ResMed AirMini™ Travel CPAP for Effective Therapy

ResMed’s AirMini™ is currently the world’s lightest and smallest CPAP machine.  It is packed with innovative ResMed technologies such as waterless humidification and ActiveAir™ technology, for excellent therapy experience that is portable, comfortable and quiet.

Features of the AirMini™ include:

  • Standard ResMed CPAP machine algorithms
  • Efficient waterless humidification for portability
  • ActiveAir™ technology for comfort
  • AirMini™ app for convenient control

ResMed AirMini™ is a turnkey solution for a comfortable and efficient therapy on the go.  The device and inclusive setup pack,  the downloadable AirMini™, and improved AirFit™ masks definitely provides patients the best CPAP therapy anywhere they go.

AirMini™ application makes it quick and easy to control the device from any SMART device. … Read More...

ResMed AirMini Travel CPAP Machine Review

ResMed AirMini travel CPAP machine is has been recently launched at CPAP Victoria. With a dimension of 5.4 x 3.3 x 2.0 inches, and weighing a mere 10.6 oz., ResMed AirMini   is the world’s smallest and most portable machine for CPAP therapy.  The AirMini has been designed not only for functionality but for portability as well.  This mini machine has been patterned after the standard AirSense 10 Auto CPAP machine, offering features such as AutoRamp™, Bluetooth™ connectivity, Expiratory Pressure Relief (EPR), and Smart Start  technology. An innovative feature is the waterless humidification for quality, quick and hassle-free therapy anytime, anywhere.

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ResMed AirMini Travel CPAP Machine

 

Auto Ramp™ detects when a patient is asleep and then easily and gradually increases the CPAP machine’s pressure in increments of 5 minutes for the next 30 minutes to the prescribed, effective level. … Read More...

What is a BiPAP Machine?

Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure or BiPAP machine has very similar design and functions to a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. Unlike a CPAP machine, a BiPAP machine is a non-invasive therapy for individuals undergoing treatment for sleep apnoea. Both machines keep throat muscles from collapsing through the air pressure produced by the machines, acting as a splint to reduce obstructions. BiPAP and CPAP machines facilitate easy breathing and uninterrupted sleep for people with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Unlike a CPAP machine, a BiPAP machine provides both adjustable inspiratory and lower expiratory pressure. The inspiratory pressure facilitates easy breathing for the patient while the expiratory pressure makes patient exhalation easier.  … Read More...

Sleep Disorders Relating to Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

It is not normal to constantly feel sleepy or tired in the daytime. There are sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness no matter how much rest a person gets.  Primary sleep disorders that reduce sleep quality and shorten the length of time one is asleep are obstructive sleep apnoea, circadian rhythm disorder, insomnia and narcolepsy.  If left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep disorders will lead to daytime sleepiness that could eventually be the root cause of poor health, vehicular accidents and work-related accidents.  A person’s quality of life may be diminished.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA causes a person to stop breathing for several seconds hundreds of time during sleep.… Read More...

Didgeridoo Playing: An alternative Sleep Apnea Therapy?

Generally, CPAP therapy is the best and hassle-free method to treat mild to severe sleep apnoea. Other standards for treating obstructive sleep apnoea include APAP and biPAP therapy, surgery and dental devices. Alternative treatments include weight loss, special exercises, positional therapy, yoga and other natural remedies that are taken orally.  Recent studies indicate that playing the didgeridoo is an alternative OSA treatment.

What is a Didgeridoo?

Didgeridoo is a 4 to 5 feet long wood wind instrument indigenous to Australia. Its origin dates back some 4,000 years. It is unlike other woodwind instruments as it is played not by using the lungs but with the movement of the tongue, lips and vocal cords. … Read More...

Sleep Study: What is it?

Sleep study is the best method to determine if a person has a sleeping problem or sleep apnoea. A sleep test is more commonly associated with polysomnogram. This is a non-invasive, overnight sleep test that will monitor a patient’s sleep pattern while hooked up to an EEG machine that will monitor a patient’s sleep stages, and REM and nonREM cycles. A sleep study will also indicate the patient’s blood oxygen, eye movements, breathing and heart rates, body movements and snoring.

A sleep study is not only a test to determine sleep apnoea but also periodic limb movement disorder, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder and other nighttime behaviors such as somnambulism or sleep walking.… Read More...

What are BiPAP Machines?

Not everyone with sleep apnoea takes to CPAP therapy. Those with severe sleep apnoea and central sleep apneas are advised to undergo BiPAP therapy instead.

Bi-level PAP machines are breathing devices similar to CPAP machines. This type of breathing machine uses bi-level positive airway pressure for patients with obstructive or central sleep apnoea.  Basically, a BiPAP machine delivers air under higher pressure when the patient inhales, then delivers lower pressure air when the patient exhales. It was designed for patients who have difficulty exhaling against CPAP pressure.

BiPAP machine is recommended for:

Just as a CPAP therapy is not for every patient with sleep apnoea, so is BiPAP therapy.… Read More...

Understanding Mixed Sleep Apnoea

There are three different types of sleep apnoea and they are obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnoea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is caused by complete or partial blockage of  one’s airways when sleeping. During sleep a person’s throat muscles relax causing the fatty tissues of the throat, and the tongue to fall back into the person’s airways thereby blocking airflow. This is the apnea event and when this happens, the air flow is restricted causing diminished blood flow into the brain. The brain partially awakens and prods the body to breathe. This event is followed by snoring or gasping or choking  sounds as the person breathes deeply to overcome the obstruction.… Read More...

Sleep Disorder and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fatigue and sleepiness are two different things.

Fatigue is one’s inability to sustain physical, emotional or even mental effort whereas sleepiness is feeling lethargic or “sleepy” after a huge meal at lunch.  There are those who equate fatigue symptoms with daytime sleepiness. Fatigue cannot be relieved with sleep, whereas sleepiness and tiredness can be relived with a short nap.

A person who feels fatigue may try to sleep it off but in most cases falling asleep is difficult because the person is not sleepy at all.  Studies indicate that persistent fatigue for a period of 6 months significantly reduces a person’s level of activity, and could therefore have developed chronic fatigue symptoms.… Read More...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Obesity

Sleep apnoea is a growing concern not only in Australia but in other countries as well.  Studies indicate that the sleep disorder is indissolubly linked obesity. Sleep apnoea not only causes a person to lose sleep but to cause him to eat more as well.

The relationship between sleep deprivation, satiety hormones, and hunger has been manifested in several independent studies.  People with sleep apnoea tend to have high fasting blood sugar, elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol, made worse by the constant lack of sleep.  Obesity may cause sleep apnoea which in turn may lead to dysfunctional eating, which may lead to gaining more weight that may aggravate blood sugar level, blood pressure and so on.… Read More...