15 minutes earlier than usual. Everyday it feels easier increase the time until you reached your goal!

      1. Every Step You Take

      Appreciate yourself! You are taking a small step to better your health be happy and rejoice in it. Treat yourself and enjoy a sunset walk or enjoy your favorite coffee and catch up on your latest news!

      1. Find the right app

      Yes that is right, technology has done it again, and those of you that have converted to the smartphone phase we have an app for you. SleepBot, SleepTime and Sleep Cycle are the first to try.

      1. Goodbye Technology

      The only technology you should be touching before you go to sleep is your alarm clock. Stray away from all technology and let your body declutter itself from all the gadgets we have in our daily lives. Your body cannot fully turn off without staying away from technology, if your brain is still stimulated then you are not able to get a true full night’s rest. Meaning in the morning you have not completed your rest cycle, a reason you feel so tired in the morning.


      Try these steps to begin enjoying a longer day. Recommendations? Comment below!

       

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      The ABC's to Easy ZZZ's

      Allen Levine
      Sleep is an essential factor that affects our daily lives, so getting enough of it should be on your top priority list. To help our sleep we should follow the rules on how to sleep better:
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      Avoid taking naps if you can.
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      Begin rituals that help you relax each night before bed.
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      Cigarettes or any nicotine should be avoided before sleep.
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      Do not have a beer, glass of wine, or any other alcohol within six hours of your bedtime.
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      Exercise, with moderation- Avoid any tough exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
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      Find something else to do if you are not asleep after 20 minutes. If you can, do this in another room. Once you feel sleepy again, go back to bed.
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      Get up at the same time every morning.
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      Hot to warm baths or a light snack will relax your body and put you in sleep mode.
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      Incense or candles help soothe and relax your brain, and day.
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      Just put on your PJs. Comfortable clothes are an important aspect to more comfortable sleep.
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      Keep a regular schedule.
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      Long, complete night’s sleep will make the following nights easier to continue the trend.
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      Medication for sleeping should be avoided, or use them cautiously.
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      No to caffeine after lunch.
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      Opt-in to tea and honey! Chamomile and Passion fruit increase of glycine, a chemical that relaxes nerves and muscles. Make sure it's decaffeinated of course!
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      Paint your room. Believe it or not but the color of your bedroom can be keeping you awake! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/bedroom-paint-colors-sleep_n_3286774.html
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      Quiet, dark, cool bedrooms are the best environments for even better sleep. It works for bats who sleep 16 hours a day!
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      Relax, relax, repeat. Easy right? Everyone has their ways to relax find yours today. Need help? Try this http://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less
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      Starving, won’t help either! For dinner try fish and rice. They boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin (caused by darkness). For snacks, try cherry juice, walnuts and yogurt!
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      Three p.m. should be the latest time you should nap. If you must take a nap, try to keep it short (less than one hour).
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      Unwind with some yoga! Stretching allows your mind and body to let go of the whole week and put you in a at peace mood.
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      Vent about your day! There is nothing worse than going to bed stressed and angry. Whether or not you have a person or pet, tell someone or something. Live alone? Mediate! Meditate! Meditate!
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      Write your life story, but do it earlier in the day. Don’t read, write, eat, watch TV. Stimulating distractions cause your brain to be active longer at night, meaning when you are asleep, it is not.
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      X-cuses, excuses - (That works, right?) You might think this is a long list that you can avoid. Remember- the excuses you make today ruin tomorrow's sleep too!
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      You should exercise on a regular basis, but do it earlier in the day. (Talk to your doctor before you begin an exercise program.)If you are unable to do this, then find a time during the day to get all of your worries out of your system. Your bed is a place to rest, not a place to worry.
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      ZZZ’s - are what you will get more of if you follow this guide.
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      Source:http://www.sleepeducation.com

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