Untreated obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of sexual dysfunction, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, diabetes, weight gain, drowsy driving, and early death.
The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the preferred treatment recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, but it can be difficult to get used to sleeping with CPAP. This book explains why and how you should use your CPAP. It further explains how you can use sleep hygiene and the AEI Model of Supreme Life to get the most out of your sleep.
What are the benefits of CPAP? What are my other options? Which machine should I use? Should I choose a mask or a cannula? I suffer from claustrophobia, can I still use CPAP? I am overly anxious about using CPAP, what should I do? I sleep on my stomach, will that be a problem? What should I do for dry mouth despite using the humidifier? Should I buy a travel CPAP? My skin gets irritated from the mask. I get tangled up with the hose. The air leaks in my eyes. My nose gets plugged up. I swallow air when I use CPAP. I drool in my sleep. Should I use CPAP when napping? Will the noise keep my spouse awake? I still feel sleepy despite using CPAP. What are the good sleep habits? What should I do if I can't get enough sleep on CPAP? The book answers these questions and more to help you get used to CPAP.
The tips discussed in this book have helped my patients over last twenty-five years. I am sure this book will help you wake up every morning with lasting energy, enthusiasm, vigor, and vitality. It will further help you leverage alertness to maximize your emotions and information using the revolutionary AEI Model of Supreme Alertness.
Sleep. Love. Repeat.
This is the question I get asked most commonly. My answer is simple: whatever it takes for you to feel alert, energetic all-day long, every day. For your spouse, it can be 7 hours, for you it can be 7.5 hours. In a Consensus Statement published in June 2015 , American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep [...]
Sharing driving responsibility is difficult. Sometimes, we don't want to pull over and get out of the car to change the driver, but the studies have shown that accidents increase after two hours of continuous driving.Please get into the habit of saying, "Can you drive please?" You may not feel sleepy at that time, you [...]
Here, are a few tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe on the road this weekend and beyond.1. Get a good night’s sleep every night, certainly prior to the long trip.2. Avoid driving between mid-night and 7 am as our brain is sleepiest during these hours.3. Be extra careful driving around mid-afternoon.4. [...]
Most patients love their CPAP, but a few really hate it. They do not like the fact that they have to strap themselves to this cumbersome gadget every night. They do not perceive the benefits of CPAP use. They hate the nasal mask. Well, I have some encouraging news for you. It does get better [...]
My wife and I visited the campus of Williams' Brothers in Washington, IN to learn how we can serve our patients better. Williams brothers run their family business in a compassionate, caring, and efficient manner. Julie, their CPAP specialist, a pleasant young lady in her 30s gave us a 2-hour long tour of their flawless [...]
"I do not thrash around in bed much, doc. This is the reason I was surprised and startled when the hose got tangled around my neck and choked me hard enough to cause a bout of coughing. It scared my wife too in the middle of the night."John, a thin tall man in his early [...]
Today in our clinic, a sleep apnea patient in his 40s, a welder, complained that he wakes up with red eyes because of the air leaking into his eyes.The commonest cause of this is a poorly fitting nasal mask. If the mask is too big and reaches lower eyelid, it has the potential of leaking the [...]
Photo Credit - Telea Daniel"I'm going to punch that blabbermouth in his mouth," Joe shared his frustration with his wife Sandy as he threw his 400 lbs body in his favorite lazy chair. He was referring to his childhood buddy, Bill, who had called him "Sleepy Joe" at their usual VFW gathering on Saturday. Lately, [...]
Recently, I was seeing an executive in his late 50s for a routine CPAP follow-up. He was using CPAP for 7 hours and 32 minutes every night. His sleep apnea was well-controlled with only one per hour of shallow respirations as seen in the following compliance report. But he was waking up repeatedly at night and [...]