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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 Linda's discussion Do charities take new surplus CAPD masks?
"I know exactly what you mean Linda. It's good when people purchase them when unsure of their size, but wasteful otherwise.  You can send them to our Hope2Sleep Charity who run this forum and address is on the contact…"
yesterday
Kath Hope replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Like you say yourself Ruth, warming up the bedroom will help, but also if you don't have a heated humidifier then that would help - as will covering the tube with a Hose Cover."
Oct 28
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

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If Machine Being Used, What Make? (e.g., Respironics M Series with A-Flex Auto-Adjusting CPAP)
Respironics PR One APAP
Devilbiss Sleep cube APAP (Known as Intellipap in the USA)
Respironics ASV
Resmed VPAP
If Mask Being Used, What Type? (e.g., ResMed Activa Nasal Mask)
Respironics Fit Life
Respironics Amara View
Sleepnet Hybrid
Amara Gel
Devilbiss D100
Fisher Paykel 432

(just need 2 more, than I'll have one for everyday of the week lol)

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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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yesterday
Kath Hope replied to Linda's discussion Do charities take new surplus CAPD masks?
"I know exactly what you mean Linda. It's good when people purchase them when unsure of their size, but wasteful otherwise.  You can send them to our Hope2Sleep Charity who run this forum and address is on the contact…"
yesterday
Linda posted a discussion

Do charities take new surplus CAPD masks?

when I request a replacement medium Phillips Respironics mask from my NHS provider I am given a pack that includes all size masks and new headgear.  I have queried this and have been advised this is how they are supplied.  It seems a terrible waste.…See More
yesterday
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I have finally found the answer  I have increased the EPR to 3 This has kept my pressure below 14 for the last 3 days . Im very annoyed that the hospital and Resmed had not increased this  For some reason increasing the EPR has reduced the…"
Saturday
Glassdaisy joined The SleepGuide Crew's group
Thursday
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Its me not the machine. The S9 has been checked by Resmed and no fault was found but the circuit board was changed as a precaution. I have used another S9 but had the same problem. I have been told by the hospital that despite my AHI being under 1…"
Tuesday
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Don't rule out a fault with the machine or restricted airflow. I would also not rule out that you might be one of the few that needs a different machine. In any case, it should not go to 20 and sit there, I would get it checked or replaced. If…"
Tuesday
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"Before I make a decision I am going to try something different. I have noticed that when it goes up to 20 most times it has done so when the pressure has dropped to minimum which is 12 at present. I will increase the minimum pressure to 14 so…"
Nov 12
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I think its time to make a decision. Either buy another make of APAP or get referred to another hospital which supplies a different make"
Nov 12
Sleep2snore replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"That is hard to believe.  A pressure of 20 is quite high and very few require that amount of pressure. 1 ltr/min is nothing, the machine should cope with that without any problems at all. A lot of people get mixed up with pressure and…"
Nov 11
Edam replied to Edam's discussion Double inhaling
"I thought I had this problem solved but it got stuck at 20 again last night. My 95% pressure was 19, AHI  0.1 and leak 1 l/min. Sleepyhead shows that it was stuck at 20 for approx 30 mins ."
Nov 11
Debra Wells is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Nov 9
Sleep2snore replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Don't know what machine ou have, but a heated hose can help a lot. You can get them as a stand alone but it is not ideal. If your machine has the facility for a heated hose it might be worth the investment. Heating the room will help."
Oct 30
Sleep2snore replied to Renee Rowlands's discussion Recommendation please for Oximeter purchase.
"There are plenty on the market, but one thing I would make sure it did was to store the data for printing or downloading. There are plenty that say they do this and don't, so be aware of buying off Amazon or Ebay."
Oct 28
Kath Hope replied to Ruth Furniss's discussion Cold air
"Like you say yourself Ruth, warming up the bedroom will help, but also if you don't have a heated humidifier then that would help - as will covering the tube with a Hose Cover."
Oct 28
Steve Bacall is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Oct 28
Ruth Furniss posted a discussion

Cold air

Hi I have sleep apnoea & Copd this is my first winter using cpap, found it very hard to sleep last night because of breathing in cold air was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to warm the air up besides sleeping in a warm room? I…See More
Oct 28
Mark Darbyshire is now a member of Hope2SleepGuide
Oct 20
Bill Thomson added a discussion to the group Buy-Sell-Swap
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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
Oct 13

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