Do you Suffer from Dry Mouth?


One of the most common questions we get is "How Can I Prevent Dry Mouth?"
Mouth dryness when using a nasal mask is usually caused by air escaping through an open mouth. This can helped by using a chin strap, or if this is not effective, switching to a full face mask (which covers the nose and mouth).

In patients using a full face mask, some mouth dryness can also be felt especially at higher CPAP levels. This can be alleviated by use or increase in the heated humidification, and ensuring that there is not excessive mask leak.

In addition to these equipment changes, you may want to use oral tablets of gel that keep your mouth moist throughout the night. Two such products that patients swear by are Xylimelt tablets and Biotene gel. Both of which are slow-release saliva stimulants and oral lubricants that provide hours of relief from dry mouth. These can be found at your local Walgreens, CVS or other well stocked pharmacy.

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Surprising List: Some Foods Keep You Up. Others Help You Sleep.

Sleep Support Group Host Tests Theory: Cake and Ice Cream Do Disrupt Sleep!

People from five states in search of ways to get a better night’s sleep joined in the December edition of ‘CPAP Chat.’

One individual who didn’t sleep well the night after the program was host Eric Cohen who wanted to test research that says eating ice cream before bedtime would disrupt his sleep. Cohen confirms that he “took one for the team,” devouring a generous serving of chocolate cake and ice cream before going to bed. “I went to bed very happy, but that gluttony did indeed lead to a restless night’s sleep,” he smiled.

CPAP Chat is a town meeting-style virtual support group (www.cpapchat.org) -- the only program of its kind for people suffering from sleep apnea. Held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm (ET), sessions are free and open to all. During the recent session – the 21st -- Cohen, president of National Sleep Therapy, asked participants about their New Year resolutions related to more restful sleep – such as diet, exercise and proper use of CPAP and other sleep therapy devices. Cohen shared a surprising list of foods that may interfere with sleep, including:
  • Wine – prevents entering deep REM sleep stages (drink 4 – 6 hours before bedtime!)
  • Green Tea – Its caffeine can trigger your nervous system. Also increases frequency of nighttime bathroom breaks.
  • Chicken –High-protein foods can interfere with circadian rhythm.
  • Ice cream – Your body needs time to burn the fat in fatty foods. You’ll be restless.
**A good rule of thumb: Finish eating three hours before bedtime.**

Also discussed were foods that can help you get a good night’s sleep:
  • Warm milk – Contains tryptophan which becomes serotonin, producing a calming effect (not too much or you’ll need to interrupt your sleep for a bathroom break!)
  • Cherries – Contains melatonin that controls the internal body clock
  • Bananas – Contain magnesium and potassium, natural muscle relaxants. The carbs make you feel sleepy.
  • Almonds – Contain magnesium, and help regulate blood sugar while asleep.
Participants and NST staff revealed their New Year resolutions and hopes for 2016. Sleep apnea has been called a national epidemic. Some 20 million American suffer from it though only a small percent have been diagnosed. The most popular therapy involves CPAP (pronounced see-pap) --acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure -- that uses a gentle air flow to keep breathing passages open.

The next edition of CPAP Chat is set for Wednesday JANUARY 6, from 7 – 8 pm (ET). To join the conversation, just prior to the session (always on the first Wednesday of each month,) call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org

-Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

Telltale Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea Is Focus of Unique ‘CPAP Chat’ Virtual Support Group on Dec. 2

National Sleep Therapy Asks Callers & Staff to Share Their New Year’s Resolutions

For many, a New Year’s resolution might involve a promise to do one or more acts of self-improvement: eating healthier, exercising, thinking more positively, changing bad habits.

“If you’re always tired, the start of the new year is an ideal time to resolve to find out if you have sleep apnea,” says Eric Cohen, President of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com). It’s estimated that 20 million Americans have sleep apnea -- yet most have yet to be tested.

Cohen hosts the popular ‘CPAP Chat,’ the world’s only monthly virtual support group for anyone interested in sleep issues. The 21st monthly edition of CPAP Chat is set for Wednesday, December 2nd from 7 – 8 pm (ET). For this session, participants will be asked to share their resolutions, and will have a chance to ‘meet’ NST staff who will share what they hope to do better in 2016.

Cohen says if a person has any two of these symptoms, chances are they have sleep apnea:
  • Daytime sleepiness / Chronic fatigue
  • Hypertension
  • Snoring (especially if it disturbs others)
  • If someone has witnessed that you stop breathing during the night 
CPAP Chat attracts laypeople and health care professionals. Sessions are free, anonymous and open to all. Participants hail from 8 or more states.

If sleep apnea is suspected, a person should contact their doctor and discuss whether to have a sleep study. National Sleep Therapy is locally owned and works closely with local doctors to provide the best sleep therapy possible. The most popular treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy.

Studies show that prolonged lack of regular, deep sleep can lead to heart diseases, hypertension, memory loss, diabetes, and can result in workplace or highways accidents. Eric Cohen says “Taking care of your sleep apnea is a great New Year’s resolution and a wonderful holiday gift to yourself and your loved ones.”

To join the conversation during the next edition of CPAP Chat on Wednesday, December 2 from 7 – 8 pm (ET), just prior to the session, call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . (Sessions are always the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm - ET), For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org 

 -Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com





Expert Describes How Laser Treatment Can Eliminate Snoring

20th Edition of ‘CPAP Chat’ Features Laser Dentist

The 20th edition of ‘CPAP Chat,’ the world’s only virtual support group for people with sleep apnea, drew participants from six states who learned about a technique that uses lasers to eliminate snoring.

‘CPAP Chat,’ (www.cpapchat.org), a phone-in version of a town hall forum, is free and anonymous. Anyone can join the conversation during sessions on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (ET). Host Eric Cohen, president of National Sleep Therapy, leads discussions about latest sleep research, how to sleep better, and tips about CPAP devices and therapy. Guest experts are a monthly draw. (CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.)

November’s featured guest, Dr. Linda Kronick of Laser Dentistry LLC in Bozrah, CT, described how she uses low-energy lasers to tighten throat collagen which widens airways and eliminates snoring, often a sign of sleep apnea. Asked by a participant about the treatment, Dr. Kronick said, “There’s no anesthesia, cutting or bleeding – no sore throat or downtime.” She said three sessions are required, each 30 days apart, and she noted that collagen returns and the treatment must be repeated after a year. She noted that 40 of 42 patients she treated have been totally successful.

Session participants also discussed SoClean, a CPAP sanitizing system that takes about 10 minutes to kill 99% of germs and bacteria in a person’s CPAP mask, hose and reservoir with no disassembly, no water, and no chemicals. One user said it makes her equipment “squeaky clean.” Another said his dentist recommended it because he uses it himself.

Extensive research shows that sleep apnea doesn’t just prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep affects many body systems that puts a person at increased risk for disease. Chronic fatigue can also lead to anxiety and dementia, as well as workplace and highway accidents. Anyone who is always tired despite getting a good nights’ sleep, should tell their doctor who may prescribe a sleep test. Most sleep apnea sufferers aren’t aware that this could explain their chronic fatigue. Some 20 million Americans have sleep apnea, though most have yet to be diagnosed.

The next edition of CPAP Chat is set for Wednesday, December 2 from 7 – 8 pm (ET). To join the conversation, just prior to the session (always the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm - ET), call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org

- By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

Attention Editor: For an interview with host Eric Cohen: call 617-281-5330 or email ecohen@nstherapy.com



Can Lasers Eliminate Snoring?

Dr. Linda Kronick
Laser Dentistry Pioneer to Discuss on CPAP Chat November 4 at 7PM

Now loud snorers – and their significant others – have a new option in the search for a peaceful night’s sleep: NightLase.

Connecticut’s Dr. Linda Kronick, one of the first dentists in New England to use the NightLase system to reduce snoring, will be the featured guest on the November 4th edition of ‘CPAP Chat.’ The hour-long session is free and anonymous.

Now in its second year, CPAP Chat (www.cpapchat.org) is the world’s only virtual support group for people with sleep apnea. On the first Wednesday of each month, the session attracts sleep apnea sufferers and health care professionals from about 10 states for the town hall forum style conference call. Participants share their stories while expert guests offer tips, discuss new products, and answer questions about sleep apnea. The host is Eric Cohen, president of National Sleep Therapy, CPAP Chat sponsor. (www.nstherapy.com)

While his company’s focus is on providing CPAP devices, respiratory therapy, and patient education and compliance tips, Cohen says the role of CPAP Chat is 100% education and information. “Our mission for CPAP Chat is to provide a forum for people to learn about their healthcare options and have the chance to discuss them with their peers and experts whenever possible,” he says. “NightLase is just such an example and suggests a possible option to treat snoring and sleep apnea that people may want to investigate further and discuss with their treating physician.”

Dr. Kronick of Laser Dentistry, LLC, in Bozrah, CT, says the NighLase treatment provides a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa tissue. “It’s painless but isn’t for everyone. A patient with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea needs three treatments every two weeks, and the cycle must be repeated every 18 months. The cost is about $1,000 and isn’t covered by insurance.”

“Sleep apnea doesn’t just prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep,” says Dr. Kronick. “Lack of sleep affects many body systems including cardiovascular; GI tract -- putting a lot of other systems at increased risk for disease.” Chronic fatigue can also lead to anxiety and dementia, as well as workplace and highway accidents. It’s estimated that 20 million American suffer from some form of sleep disordered breathing.

The 20th edition of CPAP Chat is set for Wednesday, November 4 from 7 – 8 pm (ET). To join the conversation, just prior to the session (always the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm - ET), call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org

 - By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

For Many, Finding Out You Have Sleep Apnea Can Be A Rude Awakening

With CPAP Therapy, Thorough Training Leads to Patient Compliance

One of the country’s leading sleep therapy companies has proven that a multi-tiered training approach results in a dramatic increase in patient CPAP compliance -- accompanied by better sleep and an improved quality of life.

A few years ago, Eric Cohen, an engineer, inventor and president of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com) noted that there’s a dramatic improvement in patient compliance when they understand CPAP therapy, and are properly trained, monitored, and encouraged through self-reliance and awareness. “We encourage patients to take responsibility for their own care. Properly trained and engaged patients are about 84% compliant, versus the general average of about 50% who are non-adherent, getting less than 4 hours of CPAP use per night. Many who don’t receive proper guidance give up too soon.” Studies indicate and adult needs 6+ hours of sleep for reduced daytime sleepiness plus significantly improved memory and daily functioning.

CPAP is the most popular therapy prescribed by doctors for patients whose sleep test indicates obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s estimated that 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, though most have yet to be diagnosed. Long-term sleep deprivation can lead to serious health issues and accidents.

New NST patients are added to a computerized CPAP tracking system. They get a training course – including in-person set-up, a video and access to NST’s website with more tips. Using an iPad, Respiratory Therapists train every patient in a methodical manner. “Patients can log in and view their own sleep data. There’s a 22% higher compliance for patients who track their own data,” says Cohen.

Non-compliance can result in cancellation of CPAP insurance coverage. For example, under Medicare, after 3 months, if a patient doesn’t prove nightly usage, Medicare will not cover the cost. Then, if the patient wants Medicare to cover CPAP again, they must start with a new face-to-face evaluation. Cohen says, “Doctors don’t have 60-90 minutes to train a patient. Our set-up process maximizes engagement and retention. The result is patients who internalize the importance of CPAP and know how to use and maintain their machine. Using the iPad app, our RTs guide patients through each training stage until they’re comfortable with each section.”

Cohen hosts the popular monthly ‘CPAP Chat’ virtual support group – the only one of its kind – that attracts CPAP users and health care professionals from 10 or more states each night. Held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm (ET), sessions are free, open to all and anonymous. To join in: Just prior to the next session on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) To submit questions in advance or for more info, visit www.cpapchat.org

View this chart: Sleep duration recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation: https://sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/STREPchanges_1.png 

By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com



Expert Advises Busy People: Simple Nutrition and Fitness Changes Will Help You Feel Better, Sleep More Soundly

Did you know that carbohydrate-laden snack you enjoy so much each night before going to bed turns into energy that can wind you up right before you should be winding down?

That was one lesson provided by fitness and nutrition guru Tim Mills during the October edition of ‘CPAP Chat’ – the world’s only virtual support group for people with sleep apnea and health professionals..

Individuals from 10 states with sleep issues joined in the unique town meeting-style forum to explore tips and tricks to help them get the deep sleep one’s body and mind need to rejuvenate and prepare for the next day. The session was hosted by Eric Cohen, president of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com) based in Concord, NH, and Norwood, Mass.

For Mills this was a return visit follow-up to the Fitness Challenge he extended in July. Mills’ philosophy (http://timsfit.com/) includes simple, common-sense fitness and nutrition ideas whereby busy people can lose weight, feel better -- and sleep more soundly. Mills advises people to start with a range of simple changes which can have a dramatic impact and motivate them to do more. “Start small,” he advises. For exercise, he says walk faster, take the stairs, park a distance from your destination. On nutrition, Mills advises to: Cut out all sodas (“Diet soda can be less healthy than regular”); Eliminate fast foods (“Make your own healthy version”); Drink half your weight in pounds, in ounces of water each day (“If you weigh 200 lbs., drink 100 ounces of water.”)

CPAP (pronounced see-pap) helps people to sleep using air pressure to keep airways open which allows uninterrupted sleep. CPAP is prescribed by a physician following a sleep test. Some 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Early signs may be chronic fatigue and loud snoring.

The 20th edition of CPAP Chat is set for Wednesday, November 4 from 7 – 8 pm (ET). To join the conversation, just prior to the session (always the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm - ET), call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org . CPAP Chat is free and anonymous.

-Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com







Fitness Guru’s Challenge to Sleep Apnea Patients: "Small changes Make a Big Impact"”


Tim Mills is Featured Guest on Oct. 7 ‘CPAP Chat’ -- World’s Only Virtual Support Group for Sleep Apnea Patients

Two months ago, during his appearance on ‘CPAP Chat,’ the world’s only sleep apnea virtual support group, noted motivational fitness and nutrition guru Tim Mills challenged participants to take his ‘Fitness Challenge’ -- and report on their successes during the October 7 edition of ‘CPAP Chat.’

Prepping for the upcoming session, Mills says, “It will be fun and informative to see how many followed my advice about easy, common-sense dietary changes and a low-impact exercise regimen.” The founder of Tim Mills Fitness based in New Hampshire (http://timsfit.com/) says this is the first online group fitness challenge of its kind. He says, “A range of simple changes can make a huge difference and get people motivated to do more. It’s easier when you start small and work up to more.”

‘CPAP Chat,’ held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm (ET), is the brainchild of Eric Cohen of Wellesley, Mass., an engineer, inventor and co-founder of National Sleep Therapy, a New England firm that specializes in finding the right CPAP device for anyone diagnosed with sleep apnea. (www.nstherapy.com )

CPAP (pronounced see-pap) helps people to sleep using constant air pressure to keep airways open, which results in deeper sleep. CPAP is prescribed by a physician following a sleep test. Some 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Early signs may be chronic fatigue and loud snoring.

During the September ‘CPAP Chat’ session that drew participants from 10 states, Cohen led a discussion about latest compact CPAP devices and tips on traveling with CPAP in order to stay wide awake whether on a vacation or business trip. He described best practices for transport and use of CPAP units on planes, cruise ships and for camping. The group learned about long-life, solar, car and marine battery options. Cohen noted that insurance may cover the cost of a travel CPAP if the individual is eligible for a new unit. Other topics included Provent, a convenient option that goes over the nose and creates back pressure to treat sleep apnea, and oral appliances for those who can’t tolerate CPAP. Cohen noted that about 60% of CPAP users have dry mouth; participants recommended favorite remedies.

For those wishing to join the conversation on October 7, just prior to the session (always the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm /ET), call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org . CPAP Chat is free and anonymous. By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

Simple Lifestyle and Dietary Changes Can Help People Sleep Better, Live Longer Says Fitness Expert

Tim Mills Issues A Challenge to Sleep Apnea Sufferers

A series of simple lifestyle changes can help sleep apnea sufferers get more restful sleep – and improve their overall quality of life – and perhaps even extend their life.

Motivational fitness and nutrition guru Tim Mills, based in Concord, NH, feels so strongly about his philosophy that he’s challenging anyone with sleep issues to talk to him and commit to slight adjustments to their daily activities and eating habits. He’s offering a free 10-minute one-on-one call to help people get on the right track, then asking them to share their progress with participants in the free monthly ‘CPAP Chat’ virtual support group on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 pm (ET). To set a time, visit Mills’ website  at timsfit.com.

Among Mills’ typical lifestyle adjustments: Take the stairs whenever possible, park a little further from the store, avoid high calorie snacks before bed, and walk your dog a little farther and more briskly a few times each day. Mills says, “These simple changes can make a huge difference and get people motivated to do more. I say start small and work up to more.”

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been called a national epidemic with an estimated 20 million sufferers. Most of these people have yet to be diagnosed but endure chronic fatigue. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to anxiety, high blood pressure, stroke, heart diseases, diabetes, depression and dementia -- even marital tension and workplace and highway accidents. According to a report from Harvard Medical School, the economic cost of unmanaged OSA in the US is as high as $165 billion in lost productivity, accidents and errors. Research shows that regular deep sleep is a critical so the body and brain can repair and balance.

‘CPAP Chat,’ held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm (ET), regularly attracts people from some 10 states. Sessions are hosted by Eric Cohen, inventor/engineer and president of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com). CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join the conversation on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 pm (ET): Just prior to the next session call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) With questions about CPAP therapy and/or for the session, visit www.cpapchat.org . By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com







Yes, There Are Ways for Sleep Apnea Sufferers to Count Sheep While Traveling…

Unique Virtual Support Group Offers Sleep-Deprived Individuals Tips on Traveling with CPAP, Other Devices

People who have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep at home often find it’s even trickier to get that all-important shuteye when traveling.

Individuals with sleep apnea from eight states joined in the September edition of ‘CPAP Chat,’ the world’s only virtual support group for individuals with sleep apnea. One caller said she’s planning a vacation in California. Another will be visiting relatives in Scotland. A third, who travels for business, wanted to know which devices run on both U. S. and European current, plus alternatives to bringing his CPAP unit. CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, the preferred treatment by doctors who prescribe sleep apnea therapy.

During the recent session, host Eric Cohen, an engineer/inventor and president of National Sleep Therapy, discussed best practices for transport and use of CPAP units on planes and cruise ships and for camping, plus the latest in travel CPAP devices. He described long-life, solar, car and marine battery options. Cohen noted that insurance may cover the cost of a travel CPAP if the individual is eligible for a new unit.

Cohen described Provent, a convenient option that goes over the nose and creates back pressure to treat sleep apnea, usually prescribed for short term use. It’s inconspicuous and doesn’t require electricity or batteries. He said, “Even in patients for which Provent isn’t 100% effective, they will at least be getting a better night’s sleep than if they’re using nothing.” He said he knows of many patients using it successfully with their doctor’s prescription.

The group also discussed oral appliances for people who travel but can’t tolerate CPAP or have mild/moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances have limited durability and aren’t ideal as a long-term solution. Another topic: About 60% of CPAP users have dry mouth, and participants recommended three remedies.

Over 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, though 80% remain undiagnosed. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. Chronic fatigue is associated with type 2 diabetes and depression, and is a factor in many traffic and workplace accidents. Studies also show that insufficient quality sleep can be as much a factor in obesity as too much food and too little exercise.

CPAP Chat, marking its second anniversary, is held the first Wednesday of each month, and is free and open to all. The unique town meeting-style conference call enables participants to ask questions, share tips, and get advice from noted sleep and health experts. The next CPAP Chat is Wednesday, October 7 from 7 – 8 pm (ET). Fitness and nutrition guru Tim Mills returns to see how participants have done with his ‘Better Health Challenge’ after their free, no-obligation 10-minute one-on-one consultation to help get on the right track. Anyone is invited to email him to set-up a call: timsfit@gmail.com . Those who take the challenge are invited to share their progress with the group.

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To join the conversation, just prior to the October 7 session at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org

 By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

‘Sleep Apnea Travel’ Is Topic of Sept. 2nd ‘CPAP Chat’ Virtual Support Group

For People with Sleep Apnea, Compact Devices Can Help Travelers Sleep Better

Being too tired to go to a show, to join in your bus tour’s next excursion, or to play with grandchildren can ruin a vacation.

For people who suffer from sleep apnea, CPAP therapy can be a godsend. But traveling with a CPAP device can be cumbersome. There are other choices.

‘Sleep Apnea Travel’ is the subject of the September edition of CPAP Chat set for Wednesday, September 2 from 7 – 8 p.m. (ET), hosted by Eric Cohen, inventor/engineer and president of National Sleep Therapy.

While there are a few lightweight, portable travel CPAP devices on the market, Cohen says some people prefer not to bring CPAP on trips. He will discuss two effective short-term options that may work for some:

  • Provent – Works without batteries or electricity – fits over the nose and creates back pressure to treat sleep apnea. Must be fitted and can take a week to get accustomed to.
  • Oral appliance – Moves the jaw to aid air passage while asleep; resembles a sport mouth guard; an alternative when a patient can’t tolerate CPAP.

Although CPAP is the gold standard for treating OSA, some people use one of these options in place of CPAP while traveling, or take them along as a backup.

CPAP Chat, marking its second anniversary, is the world’s only virtual support group for individuals with sleep apnea. The monthly sessions, on the first Wednesday of each month, are free and open to all. The unique town meeting-style conference call regularly attracts participants from about 10 states who ask questions, share tips, and get advice from noted sleep and health experts.

Cohen says airlines, cruise ships and train and tour operators will make special accommodations if a CPAP user needs to transport and/or use their machine on route. There’s a portable, lightweight model with multi-night batteries, and a model with a solar-powered charger.

Over 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, though 80% remain undiagnosed. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. Chronic fatigue is associated with type 2 diabetes and depression, and is a factor in many traffic and workplace accidents. Studies also show that insufficient quality sleep can be as much a factor in obesity as too much food and too little exercise.

CPAP Chat has extended a challenge to participants between now and the October 7th session when fitness and nutrition guru Tim Mills will pay a return visit to check their progress. Mills is offering a free, no-obligation 10-minute one-on-one consultation to help people get on the right track. Those who take the challenge are invited to share their progress with the group. To join the better health challenge at no cost, email timsfit@gmail.com.


Just prior to the session on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800-204-6655, enter access code 342-2187#. Questions may be submitted in advance either via Facebook or email info@cpapchat.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org.

By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

Fitness Guru Offers First Online Group Fitness Challenge for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Motivational fitness and nutrition guru Tim Mills, founder of Tim Mills Fitness based in New Hampshire (timsfit.com), is trying something new: The first online group fitness challenge specially designed for people with sleep apnea. 

The unique offer is an outgrowth of Mills’ appearance on the July edition of ‘CPAP Chat,’ the only virtual support group in the world for people with sleep apnea. Host Eric Cohen, president of sponsor National Sleep Therapy, said, “We put participants to a challenge between now and our October 7th session when Tim will return to check everyone’s progress.”

Mills is offering a free 10-minute one-on-one call to help people get on the right track, asking each participant to share their progress with the group during October’s CPAP Chat. He coaches people to make small adjustments in their everyday routine: taking the stairs whenever possible, parking a little further from the store, avoiding high calorie snacks before bed, and even walking your dog a little farther and more briskly. “These simple changes can make a big difference and get people motivated to do more. It’s great to start small and work up to more,” Mills says.

To help people change habits and “eat healthy,” Mills suggests his ‘6-Day Clean Eating Reset,’ a meal plan and grocery list available on his website and mobile app. “This is where I send people who need help with the eating part before we invite them to the online challenges.” His foods are entirely optional. He also has healthy recipes and tips for good eating.

For questions or to arrange a free 10-minute support call with Tim, contact him directly at timsfit@gmail.com. For more about his program, click here.

“Many of us also have weight issues,” Mills says. “Lack of sleep and low energy and motivation to exercise can lead to depression, low self-esteem, and a reduced quality of life – even a shorter life. Several years ago, after I ballooned to 225 pounds and my doctor called me a ‘ticking time bomb,’ I pledged to turn things around. I wanted to live to watch my young son and daughter grow up. Now, I have a proven track-record of helping people reach their goals and get their nutrition in order. That’s where 90% of us struggle the most.”

It’s estimated that 20 million Americans have sleep apnea, though most have yet to be diagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called it an epidemic.

Mills says, “I help people unlearn bad habits and give them emotional reasons to get motivated to achieve their goals. It’s more about WHY power rather than will power. Many can eliminate or improve their sleep issues once they change their lifestyle using my Beachbody Challenge, simple meal plans, fitness program, and a supportive coach who’s been through it. Once you find your motivation, everything falls into place.”

‘CPAP Chat,’ held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm (ET), attracts participants from many states. Participants and experts provide tips for people with sleep apnea and anyone else interested in the topic of sleep. Sessions are hosted by Eric Cohen, inventor/engineer and a founder of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com). CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join in: Just prior to the next session on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) Visit www.cpapchat.org.

-Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

Noted Researcher Discusses Link Between Sleep Apnea and Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Ricardo Osorio
Participants from 9 States Join in ‘CPAP Chat’

“CPAP treatment of sleep apnea may delay progression of cognitive impairment,” Dr. Ricardo Osorio, a world-renowned expert on the correlation between sleep apnea and various forms of dementia, discussed as the featured guest during the August edition of ‘CPAP Chat,’ the world’s only virtual support group for people with sleep apnea and for health care professionals.

He added, “The presence of sleep disordered breathing is associated with an earlier age of cognitive decline.” (CPAP is the therapy of choice to treat sleep apnea – an acronym for continuous positive airway pressure.) These are among conclusions in a study co-authored by Dr. Osorio that appeared in the journal Neurology.

Dr. Osorio told participants, “Because people are living longer due to healthier habits, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are occurring at a later age. Also because people are living longer, the total number of people with Alzheimer’s is expected to rise dramatically.”

Each month ‘CPAP Chat’ features guests with unique personal stories, motivational tips, or sleep-related research. This session drew participants from 9 states, including from as far away as Washington state. Held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm (ET), sessions are free and open to all. The host is Eric Cohen, President of National Sleep Therapy. Past guests have included a retired NFL football player and professional body builder who defeated his sleep apnea, a mindful meditation guru, and a nutrition and fitness expert, among others.

During ‘CPAP Chat,’ Dr. Osorio, a researcher and faculty member at the New York University Medical School’s Center for Brain Health, described one experiment in which mice who were deliberately sleep deprived lost much of their memory, but when they started to get adequate sleep, their memories improved. He said that 70% of the people in his sleep study at NYU – ages 60 – 85 -- had some degree of sleep apnea, with 20% severe cases.

Research shows that too little sleep leaves us drowsy and unable to concentrate the next day. It also leads to impaired memory and physical performance. Some experts believe sleep gives neurons used while we are awake a chance to shut down and repair themselves. Without sleep, neurons may become so depleted or polluted that they begin to malfunction. Sleep also may give the brain a chance to exercise important neuronal connections that might otherwise deteriorate from lack of activity.* It’s estimated that 20 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disordered breathing such as sleep apnea. Left unchecked, chronic lack of proper sleep can result in dementia, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and highway and workplace accidents – and an all-around lower quality of life.

CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join the chat: Just prior to the session on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) 

By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

*Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (an agency of the National Institutes of Health).

A Sleep Apnea – Alzheimer’s Connection? Noted Expert ls Guest on ‘CPAP Chat’ Call-In Session August 5 from 7 – 8 pm (ET)

Dr. Ricardo Osorio
Is there a connection between sleep apnea and dementia? 

Dr. Ricardo Osorio, a world-renowned neuroscientist and faculty member at the New York University School of Medicine’s Center for Brain Health, will be the featured guest on ‘CPAP Chat,’ the only virtual support session designed for people with sleep apnea and anyone with an interest in the topic. Much of Dr. Osorio’s research focuses on the correlation between sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s disease.

‘CPAP Chat,’ on Wednesday, August 5 from 7 – 8 pm (ET), is free and open to all. It is the only conference call program of its kind. During the session, Dr. Osorio will discuss his research and answer questions from participants. The sessions, held on the first Wednesday of each month, are hosted by Eric Cohen, an inventor and president of National Sleep Therapy based in Boston, MA, and Concord, NH. (www.nstherapy.com),

Dr. Osorio’s findings related to age-dependent sleep changes and their relationships with neurodegenerative diseases that affect cognition such as Alzheimer's disease, have been widely published in scholarly journals. At NYU Medical Center Center for Brain Health, Dr. Osorio oversees patient enrollments for sleep studies and conducts Psychiatric and medical history interviews for Spanish subjects seeking enrollment in both CBH and Alzheimer Disease Center. Dr. Osorio’s focal area of research interest is to use neuroimaging and biomarkers to assist in the study of sleep disturbances as risk factors for cognitive impairment in aging and for dementia. A native of Spain where he received his degrees and began his research, Dr. Osorio was recruited by CBH at NYUMC in 2009.

CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join the conversation: Just prior to the session on Wednesday, August 5 at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) For more info, visit www.CPAPchat.org .

Expert Shares Common-Sense Tips for Better Health, Sleep

Tim Mills
Tim Mills says, ‘Find your motivation and everything will fall into place.”

Four years ago, Tim Mills’ doctor told him during a routine physical that his cholesterol was “through the roof” and he was a “ticking time bomb.” That was the wake-up call he needed. That day, the 30 year-old father of two pledged to turn his life -- and lifestyle -- around. “I wanted to be around to see my kids grow up,” he says.

With that motivation, Mills lost weight (45 lbs. in 6 months), exercised regularly, and changed his diet. He dramatically lowered his cholesterol and eliminated the need for meds Now a highly-regarded nutritionist, fitness guru and motivational speaker, Mills was the featured guest on the July edition of ‘CPAP Chat’ where he shared his story and his common-sense guide to helping others find better health and fitness.

Mills’ philosophy is that you’ll stick with a diet and exercise plan if you like what you’re doing. He told CPAP Chat participants, “Don’t eat out of boredom, habit or peer pressure. Research ingredients and aim for more protein and veggies. Avoid the ‘diet cycle’ where you start on a Monday, then cheat a little, and cheat more each day until you’re back to your old habits.”

“When it comes to exercise, make it fun, things you like to do so you don’t dread it. Start simple and work your way up: Walk instead of the elevator, take a walk at lunch, park farther from the store entrance. Walk your dog faster. Most important, get your heart rate up for 15 straight minutes every day. Addressing those with sleep apnea, Mills tied better nutrition and exercise habits with a better night’s sleep. His tips are available on his website (http://timsfit.com/).

Mills suggests that most people just need motivation to change their habits: “I have two small children who count on me and I need to be healthy. No one on my father's side of the family has lived past 60 years old. I am going to break that trend!”

‘CPAP Chat’ – which monthly attracts dozens of participants from many states -- is the only free virtual support group in the U. S. providing tips for people with sleep apnea and anyone else interested in the topic of sleep. Sessions are hosted by Eric Cohen, inventor/engineer and president of National Sleep Therapy. (www.nstherapy.com) . CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join the chat: Just prior to the next session on Wednesday, August 5th at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) Visit www.cpapchat.org .

Fitness Guru Tim Mills Is Featured Guest on ‘CPAP Chat’ Virtual Support Session

CPAP Chat: Wednesday, July 1st at 7 p.m. (ET)

Fitness Guru Tim Mills (www.timsfit.com)
A few years ago Tim Mills’ doctors told him he would have high cholesterol and possibly be on medication for the rest of his life.

Tim found a better way: He lost weight, exercised more and changed his diet. No more meds, no more high cholesterol. Now Tim is a highly-respected nutritionist, fitness expert and motivational speaker. He devotes his life to helping others find better health and fitness with simple, easy steps.

Tim Mills will be the featured guest during the next ‘CPAP Chat’ (www.CPAPchat.org), the free virtual support session for people with sleep apnea, health care professionals and anyone interested in the topic of sleep. The session -- free and open to all -- is Wednesday, July 1st from 7 – 8 pm (ET).

‘CPAP Chat’ is the country’s only town-hall-style forum of its kind. People from a dozen states usually participate The host is engineer/inventor Eric Cohen, co-founder and president of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com), a leading supplier of CPAP equipment designed to help people with sleep apnea to get a good night’s sleep.

“All are invited for what promises to be a fun and informative session with Tim Mills,” says Cohen. “Participants will learn three simple tricks you can do today for better fitness and nutrition. You’ll also learn how nutrition can impact your sleep. Tim works with regular folks, not just super athletes. He’s not about body-building, but rather about feeling good and enjoying every day. http://timsfit.com/

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls sleep apnea an epidemic and estimates that 50-70 million American adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. Most have yet to be diagnosed! CPAP (acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is today’s most common therapy, usually prescribed by a pulmonologist or cardiologist. It sends a gentle oxygen flow to keep airways open to enable uninterrupted sleep.

Other topics that will be addressed during the July 1st ‘CPAP Chat’ session will include: Follow-up on last month’s discussion about mindful meditation as a sleep aid, and more about a micro-CPAP that weighs less than an ouce.

CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join the conversation: Just prior to the session on Wednesday, July 1 at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) For more info, visit www.CPAPchat.org .

By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

In Virtual Seminar, Expert Says ‘Mindful Meditation’ Can Help Chronically Sleep-Deprived

Participants in ‘CPAP Chat’ from 10 States Learn Secrets to More ZZZ’s

Maureen Marasca
People from 10 states who have a tough time getting healthful deep sleep every night joined in the country’s only virtual support group to learn how meditation may be able to help. Most of the forum’s participants use doctor-prescribed CPAP therapy to help them sleep.

Leading the discussion for the monthly edition of ‘CPAP Chat’ was Maureen Marasca of Concord, NH, , one of New England’s most respected Meditation teachers. Participants in the free, anonymous session hailed from as far away as North Carolina and Virginia. She told participants, “I am passionate about helping others to experience a deeper sense of living, a deeper sense of peace, joy and purpose.” Marasca has helped hundreds incorporate spirituality and wellness into their everyday lives through Mindfulness and Meditation.

‘CPAP Chat’ (www.CPAPchat.org) is the country’s only town-hall-style forum of its kind. The monthly session (the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm ET) attracts sleep apnea patients, health care professionals, and anyone else interested in the subject of sleep. Sessions are hosted by engineer/inventor Eric Cohen, president of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com) based in Concord, NH, and Norwood, MA.

During the session, Marasca, explained how people who have difficulty sleeping can benefit from mindful meditation, “taking control of the moments before going to sleep, and the importance of being the gatekeeper to prevent persistent bothersome thoughts.” She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire and a Graduate Certificate in Alternative Modalities of Healing from Plymouth State University,

One participant in the recent CPAP Chat session was Robyn Shaw, recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, who 13 years ago had a heart attack and underwent bypass surgery. After the CPAP Chat session Shaw said, “I have attended several workshops on stress management. My experience has been that one stress relieving method does not work for every situation. Now I have meditation to add to my toolbox. Maureen Marasca did an excellent job talking us through the exercise. She showed us how to attain total relaxation to all body parts in a short time. There will always be stress in life, but the way it’s handled can sometimes make a difference between life and death.” Shaw is VP of the Greater Portland (Maine) Chapter of The Mended Hearts, a national non-profit that offers the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers.

Session host, an engineer and president of National Sleep Therapy, described a study that measured effectiveness of ‘mindful awareness’ practices which includes meditation, versus the more traditional approach referred to as sleep hygiene (regular sleep schedule, avoid naps , limiting worry and exposure to light before sleep, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, etc.) The study showed the sleep hygiene education to be marginally effective, while the meditation and mindfulness approach was found to be ‘significant’ and ‘superior.’”

CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join the chat: Just prior to the next session on Wednesday, July 1st at 7 pm (ET), call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.) 

By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com























Sleep Expert Discusses “When Counting Sheep Doesn’t Work”

National Sleep Therapy President Eric Cohen Explains Sleep Apnea at Mended Hearts Monthly Meeting
Eric Cohen

Do you often have difficulty falling asleep? Do you regularly feel tired after a ‘night’s sleep’? Does someone else’s snoring keep you up all night? You or your partner might have sleep apnea.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls sleep apnea an epidemic and estimates that 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. Most have yet to be diagnosed!

To discuss sleep apnea, its diagnosis and treatment, Eric Cohen, engineer/inventor and president/co-founder of National Sleep Therapy, was the featured speaker at the June meeting of the Mended Hearts Cardiac Support Group / Greater Portland Chapter, on June 4 at the Learning Resource Center in Scarborough (Maine).

Chapter Vice President Robyn Shaw, who 13 years ago had a heart attack followed by bypass surgery, was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and invited Cohen to speak on the topic. He explained that, left untreated, chronic fatigue can lead to hypertension, depression, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, highway and workplace accidents and worse. Sleep insufficiency causes increased mortality and reduced quality of life and productivity. Snoring is a major indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. Cohen said, “Sleep plays such a factor in our overall health. When our company supports people with sleep apnea, we provide a very comprehensive education program to help users stick with it. It’s that important.”

Cohen described how his engineering skills led him to sleep apnea and breathing devices designed for those who stop breathing in the night. Today’s most common therapy is CPAP (acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), usually prescribed by a pulmonologist or cardiologist, that sends a gentle oxygen flow to keep airways open to enable uninterrupted sleep. Shaw said, “Eric spoke in terms that members could understand and brought show-and-tell to take the fear out of sleep testing and CPAP, with sample devices and masks. Eric is now the new standard by which all other speakers will be judged.” National Sleep Therapy helps people via patient education videos, close monitoring, and CPAP Chat., a unique monthly phone support group hosted by Cohen.

He explained that if a person experiences any two of the following: Snoring, Tired during the day, or is Observed not breathing ,or have high blood Pressure (acronym STOP), they should see their doctor to get evaluated for sleep apnea. If a diagnosis is confirmed and CPAP therapy is prescribed, start promptly.

National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com) has offices in Scarborough, Maine, as well as Concord and Lebanon, NH, and Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. Its monthly CPAP Chat virtual support group occurs on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm. All are welcome – free, anonymous, and informative. Visit www.cpapchat.org for dial-in info..
Robin Shaw

One of 400 Mended Hearts chapters across North America, the Greater Portland Chapter meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6 – 8 pm, usually drawing some 20 people. 

For more information, Robyn Shaw, Vice President, Greater Portland Chapter /The Mended Hearts; (207) 523-0883; Robynshaw13@icloud.com


UPDATE 6/24/15:

We just came across this very informative article that we wanted to share with you. In a sleep-clinic study, CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) was associated with the presence and severity of obstructive sleep apnea and with shorter sleep duration, according to a study presented at the National Lipid Association Scientific Sessions.  Click here to read the full article>


National Sleep Therapy Opens New Office in Lebanon, NH

National Sleep Therapy, a leading supplier of CPAP equipment, is New England-based and family-owned.

We are pleased to introduce our new office in Lebanon, NH at 115 Etna Road.

National Sleep Therapy’s new Lebanon office is conveniently located less than one mile from I-89 ( Exit 18), and a short drive to downtown Lebanon, Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center, and downtown Hanover.


Driving Directions:
From DHMC to 115 Etna Rd.: Take Lebanon St. / NH 120 less than a half mile; turn right onto Greensboro Rd. Follow almost 2 miles and Greensboro becomes Great Hollow Rd. In 8/10 mile, that becomes Etna Rd. Follow 1.4 miles. 115 Etna is on the right. (If you reach Rte. 120, you passed our building!)

Office Hours & Appointments: 
Our Registered Respiratory Therapist is on-site on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other days and times by appointment. To make an appointment, call (888) 864-8840.

Our Commitment: 
National Sleep Therapy is committed to providing the education and tools patients need to succeed with their therapy. We provide the best in CPAP devices, masks and accessories available, plus a top-rated patient education and support program. We are the only company that sponsors a monthly virtual support group, CPAP Chat. It’s free, informative and anonymous!

Sleep Is Good 

Meditation Mindfulness Master to Offer Sleep Help during Virtual Support Session

Maureen Marasca, one of New Hampshire’s most respected Meditation teachers, will be the featured guest on the next session of ‘CPAP Chat,’ a free virtual support session on Wednesday, June 3 from 7 – 8 pm (ET).

‘CPAP Chat’ (www.CPAPchat.org) is the country’s only town-hall-style forum of its kind. The monthly session attracts sleep apnea patients from a dozen states, health care professionals, and anyone else interested in the subject of sleep. Sessions are hosted by engineer/inventor Eric Cohen, co-founder of National Sleep Therapy (www.nstherapy.com)

Session guest Marasca is a Reiki practitioner and a Shamballa Energies Master Teacher/Healer who has studied the art and practice of Mindfulness and Meditation. With a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire and a Graduate Certificate in alternative modalities of healing from Plymouth State University, she has helped people to incorporate spirituality and wellness into their everyday lives: “I am passionate about helping others to experience a deeper sense of living, a deeper sense of peace, joy and purpose.”

Eric Cohen says a key focus of CPAP Chat is to help people suffering from sleep apnea to get the best night’s sleep possible. “In addition to using their prescribed CPAP therapy, we provide patients with a wide range of tips that may involve lifestyle changes and meditation.” Also participating in the June 3 session will be one of Marasca’s students, Melissa MacLennan of Concord, NH, Billing Supervisor at National Sleep Therapy.

Of special interest, a study published in the respected JAMA Internal Medicine journal reported results of a study performed on two groups with sleep issues: One group learned behaviors that could help them develop good sleep hygiene, like establishing a regular bedtime routine and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed. The other group underwent a six-week program on mindfulness meditation —awareness of the thoughts and feelings drifting through one’s mind — led by a certified teacher. At the end of the yearlong study, the people who learned the mindfulness approach had greater improvements in sleep quality and fewer symptoms of insomnia, depression and fatigue than those who received standard care. Maureen Marasca agrees with the study findings that “mindfulness meditation appears to be a safe and sensible practice to improve sleep quality.”

Other topics that will be addressed during the June 3 ‘CPAP Chat’ session include: a disposable, micro-CPAP that weighs less than an ounce; alternative therapies for sleep apnea; and a new ApneaApp that detects sleep apnea via Smart Phone with 95% accuracy

CPAP Chat is free, anonymous and open to all. To join the chat: Just prior to the session on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 pm (ET),, call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.)

 By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com

‘Drowsy Driving’ Can Be A Symptom of Sleep Apnea

Real-life danger: “I must have fallen asleep at 65 mph”

Have you ever done any of these while driving?
  • Yawning or blinking frequently
  • Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven
  • Missing your exit
  • Drifting from your lane
  • Hitting a rumble strip
These can be symptoms of ‘drowsy driving.’ Just ask Sylvie Hebert who is lucky to be alive after her car hit two guardrails and spun into a ditch in the median strip on a busy highway. After the mishap two years ago, she told State Troopers, “I must have fallen asleep at 65 miles per hour. They said I would have died if I wasn’t wearing my seat belt!” She was diagnosed with sleep apnea and her doctor prescribed CPAP therapy for a better night’s sleep. Some 20 million Americans have sleep apnea. It’s been called an epidemic, yet most sufferers have yet to be diagnosed! Like Sylvie, age 52, many think chronic fatigue is” a normal part of aging.”

Sylvie shared her adventure during a recent edition of ‘CPAP Chat,’ a free virtual support session, (www.CPAPchat.org) -- formerly ‘CPAP Talk –Live! – held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7-8 pm (ET). The town-hall-style forums attract sleep apnea patients, health care professionals and anyone else from across the country interested in the subject of sleep. Sessions are hosted by engineer/inventor Eric Cohen, co-founder of National Sleep Therapy. (www.nstherapy.com)

Among likely drowsy drivers are young males, night shift workers, commercial drivers and truckers, and people over 45, often overweight males. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, and can result in workplace and highway accidents. Experts say if you're a driver or passenger and see any of the ‘drowsy driving,’ symptoms in the driver, you should take action. Cohen says, “Many lives could be at risk – including yours.”

The next CPAP Chat session is set for Wednesday, June 3 from 7 – 8 pm (ET). It’s free, anonymous and open to all. To join the chat: Just prior to the session, call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.)

It's Spring! Treat Your Body Right with a Clean CPAP System! 



Recommended CPAP Cleaning Schedule: 
(from our CPAP Chat call on 4/1/15)
  
Daily
  1. Wipe foam mask cushion with damp cloth.
  2. Clean nasal pillows with warm soapy water (Ivory liquid). Rinse with clean water. Air dry on a towel.
  3. Empty water chamber daily and refill with clean distilled water each night. If using the SoClean sanitizer daily, it's OK to leave the water in the chamber and add to it each night.
Weekly
  1. Wash mask with warm soapy water. Rinse and air dry on towel or hang.
  2. Chamber- Wash weekly with Ivory and rinse well with warm water.
  3. Wash hose with warm soapy water or 4-parts water/1-part white distilled vinegar. Rinse and hang to dry. (some folks do this in the shower)
  4. Gray foam filter is washed with warm soapy water, rinsed and dried.
  5. Never use harsh chemicals.
Monthly: Inspect Filters
The white machine filter is for ultra-fine particles such as pollen. Please inspect monthly and replace it when brownish in color. This filter is NOT reusable. Gray foam filters can be washed and reused.  

Please remember that none of your CPAP parts are dishwasher safe
(as tempting as it may be!) 

 
Replacing key parts is the best way to get the most from CPAP. Your insurance often pays for most of the costs for these critical replacement parts. How often should you replace them? Questions? Call us! 888.867.8840

Treating Sleep Apnea May Ward Off Memory Decline

Breathing problems during sleep may be linked to early mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. But treating apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure machine can significantly delay the onset of cognitive problems.
In a group of 2,470 people, average age 73, researchers gathered information on the incidence of sleep apnea, a breathing disorder marked by interrupted breathing and snoring, and the incidence of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.
Click here to read the full article from the New York Times>

Patient Profile: Sylvie Hebert

Sylvie Hebert is lucky to be alive.

That’s what other drivers and Vermont State Troopers told her minutes after her car hit two guard rails and spun into a ditch in the median strip on a busy highway.

“I must have fallen asleep at 65 miles per hour,” says Sylvie, recalling the accident two years ago. “They said I would have died if I wasn’t wearing my seat belt!”

Sylvie, of Williamstown, VT, thinks her chronic fatigue started 20 years ago. “For years I snored and was always tired. Even if I was in bed for 8 hours, I’d fall asleep during the day, no matter where I was.”

After the accident, Sylvie, age 52, wasn’t allowed to drive until she had a sleep test. Her doctor prescribed an overnight study at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, where she was diagnosed with sleep apnea. CPAP therapy was prescribed (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) -- a face mask and device that sends a gentle airflow to keep air passages open during sleep and prevents apneas or temporary suspension of breathing. These breathing stoppages prevent the deep REM sleep people need for a truly restful night. After one year on CPAP, her doctor prescribed BiPap -- Bilevel is used when the addition of pressure support is needed.

“I was fitted and got my equipment from National Sleep Therapy,” she says. “Their staff and service are excellent and they let me try a few different masks until I found the right fit.”

“My quality of life is so much better now,” says Sylvie. “I’m getting about 9 hours of sleep most nights. I’m more alert and energetic. I can watch an entire movie without falling asleep. And this episode was a wake-up call with side benefits: I’m working to control my weight and I’m getting more exercise.”

“Before the accident, I had never heard of sleep apnea. I had no idea it was an actual disorder which caused my fatigue,” Sylvie says. “Now that I’ve done some research and talk about it, I’m amazed at how many people are afflicted. My advice: More patients and doctors need to be educated about signs and symptoms of sleep apnea and how CPAP therapy works.”

Some 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, though most have yet to be diagnosed. Untreated, sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, and can result in workplace and highway accidents. For more information: 888.867.8840, support@nstherapy.com or cpapchat.org Company website: www.nstherapy.com

Also see: https://www.facebook.com/nstherapy. A free ‘CPAP Chat’ virtual support session on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm (ET). It is open to all, including CPAP users, people who have sleep issues, health care professionals, and anyone else interested in the topic. Session host is Eric Cohen, President of National Sleep Therapy.

By Stanley Hurwitz / stanhurwitz@gmail.com





‘CPAP Chat’ – A Free Virtual Support Session For People With Sleep Apnea Set For Wednesday, May 6 From 7 – 8 PM (ET)

Participants Share Stories, Seek Answers, Learn About New Products

Some 20 million Americans have sleep apnea. Most have yet to be diagnosed! Untreated sleep apnea can have serious consequences. Just ask Vermont resident Sylvie Hebert who will be sharing her terrifying story about falling asleep at 65 mph and how this dramatic wake-up call may have saved her life. After the accident – in which her car slammed into a guardrail and ended up in a median strip ditch -- Sylvie’s doctor prescribed a test for sleep apnea and it was discovered that she had sleep apnea. “I had been chronically tired for about 20 years,” she says, “but I just thought that was part of aging. I never knew sleep apnea was a real disorder.” Since starting CPAP therapy, Sylvie has more energy, she’s more alert, and boasts, “I don’t fall asleep watching movies anymore.”

Chronic fatigue can exacerbate high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and/or weight gain, as well as increase chances of highway or workplace accidents. Untreated, lack of deep sleep can lead to a lower quality of life -- even a shorter life expectancy.


Anyone who has (or thinks they have) sleep apnea can share stories and seek advice during ‘CPAP Chat,’ a free monthly group virtual support session, (www.CPAPchat.org) -- formerly ‘CPAP Talk –Live!, The next session is set for Wednesday, May 6, from 7-8 pm (ET). The town-hall-style forums are held at the same time on the first Wednesday of each month, Each month, people from across the country join the conversation. (To join the chat: Just prior to the session, call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.)

CPAP Chat host is Eric Cohen, sleep therapy founder and inventor, who says, “Snoring may indicate that an individual has sleep apnea, but chronic fatigue can be a more subtle red flag. A sleep test will tell, and, if confirmed, a physician may prescribe CPAP therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), a device that uses gentle air-flow to keep airways open to allow deep sleep. Interested individuals may also send questions in advance either via Facebook or using the cpapchat.org form. During each session, CPAP Chat gives away a $25 gift card to one participant. For more information go to www.cpapchat.org or send us an email to: info@cpapchat.org

Kelly Bacon Is Named VP Operations and Resupply at National Sleep Therapy

Brings Extensive Medical Device Industry Experience to Growing Company
CONCORD, NH & NORWOOD, MA – Kelly Bacon of Plainville, Mass., has been named Vice President of Operations & Resupply at National Sleep Therapy (NST), a leading supplier of CPAP equipment serving the New England states and beyond, with primary offices in Concord, NH, and Norwood, MA.

Making the announcement were NST co-founders Eric Cohen and Peter Falkson. Under their leadership over the past 5 years, NST has earned a reputation as an industry pioneer, introducing new technologies, training and techniques, enabling individuals to attain compliance with their doctor’s orders using CPAP therapy to get vital deep nightly sleep.

CPAP is an acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. With a doctor’s prescription, patients use CPAP devices that gently blow air, keeping the person’s air passages open to prevent apneas during the night. Some 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. Many don’t know it.

In her new post, Bacon is overseeing NST’s Customer Service and Resupply teams in Mass, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. “I’m excited to be an integral part of such a dynamic, pioneering and visionary company,” she says. In 2012, NST was listed by ‘Inc. 5000’ as ‘One of the Fastest-Growing Private U.S. Companies.’ NST works closely with hundreds of health care professionals to coordinate care and increase compliance for patients.

The self-proclaimed workaholic has been in the durable medical equipment (DME) field for most of her life after careers in the finance and mortgage industries. Tracing her rising star, Bacon recalls, “My first job was a paper route at nine years old. I started with 15 customers and built my route up to 50 in a few months. I think that’s where I fell in love with sales. I liked the idea of helping people to get what they needed.” She has helped other business to dramatically increase sales, and at one company oversaw the Compliance, Documentation, Authorization and Resupply functions.

She says, “I knew NST co-founder Peter Falkson from a prior job. What I really like about NST – and what sets it apart -- is the level of care and follow-up they have with patients. I like working with Peter and Eric, two extremely intelligent men that I respect. I learn new things from them daily. My reputation is very important so I’m careful who I endorse, support and work for.”

Bacon and her husband have three children. Interests beyond work include interior design, movies, the New England Patriots, cooking, antiquing, and the outdoors. In her Spare time,’ she says, “I find a lot of joy in helping young women succeed in business and help with their career by mentoring them and helping them with opportunities that arise.”

National Sleep Therapy sponsors a monthly free virtual support group -- ‘ CPAP Chat’ -- for people with sleep apnea and healthcare pros, and offers live video support plus iPad training and support for patients. (First Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8 pm ET). For more information: 888.867.8840 or support@nstherapy.com.

Free Sleep Apnea Virtual Support Session Wednesday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. EST

For people suffering from sleep apnea, spring cleaning takes on extra meaning. 

“A regular cleaning of your CPAP is nothing to sneeze at,” smiles Eric Cohen, co-founder and president of National Sleep Therapy(www.nstherapy.com) based in Norwood, Mass., and Concord, NH. “In addition to the traditional chore of ridding your home of stale air, dust, pet hair and germs that have accumulated all winter, Spring is an ideal time to do a complete cleaning and inspection of your CPAP equipment.” A CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) uses gentle airflow to keep airways open that enables deep sleep.

“CPAP equipment makers and health care professionals recommend cleaning your CPAP mask daily. It gets dirty since you’re breathing into it all night,” says Cohen. He says tubing and other accessories should be cleaned at least weekly, and he recommends a sanitizing product like SoClean that kills 99% of mold, bacteria and viruses on CPAP equipment.

Cohen says, “We recently had a customer call-in who was having irritation of his airway from dust in his CPAP. Make sure your filters are replaced regularly and that you keep your room and area around your CPAP free from dust, pet hair, and mold. During the session, we’ll talk about this and other ways to make sure the air you breathe is clean.”

Individuals who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea (and those who think they may have it) are invited to join the conversation during ‘CPAP Talk – Live!,’ a free, anonymous virtual support session, on Wednesday, APRIL 1, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET. ‘CPAP Talk –Live!’ is a unique, town-hall-style forums on the first Wednesday of each month. The session is hosted by Cohen who says anyone can participate. Each month, individuals from a dozen states participate in fun and informative discussions about CPAP devices and helpful hints to help others get the deep sleep they need. “Every month we all learn something new. It’s never the same show twice,” says Cohen.” Or you can just listen and learn. It’s like a gathering of friends.” (Just prior to each session, call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187#.

Not getting enough sleep over a long period doesn’t just make you tired. It can lead to more serious health issues -- and even shorten your life. If sleep apnea is indicated during a sleep test, CPAP therapy can be prescribed by a physician.

Healthcare professionals often join in, offering their insights. Cohen says, “

During each session, NST gives away a $25 gift card to one participant. For more information: 888.867.8840 or support@nstherapy.com. To participate: Use the link to register and ask a question to the group, or offer a special tip. To participate: Just prior to the session, call 1-800.204.6655, enter access code 342-2187# and you’re immediately part of the group call. Send questions in advance via Facebook or use the cpaptalklive.com form.

- Stanley Hurwitz / (508) 269-0570 / stanhurwitz@gmail.com