Does Insurance Cover Your CPAP Machine?

If you suffer from sleep apnea and use CPAP therapy to help you sleep at night, then you will probably know that the machine and all of the necessary parts for it can be extremely costly. Your sleep is vital to your overall well-being, therefore investing in it is worthwhile, however, your wallet may not…

Is your Teen Getting Enough Sleep?

Teenagers can be known for sleeping very long hours, but it doesn’t mean that they are lazy. Teens actually need more sleep than adults as they are going through a significant period of growth and transition at that stage in life. Teens in the age 12-18 category can be very busy between school, extra-curricular activities,…

Breast Cancer and Sleep Apnea

October is breast cancer awareness month, and there are many initiatives happening to raise awareness for this devastating disease. Breast cancer affects thousands of women in Canada every year, and chances are, you may know someone who has been affected by it. Did you know that sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, can increase your risk…

Sleep Tips for Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few short days. Maybe you are planning on gathering with loved ones and eating a big dinner complete with turkey and pumpkin pie. Or perhaps you are keeping the celebrations low key this year, but still plan on indulging in a delicious meal. Whatever your plans are,…

How Seasonal Affective Disorder Disrupts your Sleep

Seasonal Affective Disorder (otherwise known as SAD) is a form of depression that typically occurs each year around the time when the seasons’ transition. A lot of this is because of the shorter hours of sunlight, which can lead to a hormonal imbalance. This is extremely common in the fall months, and lots of people…

Is Smoking Making your Sleep Worse?

You probably know that smoking cigarette can have a negative impact on your overall health, but did you know that smoking can be the cause of many sleep problems for adults? The effect of smoking cigarettes on sleep Smoking cigarettes can not only affect your body’s internal clock in a negative way, but it can…

Is your Mattress Hurting your Sleep?

If you are having trouble sleeping at night, your mattress may be to blame. Since we do spend about a third of our life sleeping, skimping out on the quality and comfort of your mattress is not something you want to do! According to experts, the surface in which you sleep can have a huge…

Sleep Apnea in Children

Think sleep apnea doesn’t affect children? Think again. While it is not as common, children can occasionally be affected by a sleep disorder called pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. OSA in children may look a little different in children than it does for adults, however, it is important to remember that children require a good night’s…

Getting your CPAP Ready for the Fall Season

Now that the weather is slowly starting to transition into the cooler fall temperatures, the nights are now getting cooler. The fall can be a fantastic time to make sure your CPAP machine is in perfect working condition. This is to ensure your sleep apnea is being treated and you have a good night’s sleep…

Sleeping Tips for the Traveller

Now that a few Covid-19 travel restrictions are slowly starting to lift in a few places, a lot of people are starting to plan for that trip that either got postponed, or that has been on their mind for the past year and a half while in quarantine.   If you do plan on traveling…

Six Sleep Tips for Post-Secondary Students

With the long summer days coming to an end, classes for college and university are just starting for the year and whether you are going back to on-campus learning or your classes are still virtual, it’s time to get your sleep routine in check. It’s no secret that post-secondary students are not exactly known for…

Five Ways That Your Diet Can Impact Your Sleep

It’s no secret that sleep and nutrition play a vital part in your overall health, but did you know that there are certain ways that your diet can make it easier or harder for you to get a good night’s sleep? Fueling your body with the proper foods is essential to living a healthy lifestyle,…

Back to School Sleep Tips

With the summer winding down and the start of the school year just around the corner, the late nights and the bad habits that come with the summer holidays will soon be coming to an end. Whether you work at a school as a teacher or support staff employee, or you are getting your own…

Five Sleep Tips for Shift Workers

Do you work irregular hours (or overnight shifts) and find yourself struggling to maintain a sleep schedule? You are not alone. There are many people who don’t work the typical 9-5 hours, therefore they do not always sleep at the same time every night. Sleep is essential for you to be at your best, especially…

How the Pandemic May Have Affected Your Sleep

It’s been almost a year and a half since the Covid-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. In that time, you may have noticed that your sleeping habits may be a lot different these days than they were 18 months ago which is the case for many people, whether they realize this or not.   …

What is REM Sleep?

REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement and it is a vital stage of your sleep cycle. It’s something you may have heard of quite a bit but maybe you don’t really know what it is. What happens during the REM stage? The REM stage of your sleep cycle occurs approximately 90 minutes after you fall…

Relaxation Techniques for Sleeping

Did you know that stress and anxiety are the cause of many sleep issues? Life happens to all of us and even the best sleepers may go through periods where they have trouble sleeping. The body’s response to stress is not necessarily one that benefits your sleep cycle and can lead to other sleep issues…

Six Common CPAP Problems and How to Fix Them

Your CPAP machine can be a fantastic tool for helping with your sleep apnea. But like any other technological device, it is not perfect and can have its common problems and frustrations. It is important to remember that you are not dealing with this alone. Many of these issues are very common amongst CPAP users…

The Effects of Technology on your Sleep

Ever fallen asleep while texting or checking social media on your phone? Or maybe you are notorious for checking your email well into the night. Given how addictive our phones and other electronic can be, this is certainly something that has happened to many of us, it’s just too easy! As tempting as it may…

The Pros and Cons of Taking a Nap

Are you unsure if taking a nap in the middle of the day is good for you? The Answer? It really depends. There are many instances where napping can provide a lot of benefits. However, a nap during the day may not necessarily be beneficial for everyone. The pros of napping There can be many…

Camping this Summer? Tips for Getting Good Sleep in a Tent

Camping has become more and more popular over the past few years, but especially in the past year thanks to pandemic travel restrictions. It’s easier than ever to truly get away and unplug without venturing too far from home. However, with tent camping comes the uncomfortable nights of sleeping on the ground and trying to…

Common Sleep Problems in Professional Athletes

With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo starting very soon, you may be wondering about the sleep habits of professional athletes. It may be easy to think that they sleep well given all the physical activity they do, but that is not always the case, athletes are prone to developing sleep problems too. Getting a proper…

Need to Replace Some Parts of your CPAP Machine This Summer?

If you’ve been using a CPAP machine for some time, then you may know that like anything else, some of the parts wear out eventually and will need to be replaced on a regular basis, no matter how often you clean them.   It may seem like a lot and it may seem costly at…

Summertime Sleeping Tips

Are these long and hot summer days causing you to stay awake at night? Getting a good night’s sleep in the summer can be a bit trickier than you think. The days are much longer and the sun sets later. The hottest months of the year may also bring a change in your routine and…

Why CPAP Users Need a Support Team

Starting a new journey with a CPAP machine can be challenging and terrifying. While you may feel excited to finally get your sleep apnea under control, you may not know much about the device, and learning to use it properly may take some time. You may also feel overwhelmed at the fact that you have…

Is Sleep Apnea Hurting your Relationship?

snoring partner disturbing the sleep of the other partner

Having sleep apnea doesn’t just affect your health and daytime function. Did you know that sleep apnea can have a big impact on your romantic relationships? Don’t let sleep apnea tear your relationship apart! It is actually quite common for couples to experience tension in the relationship because of sleeping issues, and untreated sleep apnea…

All About Insomnia

You may have often found yourself lying awake in bed at night, unable to fall and stay asleep, no matter how hard you try. Sometimes this is a rare, one-off occurrence, other times it can last for several days, weeks or even months. This is a common sleep disorder known as insomnia. Simply put, insomnia…

Sleep and Alcohol

a woman on the bed holding a glass of wine

Thinking about having a few drinks this weekend? Before you go too crazy, you should be aware of how alcohol could affect your ability to get a good night’s sleep. While having a few drinks in moderation is usually okay for sleeping, having too much can cause problems when bedtime comes around. And let’s face…

How to Create the Perfect Sleeping Environment

a well prepared bedroom

You may already know the importance of creating good sleeping habits overall, but did you know just how much of an impact your sleeping environment has? Making your bedroom the perfect sleeping environment is essential for a good quality sleep each night, so that you can function well during the daytime. After all, you spend…

Can Exercise Improve your Sleep Apnea?

a woman exercising and sleeping

Did you know that exercise has numerous benefits for your overall sleep cycle? This is especially true if you suffer from sleep apnea. Not only can proper exercise help you to fall asleep faster, but it can improve your quality of sleep overall. If you suffer from sleep apnea, many studies have made numerous connections…

Which CPAP Mask is right for me?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the different types of CPAP masks? You are not alone! If you are just starting out in your CPAP journey, you may have noticed that there are many different types of masks to use with your CPAP machine. The best one for you depends on a number of…

Using CPAP Machine in the Hot Weather

bed partners sleeping during summer with cpap machine

Summer may officially be around the corner, but for many places in the world (especially in some parts of Canada right now), the hot and sunny weather had already arrived in full force and many of the days are long and warm. While this may get you excited for all of the good things about…

The Connection between Sleep Apnea and Mental Health

person experiencing insomnia

Sleep plays an incredibly important role in both your mental and physical health overall. It is generally recommended by experts that you get 8-10 hours of sleep per night but if you are suffering from an untreated mental health disorder, you may find yourself experiencing numerous bouts of insomnia and get considerably less sleep at…

Four Myths about Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, as you may know, is a condition that causes a pause in your breathing for approximately 10-30 seconds while you sleep and can happen up to several times in a night. There are many myths and misinformation around sleep apnea given how complex the condition can be. Here are four myths you may…

Is Remote Working Affecting Your Sleep?

remote work and sleep

Once the Covid-19 pandemic hit back in early 2020, many office employees found themselves all of a sudden having to work from home. While the remote working life certainly has its convenience and comforts, let’s not forget the many challenges it presents, such as navigating Zoom meetings and other new technologies as well as a…

I think I have sleep apnea, now what?

sleep apnea

For many people, a sleep apnea diagnosis, or even the possibility of having sleep apnea without a proper diagnosis can feel overwhelming and scary. It is important to know that this is a condition that is very treatable and can put you on track to getting a good night’s sleep again. Not treating a possible…

The Importance of Cleaning Your CPAP Device

If you suffer from sleep apnea and you regularly use a CPAP Machine at night, you may be used to the fact that you have to keep your device clean on a regular basis. Not sticking to a regular cleaning routine for the various parts of your CPAP Device can result in the parts breaking…

The Truth about Using Cannabis as a Sleep Aid

One of many questions that have become asked a little more in the past few years: can I use cannabis or medical marijuana to help me sleep? While the conversation around cannabis may have been a bit controversial at times (and still is) there has been a lot more research conducted on cannabis use over…

How Stress Affects your Sleep

It is no secret that most of us have experienced stress in one way or another, especially these days seeing as we are still in the middle of a global health pandemic. Stress is something that can influence the body in so many ways, including how you sleep. If you have ever found yourself tossing…