Welcome to the first RealSleep newsletter of 2013.
Happy New Year to you all from the team!

A huge thank you...

We'd like to start by thanking our members for your continued support throughout 2012. We received a fantastic response to our online survey to hear what you, as a valued customer wants from RealSleep. We will be working in the year ahead to provide where we can, all that you suggested. Keep an eye on www.realsleep.co.uk for updates and information about our next Patient Open Day.

RealSleep member, Laurence's Story...

Most people think sleep apnoea sufferers are all overweight and middle-aged . However, this is not always the case. Meet Laurence Thomas, a 26-year-old trainee solicitor from Bradford (now living in London)...

Laurence was diagnosed with sleep apnoea in 2007, but he believes he has probably suffered with it all of his life. He might still be struggling to cope with it, if his father's diagnosis hadn't inspired him to book an appointment with a specialist.

Life before CPAP wasn't easy. He was constantly exhausted. Teenage socialising was difficult, especially at parties, and he was very grumpy with his friends and family. Sleep apnoea was also having a detrimental effect on his studies at university. His course involved a lot of self-directed study, and he was having trouble concentrating and staying focused.

After being diagnosed and starting CPAP, his grades immediately improved and he even ran a marathon with his father the next year! His fiancée is very happy he is on treatment as she thinks he has been able to fulfil his potential.

Although it was unfamiliar and uncomfortable to start with, once he got used to it, he never looked back!

Stuck for a New Year's Resolution?
Why not give your CPAP equipment an overhaul!

We've managed to secure some great offers for our RealSleep members but be quick - offers end 31st March 2013!

Order now by calling RealSleep free on 0800 9177071 or visiting a Centre for Healthy Sleep. For more information on our products, click here. To receive the discounts, you must quote JAN13 when placing your order.

*Offers valid until 31 March 2013. RealSleep members only. Code JAN13 must be quoted. Normal carriage charges apply. Not available via online shop. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount. Items must be purchased together. Discounts apply to totals, off list prices. Valid UK prescription required for the S9 AutoSet if you have not previously purchased a CPAP device from us before.

Kick-start your CPAP treatment!

Didn't quite settle into CPAP treatment last year or even before then? How about you join us on a journey to get going with it in 2013...

First steps
Start improving your 'Sleep Hygiene' which includes the following tips:

  • Establish a routine and maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time
  • Keep the bedroom dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature
  • Try not to nap in the day

Avoid:

  • Caffeinated drinks after noon
  • Smoking before bedtime
  • Exercise within 3 hours of bedtime
  • Mental stimulation 1-2 hours before sleep i.e. computer work

Click here for our article packed with more advice about Healthy Living/Healthy Sleep.

Next steps

Now you're ready to dust off your CPAP device then wash your mask using warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent. Allow to dry then set it all up ready for your first night back on CPAP.

In the morning, press the 'i' button (S9 device only) to check your previous night's treatment.

Be patient with yourself; you might not settle into treatment after just 1 night. Aim to gradually build up the time you use your CPAP each night.

Moving forward

You're doing well if you have used your device every night for at least 2 weeks - stick with it! Your bed partner may comment your snoring has reduced and/or you may be feeling more refreshed in the daytime. Remember to wash the mask twice weekly and wipe the cushion at least daily to prevent mask leak and keep it in good condition.

After using your device for at least 1 month, why not visit us at one of our Centre's for a download of your treatment data so we can confirm how successful your treatment has been and answer any questions you may have? We can also review your data remotely; call us to find out more about this service.

If you continue to struggle don't worry, just get in touch with our experienced team. It could be simply some support or advice that will get you back on track to a better 2013. Please also visit our website to watch our helpful videos which take you through each step of commencing CPAP.

We are here to help! Call RealSleep FREE on 0800 917 7071 or email us at info@realsleep.co.uk


Focus On... CPAP Pillow

The contour CPAP Pillow improves patient comfort, quality of sleep, and compliance. It also minimises facial pressure, mask shifting, and leaks. Available in 2 depths - 4 or 5 inches.

Most patients will be comfortable with the standard profile pillow (4"), but there is also a high profile (5") version for larger, broader patients, or anyone who prefers a thicker pillow. Replacement pillow covers also available.

Member special offer
Buy a Contour CPAP Pillow for £44.99!*

Purchase online at shop.realsleep.co.uk or
by calling FREE on 0800 917 7071

*Offer valid until 31.03.13 for members only. Carriage charges apply. Usual
member price £51.29. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount.
John joined ResMed a year ago and works within our Technical Services Department.

His role involves the repair and servicing of all models of ResMed sleep and ventilation devices. Here, John talks about humidification:

''Users of humidifiers may notice varying amounts of water being used, particularly when the seasons change. The ambient humidity in the air will determine how much more water (if any) the device has to add to the air stream.

Warmer air can hold more moisture, therefore hot humid air in the summer or a heated bedroom in the winter may result in less work for the humidifier.
If you are experiencing air that is too dry (or too damp) the humidity can be adjusted to find the level that suits you. Please refer to your user manual or contact the RealSleep team.''

If you have any tips or tricks you would like to share with fellow members, please email them to us at: info@realsleep.co.uk.

   

The Sleep Apnoea Trust Association

Are you aware of the work that SATA does to improve the lives of OSA sufferers?

Visit them to see what they have to offer at: www.sleep-apnoea-trust.org