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Video FAQ – Is Napping a Good Thing?

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Is Napping a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Is napping a good thing or a bad thing? Dr. Ronald Popper discusses napping and explains that it all depends on the reasons for your napping. Frequent napping may mean that you’re not getting enough rest, and could signify an underlying sleep disorder. This video FAQ series on obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as chronic severe snoring, was created and produced by Dr. Popper to address your general questions about sleep and sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Question – Is Napping a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

“It all depends on why you’re napping. If you’re napping because you’re feeling tired or sleepy at a time when you should be alert, the need to nap may indicate that you have a sleep disorder, that you’re not getting enough rest, or are having poor quality of sleep.

Sometimes taking a brief power nap of 10 to 20 minutes can help energize you for the rest of the day. But if you’re frequently requiring a nap because you’re feeling sluggish in the middle of your day, consider consulting with your physician.

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Video FAQ – Does Alcohol Affect Sleep?

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How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep Patterns?

How does alcohol affect sleep patterns? Dr. Ronald Popper explains what effects alcohol can have on your sleep patterns and how those effects can disrupt a good night’s rest. This video FAQ series on obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as chronic severe snoring, was created and produced by Dr. Popper to address your general questions about sleep and sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Question – How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep Patterns?

“Alcohol acts like a sedative. It will make you sleepy and you will fall asleep more quickly. You’ll have a deeper sleep during the first part of the night.

However as the alcohol is metabolized and leaves your body during the second half of the night you will experience more sleep disruption and a poorer quality of sleep. You may also suffer from REM sleep rebound which results in increased dreaming and possibly nightmares.

As a result, you will awaken feeling fatigued and dissatisfied with your sleep.

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Video FAQ – Getting Enough Rest

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How Can I Tell If I’m Not Getting Enough Rest?

How can I tell if I’m not getting enough rest? Dr. Ronald Popper discusses how to determine whether you simply have an occasional poor night’s sleep, or if some underlying condition may be causing sleep disturbances on a regular basis. Dr. Popper produced this video FAQ series on obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as chronic severe snoring, to address your general questions about sleep and sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Question – How Can I Tell If I’m Not Getting Enough Rest?

“Everyone has a bad night’s sleep from time to time, but if you believe you are consistently not getting enough rest, try to assess the way you feel after your normal amount of sleep.

Do you find yourself yawning or nodding off when you should be alert? Do you have to drink coffee or other caffeinated products to maintain your level of alertness? Do you find it hard to stay awake while driving, reading, or watching TV?

If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then you may not be getting enough sleep, or experiencing some type of sleep disturbance on a regular basis.

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Video FAQ – How Much Sleep is Enough?

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How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?

How much sleep do I really need? A question asked by many people, particularly those who feel they may not be getting enough rest in their normal night’s sleep. Dr. Ronald Popper produced this video FAQ series on obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, as well as chronic severe snoring, to address your general questions about sleep and sleep disorders. In this video, Dr. Popper discusses how much sleep most people need under normal circumstances. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Question – How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?

“Several studies have shown the range of normal sleep varies by age. Typically, a newborn, up to about three months old, will require 14 to 17 hours of sleep daily, while infants will sleep for 12 to 15 hours a day. Toddlers, age 1 or 2 years, require slightly less sleep, about 11 to 14 hours daily while preschoolers up to age five need 10 to 13 hours a day.

Young children up to age 13 will require 9 to 11 hours, while teenagers sleep for 8 to 10 hours daily. From about the age of 25 up to age 64, most adults will sleep for 7 to 9 hours. while older adults over the age of 65 require 8 hours of sleep per night.

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Video FAQ – Aerophagia When Using CPAP

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What To Do About Aerophagia While Using CPAP

Aerophagia is a condition that some patients using CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea suffer from. It causes any number of uncomfortable effects. In this video, Dr. Popper explains aerophagia, what it is and what may help relieve it so that you can get a better night’s sleep while wearing your CPAP unit. This video FAQ series was created to address your general questions about obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

What is Aerophagia and what can be done about it?

Some patients who use Nasal CPAP complain of abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, an increase in belching or passing gas upon arising in the morning. What is that and what can be done about it?

These are symptoms of what we call air swallowing or aerophagia. Measures to combat Aerophagia include assuring that the lowest effective CPAP pressure is utilized. Additionally, elevation of the head of the bed and the use of Mylicon or Gas-X before bed time may alleviate these symptoms.

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Video FAQ – Nasal Congestion When Using CPAP

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What Can Be Done About Nasal
Congestion When Using CPAP?

Nasal congestion is a common complaint of patients who use CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. In this installment of his video FAQ series, Dr. Ronald Popper offers some suggestions that may help relieve your nasal congestion and help you get a better night’s sleep while wearing your CPAP unit. This video series was produced to answer your general questions about obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your personal condition, please contact Dr. Popper using the information below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information right away, please Contact us here on this site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Patients complain of increased nasal congestion when using CPAP. What can be done for this?

To combat nasal congestion with the use of CPAP we strongly urge all patients to use a heated humidifier with their CPAP system. Additionally, aggressive treatment of nasal allergies will often resolve this. For my patients who complain of nasal congestion with the use of CPAP, I often prescribe a nasal steroid spray to be used in the morning, a nasal antihistamine spray to be used in the evening, and sometimes even the addition of a Breathe-Right strip which goes across the nose which will help open up the nostrils and make breathing more comfortable.

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Video FAQ – Changing Your Nasal CPAP Mask

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When to Change Your CPAP Mask

Regular care and maintenance of your CPAP system is important to the life of the unit and it’s proper function. This includes regular cleaning and replacement of your nasal CPAP mask when necessary. In this installment of the video FAQ series, Dr. Popper explains why and how often your mask typically needs to be replaced. This series was created to address general questions about obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you would like to discuss your specific sleep condition, please get in touch with Dr. Popper using the contact information below. Also, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to Contact us here on the site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How often should I replace my nasal CPAP mask?

This is a question that is often posed to me. I recommend that patients change their CPAP masks every three to six months. Why is this necessary? When your body’s natural oil causes deterioration of the mask material this often leads to air leakage and mask discomfort.

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Video FAQ – Caring for the Filters in Your CPAP System

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How to Care for Your CPAP Filters

Cleaning and maintaining the filters in your CPAP system is critical to the proper operation of your unit, the life of the unit itself, and to your health. In this video, Dr. Popper offers clear, simple instructions on how to clean and care for your CPAP filters in order to realize the longest possible use. This video FAQ series was produced to answer your general questions about obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you have questions regarding your specific condition, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Popper using the contact information below. Also, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to Contact us here on the site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How Do I Care for the Filters in My CPAP System?

I advise patients to check the filters in their CPAP systems at least once weekly. If you have the white washable filters, as soon as they start to discolor, turn grey, or yellow, or brown, they should be thoroughly cleansed, air dried, and placed back in the filters..

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Video FAQ – How Do I Take Care of My CPAP Mask?

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Caring For Your CPAP Mask is Easy

To get the best possible results from your CPAP therapy, it is vital that you know how to properly care for you CPAP mask and its associated equipment. In this video, Dr. Popper gives simple instructions on how to clean and maintain your CPAP mask to achieve the longest possible use. This video series has been created to address your general questions about obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you have specific questions about your condition, get in touch with Dr. Popper using the contact information below. Also, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to Contact us here on the site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

How Do I Take Care of My CPAP Mask?

Patients often ask, “How do I care for my CPAP mask?” Caring for CPAP masks is relatively simple. Every morning, when you remove your mask, take a soft, soapy suds solution such as an Ivory dishwashing solution and simply soap it up liberally, and rinse it off and let it air dry.

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Video FAQ – Why Use Humidification with CPAP?

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Humidification as Part of Your CPAP Treatment

CPAP therapy has long been the gold standard for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. In this latest video in our series on sleep disorders, we discuss the importance of including humidification in your CPAP therapy for the best possible results. This video series has been produced to answer your questions about sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. If you have a question that is not addressed in these videos, please subscribe to our YouTube channel to be alerted when a new FAQ video is posted. If you need information quickly, feel free to Contact us here on the site or on our Facebook page. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Why is humidification advised with the use of nasal CPAP?

In my patients, I always advise that they use a humidifier along with nasal CPAP. The nose is your body’s natural humidifier. With nasal CPAP, air is blown into the upper airway at a very high flow rate which makes it impossible for your nose to adequately humidify your air. The air then dries out the lining of the nose. The nose lining consists of millions of hair-like structures which are constantly beating and brushing away bacteria and dirt and dust from the upper airway.

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