Cumberland Medical Center’s Sleep Disorder Center will address cleanliness and proper sleep hygiene at its Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Support Group on Thursday, December 1, at 6 p.m.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 18 million Americans use a CPAP to help them achieve a good night’s sleep. Therefore, knowing how to best take care of the machine and its parts is important.
“Everything has an expiration date and so does the CPAP tubes, masks, and filters. We don’t take expired medicine, so we should not use expired supplies,” says Dr. Hina Kouser, who is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine with Cumberland Medical Center’s Sleep Disorder Center. “Keeping the CPAP and its parts clean helps it last longer and prevents germs from building up and spreading.”
Cumberland Medical Center’s Sleep Disorder Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and helps with the diagnosis and treatment of various sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, which affects one’s overall health. In addition to daytime sleepiness and fatigue, certain disorders may cause high blood pressure and serious heart problems. Sufferers often experience more illness, more accidents, reduced job performance, and strained relationships.
The CPAP Support Group welcomes patients and their families, who are affected with sleep disorders similar to sleep apnea, to attend. The support group will meet in Cumberland Medical Center Conference Center – Room C. The meeting is free; however space is limited. Reservations to attend are requested and can be made by calling Cyndy Whitson, Support Group Coordinator, at (931) 459-7249.