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CPAP Treatment: A Consistent Schedule can Help Sleep Apnea Sufferers

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Created: 6/16/2013


Sleep Apnea Patients Analyzed: CPAP Therapy

By Jan Ashby   Jan ashby

Here’s a helpful article by Robert Preidt of HealthDay. It contains a study of individuals who need to use the CPAP treatment at night, and this study looks at 97 people to examine their habits.

The level of detail is pretty good in this article – for instance, the study stipulates that four hours is the period (length) of time users in the study had to use the CPAP machine, for compliance purposes. 


“Sticking with a regular bedtime helps people with sleep apnea stay with their continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, according to a new study.”

CPAPwhich uses mild air pressure to keep airways open during sleep — is the first line of treatment for sleep apnea but is not effective unless patients use it consistently, the Penn State researchers noted.

Their study looked at CPAP adherence among 97 adult sleep apnea patients. It is noteworthy that adherence was defined as using the CPAP for a minimum of 4 hours per night. Patients whose bedtime was consistent within 45 minutes every night were much more likely to use CPAP for at least four hours a night than those whose bedtimes varied by 65 minutes or more.


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CPAP Treatment: Variance in Sleep Schedule

For every 30-minute increase in bedtime variability, there was a 1.8-times greater chance that patients would not adhere to their CPAP therapy, according to the study presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, in Baltimore.

After one month of treatment, patients whose bedtime varied by 75 minutes or more per night were 3.2 times more likely to use CPAP less than four hours per night, the researchers found.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Unlike many other treatments, CPAP treatment adds new complexity to a person’s daily routines,” study co-author Amy Sawyer, an assistant professor of nursing, said in a Penn State news release. She added that CPAP is a learned behavior that needs to become a habit.

Well, since the use of a CPAP complicates one’s existence, why not create a relaxing atmosphere.. for instance, lavender under the pillow, relaxing music or a bit of meditation ?

Some find reading before bed to be helpful .. for myself, it’d have to be an autobiography or something light – not a suspense novel or murder mystery!


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I hope you receive something of benefit from this post.  There are a TON of ways to go here – to get yourself in the ‘habit’ of wearing your CPAP mask, you’ll want to make Sleep something to look forward to.  If you have a routine – such as meditating for 30 minutes before bedtime, to help you wind down a bit – or having a cup of tea…

This ritual can become a part of your “pre-bedtime process” 😉 – and SO can the CPAP mask.  I like to use Chakra cleansing myself in the meditative process.  Focusing on something during meditation – whether it be chanting or doing a Chakra cleanse (as in This Video) will help you unwind.

It’s impossible not to !  Now I’ll give you some further ideas for the hour before bed ..  Yoga Exercises

  • Yoga
  • Tea
  • Audio Book
  • Relaxed lighting
  • No electronics ‘on’ (turn off)
  • Massage
  • Satin sheets
  • Lavender under pillow

I like to use lavender shampoo that combined with my aromatherapy Body Polish that contains dead sea salts and lavender… and chamomile & sage – and I’m oh so-o-o ready for bedtime !


–  Jan Ashby


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