How to Tolerate CPAP Therapy for your Sleep Apnea

A guide to living with CPAP for the beginning user.
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

This course will give you the information you need to solve many of the problems you may have with your CPAP machine and mask. And for the problems you can't solve yourself, it will give you the information you need to better communicate with your doctor, the sleep lab, and the therapist or technologist from the medical equipment supplier.

We are going to first talk about sleep apnea because only by understanding what apnea is, and how it does its harm, can you understand what you are trying to accomplish with your therapy, and why.

We are also going to discuss some of the alternative therapies for sleep apnea and what factors might make you a candidate for one of them. I will share with you why CPAP is so often the prescribed treatment and why your doctor seems to prefer CPAP over other therapies.

Then we will discuss the problems and challenges to living with CPAP, solutions that might work, and other things you can do to help. There are a couple downloads with a glossary and sleep tips we use.

Using the Udemy course discussion panel, this course moves my regular CPAP support groups to an online format. However, this course does NOT give medical advice. Only YOUR doctor can give you medical advice. Professional advice requires one-on-one communication with the professional and cannot be provided in a video, a book or other publication. I believe this one-on-one communication should also be face-to-face in the case of medical advice.

Please note:  Some of my comments related to equipment providers and payment for equipment are specific for the United States' medical provider system.

What are the requirements?

  • There is no prerequisite. Take this course when starting CPAP or before starting CPAP.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Solve some of the challenges sleeping with CPAP and communicate better with your doctor or therapist

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is primarily focused on the beginning CPAP user.

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Section 1: Introduction and Overview
Section 2: A Little About Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What kind of apnea do you have ?
Central Apnea
Obstructive Apnea
Mixed Apnea
Some other terms related to your apnea
What are the Health Effects of Sleep Apnea?
Who should be tested for sleep apnea?
Section 3: Treatments for sleep apnea
Common Alternative Therapies
Less Common Alternatives
Why CPAP works so well.
Additional recommendations
Section 4: Let's Talk about PAP Therapy
The types of PAP machines
Auto-adjusting PAP
Some Nasal Masks
Some Other Masks
Section 5: The Downside of PAP
Reasons PAP might not be recommended for you.
Common problems associated with PAP usage.
Challenges mostly related to the Pressure
Challenges mostly related to the mask.
Extra credit: Desensitizing to the mask
Challenges related to Humidity
Other Challenges
Section 6: Frequently Asked Questions about Apnea and CPAP
Overview of FAQs
Questions about living with CPAP
Questions about Apnea
Questions about CPAP
Section 7: Other things you can do
Lifestyle factors
Section 8: Conclusion
BONUS: other programs
A Footnote and Disclaimer.

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Instructor Biography

Robert Dawkins, Health and Wellness specialist with an emphasis on the role of Sleep and the effect on Productivity.

Robert Dawkins, PhD, MPH, is the Clinical Director and Principal of Practical Health Strategies, a business and professional service of RDawkinsPhDMPH LLC. The Practical Health Strategies programs grew out of his twenty-five plus years of experience working with individuals and in small group settings in full-service accredited sleep centers.

Dr. Dawkins received his PhD from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, and his MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. He also holds degrees from Emory University (chemistry) and the University of West Florida (biology). Dr. Dawkins has a longstanding interest in how the environment, both physical and cultural, impacts and determines health status and how health status, in turn, affects productivity. He is certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and was previously certified in general toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology.

He has been responsible for the clinical management of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited sleep disorders centers since 1987. For ten years he was a site visitor for the AASM accreditation program and for five of those years he also served on the Accreditation Committee, which oversees the accreditation program and recommends standards to the AASM Board of Directors. He served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Sleep Society. He has trained nine physicians for the sleep medicine board exam and has assisted four others with their preparation.

Dr. Dawkins has done consulting work in toxicology and industrial hygiene and has worked as a research scientist in the Clinical Systems Research department of a major medical device manufacturer and as a physical biologist at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory. His communication skills have been honed by his experience as a high school teacher, a college professor, and a frequent public speaker.

Dr. Dawkins is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a member of the Southern Sleep Society, the Obesity Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Public Health Association. He enjoys running, sailing, skiing (water and snow), cycling, weight training, and dining out by boat.

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