David Letterman’s ‘Top Ten List’ was a comedy mainstay in my household growing up. But The Late Show aired too late so I watched the VCR recordings the next day. Dave’s humorous review of the topic of the day in a countdown has always been a format for maximum impact. 10 has just the right amount of depth and conciseness although the round numbered list has been around for some time (i.e., The Ten Commandments). I would, however, argue that Dave made the Top Ten List what it is today in our modern lexicon. You can not go anywhere without encountering a top ten from recipes on YouTube to football power rankings. Maybe it’s because they’re so easy to write—anyone can come up with one.
It's Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week and Respiratory Care Week! That means it's time to share appreciation for RT and sleep tech healthcare heroes around the world and especially those who have helped us individually. For today's blog, we decided to show our appreciation by giving techs and RTs in the care and management of patients with sleep apnea a resource center to promote patient compliance with CPAP treatment!
Standard care for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is providing a CPAP box, hose, mask and some basic education. This is expected to jump start the gold standard treatment of CPAP therapy for a lifetime. The problem with this “one-size fits all” approach is that it mirrors interventions for an acute illness (e.g., prescribing a cast followed by physical therapy education for a broken bone), which is characterized by abrupt or rapid onset, limited duration, and a single cause (usually). But OSA is a chronic illness characterized by gradual onset of lengthy or indefinite duration, multivariate causation (which can change over time), and a focus on functional status rather than individual diagnoses; moreover, cure is unlikely and long-term management of symptoms and disease consequences necessitated a “long-view” of treatment.
Positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy is the gold standard and most widely used treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Since the commercial appearance of the device in 1985, it has basically consisted of a box with a fan in it delivering room air to the lungs through a mask on the face. But if you take a closer look, the mechanisms by which it acts on a patient is rather dramatic and the subject of this edition of the Circadiance blog
Topics: Sleep Health
Personalized risk estimates have little bearing on reality. The best example of this is the level of safety we feel driving versus flying—though cars are many times more dangerous than airplanes. What it comes down to is the perception of control: we get to operate our own SUVs, but we leave flying up to the ‘friendly skies’.
Topics: Sleep Health
Here, there, and everywhere across our blue planet, nearly one million of us suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with 54 million right here in the United States (1). Constant positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard and most widely prescribed treatment for OSA (2). For over 35 years the technology has been refined, but for most users it still consists of a box with a fan in it connected by tubing to a plastic and silicone mask interface...
Topics: Sleep Health
The three pillars of optimal health are nutrition, physical fitness, and sleep. Think of your health as stabilized on a chair. Taking any one of the legs away would topple the seat, so tending to each section is essential to living well.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic and as a result the way we live changed dramatically. As of June, 2020, there have been over two million confirmed cases and over one hundred thousand confirmed deaths in the United States, and rising…
This month, we're giving truckers 10% off qualifying SleepWeaver masks, plus a free hose clip and Feather Weight Tube, at cpapXchange.com and Direct Home Medical to thank them for continuing to serve the country during COVID-19. We're partnering with Dr. John's Medical, an organization that provides resources for truckers with sleep apnea, to make this promotion possible. PROMO CODE: thankyoutruckers
"Circadiance strives to provide a high level of service for our customers with the goal to provide quick delivery on all products. As the outbreak grows in the US, we are working to help support the US healthcare system in any way we can. We are taking steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on orders from our valued customers." -David Groll, CEO