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 firstname.lastname@example.org . For more info, visit www.cpapchat.org . CPAP Chat is free and anonymous. By Stanley Hurwitz / email@example.com