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 Getting started on your treatment

About to spend my first night on CPAP - a video from a new user talking you through her set up and use

The straight honest truth about sleep apnea and CPAP - a user narrative - In this video James gives his history of sleep problems and treatment, and stresses why complying with regular CPAP use is so important 

"CPAP tips from USA Food and Drug Association" is a very useful video for new users of CPAP - it's from an unlikely source but contains useful tips for getting used to CPAP treatment.

- 5 tips for self care with sleep apnoea 5 Tips for Self care with obstructive sleep apnoea
Healthy Food for Weightloss

Eat well sleep well 

Helpful notes from Janene Cooper, dietician.  A healthy diet will help OSA sufferers - any weight loss will improve sleep.  






Tips from Weinmann

Make sure you keep to a regular sleep-wake cycle. Your body adapts to a regularly scheduled bedtime, such as 10 pm.

  • A television does not belong in the bedroom.
  • Avoid stimulating discussions or arguments at bedtime.
  • Too much alcohol in the evening has a negative effect on sleep quality. One glass of wine or one beer does no harm.
  • Take no sedatives or sleeping pills, which reduce the quality of sleep. Instead, try to establish a bedtime ritual. A hot ‘goodnight’ tea or Milo or even pleasant thoughts of your next holiday in the sunny north can help.
  • Choose a comfortable bedroom temperature that’s best for you.
  • Avoid dry air, which can irritate your upper airways.
  • Avoid eating and drinking great quantities before going to bed. They burden your stomach, intestines and bladder and cause you to sleep fitfully.
  • Don’t go to bed hungry. A small snack, such as a banana, can help.
  • Pay attention to your weight. Extra kilos can worsen sleep apnoea and put a strain on the circulatory system. Try changing your diet. Eat a balanced diet with foods low in fat and reduce your intake of sweets and alcohol.
  • Make an effort to participate regularly in sport. Physical activity makes it easier to lose weight, supports your physical and psychological performance and lets you fall asleep more easily. It doesn’t have to be a marathon. A simple one-hour walk is good for your health.

How Should I Handle the Technology?

  • Never open the device housing.
  • Never attempt to correct or to reset the pressure on your device by yourself. If you have the feeling that the pressure setting is incorrect, please talk to your authorized dealer or sleep lab.
  • Never treat your hoses and masks with a strong cleaning agent.
  • Do not place your therapy device on a rug or carpet, in dusty corners or in tight cabinets or cupboards. • If you do, the filter will require more frequent changing.
  • Be sure to follow the instructions for cleaning.
  • Remember the next technical inspection for your device. Write it down where you cannot overlook it, for example, on your kitchen calendar.
  • See your doctor or sleep lab for follow-up examinations as recommended - only then can you be certain that your therapy will be as effective as possible.

For decades Weinmann has been developing, producing and marketing medical devices for markets around the world. In cooperation with our partners Weinmann design economic health systems for diagnosis and therapy in Sleep Medicine, Home Mechanical Ventilation, Oxygen Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

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