Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sleep Study May

The month of May here at has been devoted to sleep studies and in case you’ve missed our earlier blog posts, here is a quick recap of what we’ve covered this month.

We began posting our sleep study series on May 14th with a brief post informing our readers about Phillips Respironics Free OSA Diagnosis program. Phillips Respironics designed the program to provide over one million people across the globe with a free sleep test to determine if the statistics are correct in predicting that over 66% of adults have Sleep Apnea and are yet to be diagnosed. We invite you to read the full details of the program in our article, “Phillips Respironics Free OSA Diagnosis. World Sleep Day 2013,” to determine if you’d like to participate in the free sleep study.

A few days later, we continued our series with an introduction into “Sleep Study Advice From A Registered Polysomnographic Technologist.” Sleep tech, John Cunningham spoke to Forbes about what to expect from sleep studies and recommended that Sleep Apnea patients allow for a two-month adjustment period when first utilizing sleep masks and CPAP machines.

Next we answered all the questions you may have about sleep studies. Whether you are unsure of what to bring or what to expect, our post titled, “Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Studies” is aptly named.

We’ve wrapped up our sleep study blog series with an article (Having a Difficult Time Using Your CPAP Machine?) that discusses a recent study that found having a nighttime routine can help Sleep Apnea patients become accustomed to their new CPAP masks and machines.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our blog series of sleep study May and check back next week for our series on CPAP Machines.

ResMed Quattro Air Full Face CPAP Mask

ResMed Quattro Air Full Face CPAP Mask – New CPAP Technology

Thanks to our great representative at ResMed, we were given the opportunity to preview their newest release, the ResMed Quattro Air Full Face CPAP Mask. Building off of the proven success of the ResMed Mirage Quattro Full Face Mask’s reliability and performance, the ResMed Quattro Air Full Face CPAP Mask is sleeker and more comfortable design, made with fewer parts. Keeping the user in mind the Quattro Air features only 4 parts; frame, headgear, cushion and hose swivel for easy cleaning and assembly. One of the more advanced changes is the lightweight design utilizing the Flex-wing forehead support that is light on the face and provides exceptional support and a reliable seal. The complete makeover has reduced the weight to an astounding 45% decrease in overall weight, when compared to the Mirage Quattro. Circular diffused venting ensures near silent mask performance for a quieter nights sleep, rated at a mere 28 dBA. The dual wall cushion designed for increased comfort by using Spring – Air Cushion Technology. By rounding off the edges, the seamless SoftEdge headgear is contoured crown strap sits comfortably on the top at the head, which limits contact in sensitive areas near the back of the neck.

The Quattro Air will also be issued in a ladies version, the ResMed Quattro Air™ for Her Full Face Mask with Headgear. Both version have three size options, the standard Quattro Air available in; Small, Medium and Large and the Quattro Air for Her available in; X-Small, Small and Medium.

ResMed Quattro Air Full Face CPAP Mask – Feature Overview

  • Made of only four parts makes the Quattro Air quick and easy to clean and assemble
  • Enhanced dual-wall cushion delivers increased comfort
  • 45% lighter than the ResMed Mirage Quattro
  • Flex-wing forehead support is light on the face and providing the right amount of support with a reliable seal

Simply put the ResMed Quattro Air Full Face CPAP Mask is lighter, sleeker and easier to use.



Having a Difficult Time Using Your CPAP Machine?

An article just released on News-Medical.Net discusses a recent experiment on the implementation of a sleep schedule and varied CPAP use. The study suggests that Sleep Apnea patients better transition to using CPAP machine when they have a consistent nighttime routine. While the research was not meant to originally reveal results of sleep routines, the article ends with a statement of, “Our results suggest that CPAP use is associated with stable bedtime schedules. By stabilizing bedtime schedules, or promoting consistency in bedtime patterns and routines prior to initiating CPAP treatment, adherence may improve.”

You can read the full study and article here.

Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Studies

Before a doctor can prescribe a CPAP machine, a patient must undergo a sleep study. The term sleep study may seem daunting and invoke thoughts of a cold white room with a sterile stainless steel “bed” but truth be told, most sleep studies are quite comfortable and beneficial to the sleeper. To help ease your mind about sleep studies, we are happy to provide our answers to the most commonly asked sleep study questions.

What Happens During a Sleep Study?

The reason for a sleep study is to monitor the sleeping habits of a patient and record those results back to a doctor. To do this, a patient is connected to several monitoring systems and then observed throughout the night. In some cases, the patient is asked to sleep as they normally would for the first half of the night and then they are given a CPAP machine to test for the second half of the night. In other sleep centers, they will hook you up to monitoring devices and leave you to rest throughout the whole evening. The results of a normal sleep as well as with the continuous positive airway pressure machine are then sent to the doctor and proper sleeping aids can be prescribed.

What Should I Do To Prepare For a Sleep Study?

In most cases, you will attend a preliminary appointment where you meet with a nurse who asks your common medical questions and gathers your information. It is here that you may ask specific questions about what to do in preparation for the study but in most cases they will recommend the following preparation techniques.

  • Refrain From Taking Any Sleeping Medications
  • Do Not Drink Caffeinated Beverages (coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, colas)4-6 Hours Before the Study
  • Continue to Take Prescribed Medications unless Directed Otherwise
  • Wash Hair Before Attending The Sleep Study
  • Refrain From Taking Any Daytime Naps
  • Avoid Alcohol On The Day Of The Sleep Study
  • Eat a Full and Healthy Dinner Before Attending The Study

May I Bring My Own Items?                      

Of course! In fact, many sleep centers recommend bringing your own pillow, a favorite blanket or other friendly household items to assist with the patient’s comfort level and ability to fall asleep. It is important to bring all items of your nighttime routine to the sleep study, to ensure consistency in sleep and comfort.

What Should I Expect When I Arrive? 

After completing the initial consultation and meeting with the nurse, you will come back on the scheduled day to the sleep study center. When you arrive, you can expect to be escorted into a comfortable room with a clean yet inviting bed. You will be asked to put down your items and then the sleep technician will connect some electrodes to your head using a gel. This painless process can take roughly a half hour to finish and during that time, patients are free to watch television or read. They may also attach a Sleep Apnea machine/breathing cord to the patient’s nose to observe breathing throughout the night. They will also supervise your pulse with an attachment to your finger. After a patient has been hooked up to all of the monitoring devices, they may go to sleep, which usually can take roughly 20 minutes.

How Long Does A Sleep Study Take?

Most sleep centers will schedule a patient’s sleep study between the times of 7 pm and 9 pm but the study it’s self will not begin until the electrode hook up has been completed (30-45 minutes). The actual testing usually lasts from 10:30 PM to 6 AM and a sleep technician will be located just next store should you as a patient, need anything.  The whole process lasts roughly 12-14 hours.

What Happens When the Sleep Study Has Been Completed?

Once the sleep study has been completed, the sleep center staff will wake up the patient and help them remove the electrode monitors. Then you are free to head home and await your results. The center will send the results to your physician who will determine the type of CPAP machine (traditional CPAP, Auto CPAP and BiPAP) that is necessary for Sleep Apnea relief. From there you can order your CPAP machines and CPAP accessories from and find a way to better rest and sleep.


Sleep Study Advice From A Registered Polysomnographic Technologist

Forbes Magazine recently interviewed a sleep study expert about how participating in a sleep study can change your life. In the article, John Cunningham, an ex-rocket scientist who now is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) spoke about his experience as a sleep technician and the benefits a sleep study can provide. Some of Cunningham’s best advice came when he discussed what happens after the sleep study, when a patient has been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and requires the use of a CPAP mask. He recommended purchasing a mask you like and understanding that it takes roughly two months of wearing the mask before a sleeper becomes accustomed to sleeping with such a foreign object covering their mouth, nose or both.

The article wraps up with a question about what readers should expect to take away from John Cunningham’s advice and he had this to say “Don’t fear the sleep lab.  Seriously, if you snore, tell your doctor and if he or she suggests going to a sleep lab to check for apnea, go ahead and do it. We’re going to take good care of you and the results could change your life.”

You can read the rest of the two page interview here