Monthly Archives: March 2017

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...