The Sleep Blog

  • Getting through airport security with a CPAP

    CPAP is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea and must be used every night, including while on vacation, camping or travelling for business. This presents an extra challenge for many people suffering with sleep apnea. In this blog post series, we’ll cover the top challenges of travelling with CPAP, including tips for making your … Read More »

  • How Can Pink Noise Help You Sleep Better?

    A good night’s sleep is important for maintaining good health throughout your entire life. Consistently waking up feeling rested and refreshed can impact everything from your physical and mental health to your overall happiness. For many, achieving a restful night of sleep can be difficult. In the United States alone, more than 40 million people … Read More »

  • Tonsillectomies Aren’t Performed Primarily to Treat Throat Infections Anymore

    Thirty years ago, about 90% of tonsillectomies in children were done for recurrent throat infection; now it is about 20% for infection and 80% for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). What is a tonsillectomy? A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. Tonsils are two small glands located in the back of your throat. … Read More »

  • New bedtime story for adults reminds you to eliminate distractions and set the mood for a good night’s sleep.

    Reading to children has been shown increase their vocabulary and is linked with academic success, creativity and increased bonding between parents and children. Reading before bed is routine for many families as a time to slow down, quiet down and prepare for sleep. Goodnight moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, … Read More »

  • What to do if Your Insurance Company Won’t Pay For Replacement CPAP Supplies Because You’re Not Compliant.

    This the is second post in a series about the most common reasons why health insurance companies are not covering CPAP supplies. As an equipment provider for many health plans, medical groups and IPAs in Southern California, we’re seeing that coverage for replacement CPAP supplies is changing and the process is becoming more difficult. We’re … Read More »

  • Why Won’t My Insurance Company Pay for the CPAP Supplies I Need?

    Our patients get extremely frustrated when they contact us to order replacement supplies- at the usual 90 to 120 day intervals- but their health insurance company won’t pay. It’s especially hard because we’ve been saying- since the initial set-up- how important it is to regularly replace CPAP equipment, like the mask, cushions, filters and tubing. Your … Read More »

  • What Makes the New ResMed AirFit™ 20 CPAP Masks Better?

    With over 20 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea, it’s no wonder that ResMed, a leading manufacturer of CPAP machines and masks, has developed another series of CPAP masks to offer more comfortable CPAP therapy to those in need. Masks designed to fit more faces The recently released AirFit™ 20 series includes a full-face, AirFit™ … Read More »

  • One Trick for Not Overeating This Holiday: Get More Sleep!

    This time of year is known for its mouth-watering main courses, delectable sweets, and generous portions. With Thanksgiving behind us and the Christmas season in full swing, the temptation to overeat—or to eat treats high in fat and sugar—is looming. Surprisingly, the easiest, most stress-free way to avoid weight gain might not be exercising or … Read More »

  • Use it or Lose it! Your Health Benefits May Expire at the End of the Year

    Did you know that if you don’t use all of your health insurance benefits this year, you lose them forever?  You may have met your deductible for 2016 already. If so, you can take advantage of lower (or no) out-of-pocket expenses for medical services such as sleep studies, PAP or supplies (learn about insurance coverage for … Read More »