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The Sleep Wellness Institute, Inc., will open its third CPAP2GO store  on Thursday, Oct. 1, in West Allis.  CPAP2GO specializes in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, masks and supplies used to help many people with obstructive sleep apnea.  The CPAP2GO stores are the only retail CPAP stores in Wisconsin operated by a sleep disorders center.  The first store opened in Franklin last year, and a Waukesha location opened in April.

The newest store, at 2931 S. 108th Street, will be open Monday through Saturday, with evening hours Monday through Friday.  It will be staffed by specially trained employees and will feature the “30/30 Advantage” – an in-stock supply of more than 30 masks and a free 30-night comfort and fit guarantee.  Much of the equipment will be covered by most health insurance plans.

The store will be managed by Cody Glorioso, who is the director of the Sleep Wellness Institute’s durable medical equipment department.  The store’s telephone number will be 414-761-CPAP (2727). A website, www.cpap2go.net, provides more information for customers.

The Sleep Wellness Institute is Wisconsin’s largest independent sleep disorders laboratory.  It is fully accredited to diagnose and treat sleep disorders among adults and children by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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Tips courtesy of CPAP2GO in West Allis, Waukesha and Franklin, Wis (Milwaukee area).

  1. Wash your CPAP mask daily (warm soapy water or Citrus II mask cleaner and wipes).
  2. Check your filter every other week — clean or replace if dirty.
  3. Do not over tighten your mask; it may cause leaks.
  4. If you are tightening your mask because of leaks or comfort, your seal may be broken or needs to be replaced.
  5. Replace your mask and accessories every 6 months.
  6. Follow up with your physician as instructed.
  7. Keep in contact with your CPAP provider to ensure your success.
  8. Use distilled water for your water chamber.
  9. If you have any dryness in your nose or throat, try increasing the humidity.
  10. Use your CPAP all night, every night … and while napping

Visit CPAP2GO on the web at www.cpap2go.net

Cody Glorioso

DME Director

The Sleep Wellness Institute is opening its second CPAP2GO store today at 2320 East Moreland Blvd.,  in Waukesha (Greater Milwaukee Area).  Like the first CPAP2GO store in Franklin, the new store features a wide variety of brand name CPAP machines, masks, and accessories.  It also offers the 30/30 Advantage … a choice of more than 30 different masks and a 30 night comfort and fit guarantee.  Most of the products offered are covered by insurance.

The store is open Monday-Saturday, with evening hours Monday-Friday, as well.  The Waukesha store is located just off HWY 94, directly in front of Blain’s Farm and Fleet. Either store may be reached by calling 414-761-CPAP (2727).  Or you can just walk in, browse, and talk with the CPAP experts who staff the store.  Your questions are always welcome.  Check us on the web at www.cpap2go.net.

Steve Gardner

The Sleep Wellness Institute

A gentleman named Ken recently recorded a brief video about his experience with CPAP, which is now posted on our website http://www.shareyourcpapstory.com. Click here to view Ken’s story.

We’ve designed Share Your CPAP Story to help those people who may be discouraged with the way their CPAP therapy is working out.  We hope it will encourage those people to stay with it, and to advocate for themselves when something may seem wrong.

By advocating for yourself, we mean asking your CPAP supplier if they have more than one mask you can try.  Can you bring it back and try another if you’re uncomfortable?  Most of all, demand that they provide you with service after the sale.  If your mask is leaking, or feels uncomfortable, or you’re getting water in your tubing, demand that they help you.  It’s their job.

And it’s your life.

Please visit www.shareyourcpapstory.com

Steve Gardner

The Sleep Wellness Institute

An educational video about sleep apnea produced by the Reggie White Sleep Disorders Research & Education Foundation is now available online.  You can access the video by clicking here.

The video was made possible by a grant from the National Football League Retired Players Association.  It clearly and plainly describes what sleep apnea is and includes an interview with a physician, a sleep disorders specialist, a golf professional who has sleep apnea, and a young woman who was trained as a sleep technician through a scholarship awarded by the Foundation.

The 8 minute 23 second video is worth a watch.

Steve Gardner

The Reggie White Sleep Disorders Research & Education Foundation

We’ve spent a lot of time here in the Milwaukee area over the past year or so talking about how complications of sleep apnea kill 38,000 Americans each year. At first, people didn’t want to believe it.

But now Dr. Terry Young, professor of epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his colleagues have published the results of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study in an article entitled “Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Mortality: Eighteen-year Follow Up of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort” in the Journal SLEEP.

Almost as important as the results of the study … essentially that those people with untreated sleep apnea are at a greater risk of death from causes such as cardiovascular disease and stroke … was Dr. Young’s comment that “I was surprised by how much the risks increased when we excluded people (from the study) who reported treatment with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure).” Dr. Young said the findings suggest that people diagnosed with sleep apnea should be treated, “And if CPAP is the prescribed treatment, regular use may prevent premature death.”

Dr. Young and his colleagues have done a great service to those with undiagnosed sleep apnea. And now it is up to medical professionals and the public to take the next step … get checked for sleep apnea. If you snore at night and are exhausted during the day, take the time to find out. It could save your life.

Steve Gardner

Here’s good news for all those who use CPAP therapy for sleep apnea and would like some tips on making things easier.

Mark Stoiber, President of the Sleep Wellness Institute, has published a book entitled “How to Guarantee Your Experience with CPAP is a Happy One.” Mark has 21 years of experience in the sleep disorders field and has seen literally thousands of people turn their lives around from the misery of terrible sleep to the joy and relief of refreshing, restorative sleep through CPAP therapy.

You can download Mark’s book for $3.75 through clicking here. You can also order a paperback copy for $7.97. If you buy the paperback version, $1.00 will automatically be donated to the Reggie White Sleep Disorders Research & Education Foundation.

Steve Gardner

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about alternatives to continuous positive airway pressure for people with obstructive sleep apnea.

Many people have heard of “CPAP Pro.”  This is advertised as “no mask.”  The reality is that the straps used on a mask are replaced with a bite guard to hold everything in place.  Any movement of the jaw or mouth can cause air to leak or the device to fall off.

The major problem with this product is that it leaks air.  Leaks prevent the effective positive pressure, prescribed by a physician, from reaching the patient.

 

Anybody who is on CPAP therapy for sleep apnea knows that there are times when things just don’t feel right or you have questions that need answering.

Please feel free to visit our free online CPAP Forum with your questions or comments.  Sometimes the best thing is just to share your experiences and find someone who understands and knows the answers.  Give it a try.

Steve Gardner

Recent headlines about green tea purporting to help with the cognitive effects of sleep apnea bring to light the growing concern of alternative treatments. These treatments are not as effective as one might think because they are likely only to help to reduce perceived effects and have little to no effect in reducing the medical risks linked to the disorder. The fear is that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers will discontinue the use of proven therapies such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or, as some say “the mask” or “the machine,” and move to alternative treatments that are not nearly as successful.

These alternative treatments may reduce some symptoms of OSA. They more than likely work best when used with other more effective treatments. Patients should work with their physicians to determine which treatment options are best for their specific case. We’re going to examine some of these alternative treatments, keeping in mind that not all of these treatments claim to treat OSA but are still believed by some patients to help:

· Green Tea

o Just how thirsty are you? You would need to consume six to twelve cups a day in order to show some effect.

o Existing studies have only been completed in rats.

Dr. David Gozal and his research team at the University of Louisville, who performed the study, are certainly respected in the field of sleep medicine. However, Dr. Gozal himself wrote in an email “If you have sleep apnea, use your (breathing) machine while you are sleeping. However, if you also drink green tea, this may help you feel better” (SLEEPzine 2008).

For more information on “alternative” treatments for sleep apnea, please visit www.sleepwellandlive.com and click on “sleep related articles.”

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