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Dream…Wisp

If you’re a CPAP user I’m sure you have heard of the Dreamwear mask at this point – either the original mask, the nasal pillow mask, or the full face mask. The product has been pretty successful in the CPAP industry and has quickly become a favorite among many patients. It seemed as though Respironics has the ideal mask created, and there was an option for everyone. However, it looks like they are always striving to do outdo their best work, and looks as if they have accomplished their goal with this new mask – the DreamWisp.

Yep, you guessed it the dreamwisp mask incorporates the best qualities of the DreamWear and the wisp mask. According to the website, the “DreamWisp was designed to help you sleep comfortably with every turn. Combining DreamWear’s top-of-the-head tube design with the Wisp’s minimal contact nasal cushion, DreamWisp gives you the freedom to sleep in any position through the night.”

The mask is easy to attach and simple to adjust, making it easily convenient. It has magnetic clips that allow for quick attachment and detachment. In studies done prior to launch, it seems that patients were happy with the seal the cushion provides. This mask also come in handy for those who like to read or watch television prior to going to sleep as it does not obstruct the view in any type of way; it is also good for patients who wear glasses.

The mask comes in petite, small, medium, large, and extra large sizing. It also has two additional connector options in case the patient needs a larger frame. It is made up of silicone, polycarbonate, polyurethane foam, nylon, spandex, polyester, magnet, and acetal. It has multiple exhalation ports which allows for a quieter environment and is compatible with any pressure – 4 through 30.

The mask seems to be easy to use and will be a hit among the patients.

Caffeine: your best friend or worst enemy?

If you’re like me, coffee is the language that you speak in the morning. It is more than just a beverage; rather it is a concoction that brings me to live. It is the peanut butter to my jelly, the milk to my cereal, and the creamer to my coffee, but I dare not drink it past a certain time of day… Unless I want to be up late all hours of the night when I am supposed to be sleep. Coffee has its pros and cons, the cons sometimes outweigh the pros, but at the end of the day, it gives me life – and that is what is most important.

Pro: Alerts and boosts your mood. If this wasn’t an obvious observation of the phenomena that is coffee than what are you doing with your life? Scientifically speaking, caffeine imitates adenosine – a molecule that your brain releases to help you wake up – creating a boost in your system which is why it may seem as through you are more alert than before. This also help put you in a better mood…Thank the lord for that because I am definitely not a morning person; don’t talk to me until I’ve had some type of coffee in my system.

Con: It pumps adrenaline into our systems which can lead to irritability. The pituitary gland in our brains reacts with the caffeine and sends adrenaline into our bodies. While adrenaline might come in handy when say you are running for your life, it does not work out to well if you are stuck in an office all day. This leads to your irritability. This is not something that I experience often, so it was interesting to learn about.

Pro: Improves memory. Studies have shown that caffeine is linked to improve certain types of memory. Got a big exam coming up? Drink a cup of joe and study – straightforward information only, though; studies have shown that caffeine help you remember that particular information better. Keep in mind that this is only effective for those who are not already dependent on caffeine.

Con: Stays in your system for about 5 – 6 hours. This is the main reason why I do not consume any type of caffeine after 3 p.m. I will not be able to sleep; I don’t care what science says about it being out of my system. It is a lie and it is still in my system, hence I am unable to sleep… Other than this one teeny detail, science is correct.

Pro: Associated with a longer lifespan. There have been recent studies that link constant coffee drinkers to a longer life. I’ll take another cup, please!

Con: Causes heartburn. Caffeine has been shown to increase the acid levels in your stomach which can lead to you having heartburn. I’m just tryna wake up, man, why you gotta cause so many problems in my life.

There are a few other situations that caffeine seems to cause, although I am not too sure if it falls under the pro or con category. Caffeine is technically a drug; it can curb your appetite for a short period of time; and it can interact with certain medicines to encourage them to work faster. If you’re trying to diet than I supposed drink a few cups of coffee everyday can help – if you don’t mind the ulcers (this was a joke, you should laugh. If you are trying to diet, please do it the healthy way!). As for interacting with certain medicines… If you have a killer headache, caffeine has been proven to increase the rate at which aspirin takes effect, so that’s a good thing, right? But then again, what do I know?

So, caffeine… Friend or foe? I guess it really depends on what time o f day you consume it. That being said, I don’t think you can ever convince me to give up coffee. We have a love-hate relationship, but it works for us, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Find more information at https://www.sciencealert.com/what-caffeine-does-to-your-body-and-brain

Hello, Spring!

Winter has come and now it is gone. While I do love hauling out my winter wardrobe from the depths of my closet (I mean way back in the back of my closet because do we even winter in Houston!?), not having to make an excuse for wearing a dark smoky eye, and the seasonal drinks at Starbucks I would much rather it be nice and warm because I am from the south and I wouldn’t have it any other way no matter how much I might complain about it being too warm. So who’s happy that spring has finally arrived? This girl!

Spring means longer, warmer days filled with lots of sunshine! I am looking forward to walks in the parks, trips to the beach, and actually spending time outside. The only thing that I do not look forward to with the beginning of spring is all the pollen… And the allergies…

If you are a CPAP user AND suffer from allergies, well, buddy, I feel sorry for you. You, my friend, are in for a rough few months. Here are a few suggestions that may help relieve the torture that are you doing to experience:

• Create a schedule for replacement supplies. Yes, you sleep inside the comfort of your home, not outdoors where the pollen and other allegiants are lurking, but once you’re exposed for the day there is no going back. Do yourself a favor and replace your cushions/pillow and filters every two week like you are recommended to do. It is solely for your benefit.
• Consider using a full face mask if you aren’t already doing so. Nasal masks during this time of the year is not a good idea because with all the sneezing and excess snot that you will be carrying around. You don’t want all of that on the inside of your cushion/pillow, am I right? Yes, I am, so do yourself a favor, and go on ahead and get that full face mask.
• I’m sure you already do this, and I don’t have to say it, but just for the heck of it… keep your environment clean. Dust and tidy, your bedroom especially, your home. This will allow for you to be in a clean setting, which will allow for less sneezing and irritation.

So while spring will bring many new and exciting things, there is always one thing that we expect. However, with a little combative planning, we can prepare for the worst of it and be able to enjoy the best of it.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Insomnia, in simple terms, can be defined as not being able to sleep. The medical definition, according to the National Sleep Foundation, is “difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even with a person has the chance to do so.”

Insomnia is a major problem facing many Americans today. About one in four women show signs of insomnia, and one in seven adults suffer from long- term (chronic) insomnia. There are some who rely on natural sleep remedies such as a diffuser with calming scents to induce sleep, and others rely on prescription medications to help them fall asleep and stay asleep. And then there are some that try an alternative form of ‘therapy’ – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia or CBT-I for short.

CBT-I, according to the National Institute of Health, “is a safe and effective means of managing chronic insomnia and its effects.” The way CBT-I works is similar to seeing a therapist. You go in and speak with a clinician and go through a number of assessments. You will keep a sleep diary, it should track if/when you have trouble falling asleep; how many time you wake up throughout the night; and when you get into bed to actually go to sleep and when you wake up to begin your day, which you will reference through the sessions with the clinician. Essentially, you are retraining your brain on how and when to sleep.

The first step in CBT-I is known as Sleep Restriction Therapy. This occurs within the first six weeks of CBT-I. You will you utilize your sleep diary throughout this period discussing your results with your clinician. Based on the research that I found, one clinician told his patient not to go to sleep until midnight despite that patient having to wake up early everyday during the work week. The patient reported that she was getting less sleep than before she started CBT-I, however by the end of the sixth week she was finally able to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep throughout the night.

Other parts of the CBT-I process are known as Stimulus Control Instructions and Sleep Hygiene Education. “Stimulus Control Instructions are created by looking at the patient’s sleep habits and pinpointing different actions that may be prohibiting sleep,” says the National Sleep Foundation. The answer for this is quite simple – no eating or watching TV in the bedroom. Anything other then sleep should not take place in the bedroom. If you find yourself wide awake and unable to sleep, it is advised that you leave your bedroom – this will help train your mind and body. Sleep Hygiene Education involves learning about the do’s and do not’s of sleep like sleeping in cool, dark room is the most ideal thing to do, and avoid caffeine, alcohol or heavy meals near bedtime.

There is much more to CBT-I then what we have discussed today. It is a long process, but with some time and continued effort, I think the results will be very promising.

SMART Goals for the New Year

We’re ten days into the New Year, and hopefully everyone has gotten that whole “new year, new me” who-ha out of their system. If not, please do so immediately. Sure, we are in a new year, but let’s be realistic, are you really going to become a whole new person? Chances are the answer is no; you are going to make some changes, but at the end of the day you are going to be the same person, so … thank you, next.

Being that most of America is sleep deprived, and that a lack of sleep can lead to a plethora of health problems, I think that one thing most, if not all, American’s should work towards bettering in the upcoming year is their sleeping habits. That being said, let’s discuss the Sleep Better Program designed by Total Wellness.

Total Wellness is a nationwide organization that began in the late 90’s and employs well over 6,000 medical professionals. They work with different organizations and business to incorporate healthier lifestyles for all. Some of their better known clientele include Wells Fargo, United Healthcare, Google, eBay, Target and Yahoo. Their sleep better campaign launched in 2016 and was immediately successful, but you will find that it is still widely used today in 2019.

The Sleep Better program is broken down into six weeks, each with a specific goal in mind. Along with trying to accomplish the set goal, you will maintain sleep logs that will monitor your sleeping patterns, notating when you went to bed, at what time you fell asleep, when you woke up, what time you got out of bed, how many time you woke up throughout the night, how well you slept on a scale of one to ten, if any naps were taken throughout the day and for how long, and finally, how much energy did you have throughout the day on a scale of one to ten.

Through week one, you are going to tell your story – what are your reasons for adopting a healthier lifestyle, how do you think sleeping better will add value to your life, you will identity barriers you face in trying to obtain a “healthy” amount of sleep, and, finally, summarize your emotions about getting better sleep. At the end of the first week you are supposed to have a discussion with someone who has already incorporated healthy sleep habits (a sleep coach, if you will) into their lifestyle. During this discussion, it is important that you pay attention to what really worked and what challenges your sleep coach encountered.

Week two is titled ‘Take Action’ as you will learn about the each stage of the sleep cycle, and start thinking about what changes you can incorporate into your sleep routine for a healthier sleep pattern. At this time, you should also start thinking about what you want your SMART goals to be. Use the following guidelines in order to create some easy, attainable goals: Specific (easy and clear to understand), Measurable (your goal should be measurable, this means there should be a specific number involved), Attainable (know your limits, but don’t set a goal that is too easy), Relevant (set a goal that is important to you and you alone, Time-bound (set a timeline for yourself). Create your goal based on these guidelines!

Week three is all about preparing for success. What makes for a sleep friendly bedroom, what your sleep schedule will look like – if you need to make a schedule in the first place, make commitments and stick to them! Week four is where we get to the nitty-gritty. You are going to get down to business and really implement the schedule and plans that you have worked on. At this point, you will want to notate if you are waking up throughout the night more than usual and what step you take in order to get back to sleep. Week five will be spent analyzing your mistakes and triumphs – review your sleep logs to see what patterns appear, have your sleeping habits improved or worsen? Week six is about celebrating how far you have come. You will continue to analyze your sleep logs, but this time you will want to think about creating new goals to meet and how you will go about doing do.

So what do you think? Are you up for this SMART goal challenge in the new year?

You can find the link to the all sleep logs and more information here:

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