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July 2016
Happy Summer!
As you get ready to embark on your long awaited summer vacation, we would like to remind you of a few important things for traveling with your CPAP:
  • Bring your CPAP!  It's still important to get a good (healthy) night's sleep even when you are on vacation.
  • Always carry your CPAP equipment on the airplane! We have seen the damage done to machines that had been stowed in check-in luggage.  You are still allowed your two regular carry-ons PLUS the CPAP because it is a medical device.
  • Double or triple check your CPAP bag to make sure you have packed ALL necessary parts! We sell a lot of  power supplies, tubing and masks here simply because people forget to pack something.
  • Be safe and have fun!
For more information about travel-size CPAP equipment, scroll to the bottom of this newsletter!

Sleep Research
Diet Quality and Physical Activity Linked to Late Sleep Timing

Do you typically get at least 6.5 hours of sleep per night, but find that the timing of your sleep begins late at night?

A recent study suggests that late sleep timing may be correlated with the quality of one's diet and the amount of physical activity achieved (or not achieved) on a daily basis.  Higher amounts of fast food, lower amounts of vegetables, and lower amounts of physical activity, especially in men, were associated with late sleep time in the study participants.

Why does this matter?  Researchers believe this data will help them better understand how sleep timing and sleep duration affect a person's risk for obesity. 

To learn more about the study and read the source article,  click here.

The Benefits of Drinking Coffee Outweigh the Risk!

This is great news for those of you addicted to Starbucks.  According to a new study, the benefits of drinking moderate amounts of coffee daily appear to outweigh any risks you might have read about elsewhere.
Health issues included as benefiting from consumption of 3-4 cups of coffee a day are cardiovascular, cancer, neurological disorders, metabolic health and even overall mortality!
For more information about the study, grab a cup of coffee and  click here .

Looking at Sleep Disorders 
REM Behavior
Disorder 101, Episode 3

In our last newsletter we reviewed how REM Behavior Disorder is treated.  This month we will conclude this series by looking at the link between REM Behavior Disorder and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinsonism.

Studies have varied on the percent of patients diagnosed with idiopathic RBD developed a parkinsonian disorder:  Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple system atrophy, and Alzheimer's disease.(Idiopathic refers to a condition that exists without a known cause or having been caused by another medical condition.)  The frequency has ranged from 30-80%.

There are limitations to all studies.  The highest rates were found in studies of males greater than 50 years old and who were originally diagnosed with idiopathic RBD.  A strong link between RBD and the development of dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's disease has been established; and RBD can occur before, after or at the same time as the development of these other conditions.   It is recommended that patients with idiopathic RBD who have symptoms of concern (tremors, difficulty with balance or walking, memory problems and others) be screened by a neurologist.

All information shared in this series and more can be found in the March 2016 edition of  

Reviewed by Robert Hooper, MD
Product Information
Tired of lugging that big CPAP machine when traveling?

The Z1 travel CPAP made by Human Design Medical is the simplest, smallest and quietest travel CPAP ever!  The Z1™ only makes 26 dBA of sound during operation.  It only weighs 10 oz. and can be plugged into an outlet or integrated with the rechargeable battery Power Shell™.  A great option for camping/backpacking, the Power Shell™ has also been approved by the FAA for in-flight use!  

We offer the option to rent the Z1™ CPAP or Z1 Auto CPAP with or without the battery pack!  You may rent just to try it out or to take with you on a trip--an alternative to purchasing your own!  
If you rent first and decide to purchase later, your rental fee will go towards the cost of your purchase.   

For more information about renting or purchasing the Z1™, give us a call at 480- 767-8811 or email us at
The Sleep Center| Phone 480-767-8811| Fax 480-657-0737 ||