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Old 02-02-2016, 04:22 AM   #101
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Plan coverage allows for new mask every two years.
Every 5 years a replacement machine.
You have to replace a small filter every 3-4 months depending on how dusty it is.
I use it every day.
Check your extended health coverage b/c every plan is different.

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Shit I'm starting to think I have minor sleep apnea. Gonna look into it
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For those on cpap, do you guys have or had a condition called cataplexy? If so, did cpap help treated that?
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After Googling cataplexy, I realize I don;t have that condition - but I do use a BiPAP machine everyday; been using it for over two years now. I have severe sleep apnea (will stop breathing for a couple minutes at a time) and I require such high pressures that a regular CPAP machine wouldn't work for me.

I can't sleep well without it now - I look forward to putting my mask on and sleeping through the night. Even my hunting buddies made up a battery charging system with three car batteries, rapid charger, and inverter so that I could use my machine while out hunting for two weeks. They said my snoring and constant waking up, then leaving to take a leak, would wake them up as well. Now we all sleep better - and those are good friends.

My work medical paid for all of my equipment, which was $2,800 with the mask.
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I think i have very minor sleep apnea. just recently got a new bed and I sleep perfectly fine now although I have troubles falling asleep sometimes.

might consider grabbing that machine just in case since my work medical should cover it lol
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I think i have very minor sleep apnea. just recently got a new bed and I sleep perfectly fine now although I have troubles falling asleep sometimes.

might consider grabbing that machine just in case since my work medical should cover it lol

Get a referral to see an eyes, ear and nose specialist to get your air passageway looked at. That should be a good start.
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I think i have very minor sleep apnea. just recently got a new bed and I sleep perfectly fine now although I have troubles falling asleep sometimes.

might consider grabbing that machine just in case since my work medical should cover it lol
Did they not tell you your drops in airflow per hour number? Most people are under 15, mild apnea starts at 5 per hour. I was at 77. My test was done at UBC hospital and after the test I was told I would be contacted in 6-8 weeks because they were busy. I got a call Monday morning (test was a Friday night) asking me to please come in that day.

Lack of oxygen to the brain is no laughing matter - if you have apnea, you should address it.
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Did they not tell you your drops in airflow per hour number? Most people are under 15, mild apnea starts at 5 per hour. I was at 77. My test was done at UBC hospital and after the test I was told I would be contacted in 6-8 weeks because they were busy. I got a call Monday morning (test was a Friday night) asking me to please come in that day.

Lack of oxygen to the brain is no laughing matter - if you have apnea, you should address it.
never got it checked but maybe I should. I just figured I had it since reading up about apnea and it describes what I get sometimes when I sleep.

It seems to happen only when Im just falling asleep. like deep sleep. maybe 30 mins to an hour or 2 into my sleep. Il wake up with a loud snort or choking sound. fall back asleep and it happens again. like 1-5x. its really rare though I might get it like 1-3 days every few months.

might be worth checking out I guess. I presume you gotta get referred by ur family doctor?

Im just hoping its because I usually sleep in the day and my sleeps fucked lol. just got a new bed recently and got off the mary jane, so im gonna see if it occurs for the next few months. hopefully not
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I was referred by a doctor, but I think a friend of mine went to a sleep clinic in Surrey, where they sent him home with a simple machine and an oxygen sensor on his finger. I'm not sure how comprehensive that test is, and I can tell you that those clinics usually always come back with the diagnosis that you need an expensive machine, even for mild forms of apnea, which we all have.

Therefore, I went the old school route, got a referral from my doctor, waited the 8 months to get an appointment, and went and spent the night at UBC hospital under their sleep monitoring program. I had about 30 wires hooked up to me, with sensors taped all over to monitor the heart, brain, etc.
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During my sleep test, I slept for approximately 4 hours only, and had 5 episodes of apnea that lasted almost a minute each.

If you think about it, that is pretty scary. To not breathe, 5 times in your sleep, for up to almost a minute each.

For those who are thinking about doing a test and wanting to get a machine. They will give you a one month trial with a machine before you buy it if you are diagnosed with mild sleep apnea.
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My X went to UBC to get tested and slept for an entire night. No idea if she got her results but it was interesting to say the least.

My uncle got the machine and yes it's mofo awkward to be sleeping like an alien at night but it was 10000% worth it. He sleeps much better.

It is a huge pain in the ass to travel with it as you do need a plug and outlet close by and traveling as a carry on is a bitch.
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For you guys that have a cpap machine. Do you guys have/use the humidifier as well? My wife does and I'm looking to see if anyone has tips/tricks to keep the water tank clean. I know using distilled or filtered water is the way to go, which she does use. But the tank still eventually gets all gross after a while. I guess I'm more so asking how to prolong the cleanliness of the tank. It's also a bit of a pain in the ass to clean out that tank lol. TIA!
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yes on the humidifer, resmed autoset 10. i don't have problems with it getting gunky even after 5 months of use. the only exception was when i used plain water and it left a residue on the bottom
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yes on the humidifer, resmed autoset 10. i don't have problems with it getting gunky even after 5 months of use. the only exception was when i used plain water and it left a residue on the bottom
Okay good to know, thanks. I guess the filtered water is not good enough. Looks like it's back to buying distilled water.
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I use the ResMed S9 BiPap machine and it is awesome. It is so quiet, my wife's breathing is louder, heated hose, and it automatically turns on and off. The water tank is small but is good for two days. When you need to clean the tank, it comes aprt in two pieces and is really quick and easy to clean. I always use distilled water.

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For a long time, I had a hard time sleeping. We can chock it up to bad food late at night, too many screens before bed, and stress. I found it incredibly difficult to shut my brain down and give it a break at night. After weeks of not being able to sleep a full night, a friend of mine told me about the "4-7-8" breathing trick.

But what is that?

This method was developed by a wellness practitioner, Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil, who studies meditation, breathing, and how it can be used to counteract stress. It's easy to do. You breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold it for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. She explained to me that it slows down your heart rate and it also releases chemicals in our brains that soothe you.

Pretty neat, huh? I was skeptical, but I tried it. It ended up working like a total charm. I was out before I reached my fourth repetition and it tends to knock me out easily in less than a minute.

This is good for more than just falling asleep though. When we're stressed, our endocrine system releases adrenaline through our adrenal glands. This elevates your heart rate and can make you feel jittery and unwell. Often times, your breathing also becomes rapid and shallow.

By using this breathing method, you counteract the natural effects of adrenaline and your body is forced to slow down your heart rate. It simply doesn't have a choice! When you begin, you may feel a tad uncomfortable.

But as you continue with it, you really do feel your heart rate slow and your mind clear. It's almost like you're spending a leisurely afternoon at a beach. So relaxing. Give it a try tonight and tell us what you think! You can also heck out Dr. Weil's site if you are interested in further reading.
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I clean the water compartment on my CPAP about once a week and no buildup.
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Just got my machine and damn is it hard to get used to. I find that I'm very aware of it even I am asleep.
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Just got my machine and damn is it hard to get used to. I find that I'm very aware of it even I am asleep.
It takes time - it took me over a year and several masks to get 'the right one'
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been wearing blue light blocking glasses for 1-5 hours before i sleep, i find im a lot more tired when i decide to get in bed.
hmmmm you're the second person that's recommended them. i might pick up a pair

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