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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.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Personalize your CPAP

  Attention Christmas procrastinators: here's a cool present for the CPAP user in your life.
  ResMed offers a variety of designs via skinit to cover your CPAP machine from pro and college sports teams (Michigan State is the best choice, obviously), military branches, animals and much more.
  You can even use your own photo or match the decor in your home.
  Learn more about pricing, availability, shipping and if this is an option for your machine at ResMed's website.
  Who says CPAP can't be fun?
  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Apnea treatment good for employers

  Companies should encourage their employees to get treatment for apnea.
  Not only is it the right thing to do, it can help employers' all-important bottom line.
  A presentation at the 2012 American Sleep Apnea Association conference said companies that implement a screening and treatment program will enjoy higher productivity and lower health care costs, Sleep Review magazine reports.
  Obviously, the cost of the ailments related to untreated apnea (high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes) can add up quickly (in the BILLIONS according to some reports), not to mention fatigued employees quite literally falling down on the job or behind the wheel.

CPAP group set-up

  CPAP is a major lifestyle change that is much easier with the support of a spouse, the professionals who help you set it up and peers going through the same thing.
  Sleep Solutions Home Medical of Troy facilitates this process by offering group set-ups, where a new patient and spouse learn about their mask and machine alongside at least two or three other couples.
  The effort is reported to be a success as the patients benefited from the questions of their peers that they may not have thought to ask.
  I think this is an awesome idea. Apprehensive CPAP rookies will know they are not alone and their spouses will be up to speed so they can offer support and gentle reminders.
  Here's a video about the group set-up process. Visit Sleep Solutions for more information.