Living With and Managing Sleep Apnea
JIM: I had this problem throughout my life. Driving was always a problem, and I tried to make sure that no place I ever had to go was very far away because I knew I'd fall asleep. Carol Lynn was complaining about snoring and, more specifically, snoring and then long periods of nothing,
and then a gasp when I would, you know, start breathing again. Obviously, I wanted to enjoy my life with my children more than I felt that I was enjoying it. It's Saturday morning, and the kids are at your bed ready to do something, and I'm just like, quot;I gotta sleep, guys. I'm sorry. I can't play with you. I can't do this.quot; And I look back and I'm like, quot;This just can't be right.quot;
I had been talking to my about possibly having depression symptoms. I remember the other thing that I said to the when I went was that I no longer had any dreams. If you're not getting into REM sleep, you have no dreams. And so she's the one who then said, quot;Okay, we're gonna send you for a sleep study.quot; I spent the night there.
The amount of times that I was technically waking, and as low as my blood oxygen levels were, it was extreme. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery, as it turned out, really wasn't a good option for me. The next step was that my did prescribe a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
The idea is they have to get the air pressure to your nose or your mouth or both in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. Because it wasn't comfortable for me to use, I was not using it as well as I should have been, in some cases not at all for weeks at a time. And things got worse, other symptoms appeared. I felt confused and out of it and just not right.
And I realized that I really needed to figure out a way to learn to live with this contraption. Now I'm at the point where I am consistently using it and have been for a long period of time. I definitely feel better. I'm looking forward to feeling better yet. Certainly, I have more energy to do activities with the children than I did before, and we do more.
Reading Sleep Study Results Identifying Sleep Apnea
This is a sleep study that shows someonewith sleep apnea. This channel right here shows a personbreathing and then they stopped breathing for what seems like a long time it's about 40 seconds and then they breathe again, they wake up,and they stopped breathing again and then they breathe again, and younotice every time they start breathing there's a big snort this is the source, then they stopbreathing, the big snort and they resume breathing. Another thingthat occurs
is oxygen fallsthat's the white channel, that goes down and then it comes up when they resumebreathing and it comes down so the oxygen is going up and down youcan see it best here. You can see it sliding up and down. Anotherthing to note his when they're not breathing their chest and abdomen will move. This one here is chest in this down here is abdomen, so they're still trying tobreathe
but they're not getting, they're notgetting any air. During the apnea, when they're notbreathing, the diaphragm is working and sucking thechest in, and you see the chest and abdomen go in differentdirections here and then, when they open their mouth and resume breathing, they start movingsynchronously again, they move together again and then when there's an apnea, they'removing in different directions again
That's one way you know that the apnea is an obstructive apnea.
Philips Respironics Dream Station CPAP Machine Review
Hi this is Chris from The CPAP Shop, wantedto show you a brand new machine from Philips Respironics. This is called the Dream Station. So whatyou get is this nice padded case with a shoulder strap, and on the back side is this slot sothat you can put it through some luggage (it'll fit real nice on there). So we'll open itup. We have the traditional Respironics nonheated tubing (this is a 6 foot tube), then we havethe heated tube. Here is a user manual for the CPAP and also a user manual for the heatedhumidifier. There's also going to be an 80watt power block that will sit in herewith a cord. Here's the machine (I'll
move this out of the way). So here is thenew DreamStation. It's forwardfacing. This is where the tubing would connect, this ison a swivel so you can sit it anywhere you like on your nightstand because this willswivel around. This has a color screen and I'll turn it on for you on in a moment.Has the heated humidifier here, this is the CPAP Portion. You can remove the heated humidifierif you're traveling and you want to just take the machine itself, and you want to takeas least stuff as possible. You press this little button and it releases it. So here'sthe humidifier and here's the CPAP. So you'd connect the tubing right here if you'rejust gonna take the CPAP by itself and leave
the heated humidifier at home. I'll put these two back together. Here ishow you open it up. Here's the water chamber. You fill it withdistilled water. There's a line right here that shows you exactly where to fill it upto. This is all open so you can actually get your hand in there and clean it. There'sno lid right here this is it. When you put this back in here, this gasket in here willseal over this. So it's not it cannot spill now. So, you fill the water tank up from over here.Put it on the tray. Now it's locked in.
So the machine itself has some really neatfeatures. It has ambient light, so the screen is not gonna illuminate your whole bedroom.It will go out. It has a new filter design which is right in here. This is the new filterdesign there is still 2 filters as with many of the other Respironics units. It hasan ultrafine filter here, and then right in here, there's a foam filter. This one'swashable and this one's disposable. It will come with the machine, and we always provideextras. So they're white colored, so you can see when they get dirty. You'd throwthe ultra fine filter away and you'd wash this out.
This is where the SD card is. And this isgonna come with the unit. This is gonna record a lot of information that you can then giveto your if they want to really get some detailed information about your sleeptherapy. This machine will come on board however withsome information. Since this is a pretty sophisticated machine, it's going to give you some morningfeedback, reminders, a 3night summary, goal progress,. It really does try to keep youinvolved in your therapy. Now there's three different models thatare going to be available of this DreamStation. There's going to be the CPAP, a CPAP Pro,and an Auto CPAP. So the first two which is
the CPAP and the CPAP Pro are a standard machine,a standard, fixed machine. Meaning that we would set it on a fixed pressure, a 6, a 10,an 18, whatever your prescription says if you're going to purchase the CPAP or theCPAP Pro, you would set it to that specific pressure and then that would be it. The more soughtafter version which is theAuto, which is this version, does not work that way. It works on a range of pressure.So the machine will automatically adjust the pressure (that's what the Auto means). Themachine will not just stay at a fixed pressure of, let's say, 5 or 6. It will automaticallyadjust up and down as you sleep during the