Category Archives: General

Using a CPAP Machine to Sleep Better

The many advances and innovations in medical technology have helped improve the performance of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Familiar to those suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and other related sleep apnoea problems, a CPAP machine helps these people to breathe easily and regularly at night.

A person with OSA has a narrow airway or a collapsed airway during sleep. This condition causes the oxygen level to decrease, triggering the brain to briefly nudge the sleeping person to wake in order to re-open the collapsed airway. This event happens hundreds of time during sleep, not only disrupting the person’s sleep but also increases the body’s stress that could lead to co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart attack.… Read More...

Price Drop for Featured Products at CPAP Victoria

Happy New Year!

CPAP Victoria wishes to greet you all a prosperous, successful and “healthy” 2019!

As a way of extending good wishes to those who have supported us through the year, CPAP Victoria is offering, for a limited time only, a range of CPAP machines and accessories at give-away prices.

Featured products are the following:

Philips DreamStation PRO and Mask Package including FREE Philips Sonicare Airfloss valued at $149.00.  This value pack can be yours for the bargain price of $1,495.00. Included in this deal is a set Philips Respironics DreamStation PRO with heated tube and humidifier plus an Amara view mask or any Philip Dreamweaver family mask of your choice, and a travel bag. … Read More...

Sleep Apnoea: Risk Factors During Pregnancy

In a recent study done by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, it was found that older pregnant women who are overweight and who snore have an increased risk of developing interrupted breathing or sleep apnoea. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and endorsed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

According to NICHD’s Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch’s Uma Reddy, M.D., the study opened the door for very affordable means to screen and test large numbers of women who are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnoea during pregnancy.  … Read More...

Non-Compliance to CPAP Therapy Linked to Hospital Readmission

A recent study of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), implies that non-compliance to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is notably linked with increased 30-day readmission to a hospital facility.

The study shows that non-compliant patients are 3.5 times more probable to be readmitted to the hospital within a span of 30 days. These non-adherent patients are 2 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital for cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure, myocardial ischemia, and atrial fibrillation which are closely related to untreated obstructive sleep apnoea.

Dr. Behrouz Jafari is the lead study investigator and the director of Veteran Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System in Long Beach, California.… Read More...

Different Types of Sleep Study

Polysomnogram (PSG), commonly known as sleep study, is a dedicated method to monitor the various physiological changes in the body while one is sleeping.  This type of study helps sleep doctors investigate and diagnose sleep disturbance that occur during sleep.  These sleep disturbances may be medical conditions that cause daytime sleepiness and tiredness, disrupted sleep, memory lapses, lost of concentration and other comorbidities that are linked to lack of sleep.

PSG is a non-invasive procedure. The sensors used may cause minor skin irritations to some but the discomfort is insignificant.  Comfort and safety of patients during the testing are ensured as trained and qualified staff are on duty during the diagnostic test.… Read More...

Sleep Disorder and Infertility: Linked

Sleep apnoea, or disrupted breathing during sleep, has been linked to infertility. Recent studies suggest that women with sleep disorders are three times more likely to be infertile than those who do not have sleeping difficulties. A parallel study indicates that women with insomnia were four times more likely to experience infertility that their counterparts with no trouble sleeping.

Sleep Deprivation and Fertility Hormones

Sleep deprivation is an overlooked reason for male and female infertility.  It is recommended that we get from 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day but according to a survey done by the National Sleep Foundation, more than 65% of population do not get enough sleep.… Read More...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and Diabetes

Scientific researches have indicated that the connection between Type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is factual. Further studies suggested that the severity of a person’s sleep apnoea highly impacts his risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is characterized by intermittent breathing during sleep. It is a sleep disorder that is linked to variety of problems not only in people with diabetes but to non-diabetics as well. OSA is associated to poor work performance brought about by disturbed sleep. OSA comorbidities include hypertension, arrythmias, stroke and even heart failure. A diabetic person with sleep apnoea may even develop insensitivity to insulin.  … Read More...

Teeth Grinding and Sleep Apnoea

Nocturnal teeth grinding is medically termed sleep bruxism. It is when a person clenches and grinds his teeth during sleep, and sometimes during the day. Classified as a movement disorder occurring when a person is asleep, bruxism is rather common, with an estimated 8% of the Australian adult population suffering with nocturnal teeth grinding. Bruxism affects both adults and children, exhibiting no marked differences in bruxism rates between male and female.

Dangers of Bruxism

Teeth grinding is damaging to oral and dental health. Undiagnosed and untreated teeth grinding will ultimately lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Occasional teeth grinding may not be harmful, but when the condition is severe, dental damage is inevitable as well as facial pain and disturbed sleep and daytime sleepiness due to sleep fragmentation or awakenings from sleep.  … Read More...

Travel CPAP Machine: Tips When Traveling

One of the most commonly asked questions among CPAP users is “how can I possibly travel without my CPAP machine”? Correct! A person who does nightly CPAP therapy to address his sleep   cannot do away with his therapy if he is traveling, whether it’s for business or pleasure. The solution is easy enough. Get a travel CPAP machine!

Coping with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is not easy. Getting used to a standard CPAP machine for nightly therapy at home is initially challenging. Traveling with a standard CPAP machine could be quite difficult.  Well, this concern is no longer current due to the innovation of a portable CPAP machine.… Read More...

Trade-in Old CPAP Machines

CPAP Machines, no matter what brand or model, are not exactly cheap. It is a good thing that there are retailers that do offer staggered payment through credit cards for more patients to afford buying one. CPAP machines are not luxuries that OSA patients buy on a whim. They are necessities for the effective and efficient treatment of patients with sleep apnoea.

The reality is CPAP machine manufacturers are constantly researching and innovating CPAP machines and accessories for more efficacy.   Buying a newer model is again, not exactly inexpensive. To make it easier on the pockets of patients who wish to upgrade, CPAP Victoria is accepting trade-ins.… Read More...