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Assistant News Editor Lee Dryden was diagnosed with sleep apnea and uses a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to assist with breathing while sleeping. From a layman’s point of view, he will discuss the benefits, issues, challenges and frustrations of sleeping while wearing a mask.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review of CPAP Holders

  This definitely a time to say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
  Seriously, why didn’t I?
  CPAP Holders can be described as a device that is simply a tray — which holds your CPAP machine — connected to a board that slides between your mattress and boxspring.
  It is touted as a space saver as the machine is no longer cluttering your nightstand or sitting on the floor. Also, having the machine closer to your head with the hose raised makes for maximum CPAP effectiveness and flexibility.
  CPAP Holders’ product is easy to assemble as screws and washers are included to attach the holder to the bedboard. There also are velcro straps to hold the machine in place.
  It comes from Dallas-based JMark Unlimited. Its founder came up with the idea for his personal use the day his machine arrived after being concerned about a lack of space on his nightstand — and the danger of the pricey machine accidentally falling. He reasoned having it on the floor makes vacuuming difficult.
  My machine was on the floor — which I never really liked the idea of — until I sampled the holder and it does make vacuuming easier. The aesthetic and sanitary benefits are bonuses, as well. As CPAP Holders’ website says, “the machine virtually disappears in the room.”
 The best inventions are common sense-based and this certainly falls into that category.


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