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What is a CPAP Titration Sleep Study?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Sometimes a patient will participate in a sleep study to identify or confirm a diagnosis of sleep apnea.

Imagine their surprise, then, when they discover they need to go back to the sleep center and take part in yet another sleep study?

This doesn't always happen; some sleep studies identify sleep disorders other than sleep apnea, and they usually only require one trip to the sleep lab for diagnosis.

For those who do have sleep apnea, they might undergo a same-night "split night study" to both diagnose and treat moderate to severe sleep apnea, which doesn't usually require a return trip to the lab. This is because they have more severe symptoms and have been "green lighted" by the sleep physician to start therapy right away.

However, someone who has mild to moderate sleep apnea may need to return for a test called a CPAP titration study.

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What is a Split Night Sleep Study and why would I need one?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

When you are scheduled to undergo a sleep study, you may not realize that there is more than one kind of sleep study.

Aside from the home sleep apnea test (HSAT)—which you may have already experienced—there are three main in-lab, overnight sleep tests you might encounter.

Many people start with an overnight or nocturnal polysomnogram (NPSG), a baseline diagnostic test.

Others may already have an apnea diagnosis and return for a CPAP titration study, which involves starting the night using positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy.

A third test is a blend of both of these, the split night study.

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Follow this CPAP therapy timeline to achieve success

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

For those starting continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy (or other types of PAP therapy) for the first time, there are lots of unknowns to consider. We try to take the fear of the unknown out of the process because we know that the better prepared and educated you are about your therapy, the more likely you will succeed in using it. And in doing so, you can conquer the risks and consequences associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Here is a handy timeline to give you an idea what the next few weeks will look like as you begin to use your CPAP machine. It also shows you our commitment to providing you support, 24-7, at the beginning and throughout the lifespan of your therapy. Let's treat your OSA together!

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Great gift ideas for the CPAP user in your life

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Who hasn't struggled to think of the perfect holiday gift for a loved one who seems to have everything? 

If that loved one in your life is a CPAP user, we can help you solve that problem. 

CPAP users are used to keeping on top of supply replacement and replenishment when it comes to CPAP tubing, CPAP masks, CPAP filters, and cleaning supplies. 

But they may not be as vigilant about less pragmatic concerns. Imagine their delight, then, when they find a useful gift underneath all the bows and wraps, which may be something they either never thought about, or didn't know about, or didn't splurge on for themselves.

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Should CPAP users worry if they lose power to their machines?

Kristen Havens

Winter is coming, and so is the weather that comes with it: high winds, heavy ran, snow, and ice, all of which can cause the power grid to go down during the night. Blackouts are an inconvenience for everyone, but they're particularly worrisome for people who rely on electricity to run their medical equipment.

CPAP users fall into this category. Without a steady source of power or a ready backup option (like a battery pack), your CPAP machine will stop running when the power goes out. You'll be getting by without treatment for your apnea until the grid comes back online. 

Similarly, if you're traveling and you don't have a reliable source of compatible electric current for your machine, you won't be able to comply with your therapy. (For example, if you're in a country with different outlets, or if you're camping or residing in a temporary shelter.)

No power to your CPAP machine means you'll be living with untreated apnea and snoring until electricity becomes available again. Anyone who's lived with obstructive sleep apnea knows what that means.

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Are you thinking about buying a CPAP battery backup?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

For some people, the frustration of using CPAP has nothing to do with the actual application of the therapy. They may truly love using their mask and enjoy its benefits. However, they may have a different problem: unreliable access to electricity to run their machines. 

For some, it's due to a busy travel schedule that takes them across multiple time zones or into areas where power sources may be hard to tap into consistently. 

For others, living remotely, or even in populated regions where weather can bring down the power grid, can lead to many sleepless nights.

If either of these scenarios describes you, keep reading for some factors to consider if you wish to solve your CPAP usage problem. 

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What is CPAP failure? Compliance, adherence & insurance

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

A troubling phase in the sleep apnea lexicon: CPAP failure.

This term is used primarily by insurers, but it can be mistaken as judgment against sleep apnea patients who have given treatment a valiant effort but aren't seeing a positive result.  

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When should you replace your CPAP supplies?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Not sure when you should be replacing or replenishing your CPAP equipment?

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Check out these solutions for 6 common problems with CPAP (Part Two)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

In our last blog post, we discussed 3 of 6 common problems with using CPAP: trouble falling asleep, dryness, and problems with congestion. 

Here's a guide to 3 other key complaints from CPAP users and some basic solutions. 

 

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Check out these solutions for 6 common problems with CPAP (Part One)

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnea (especially obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA). 

However, while some people take to this therapy just fine, it may be more problematic for others. 

Here's a guide to 6 key complaints from CPAP users and some basic solutions, divided into a 2-part series. 

 

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