Camping with your CPAP machine? We’ve got you covered!

Camping with your CPAP machine? We’ve got you covered!

Tips on how to master camping with a CPAP Summer is almost over and you want to make the most out of it by going camping! Your tent is packed, sleeping bags tucked, and bug spray applied. Aside from experiencing the great outdoors, you also want to enjoy a good night’s sleep under the stars with your CPAP machine. To help you sleep well, here are some tips to help you make the most out of your outdoor adventures! Have the right CPAP machineHaving the right equipment is key for success. Using a travel CPAP machine is ideal if you are traveling and camping outdoors. A travel CPAP is compact, and light-weight, which makes for easy transport! A couple of examples of travel CPAP machines are Resmed’s AirMini and Philips Respironics’ DS Go. These are the latest travel CPAPs to hit the market and have received good reviews from CPAP users. If you don’t want to get a travel CPAP, not to worry! You can still use your regular CPAP machine. Bring your maskA CPAP machine is nothing without its counterpart, the CPAP mask. Choose a lightweight mask for easy transport and comfortability. Speak to your Respiratory Therapist to help you find the right mask for your camping needs!Bring your CPAP accessoriesWhen camping, you may not be close to a CPAP clinic/store, so make sure to pack some extra CPAP accessories with you. It’s very important to carry extra CPAP filters during your camping trip as pollen and dust can accumulate faster inside your machine. Replacing your CPAP filters regularly during your trip will help keep your machine working great during...
Sleep deprivation is making you age faster!

Sleep deprivation is making you age faster!

According to a recent study, sleep disordered breathing (SDB) can speed up aging as it disrupts the person’s nightly sleep. The study was presented during Sleep 2019: 33rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.  SDB is a common disorder which results in a drop in oxygen levels throughout the night and can be associated with other age-related health disorders.  Higher SDB severity and sleep disruption were linked to epigenetic age acceleration. An increase in the individual’s Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI), the measure of SDB severity, can be associated with an equivalent of 215 days of biological age acceleration. Furthermore, the study found that an increase in sleep disruption due to arousals is linked to an equivalent of 321 days of age acceleration.  If you are sleep deprived, or feel fatigued during the day, consult with your physician and get tested for sleep apnea. Left untreated, SDB such as obstructive sleep apnea can pose great risks to one’s overall health. Therefore, it is important to get a proper diagnosis as well as proper treatment.  Reference: Sleep-Disordered Breathing Tied to Accelerated Aging – Medscape – June 13,...

Give mom the gift of SLEEP this Mother’s Day!

Moms are our everyday superheroes. They juggle multiple things in the span of 24 hours; from preparing lunches, taking care of the new baby, sending the kids to soccer practice, doing groceries and then going to work! With so many things to do, you might ask, when do moms sleep? Sleep Deprivation According to a recent study, mothers lose about 40 minutes of sleep a night after a baby arrived. Further data also showed that mothers lost over one hour of sleep during the first three months after their first child was born. Losing one hour of sleep may not sound like a lot is lost, but an hour every night will add up and over time! Sleep deprivation does not just happen during the first few months after a baby is born. When children get older and start going to school, moms face new situations as well. Their schedules become more complex. School work and extracurricular activities require more time and commitment, so moms need to adjust their daily routines, which also affect their sleeping pattern. As such, sleep deprivation can have the following negative effects on mothers: They are less aware of their surroundings: Lack of sleep can affect your focus throughout the day. Some may refer to it as a “foggy brain”. Their memory is also affected: Lack of sleep can affect memory retention. Moms may notice that they are sometimes forgetting things and this may be due to a lack of sleep. Mothers who are sleep deprived can experience daily problems such as fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.Lack of sleep can also lead to a weaker...
Time for some spring cleaning!

Time for some spring cleaning!

It’s spring cleaning season! You’ve cleaned your home, thrown away items you no longer need and dusted your furniture. But did you remember to clean your CPAP equipment? Your CPAP equipment also needs some TLC. It is very important to clean and maintain your equipment on a regular basis to ensure optimal therapy. Here are some tips to keep your CPAP nice and clean: Wipe off your CPAP to get rid of any accumulated dust or debris.Clean your bedroom and wipe off dust in the surrounding area.Make sure to check and replace your CPAP filters regularly: your CPAP machine filters the air in your room. The more dust or pollen there is in the air, the more it filters and becomes dirty. Changing your filters regularly will help make sure that you are breathing in clean air, and help avoid respiratory infections.Clean and replace your CPAP mask on a regular basis. If finding the time to clean your CPAP is an issue, the SoClean CPAP Sanitizer can help. It automatically sanitizes your CPAP equipment for you even while you are at work. SoClean uses activated oxygen cleaning to eliminate any germs and bacteria that may be lingering in your CPAP machine. Click here for more information! These are just some tips to help keep your CPAP equipment nice and clean. Remember, cleaning your equipment must be done regularly in order to make sure your are getting proper therapy. If you haven’t cleaned or replaced your equipment, it’s time for some CPAP spring cleaning! If you have any questions, contact us to set up an appointment with your Respiratory...

Today is World Sleep Day!

ICYMI: Today is World Sleep Day! Sleep can affect your overall health and well-being. Are you getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep? Do you feel rested when you wake up in the morning? Do you have continuous, uninterrupted sleep at night? If you answered “No” to these questions, it’s time to think about your sleep health! Check out this segment from CTV Morning Live about sleep health and how to improve the quality of your sleep: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1637056 All rights reserved CTV Morning Live Vancouver If you feel tired even after sleeping for more than 7 hours, if you’ve been told that you snore loudly at night, or if you wake up multiple times in the middle of the night, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. It’s a type of sleep disordered breathing where breathing ceases for 10 seconds or more Left untreated, it can lead to metabolic problems, diabetes or even heart disease! If you think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, talk to your physician or contact us for more...

Sleep Apnea and Sexual Function: What’s the connection?

Sleep apnea can affect more than just your sleep. It can also affect some bedroom activities. In fact, some bed partners are also forced to sleep in separate rooms due to very loud snoring! Patients who suffer from OSA have reported loss of interest in sex and diminished intimacy with their partner. Studies have found that 40-64% of men with sleep apnea also suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). In a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it showed that chronic sleep deprivation is partially responsible for low testosterone levels in men. As such, sleep disorders like sleep apnea can negatively affect testosterone levels if left untreated. That being said, it’s not just men who experience sexual problems. According to Petersen et. al., women with untreated sleep apnea are also at a higher risk for having sexual difficulties. The good news is, all is not lost! Treating OSA may help bring back the spark 😉 Studies have shown that Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment can improve sexual function. Results show that patients who used CPAP reported lower ED complaints and higher sexual satisfaction. CPAP can also get rid of loud snoring so partners can then sleep in the same room and have a good night’s sleep. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, why not give your special someone the best gift? Flowers and chocolates are good, but a good night’s sleep is even...

Struggling to stick to your New Year’s resolutions? A good night’s sleep can help with that!

It’s February! How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you’re struggling to stick with your resolutions, you’re not alone! According to U.S. News, roughly 80% of resolutions fail by mid-February. So how can we be part of the 20% that stick to their resolutions? The answer may be hidden in your sleep! We live such busy lives we don’t often think about how well we slept the night before or how refreshed we feel when we wake up in the morning. What we don’t realize is that sleep quality affects our bodies in many ways which then affect our overall lifestyles. 1. Sleep affects your appetite/diet & metabolism You might ask, “what does sleep have to do with my appetite”? The answer: It helps your body regulate your hunger & appetite. During sleep, your body produces hormones called leptin (suppresses appetite) and ghrelin (promotes feeling of hunger). Studies show that sleep deprivation result in lower leptin levels. This leads to increased appetite and hunger, and can result in binge-eating. According to Van Cauter et. al. (2008), lack of sleep also has a negative effect on glucose/carbohydrate metabolism. It makes it difficult for the body to break it down. Those experiencing increased hunger and appetite are more inclined to eat carbohydrate-rich food and increase consumption which often lead to weight gain or obesity (Sharma & Kavuru, 2010). https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/funnies-cartoon.asp?id=99 2. Good sleep means healthy immune system Studies have shown that sleep supports immune system functions therefore, long-term sleep deprivation will have a negative effect on your immune system. In a study by Cohen et. al., it was found that those who have poor sleep quality, and...
We’ve crossed over to Vancouver Island!

We’ve crossed over to Vancouver Island!

Great news, we have opened a location on Vancouver Island! This is our eighth location to date and it is located in Nanaimo, BC. The clinic is on 100 Wallace Street and currently inside Wallace Street Medical Clinic in Suite 1. Once completed, we will officially move over to Suite 6 in the same building. See below for a simple map guide to our location. We’re very excited to serve and meet new patients. If you live on the island and need assistance with  your CPAP machine, CPAP mask, or if you have questions about sleep apnea in general, don’t hesitate to come over and say hi! Our friendly staff would be happy to help you.  ...
Small CPAP, Big Therapy! Travel with the AirMini CPAP machine

Small CPAP, Big Therapy! Travel with the AirMini CPAP machine

Summer is in full swing and vacation time is perfect for catching up on some well-deserved sleep. When traveling, we recommend taking your CPAP machine with you so you can get the best rest during your trip. We know that some patients are hesitant to bring their CPAP because it adds one more bag for them to carry. This is perfectly understandable since the bag can be bulky and the machine itself can weigh a bit.  Fortunately, travel CPAP machines were created to solve this problem. It can reduce the luggage without sacrificing your therapy! ResMed has recently released their own travel CPAP called the AirMini, and it certainly lives up to its name. The AirMini is perfect for the frequent traveler. It’s very light and compact, and provides the same therapy options as a regular CPAP! See below for more information: It weighs 0.66lbs (300 grams) 30 decibels whereas the S10 is 28 decibels Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.3 x 2.0 inches (It fits in your hand! ) It has all 3 therapy modes built in – CPAP, AUTO, AUTO For Her (4-20CMH20 range of pressures) Air Mini has all the comfort features you are used to in a CPAP – EPR, RAMP, Response works specifically with a P10, N20 and F20 because of the new ActiveAir vent and built in HME AirMini has built in Bluetooth and works with the AirMini APP (available on the APP store and Google Play) that is how you will access the patient menu allows access to a range of adjustable comfort settings and your nightly score that tells you how well you slept. Traveling with your CPAP...
Spring is here! And so is… Allergy Season?

Spring is here! And so is… Allergy Season?

It’s the first day of Spring! Can you believe it? We’ve had a very interesting winter here in BC and we’re ready for warmer temperatures and what? Oh yes, sunshine! With warmer temperatures and blooming flora and fauna, there will be an increase in pollen floating around. Yes, Spring is also the dreaded allergy season for many! During this time of year, we hear many patients saying that they have difficulty using their CPAP machines due to nasal congestion. Here are some helpful tips straight from our lovely staff to help you survive allergy season: Check and clean out/replace your filters (both CPAP and mask, if applicable) Machines are equipped with filters to make sure that pollen and dust are filtered out of the air that is produced by your CPAP. Clean filters helps avoid respiratory infections caused by dirt in the air. Wash your mask: Make sure to clean your mask on a regular basis to avoid dirt and buildup If you don’t have time to soak your mask, you can use wipes for a quick clean! Wipe your machine: Dust can accumulate on your CPAP. Wipe your machine regularly to remove dust buildup Adjust tube temperature & humidity (as needed): Patients suffering from allergies can adjust their tube temperature and humidity to get more moisture. Dryness can make allergies worse and make the CPAP uncomfortable to use.   Refer to your machine’s user manual for instructions or go to the following links: http://bit.ly/2mGzawj   (Philips Respironics Machines) http://bit.ly/2nBAwgQ (ResMed Machines) Keep your nasal passage clear by using  Decongestants  Neti Pots  Nasal Sprays  Nasal Steroids: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000404.htm *Make sure to consult...
Let’s get social!

Let’s get social!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Now there are more ways to connect with us. Check us out on social media for recent sleep apnea, CPAP and Coastal Sleep updates! Do you have questions about sleep apnea or CPAP? Send us a message and we’d be happy to help.   ...
We’re Expanding!

We’re Expanding!

We are happy to announce…..no not a baby but a lovely new office on the sunny shores of White Rock!!!  This location will be up and running by the end of May.  Our new location is : Unit 90-1959 152nd St. South Surrey V4A 9E3   Phone: 604-385-1200 Location Map...
Coastal is going Green!

Coastal is going Green!

Coastal Sleep is committed to reducing our footprint.  All of our products come in and produce a lot of packaging waste!  We as a staff are committed to sorting and recycling whatever we can to reduce this.   We also ensure broken machines are recycled appropriately rather than adding them to the land...
“SNEWS” 2012-2013 Newsletter

“SNEWS” 2012-2013 Newsletter

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Coastal Sleep’s previous clients and also new members of CPAP therapy to our annual newsletter highlighting recent advancements in therapy and tidbits from the Sleep Apnea world. VIEW PDF OF NEWSLETTER Call us for a paper copy of our Newsletter:...