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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