What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can be a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly during sleep. There are three common forms of sleep apnea1:
Obstructive sleep apnea
Occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep, which reduces or completely stops airflow.
Central sleep apnea
Occurs when your brain isn’t communicating with the muscles that control your breathing.
Complex sleep apnea syndrome
A combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Also referred to as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea.
1. Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631
Don’t sleep on these symptoms.
Not sure if you or someone you know has sleep apnea? Knowing the signs is the first step. Over the next few nights, see if you can check off any of the following symptoms2:
- Fatigue, even after a full night’s sleep
- Loud snoring
- Repeated stops in breathing during sleep
- Sudden wakefulness accompanied by choking or gasping
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Memory loss
- Nighttime sweating
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
2. Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/symptoms-causes/syc-20377631
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If you checked off one or more symptoms listed above, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional, then visit a Wellwise™ location to speak with our Wellwise™ Sleep Consultants. Here are some of the ways we can help you get a better night’s sleep:
- Product recommendations based on your prescription
- Helping you feel comfortable wearing and using your new equipment
- Teaching you about cleaning, maintaining and replacing your equipment
- Communicating with your doctor to share results and progress
- Flexible appointments with availability during evenings and weekends
Appointments can vary in duration depending on the nature of the consultation. While we do try our best to accommodate walk-in appointments, it is recommended to schedule your appointment ahead of time.
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Some light maintenance is required to keep your CPAP equipment in good working order. We’d recommend following this schedule for best results:
Empty excess water from the humidification chamber and rinse it with water
Wipe the cushion of the mask with a CPAP wipe or a damp cloth
Wash your entire mask, tube and humidification chamber with mild soap and warm water. Rinse well and let air dry
Rinse your filter (for cleanable filters only)
Look at your filter and assess if it needs to be replaced or cleaned
Replace your mask and tube
Book an appointment with your Wellwise™ CPAP Consultant for a complimentary machine assessment
Replace the humidification chamber
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After you’ve received a prescription from your doctor, call your nearest Wellwise to make an appointment with a sleep consultant.
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP machine sends air through a tube at a steady pressure. The tube leads to a mask secured on a person’s face. This airflow keeps the airway open, so individuals can sleep without having their breathing interrupted.
Yes, you should use CPAP therapy every night. Remove water from the humidifier chamber before travel, and consider your power source if you are visiting a different country. Always check with your airline about their specific requirements.
Talk to the doctor who prescribed your CPAP therapy and ask them for assistance.
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