Exciting Updates and New Features

We are so excited to share some of the great updates and features that we’ve done over the past few weeks.

One of the most exciting of these updates is the new CPAP Assessment Score at the end of your Maintenance encounter, as well as some simple tasks to help you with any issues you may be having. As you progress in your therapy, it is always nice to see this score rise.

You will be able to find your score easy on the new Dashboard. And, if you haven’t established your starting CPAP Assessment Score yet, you’ll see the link to do that on your Dashboard.

Speaking of the Dashboard, you will find the link to it in the left hand menu. It will show you your CPAP Assessment score, along with a feature to share it, send it to yourself in an email, or download it to your computer. The Dashboard will also show you if you have any unread messages, how you are doing on your profile, if you have any open tasks, and other cool things.

You will also notice that we changed up the menu a little to make it easier to find things. We will be doing some more changes to the menu in the near future to make it even easier.

Another thing we are excited about is the new CPAP Survival Guide. This can be found in the Resources section of the menu and it is also incorporated in the “ToDo” lists to help you get the most from your therapy. The CPAP Survival Guide is jam packed full of useful information to help you make livinig with CPAP easier and less stressful.

Most of the changes we have made came from suggestions from our users like you and we need more input to keep making the changes that you want to see. If you have a suggestion, we really want to hear it. Just click on “Feedback” in the menu and let us know your thoughts.
Have a Happy Holiday,

CPAP TotalCare

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Weekly Update: Better Sleep Program and Application Improvements

The Better Sleep Program has Launched!

Tiredness, Fatigue & Red Eyes in the Morning Do Not Have to Be Part of Your Life

We are thrilled to announce that the Better Sleep Program is up and running! Our diverse team has been working hard this summer to build the perfect solution for CPAP patients who aren’t getting good sleep, even after starting CPAP therapy. The majority of stakeholders in the CPAP industry are focused on the wrong thing – compliance.

The Better Sleep Program focuses on the right thing for CPAP users – sleep quality.  It is a comprehensive eHealth program that helps you finally get the sleep that you need using proven strategies.

  • Includes multiple interactive modules, each addressing a key element of sleep optimization:
    • CPAP Therapy Optimization
    • Sleep Optimization
    • Weight Loss & Nutrition
    • Fitness – Walk Your Way to Health
    • Tongue and Soft Palate Yoga
  • Delivered through the CPAP TotalCare interactive eHealth platform
  • Supported by a network of qualified CPAP Therapy Providers, Sleep Health Coaches, and Sleep Specialists.

As a Better Sleep Program participant you receive…

  • Interactive follow-up encounters to ensure that you stay engaged and keep a record of your therapy
  • Results tracking (manual or through a connected device)
  • Goals and goal attainment tracking
  • Peer support and discussion forum
  • Simple interactive self-guided sleep optimization program
  • Live group coaching sessions to get insight, tips, and strategies on improving your sleep
  • Interactive Training Sessions with Video Tutorials
  • Therapy Log & Success Tracking
  • Live support and troubleshooting through trained CPAP therapists
  • Self-Guided De-sensitization & Acclimation Program
  • Overall weight loss plan
  • Large library of healthy, low-carb recipes
  • Optional one-on-one support with one of our sleep coaches

Join As a Founding Member During Our Pre-launch Phase, Save $130, And Help Us Shape The Better Sleep Program Into The Worlds Most Effective Sleep Improvement Program for CPAP users

Much of the program is ready to go now, but there is still a lot to do before all of the components are in place. Mostly, we need you to be a part of our patient advisory team as an early member to help us learn more about what you need and want. We want to work closely with you to make sure that you get the results you want. Your early feedback will help shape the program as it grows and develops.

We will be continuously adding to the modules listed above and adding new modules in the future (largely based on input from founding members like you) — all Better Sleep Program upgrades, additional features, and additional modules that we add will be yours free as a founding member.

Membership Is Normally $179 for The Basic Modules 1 & 2 (CPAP and Sleep Optimization) plus $49 for Each Additional Module, But if  You Start Today, You Can Take Advantage of the Special Pre-Launch One-Time  payment of just $49 and Get Lifetime Membership

You can learn more by clicking the “Learn About The Better Sleep Program” button in the upper right corner of your CPAPTotalCare.com account. Click here to login or create an account now.

User Experience Updates

We’ve deployed some great update this week! The CPAP TotalCare application is constantly evolving as we come up with way to make things work better for you. Here’s what we’ve done lately:

  • Left Navigation Menu: We rearranged the left navigation menu
  • Profile: We moved the Equipment Profile sections to the Patient Profile. Now, everything is easy to find, in one place.
  • Maintenance Protocol: We added a question in the Maintenance protocol to get input from you. Let us know what you think of the application and what you would like to see changed. Your feedback is extremely important in making the CPAP TotalCare application an excellent experience for all users.

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CPAP mask problems

5 Common CPAP Mask Problems and How to Solve them

CPAP mask problems are not only frustrating, but they can also make it difficult or impossible for some CPAP users to stay on therapy.

Don’t use the discomfort as an excuse to quit CPAP therapy. Patients everywhere are experiencing the same CPAP mask problems you are. There are solutions and strategies to learn how to fall asleep with your mask on. You can do it, you just need the right tools and strategies.

Here are five common CPAP mask problems and how to solve them.

CPAP mask problems

 

Skin irritation, Sores and Bruises from Mask

No mask should cause pain nor discomfort if sized correctly and fitted properly. One of the most common mistakes CPAP users mask, is over tightening their CPAP mask, which leads to marks. Try loosening the straps and bit and let the mask form a seal when the air starts to flow. If you have to over tighten your mask to get a good seal, your mask cushion may be worn out and need replacing. Mask liners called MaskMate will also resolve skin irritation and other CPAP mask problems.

Leaking

When the seal between your face and mask leaks, there can be a variety of causes.  If your mask has always leaked, the place to start may be selecting a different mask. There are several different types (nasal mask, nasal pillows, full-face mask, etc.) and lots of different brands.  It is important to make sure your mask is properly fitted and the straps are adjusted right. Experiment with adjusting your straps. Keep in mind that adjusting the headgear and mask too tight will often make leaks worse. Excess leak might also indicate a worn mask cushion that needs replacing. Masks are not designed to last forever. Periodically check your cushions for tears, or changes in texture and flexibility which can cause increased leaking. Replace them when necessary.  One of the fastest and most effective ways to stop leaks and other CPAP mask problems is to use MaskMate CPAP mask liners.

Claustrophobia

Patients who experience claustrophobia usually find that the small size and simplicity of nasal pillow masks more tolerable. It also often helps to try a mask that offers a clear field of vision. There is an adjustment period for most CPAP users as they get used to sleeping with any mask on the face. While your goal is to be able to sleep all night on CPAP, using it as long as you can tolerate it each night is better than nothing.

To reduce or eliminate feelings of claustrophobia, use your mask while you’re awake.  Practice by first just holding the mask up to your face without any of the other parts attached. Once you’re comfortable with that, try wearing the mask with the straps and without the hose connected.  Then attach the hose and turn your CPAP machine on at a low-pressure setting (with ramp feature turned on) and try holding the mask to your face and breathing without using the straps. And, finally, wear the mask with the straps and with the machine turned on.

By using your CPAP while you are awake, you send a message to the body that tells it that you’re choosing to use this therapy and that it’s okay and safe. Remind yourself that CPAP is keeping your airway open all night so that you can breathe and sleep normally.

Often a different mask that does not block your field of vision might help, try a different mask style.

Relaxation exercises, such as progressive muscle relaxation, also may help reduce your anxiety.

Dry Mouth

If you wake with a dry mouth, chances are that you sleep with your mouth open – don’t worry, a lot of CPAP users do this. CPAP therapy can cause slight dry mouth on it’s own, but if you sleep with your mouth wide open, the problem can be seriously exacerbated. In this case, you might benefit from getting a chin strap if you use a nasal mask or nasal pillows mask. You can also use a full-face mask to accommodate mouth breathing.

If you have dry mouth and a stuffy nose, you may want to discuss your nasal obstructions with your sleep specialist. CPAP therapy can be difficult while having nasal problems along with CPAP mask problems.

Heated humidification is very important to prevent CPAP dry mouth. Sleep doctors believe that everyone should benefit from heated humidification, especially those with mid to high range pressures.

You can also use Biotene products for dry mouth which include mouth sprays and gels, the gel seems to be most effective.

Dry or Stuffy Nose

Having a dry or stuffy nose as a result of wearing a CPAP mask is never fun. Doctors recommend that you use the heated humidifier function on the CPAP machine to raise the humidity levels. If the humidity levels are too low, your mucous membranes react by becoming inflamed and swollen, which creates dryness and stuffiness. If using the heated humidifier doesn’t work, try using a saline spray right before you go to bed. If the dryness and stuffiness continues, you ask your doctor about using a steroid nasal spray.

5 Common CPAP Mask Problems and How to Solve them

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Weekly Update: New Better Sleep Program Sponsor – RemZzzs

This has been an exciting week at CPAP TotalCare. In fact so much is happening so fast, we decided that we need to start publishing a weekly update.

RemZzzs Sponsors Better Sleep Program

We are thrilled to announce our first sponsor for the Better Sleep Program RemZzzs®. RemZzzs CPAP mask liners is a high-quality product that we firmly believe in. So many people suffer from various mask problems every night and RemZzzs is the best product to solve them. The mask absorbs moisture and facial oil on the face, giving you relief from mask problems.

There are numerous mask problems that can be solved, simply by wearing a mask liner with your mask every night. The liner provides a barrier between your skin and the silicone of the mask, reducing skin irritation and leaks.

In 2007, Robert Routan’s (RemZzzs founder and CEO) wife was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. She had trouble sleeping with the mask on and her doctor didn’t have a solution for the irritation and leaking of the mask. He came up with the idea to try a piece of cotton to put in between the mask and her face. That first night, she slept for a much needed 7 hours, with dreams. They tried the liners every night for 3 weeks and she was thrilled to tell her doctor how well she was doing. They decided to patent the liners so they could bring them to CPAP users all over the world.

With the help of RemZzzs mask liners, your mask problems will get better, which means you will be able to sleep better. CPAP TotalCare’s goal is to help CPAP users sleep better so we are so excited to be working with a product that has improved so many lives.

See how you can get a 6 day sample of RemZzzs here.

Better Sleep for CPAP Users Is Launching Soon

Please bear with us as we put the finishing touches on our registration system for the Better Sleep Program.  The team has been developing special content for our members including a huge list of Low Carb Recipes, ‘Open Airway Yoga’ exercises, and a sleep optimization program called Get Renewable Energy Every night.  We’re also excited that work has started on the development of our specialized Better Sleep protocol which will be an interactive process to help CPAP users improve their sleep.  Look for the launch announcement and press release soon!

Active Recruitment Has Begun for Our Exclusive Network of CPAP Therapy Associates

While our Therapy Associates program is still in limited invitation-only release, the CPAP TotalCare team has begun inviting a small group of qualified CPAP providers around the country to join us in our early beta phase.  If you are CPAP provider who is committed to providing the highest standard of care for your patients, and have not yet receive an invitation, please use the contact form on this website to get in touch with us.

Join Our ‘Better Sleep for CPAP Users’ Community on Facebook

This group was created as a place to share advice and strategies for getting better sleep with CPAP.  We wanted to provide an easily-accessible place where CPAP users and clinicians can connect. Please visit and join the group here… https://www.facebook.com/groups/962308703832103/

10 Effective Sleep Habits for Everyone Infographic

We’ve seen a lot of attention and social sharing around the infographic that we put out recently that describes 10 habits anyone can adopt to improve their sleep. Check out the post here and please share the infographic with your networks.

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10 Effective Sleep Habits For Everyone

Sleep habits have a lot to do with how well you sleep. At CPAP TotalCare, we believe sleep is the foundation of health. Not getting enough sleep can effect all areas of your life, including: judgement, mood, memory, productivity, sex drive, weight gain, reflexes, and general outlook. Long-term sleep deprivation can increase your risk of many chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

(note: if you are a CPAP user, check out our Better Sleep for CPAP Users program)

We created this infographic to share 10 sleep habits that can be established in anyone’s life to get higher quality sleep. Some of the tips may surprise you. Leave a comment with your personal effective sleep habits below!

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Sleep Habits infographic

 

Sleep Habits #1: Keep It Dark

Create a quiet, dark, comfortable sleeping environment. Cover windows with darkening drapes or shades (dark trash bags work too) or wear a sleep mask to block light. Minimize disturbance from environmental noises with foam earplugs or use a room fan to muffle noise. If you can, adjust the room temperature to suit you. If you can’t, use extra blankets to stay warm. Use that room fan both to muffle noise AND keep you cool.

Sleep Habits #2: Use The Bedroom Exclusively for Bedroom Activities

Use the bedroom only for sleep and sex. Remove the TV, computer, laptop, etc. from your bedroom. Don’t eat or drink in bed. Keep discussions / arguments out of the bedroom.

Sleep Habits #3: Cut The Caffeine

Stop caffeine at least 6 hours before bedtime. Caffeine promotes wakefulness and disrupts sleep.

Sleep Habits #4: Don’t Drink Alcohol Before Bed

Don’t drink alcohol before bed. Alcohol initially makes you feel sleepy, but disrupts and lightens your sleep several hours later. In short, alcohol reduces the recuperative value of sleep. Nicotine – and withdrawal from nicotine in the middle of the night – also disrupts sleep. If you need help quitting drinking or using nicotine products, see your healthcare provider for options.

Sleep Habits #5: Exercise Early

Get your exercise in by early evening. Exercising is great – just be sure to finish at least 3 hours before bedtime so that you have plenty of time to wind down.

Sleep Habits #6: No Empty Stomach

Don’t go to bed hungry. A light bedtime snack (e.g., milk and crackers) can be helpful, but do not eat a large meal close to bedtime. And empty your bladder just before you go to bed so that the urge to urinate doesn’t disrupt your sleep. The following sleep hygiene habits are especially critical for those experiencing sleep problems:

Sleep Habits #7: Maintain a Routine

Maintain a consistent, regular routine that starts with a fixed wake-up time. Start by setting a fixed time to wake up, get out of bed, and get exposure to light each day. Pick a time that you can maintain during the week AND on weekends. Then adjust your bedtime so that you target 7—8 hours of sleep.

Sleep Habits #8: Get Up if You Can’t Sleep

Get out of bed if you can’t sleep. Only go to bed (and stay in bed) when you feel sleepy. Do not try to force yourself to fall asleep – it will tend to make you more awake, making the problem worse. If you wake up in the middle of the night, give yourself about 20 minutes to return to sleep. If you do not return to sleep within 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something relaxing. Do not return to bed until you feel sleepy.

Sleep Habits #9: Nap Wisely

Nap wisely but sparingly. Napping can be a good way to make up for poor/reduced nighttime sleep, but naps can cause problems falling asleep or staying asleep at night – especially if those naps are longer than 1 hour and/or if they are taken late in the day (after 1500 hours)If you need to nap for safety reasons (e.g., driving), try to take a short (30-60 minute) nap in the late morning or early afternoon (e.g., right after lunch), just enough to take the edge off your sleepiness.

Sleep Habits #10: Hide The Clock

Move the bedroom clock to where you cannot see it. If you tend to check the clock two or more times during the night, and if you worry that you are not getting enough sleep, cover the clock face or turn it around so that you can’t see it (or remove the clock from the bedroom entirely).

Now it’s your turn.

Now that you’ve read about these 10 sleep habits, it’s time to take action.

Your next step is to answer the following question:

Which of these 10 sleep habits are you going to work on first?

Or, maybe you have some tips and habits that work for you that you want to share.

Either way, let us know by leaving a quick comment right now.

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