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The Lowdown on Different Types of Vinyl Flooring

Without a doubt, your home flooring sees a lot of traffic during the day. All that footwork can cause all kinds of damage over time. And this is exactly why you should be extra careful when choosing the kind of flooring you install in your home.

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Your Guide to Essential Oils and Their Benefits

Essential oils are the essence of the plant. These essences are hidden in the plans’ roots, seeds, bark or flowers. They give the plant its scent and protect it from dangerous environmental conditions. Some of them even assist in the process of pollination. The essence is extracted from the plant with distillation with steam or water, or by cold pressing, and combined with a carrier oil.

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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Ceiling Fan

We may not realise it, but lighting has a significant impact on our interior design and mood. It has the power to create and change the atmosphere even more than the furniture and some accessories. Good lighting can make you feel relaxed, comfortable and cozy at home.

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A Simple Guide to Transporting Your Motorcycle

Finding out the best way to transport your motorcycle from one place to another without riding it can be quite complicated. Although motorcycles are the smallest form of motorised transportation in the world, they can feel quite large when you try to transport them around. As a motorcycle owner who has had their fair share of problems with them, I’m no stranger to the transportation issues that come with them neither. In my years long experience, I’ve gone through many trials and tribulations and have tried virtually every solution possible. If you want to avoid losing time and the stress associated with transporting your motorcycle from point A to point B, here’s what you can do.

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Your Guide to Optimizing the Space in Your Apartment

Not everyone has the opportunity to live in a wide-spaced apartment or a house. You may like smaller spaces for their quick maintenance and cleaning, or because that’s how much you can afford at the moment. But either way, you’ll need to have a clean, well-organised space to live in. Organization and practicality are key in small apartments.

Making use of every centimetre available will give you enough room to have everything you need and still have enough moving grounds and comfort. Plan carefully the positioning of the furniture, its size and purpose. A lot of people learn to live better with less because of their creativity. A small apartment doesn’t mean you have to live in clutter, or that you simply must get a bigger place to live in. If you have your priorities straight, you’ll easily find the best solution.

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Simple Guide on How to Liven Up Your Paved Outdoor Space

Both aesthetics and comfort are essential for creating the perfect outdoor space. You might think extreme forms of landscaping are needed to create the ideal patio, but that’s not always the case. You can take many simple steps to transform your outdoor living space into an attractive addition to your home without giving up on essentials like comfort and shelter.

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A Simple Guide to Buying a Bivvy Bag

Hunting is thrilling! Especially if you’re hunting somewhere you’ve never been before. There is so much to see and experience that you could never get enough of it, no matter the weather. Those that are enthusiastic about this activity will tell you that nothing is best than a multi-day hunt, where you get to set up a tent and chill out with your hunting buddies after you’ve made a successful catch. However, some terrains can be unfavourable for setting up a tent. No matter how much you try, nothing will help except having a bivvy bag. 

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Say No to Junk Food: A Simple Guide to Pantry Essentials for Healthy Meals

We’ve all been there. Long and stressful day at work, or maybe working overtime and coming home beaten up. The last thing you want to do is spend long hours in the kitchen to prepare a meal. So, instead, you reach for something easy and fast, usually unhealthy such as a bag of potato chips, chocolate muffins, and the list goes on.

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Simple Buyer’s Guide to the Best CPAP Machines

Finding the ideal CPAP machine to meet your unique lifestyle is crucial for getting the peaceful night’s sleep you deserve. Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea or want to replace your old CPAP, the machines (both CPAP and APAP) listed below are the best in the industry, thanks to their user-friendly features and successful therapy.

Best Overall: ResMed Airsense 10 Autoset for Him & Her

If you’re looking for an ideal breathing device, the ResMed CPAP machine is the best option on the market. 

Their AirSense 10 was the best CPAP machine in 2021, and it’s still our favourite among the other APAP devices due to its built-in humidifier. Furthermore, the machine is equipped with cutting-edge technology and the most up-to-date comfort features. It’s also one of the quietest CPAP machines on the market, with a noise level of 26.6 decibels.

The AirSense 10 is light enough to take practically anyplace and compact enough to carry in a suitcase, despite not being built for portability. It has an integrated humidifier that can be removed and replaced with a side cover to make the machine even smaller and quieter. This auto-adjusting ResMed CPAP machine adjusts the treatment pressure to your needs on a breath-by-breath basis, although they can also be used in a CPAP-only mode if necessary.

The AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her has a sophisticated algorithm tailored to women’s specific sleep apnea symptoms. It uses gentler, more moderate pressure adjustments, allowing you to sleep soundly while it does its magic.

Best Travel: ResMed Air Mini

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Although little Air Mini is a fierce machine. This auto-adjusting ResMed CPAP machine is the tiniest breathing device on the market, but it can deliver the same air pressure as its bigger siblings. It can be programmed to simulate a fixed-pressure CPAP, an AutoSense APAP, or even the AutoSense for Her. It’s almost like having an AirSense 10 in your pocket with a smart start, auto-adjust, and ramp functions.

The Mini auto-adjust CPAP machine Resmed is an excellent option for frequent flyers. It’s FAA-approved, and it may be used in flight thanks to its auto-altitude adjustment. You’ll never have to worry about running out of bottled water with the waterless humidifier. It’s also easy to throw into your carry-on because it’s only about 10 ounces!
But, ResMed Air Mini’s coolest feature is that you can handle all of its features and settings right from your smartphone!

Best New: Luna II Auto by 3B Medical

For a few years, the Luna II was a hidden gem, but with the Philips recall, it exploded in popularity. Although 3B Medical’s Luna series CPAP might not have the same brand recognition as Philips Respironics, it does come with some impressive features and a solid design.

To begin with, real-time air leak detection can uncover issues with your airflow or mask fit before they disrupt your sleep. Meanwhile, the machine adapts for air leaks or variations in altitude to ensure that your CPAP therapy is safe and effective. This is excellent news for CPAP users who enjoy travelling!

For those who wish to keep track of their progress, you can use your optional Wi-Fi, 4G cellular modem, QR code, or SD card to access personalized sleep health data or send them to your doctor!

The Quietest: Z2 Auto CPAP by HDM

The Z2 Auto is one of the quietest CPAPs available right now, and that’s before you add the optional Qtube in-line muffler! This is a fantastic option if you’re a sensitive sleeper. The Z2 is a wonderful choice for travellers, weighing just over 10 ounces. It’s ready to go wherever you are with its USB charging connector, AC power connection, and optional inbuilt battery! Plus, because the Heat Moisture Exchange (HME) humidifier is waterless, you won’t have to bother about storing distilled water bottles any longer.

And, unlike many other travel-sized CPAP machines, the Z2 works with any conventional CPAP mask, allowing you to keep using the mask you want.

Types of CPAP Machines

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The regular CPAP, often called a “set pressure” or “fixed pressure” machine, is the most popular type of PAP. This type of machine employs constant air pressure throughout the night.

Auto CPAP machines are similar to standard CPAP machines, except that they will automatically alter the pressure during your sleep if it detects that more or less is required. They can tell if you’re fighting your hypertension or if more is needed to keep apneas at bay.

BiPAP stands for “bilevel,” meaning two distinct pressure settings. When you inhale, they produce higher pressure, and they produce lower pressure when you exhale. BiPAPs are especially beneficial for those CPAP users who have trouble breathing against a fixed pressure setting. 

CPAP Machine Features

Ramp 

The Ramp option on CPAP devices allows you to start at a lower pressure and gradually increase to your recommended pressure levels. This allows CPAP users to sleep soundly while still receiving all of their airway pressure equipment benefits.

Some CPAP machines feature AutoRamp which detects when you’ve fallen asleep and adjusts the ramp time accordingly. However, CPAP users claim that the AutoRamp algorithm is excessively sensitive, meaning it adjusts while they are still awake.

Humidifier

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A humidifier, which adds moisture to the air pulled in by your CPAP machine, is one of the most popular CPAP features. Humidification can make it easier to breathe and reduce symptoms such as dry mouth, sore throat, and stuffy nose. A humidifier can be a lifesaver if you breathe through your mouth or frequently suffer from congestion or allergies.

Sleep Tracking

Most CPAP devices can track therapeutic data, but some of the most modern types can even generate daily sleep quality reports! 
Hours of use, average pressure, and AHI (apnea-hypopnea index) are typically recorded. This information is crucial in assisting your doctor in determining the efficacy of your treatment and keeping track of your compliance.

Noise Level 

Not all CPAP machines are made equal when it comes to sound, and decibels can be a perplexing measurement. To put it in context, 30 dBA is “whisper quiet”. If the volume is below 30, the sound will be hardly audible. If you share a bed with a partner, this is an essential feature to consider!