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Sleep Apnea, CPAP, and Healthshare Ministries

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Are you a member of one of the following healthshare ministries?

  • Christian Healthshare Ministries
  • Altrua
  • Liberty 
  • Samaritan 
  • Aliera
  • Christian Care Ministry/Medi-Share
  • Solidarity Healthshare

    Christian healthshare ministries emerged as a faith-based counterpart to Obamacare's government-mandated healthcare rules. These organizations allow people of faith to pool their resources and care for each other in a compassionate way that is in line with their religious beliefs. We frequently provide care for the sleep apnea needs of healthshare ministry members. This article is intended to serve as a guide for...

    I Need a Fast Sleep Study. How Can I Get a Sleep Apnea Test More Quickly?

    "How do I get a sleep study quickly? I don’t want to wait any longer." This is an all too common inquiry that we get at Singular Sleep. Here’s your guide to getting a quick sleep apnea test.

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    Common Reasons Why People Need Fast Sleep Studies

    In many areas of the country and in several healthcare systems, sleep medicine is an underserved specialty meaning that there are not enough sleep labs and sleep doctors to care for the population. This problem is more acute in several...

    Need a Sleep Study for Insurance? Here's What You Need to Know.

    We commonly see, "I need a sleep study for insurance," on the home sleep apnea test order forms that we receive. What is behind this seemingly unusual request from your life insurance company?

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    Sleep Studies for Life Insurance

    After becoming a first-time dad a few years ago, I thought it would be prudent to get life insurance. During the quote process, I was surprised to get asked the following series of questions from the agent:

    • Do you hang glide?
    • Do you skydive?
    • Do you have sleep apnea?”

    Wow, sleep...

    How Do I Get A New CPAP Machine?

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    Common Reasons To Get A New CPAP Machine

    There are several typical scenarios where CPAP users often consult with me to get a new CPAP machine:

    1. Outdated technology
      • The original iteration of positive airway pressure (PAP) for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea was the fixed-pressure CPAP machine. This machine could only be set to one consistent pressure setting. Technology has exploded since then with the introduction of auto-titrating CPAP machines (commonly referred to as APAP or Auto-CPAP), as well as more advanced forms of...

      Common Sleep Apnea Questions Answered

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      1) Are there any medications that can help or treat sleep apnea?

      No, currently there are no medications that are FDA-approved for treatment of sleep apnea. 

      2) What are the most common sleep apnea risks?

      Untreated sleep apnea is associated with the following medical disorders. The most common medical co-morbidities associated with sleep apnea:

      • high blood pressure (hypertension)
      • type 2 diabetes
      • high cholesterol (dyslipidemia or hyperlipidemia)
      • heart failure (congestive heart failure or CHF)
      • heart attack (myocardial infarction)
      • irregular heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias or dysrhythmias) NOTE: there is a particularly tight association with...

      Review of The Newest Nasal Pillows for Sleep Apnea

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      You just received the results of your sleep apnea test - the diagnosis? Obstructive sleep apnea. You're committed to taking the next steps to feel better and you know that you've got to get a CPAP machine, but what to do about the mask? You've seen something small that nestles just under the nose and seems appealing. This style of CPAP mask is called "nasal pillows" and it is extremely popular. But if you don't know the facts about whether this is the right option...

      Sleep Apnea Magnet Treatment Review

      A recent news report out of the Bay Area announced that a clinical trial of the Magnetic Apnea Prevention (MAGNAP) device for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment has begun at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. The initial response to this report indicates that there is an incredible amount of interest from the sleep apnea community in this potential alternative to CPAP for sleep apnea. But, if eventually approved by the FDA for sleep apnea treatment, would this be a good option for you? In this article, I'll explore the forces, both attractive and repulsive, that...

      What is 'AHI' on a Sleep Apnea Test?

      Of all the numbers on your sleep apnea test report, the AHI is the most important. On some sleep study reports, you will see the terms "RDI" or "REI" in place of AHI. But what does AHI mean and what's the difference between AHI, RDI, and REI?

      Of the three, AHI as it is the most commonly used term and is an acronym for "apnea-hypopnea index." To understand the term, we first need to define what apneas and hypopneas are.

      Apnea

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      Apneas are a type of...

      5 Ways to Fall in Love with Your PAP Machine

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      So, you got the results of your sleep study and they say you have pretty bad sleep apnea. Now what? They want you to use a Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) device with a mask when you sleep, but you say, “No way!” You’ve probably been going along pretty well all these years without sleeping with a mask on your face, so why start now? In this blog, I propose 5 steps to have a successful relationship with your PAP.

      Let's begin with a little background. Apnea comes from the Greek word apnos, meaning "without breathing." Sleep apnea is...

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