Living Better With CPAP

A New Theme for September

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As the summer of 2018 draws near an end and we launch into the new month of September, Aireon Therapeutics is going to switch gears with our content delivery.  Over the course of the next five weeks, on this news feed, our Facebook page and LinkedIn we are going to start a new theme.  

The new theme will be a general overview of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP.)  As our company grows, as our following of customers grows and our scientific breakthrough grows new technology, it becomes important for everyone to have a baseline of knowledge.  By creating a knowledge baseline, we can all have a great overview of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea disease and CPAP therapy.  This review of the basics and baseline formation will allow us to all walk forward into new technology intelligently.  It ensures we can all work together for the greater good of everyone to reads our content.  

So, starting this week we will start distributing curated content and original posts that combine to grow our total knowledge base.  The articles will start with the basics of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, build to an overview of everything we learn together and finish with a  look to the future of Obstructive Sleep Apnea/CPAP Therapy.  

We hope you will follow along and learn with us at we learn and discuss the basics so we are all better informed and well versed in the care of our issues.  To participate in this program, ensure you are following us on either our Facebook page or LinkedIn.  Both social media accounts are linked at the bottom of our website for easy locating.  We hope you'll follow and participate in the discussion.  

Sleep Disordered-breathing and Dementia

We have written articles before discussing the increased coincidence of untreated sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Now, in research out of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference we learn more about how untreated Sleep Apnea increases the symptoms of both dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  You can find the full article by clicking this LINK.

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The research study has shown that sleep apnea, when left untreated increases the likelihood of a person developing mild to severe dementia.  If left untreated, the dementia progresses to Alzheimer’s Disease much more rapidly than when a person doesn’t have sleep apnea or when a person treats their sleep apnea.

Further, the research has gone so far as to state a likely mode of disease.  When a person suffers from sleep apnea, their brain doesn’t get enough rest for their body to rid their brains of beta-amyloid.  The beta-amyloid is a plaque buildup associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.  Beta-amyloid buildups are the characteristic trait of Alzheimer’s Disease patients. The Alzheimer’s Association Chief Scientist said, “sleep apnea actually accelerated the movement into mild cognitive impairment diagnosis for individuals who had been cognitively healthy just a few years prior.”  

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Overall, the article paints an unpleasant picture for individuals who suffer with undiagnosed and untreated sleep-disordered breathing.  Once dementia sets in, if left untreated, the plummet to full cognitive impairment can be swift and isn’t reversible.  So, if you or someone you know has or thinks they have sleep disordered breathing make sure they get tested soon!  If you or someone you know is prescribed CPAP therapy make sure they stick with their therapy regimen and hopefully they’ll avoid the negative side effects of cognitive impairment associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

 

A New CPAP Hydration Fluid Review

Hello everyone and welcome to the Aireon Therapeutics Blog.  Today we have the pleasure of sharing with you another CPAP Hydration Fluid video review.  However, this time the review is a bit different.  The perspective of this review comes from the point of view of a CPAP users spouse.  Enjoy and like always, please check back to our blog often for more information and tips that will help you comply with your CPAP therapy.  

Traveling with Your CPAP? Here is How to Travel Like a Pro with Your Device!

Summer time is a notoriously busy time for people to travel and take a vacation.  As a CPAP user, you have a few things to consider when planning to travel with your device.  In this article we’ll address a few things to consider before travel and share a few resources to help with your planning. 

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The first question to ask yourself is will you be flying with your CPAP device?  Because of the Americans with Disabilities act, your CPAP device can fly with you as a carry-on in addition to your FAA allowed two personal items.  To expedite the process at the security checkpoint, we advise CPAP users to have a proof of medical necessity.  Your best precaution against any TSA interference with your device is to ask your medical doctor to write you a letter of medical necessity to put into your CPAP travel case.  If you have taken the time to get this letter that matches your personal identification, you have taken an active step to thwart any obstacle to you taking your device along with you on the plan.

Second, you need to ask if you’re traveling domestic or international?  There is no greater aggravation than traveling abroad with your CPAP device only to find your plug doesn’t fit the wall outlet.  Make sure you bring appropriate connectors or outlet converters to ensure you have the necessary power for your device.  I’ve traveled before and left my connectors at home and I beat myself up for a few minutes or hours, not a good way to get started on a relaxing vacation.  If you don’t know, contact your hotel and then search for applicable connectors on Amazon.  Amazon will be your easiest and cheapest way to get necessary connectors.  

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The last trip we’ll discuss, camping.  If you’re going to be camping you may not have any power source to power your device. Our recommendation is to look into a portable power source just for your CPAP device.  Again, Amazon will be your best resource for things like portable solar batteries, power converters and long term batteries.  I suggest you select your accessories in advance and try them for a few nights in your home to ensure they meet your needs.  Nothing worse than buying a lot of equipment, carrying it into the woods only to find it doesn’t meet your need.  

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For more tips to travel with your CPAP device and how to make being compliant possible away from home, check out additional resources:  HERE HERE and HERE.

Thank you and check back soon for more helpful tips and information to help you use your CPAP device more effectively and efficient.  

Remember, if you’re traveling Aireon Therapeutics CPAP Hydration Fluid is a great travel hydration accessory!

Why is CPAP Heated Hydration Important?

To make this explanation very simple, let’s think of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device as a box with a high-pressure fan inside.  The fan spins and pulls air from your bedroom into the box.  Once inside the box, the fan accelerates the air to cause pressure and this pressurized air exits the machine via the tube, through your mask and into your airway to keep it open while you sleep. The actual workings of this process are more complicated, but this is basically the process for how a CPAP device works.  

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Now that we understand how the CPAP machine is functioning, let’s look at the details.  The air pulled into your CPAP machine and pressurized is the same air that is circulating in your bedroom.  During the winter months, heating your house has a tendency to dry out air, in winter months air conditioners make it cold and dry. This air is entering your body through nasal passages and airways that are easily susceptible to being dried out by this air.  This drying of the airways is a main reason for many CPAP therapy related complaints:

·     My mouth is dry

·     My nose constantly runs

·     I’m congested

·     My device makes me sneeze

The simplest way to combat these common CPAP complaints is through use of heated hydration.  Heated CPAP hydration humidifies and heats the air in your device before it is forced into your airway.  You don’t want the air to be hot, but simply warm and humid. You will probably need to change the heat setting based on the time of year, so you keep a consistent temperature year-round.   Your heat setting, and respiration rate will be the main factor in how much hydration you use each night.  

The most common CPAP usage complaints are related to not using the proper CPAP heated hydration. Dry, cold air forced into the airway will dry out the nasal passages and airways.  This drying creates a cascade of events that cause many side effects like runny nose, mucus buildups, sneezing etc.  But heated hydration can fix these issues simply and effectively. Make sure you’re using your CPAP heated hydration to ensure the best CPAP experience.