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An Extra hour of Sleep Inside !

Hey! Where’s my extra hour of sleep? The only thing in here is a blog about daylight savings time and a reminder to set my clock back an hour! …Oh, I get it!
Daylight Savings Time (or if you want to be grammatically correct “Daylight Saving Time”), you either love it or you hate it (the time change, not the grammar), it depends on whether you are an early bird or a night owl. But let’s be honest, no one likes it when DST begins. At the beginning of DST you have to set your clocks forward an hour, so you lose an hour of sleep. There are more fatal car accidents on the Monday following the time change at the beginning of DST due to sleep deprivation.

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Traveling with Your PAP Therapy

Travel Plans?

Don’t forget your PAP machine! Even if you’re only going to be gone for a few days, you still need to sleep well. Your PAP machine will help you enjoy your trip even more by giving you the restful sleep you need. You’ll wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. Without it, your trip might not turn out as planned.

Also, don’t forget to disconnect the heated humidifier and remove all the water. If you don’t remove the water, it can get back into your machine and ruin it.

Flying?

Flying with your PAP shouldn't be an issue. PAP machines are allowed through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security once they’ve been screened by X-ray. If the X-ray cannot see through all parts of the machine, additional screening may be necessary. Here are some tips to help you through it:

  • Take your machine in a carry-on bag. If you place it in a checked bag and the bag is misplaced, you’ll have to go without your PAP therapy.
  • Let a security officer know of your machine and any special requirements before the screening process begins.
  • Your PAP machine will have to be removed from the carrying case, so we recommend putting it in a clear plastic bag to keep it clean. Facemasks and tubing can remain in the case.
  • If your machine requires additional screening, request that security wears gloves to be sanitary.

 

For more information on TSA policies, refer to their website at www.tsa.gov.

Medquarters has everything you need for travel season. From portable PAP machines to travel bags and batteries, we have you covered to make sure your travel is a success.

Boost Your Health with PAP and Exercise

Exercise

Your sleep therapy is prescribed to help you sleep better, but it also provides other health benefits. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine illustrates how PAP therapy helps people sleep better, while also helping to reduce blood pressure, insulin resistance, systemic hypertension, and cardiovascular risk.1, 2

When you combine your PAP therapy with a weight loss program, the benefits are even greater. With the addition of a weight loss program, reductions in blood pressure and insulin resistance are more significant. C-reactive protein levels measure inflammation in the body; these are also reduced, as well as serum triglycerides. Reductions in these areas can help alleviate chronic symptoms and greatly improve quality of life.

A walking program is an ideal way to start exercising and get fit. It's low impact, inexpensive, and can be done indoors or out. They key is to set realistic goals. Start small and build from there. Everyone's fitness level is different. If necessary, start with as little as five to ten minutes of walking three days a week. Every week or so, add another three to five minutes to your walk, and when you're ready, increase to four days and then five. As your fitness level improves, also try to walk faster, so that you're covering more distance in the same amount of time. 

Exercise should become a regular part of your daily routine. Keep using your PAP, and talk to your doctor about adding an exercise program to increase the overall benefits to your health.

Sources:
1. Chirinos JA, Gurubhagavatula I, Teff K, et al. CPAP, weight loss, or both for obstructive sleep apnea. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:2265-75.
2. Gottlieb DJ, Punjabi NM, Mehra R, et al. CPAP versus oxygen in obstructive sleep apnea. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:2276-85

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