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Philips Respironics New Sleep Apnoea Diagnostic Service

If you snore and are tired, you could be suffering from sleep apnoea (see signs + symptoms on our website)…Continue

Started Apr 8

RAFFLE for out UK Supporters - ends Saturday 21st October 2017

We're extending our raffle to our United Kingdom Supporters *(sorry rules mean we can't share this out of…Continue

Started Oct 19, 2017

Driving with Sleep Apnoea costs unnecessary lives. Please share to raise awareness.
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The father of Toby (the young man killed in a traffic accident) meets up with the driver responsible for his death, due to undiagnosed sleep apnoea.  Both these men live with their own horrific scars…Continue

Tags: tired, sleep-apnoea, DVLA, driving

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sleep2snore Feb 24, 2017.

Research into Snoring Children and those with Down's Syndrome

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents and carers of Children ages 3 to 4 years old (they have enough 2 year olds now) who Snore and those beautiful children with Down's Syndrome to take part in…Continue

Started Apr 1, 2016

 

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Kath Hope replied to Kyla Davies's discussion Soclean machine in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Oh what a shame Kyla.  We are all so different with our sensitivies to smells, as I love the clean smell after using mine.  I'd advise you edit this with the price you're looking for, to save lots of messages agreeing and…"
Oct 5
Kath Hope replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"This is a common problem Sally, and especially when new to CPAP, irrespective of whatever machines people use.  It's definitely not just an Airsense 10 problem. If you've not clicked on the link I posted above in my reply to Chris…"
Sep 17
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"I'm not aware of finance, and we at the Hope2Sleep Charity certainly couldn't offer this unfortunately.  However, if you have a Paypal account then you can apply for Paypal Credit which is offered for products over £150 I…"
Sep 16
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"Great to hear this Andy Just as importantly they will help prevent gum disease from dry mouth (plus less dental bills)."
Sep 14
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"Thanks for supporting our charity with your order Andy, and they'll be sent out tomorrow.  I love the Beaumont Citrus Wipes and have tried all the others, and these are definitely the best.  I use them everyday. Hope you find the…"
Sep 11
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"The SoClean will never be supplied by the NHS as they can't afford to give out products like this.  We have the SoClean at the charity at the price we've been told it has to be sold for…"
Sep 11
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"I still haven't seen the advert Andy, but lots of people are contacting us about purchasing.  First and foremost, whether with the SoClean or not, it is important to keep our equipment cleaned.  You're doing the right thing…"
Sep 10
Kath Hope replied to ged's discussion no EPR setting REsmed S8 spirit 2 autoset
"It may be what I suspected, that it wasn't available on your international version, as I remember people complaining about it many years ago.  If it helps to know I never found EPR helpful when I was on CPAP (I'm on VPAP now). …"
Sep 5
Kath Hope replied to ged's discussion no EPR setting REsmed S8 spirit 2 autoset
"As you know Ged the S8 Spirit is an old machine, and I understand why you're loathe to give it up if your clinic supplies machines with no data.  I do recall from many years ago there was talk that the international version of the Auto…"
Sep 4
Kath Hope replied to Eric Swindon's discussion Unused Masks for sale in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Thanks Eric.  I'll mark the post as all sold"
Aug 31
Kath Hope replied to Eric Swindon's discussion Unused Masks for sale in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Are all the masks sold Eric, as we need to mark them sold if they're now unavailable?"
Aug 31
Kath Hope replied to Tef's discussion Just switched to APAP machine - pressure increasing.
"You need to be careful messing around with the pressures too much Tim, because as you've proved, when you turned them down you felt worse, which is probably because you weren't be treated well for your sleep apnoea. It's common for…"
Aug 24
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"Perhaps all the clinics aren't aware of the SoClean Bob, but there are also other clinics who are interested in purchasing the larger industrial SoClean themselves, although it's very expensive. When you use the CPAP Spray it does need…"
Aug 24
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"I use the SoClean and love it.  It's particularly good for people more vulnerable to respiratory issues.  You can read genuine reviews here and most are 5 star…"
Aug 21
Kath Hope replied to Alan Burt's discussion Painful, dry nose
"PS  Sterimar is a popular spray people try first as it contains only natural ingredients."
Aug 18
Kath Hope replied to Alan Burt's discussion Painful, dry nose
"Welcome to the forum David It's very common for nasal dryness and good you didn't suffer from it previously.  The humidifier should sort this for you, but in the meantime you can try a Saline spray as it's better to use those…"
Aug 18

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Respironics PR One APAP
Devilbiss Sleep cube APAP (Known as Intellipap in the USA)
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Resmed VPAP
If Mask Being Used, What Type? (e.g., ResMed Activa Nasal Mask)
Respironics Fit Life
Respironics Amara View
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Amara Gel
Devilbiss D100
Fisher Paykel 432

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Medications Affecting Sleep

A number of drugs disrupt sleep, while others can cause daytime drowsiness. Your clinician may be able to suggest alternatives.

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Posted on October 16, 2014 at 22:27

CPAP TIPS

The following are my own tips in helping with my own treatment, and are not meant as a substitute for medical advice. However, I hope they prove useful. 



CPAP/APAP/BIPAP TOLERANCE PROBLEMS

A lot of people find it hard to tolerate their equipment at first, so it's a good idea to set it up during the day whilst relaxing, such as watching tv,…

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Posted on October 25, 2011 at 20:00

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At 15:32 on November 2, 2017, YasminVaughan said…
Hi Kath I've being using a cpap machine for over 3 years the res meds one and full mask the last few weeks I have been getting bad headaches and dried sinuses making me feel horrid . I've got pressure on 7 a wooly cover for hose humidifier, I'm running out of ideas I did use a nasal spray at nite but was told to stop this I've joined today many thanks
At 15:22 on August 23, 2014, Bernadette Plunkett said…

Hi Kath, thanks for the welcome. Having just started therapy after a 2 year struggle to get diagnosed I have a bunch of questions but I'll try to see if they've been asked and answered on the forum first before raining them down on everyone. 

At 10:26 on March 12, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Thanks Kath, I'll wait until Marion's able to reply. I don't want to disturb while she's poorly - it can wait for now.  Thanks once again for your help x

At 14:01 on March 10, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Hi Kath, thanks for the comment about Marion and sorry to hear she's not well.  I've added her as a friend and am waiting for her to accept.  I'm not sure where I should copy/paste my comment to her though as it already appears to be there?  I'm not familiar with the forum set-up yet - that's my excuse anyway! x

At 0:12 on March 8, 2014, Sandra Gibbens said…

Thank you for adding me, already I've received so much support and information, and it's very much appreciated!

At 15:51 on March 6, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Thanks Kath!

At 15:12 on March 6, 2014, Amelia Kennedy said…

Interesting ... thanks Kath, I'll take a look.  I've also been using mine for years - 15 in fact and get along with it fine now (after a load of teething problems!).  What I do hate is the weight and bulk of it.  I'm worrying about how me and my husband can get away for a few days in the summer as he's just had his driving licence revoked due to ill-health and I can't drive.  I guess I'll be pleading with Papworth again when I go in a couple of months to test me on other (smaller) machines - usually to no avail!

At 19:57 on February 6, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

Hi Kath, thanks again for the useful info. Firstly I did wonder if it's some natural oils coming out of my skin; I always wash before bed and use no creams. You mentioned the change in temperature during the night, well, my face often gets hot and I wondered if that could cause the mask to slip as well as a drop in temp.

I clean my mask every day, wiping with a little washing up liquid then wipe/rinse with clean wet cloth.

The hospital tried me on APAP but when the pressure rose it caused leaking so they change it for me.

I have a medium size mask (the hospital fitted it) and although I have a small face I have quite a big nose lol.

I visited the sleep clinic last June/July at St James Hospital in Leeds, when I was given the CPAP machine. I haven't been asked to go back yet; they only gave me one spare filter. How long would you expect a mask to last and how often should I change the filter?

NB I have just order some items from your website which may help me too; the cleansing wipes, the cream to help sore skin etc and the card (in case of emergency).

 

Thank you so much for your help, glad I found you

At 6:23 on February 6, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

I almost always get off get off to sleep with no problem at all; my mask appears to fit quite well, however, after maybe two or three hours I wake up; mask leaking usually from around top of nose. Trouble is when I awake I then want the loo, anyway, I have realised that if I wipe my face and mask with a damp cloth (I have this at the side of bed) after I've done faffing, I can sometimes go back to sleep for another hour or so, but, sometimes at this time I just cannot get the mask to fit without it leaking; then I give up.

At 17:48 on February 5, 2014, June Ostiadel said…

Thank you Kath it's nice to be here.  I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea about 5 months and have just about mastered the equipment, however, on some occasions I struggle and unfortunately ,I have to sleep without using the machine all night. I found this site when someone on Health Unlocked recommended it

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ResMed DC-DC converter for S9

I have for sale a converter which allows the S9 machine, which requires a 24v supply, to run from a vehicle 12v or 24v DC socket, or direct from a 12v battery. The converter can power a humidifier and heated tube as well as the CPAP machine,…See More
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Sleep2snore replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"It would depend if there was a smell or not "
Oct 9
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I'll be interested to know what you have found.  Give it time so you can prove what is happening. I had my machine pulse at full pressure for the second time when it was switched on, turning it off then on again a couple of times with a…"
Oct 9
Mark bowerman is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Oct 9
Renee Rowlands posted a discussion

Recommendation please for Oximeter purchase.

Hello everyone!I would very much like to check my oxygen levels during the night.  Can anyone recommend an Oximeter to purchase please?My mask is a F&P Brevida which has soft straps and one of the straps slips up my head during the night, making…See More
Oct 7
Kyla Davies replied to Kyla Davies's discussion Soclean machine in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Thanks Kath, edited with price. "
Oct 5
Kath Hope replied to Kyla Davies's discussion Soclean machine in the group Buy-Sell-Swap
"Oh what a shame Kyla.  We are all so different with our sensitivies to smells, as I love the clean smell after using mine.  I'd advise you edit this with the price you're looking for, to save lots of messages agreeing and…"
Oct 5
Kyla Davies added a discussion to the group Buy-Sell-Swap
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Soclean machine

SOLD!! !  I am selling my soclean machine. It is a fantastic machine and does the job, however I am struggling with the "ozone" smell it turns my stomach. I only purchased it on 18/09/18 so only had a couple of weeks use. I purchased it with an…See More
Oct 5
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I believe I have found a reason for the pressure going up to 20 and staying there. Its early days yet and I need to find the best fix"
Sep 27
Chris Vesey replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"I could always go on the stage, le petomaine made a living I believe"
Sep 26
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"If the top limit is unrestricted then it will go up to 20 for up to 5 hours a night.  The hospital say that I need this pressure as my Apnea is getting worse but my AHI is nearly always under 1"
Sep 20
Sleep2snore replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"It is very common for people to get wind in there stomach using CPAP/APAP.  As Kath say, at the start it can be quite bad for some people, others are not bothered.  In fact the ResMed is less likely to give you this problem, but saying…"
Sep 19
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Your machine should not go higher unless you need more pressure. The machine I have was set at 10 to 20 when I got it and it has never ventured above 12.9. I have a ResMed 10Auto which I found to be a little better than the Dreamstation.  I…"
Sep 19
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I trialled the Sleepweaver before it came out, I believe I still have it somewhere, but I could not get on with it then. I used a liner on the Dreamwear last night but still was too painful to use and had to change masks during the early hours..…"
Sep 19
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
Sep 19
Kath Hope replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"This is a common problem Sally, and especially when new to CPAP, irrespective of whatever machines people use.  It's definitely not just an Airsense 10 problem. If you've not clicked on the link I posted above in my reply to Chris…"
Sep 17
Sally Gray replied to Chris Vesey's discussion Cure for wind
"Hi, it’s interesting to read Chris’s comment that the AirSense 10 has given him flatulence whereas his previous CPAP wasn’t a problem.  I’m new to using a CPAP and have been provided with an AirSense 10 which I’m…"
Sep 17
Kath Hope replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"I'm not aware of finance, and we at the Hope2Sleep Charity certainly couldn't offer this unfortunately.  However, if you have a Paypal account then you can apply for Paypal Credit which is offered for products over £150 I…"
Sep 16
Kyla Davies replied to Bob Blair's discussion So Clean sanitiser
"Hi Kath In relation to the Soclean do you know if any finance is available to purchase one of these machines? I do not mind spending that amount on one but would be very helpful especially this time of year to purchase one on a finance…"
Sep 16

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