Interviews

LWT 021: Jeremy Mank: Sleep Apnea Solutions

Written by Susan

Jeremy Mank joined me on the show to talk about the importance of Sleep Apnea, a condition that can impact your ability to achieve restorative sleep.

There are, actually, a lot of medical conditions that can directly effect sleep, but Sleep Apnea is by far the most common. Jeremy Mank owns and operates an online store called CPAP Supply.ca. This virtual store is an excellent resource that you should know about if you use a CPAP or a BiPAP breathing device.

In complete disclosure, this is where I purchase supplies for my BiPAP breathing device. I first learned about Jeremy’s store from my respiratory therapist, so I felt it was a good referral.

Buying Online

Initially, I was apprehensive about buying supplies online. Don’t get me wrong – I love the convenience of online shopping for most products, but I felt nervous about purchasing expensive medical supplies online. I was in a bit of a pickle though because I recently moved to a new city and did not know where to find what I needed. Therefore, I took my therapist’s advice and made the leap to buy from CPAP Supply.ca

I was completely satisfied and very impressed with Jeremy’s approach to customer service. It was easy and straightforward – I placed my order, paid for and received the products without any problems whatsoever. I thought that was the end of it – but then, a week after delivery, I received an email from Jeremy. In addition to thanking me for my business, he asked if my supplies were working well for me and reminded me I could reach out at any time.

Dedication

Jeremy’s follow up email was unexpected and appreciated. His dedication to his customers was evident, I felt I was in good hands.

Fortunately, I did know exactly what I wanted, but Jeremy explains in our conversation how he helps people discover what will work for them if they are uncertain. He offers a 30-day guarantee and fair return policies. Personally, I think other online stores could learn a thing or two from Jeremy’s business model.

Breathing is what keeps us alive and this includes when we’re sleeping. Taking care of sleep aids like CPAP devices and their supplies – such as hoses, humidifiers, and masks will ensure we sleep well and remain healthy. CPAP supply also has an extensive FAQ page that is bound to address any concerns. It is a stress-free way to buy your supplies and stay calm through the process.

Restorative Sleep

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious problem because it interrupts breathing while you sleep. Basically, your breathing stops and starts throughout the night without you being aware of it.

Of the three types of sleep apnea, obstructive apnea is the most common form that happens when muscles in the back of the throat relax. As a result, the airway narrows and at times closes. This is what causes snoring and choking sounds. There are several causes of obstructive sleep apnea, but it is commonly attributed to being overweight and/or having a thick neck circumference.

CPAPs is the device of choice for this condition because it provides continuous positive air pressure to keep the airway open.

Central sleep apnea is more complicated and has little to do with physical factors. It occurs because the brain is not sending necessary signals to the muscles that control breathing. As a result, the diaphragm muscles atrophy and this weakens the ability to breathe. This can be caused by neuromuscular diseases, as in my situation.

The third form, known as complex sleep apnea is when someone has a combination of the two noted above.

Both central and complex sleep apnea is treated by the use of a BiPAP. A BiPAP has two pressure settings, one for inhalation and one for exhalation. Basically, it forces those sleepy diaphragm muscles to do their job.

Be Alert

Complications can occur when sleep apnea is not addressed. Daytime fatigue, for example, is very common and can be dangerous when driving. Feeling chronically tired can also contribute to mood disorders and depression.

Other physical problems are also a big concern. High blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes and even liver problems can be associated with sleep apnea.

Pay attention to symptoms, and talk to your doctor, if you have issues getting to sleep and or staying asleep.

If you are prescribed a CPAP or BiPAP, follow Jeremy’s advice and experiment to find out what feels right for you.

And when traveling having a second device and mask is a good idea. Don’t be like me and learn the hard way!  You’ll have to tune in to the show to hear more about my cruise disaster.

Jeremy Mank – Sleep Apnea Solutions

To contact Jeremy and learn more:

Website: https://www.cpapsupply.ca

Music credit –
Living Well Today intro and outro music:
More Love and Happiness 
is provided courtesy of
Canadian singer/songwriter, Clela A Errington.

About the author

Susan

Living Well Today is a show that explores what it means to live well. Especially, when people find themselves challenged by significant changes in their health. Our host, Susan, lives with a progressive neuromuscular disease known as CMT, and she showcases guest interviews that are heartfelt and packed with insights.

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