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...

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...
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...