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A Guide to Adapting Yourself to Your CPAP Mask

A Guide to Adapting Yourself to Your CPAP Mask

Getting used to sleeping while wearing a CPAP mask and other equipment is a challenge that many people face. We want you to know that you are not alone in the anxiety and regular discomfort that comes with learning how to adapt to sleeping with your CPAP. 

However, we are here to provide you with some suggestions on adapting to your new cpap mask in a way that is easy and on your own terms.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: creating a regular pattern to follow before bed is an essential component of getting sufficient rest. Even while getting the recommended amount of sleep—eight hours—is critical, there are a lot of things in our environment that might make it difficult for us to get to sleep and stay asleep. 

See Also: A Guide to Fitting and Replacing CPAP Masks

The following are a few key components that should be included in an effective routine to follow before going to bed in order to signal to your brain that it is now time to shut down.

A Guide to Adapting Yourself to Your CPAP Mask
  • Make it a goal to maintain a consistent schedule when it comes to when you go to bed and when you get up, even on the weekends.
  • Avoid dozing off repeatedly during the day.
  • If you decide to exercise, the morning is the best time to do so.
  • After 4 in the afternoon, you should avoid drinking caffeinated beverages.
  • Establishing a defined routine before going to bed is essential (shower, oral hygiene, close electronics, etc.)
  • Try to limit your exposure to “blue light” coming from electronic screens and other sources.

If you are new to treatment with CPAP and are trying to adjust to it, following these easy rules will make it much simpler for you to fall asleep and will likely minimize the amount of time it takes for you to acclimatize.

While You’re Awake, You Should Continue to Use Your CPAP.

Wearing your CPAP mask while you are awake is one of the most effective ways to acclimate yourself to using it. You are more likely to have feelings of discomfort, and in extreme cases, claustrophobia, if you merely throw it on before you attempt to go to sleep. 

To begin, we recommend that you use the CPAP mask when you are awake and standing up straight. If you wear it while you watch television, play games on the computer, or read a book, you will have a better sense of how it fits, which will allow you to modify it so that it provides the most comfort possible. 

If you remain vigilant while you are wearing it, you will have a greater degree of control over it, and you will be able to wear it rather than having it wear you. You should also keep in mind that there are several distinct types of CPAP masks available to you, and that one of these masks may be better suited for your face or the treatment that you are receiving than the others. Be sure to discuss the many possibilities for your CPAP mask with the patient care person who is caring for you.

Make the Necessary Changes to Your CPAP Settings

When using the mask for the first time, it is very usual to experience feelings of discomfort, especially if your air pressure settings are turned on. According to the findings of your sleep study, the doctor who is going to review it will give you instructions on how to adjust the air pressure on your CPAP machine. 

These settings can fluctuate, making it difficult to find a comfortable balance for yourself. Customizing your adjustment settings for when you lie down and using the “ramp” option on your CPAP are two actions that can make adjusting to your CPAP mask more effective. 

These steps can be taken when you first start using the mask. Because the shape of your face will shift depending on whether you are sitting up or lying down, once you’ve gotten used to wearing your CPAP mask while you’re awake and standing, you should give it a shot when you’re asleep. 

The curves of your face will be different. After you have determined that the mask fits you perfectly, you will need to test the mask’s seal by increasing the air pressure. Another test is going to be given because you might find it challenging to adjust to the current air pressure levels while you’re attempting to get some shut-eye. 

If this is the case, you need to ensure that your CPAP machine has a “ramp” option that you may use. If you do this, the air pressure will begin at a low setting and gradually build over a short period of time. This will give you enough time to get some shut-eye before the full pressure setting takes effect.

A Guide to Adapting Yourself to Your CPAP Mask

Maintain a Clean CPAP Mask and Machine.

CPAP mask can, in extremely unusual circumstances, cause the wearer to have an allergic reaction, which was previously far more prevalent. This used to be the case since some CPAP masks were manufactured using latex, but these days, this is an extremely unusual occurrence, and the only time it actually occurs is when you buy an older CPAP machine. 

Silicone or gel will almost always be used as a replacement for latex in more modern CPAP machines. It is more likely that you will experience an allergic response on the very first night that you wear the mask than it is that it will occur later on in the course of your CPAP treatment.

After a certain point in their treatment, many patients who believe they are experiencing an allergic reaction are, in fact, suffering from the adverse effects of improper CPAP hygiene. It is essential that you keep your CPAP mask and hose clean by giving them a light washing at least once every week, if not more frequently than once every other day. 

If your mask is not cleaned correctly and frequently, bacteria will eventually form as a result of the combination of the fact that you will be breathing into it for several hours each night and the built-in humidification system. 

Because of this, one could end up with a skin infection or any other form of adverse impact. Purchasing new parts on a regular basis to keep up with treatment’s quality is another method for minimising the risk of undesirable side effects.

Your life will ultimately be improved by receiving CPAP treatment since it will allow you to get the restorative sleep of a high-quality that you require. 

The use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask for treatment of sleep apnea has been shown to have a positive long-term effect on both the patient’s quality of life and their chance of developing certain health complications that are connected with untreated sleep apnea. 

It will become a pleasant part of your life and have you sleeping better than you ever have before if you keep a positive attitude about your CPAP mask use and make sure you acclimate to it on your terms.

A Guide to Fitting and Replacing CPAP Masks

A Guide to Fitting and Replacing CPAP Masks

For those who suffer from Sleep Apnea, CPAP therapy can be a challenge to adapt to. You’ll need to find a CPAP machine and mask that works for you, and then you’ll have to train yourself to use them while you sleep. You might be wondering things like, “What size mask do I need?” on your quest to find the perfect face covering. What size mask should I get? How do I fix the leak in my CPAP mask? How can I tell if the mask doesn’t fit properly?

Finding the right CPAP mask can be challenging, and can cause a host of issues, including but not limited to: facial marks, dry mouth, and even hair loss. The likelihood of adapting well to CPAP therapy is dramatically improved by a mask that fits well.

Following the acquisition of your CPAP mask, please consider the following simple suggestions for optimizing your fit:

  1. Can you slip a finger under the mask’s strap?

If you can fit a finger under each strap, definitely it’s probably a good fit. If you can slide more than a finger under the mask’s strap, it’s probably not fit enough and could lead to leaks. A mask that is too tight can cause pressure sores and even mild headaches, so make sure you can fit at least one finger under the strap. Put on your mask while using your CPAP machine, and adjust the straps until you can fit one finger under them without any air can escape.

A Guide to Fitting and Replacing CPAP Masks
  1. Learn your typical sleeping positions.

Are you a restless sleeper? Do you favour the side or back when you sleep? Maybe you sleep with your mouth open, and you always wake up with a dry mouth. It’s important to know how you normally sleep in order to determine if a mask will work for you. Everyone has a different experience falling asleep, and the same holds true for your mask. If you have any questions about which mask would be best for you, feel free to contact us at Air Liquide Healthcare. 

  1. Make sure there are no leaks

It’s likely that your CPAP mask isn’t doing its job if your machine is reporting leaks. A leaking CPAP mask could be the result of a number of factors, including the accumulation of oils and bacteria on the mask, which could compromise the seal, or the mask not being the right size for your face, facial hair, or sleeping position. Maintaining your CPAP machine and cleaning the mask on a regular basis can make it more comfortable to use while you sleep. This is because when we lay down, our facial muscles relax and change slightly, and when we relax, this effect is amplified.

  1. It’s important to size things up properly

Different styles of CPAP masks are available to accommodate a wide range of wearers, from those who wear glasses to those who sport a full beard. Brands like ResMed provide multiple mask sizes because they think everyone should have access to CPAP therapy. If you’re having comfort issues with your CPAP mask, we recommend that you should relate it with your Sleep Coach.

  1. Remove dust and dirt from the cushion

Anything that is constantly touching your face should be kept clean. The oils and bacteria on our faces can shorten the life of a mask and even cause a leak if you don’t plan to be replacing it regularly. Cleaning a CPAP mask is as easy as wiping down the mask and cushions with a warm, soapy cloth. After washing, your mask’s sealing power should improve if you let it air dry during the day or store it somewhere dry for a few hours before using it again at night.

Patience and time are essential.

It’s important to keep in mind that getting used to sleeping with a CPAP mask can take some time. Put on your CPAP mask and unwind for a while before turning in for the night. Maintaining healthy sleep routines, including reducing caffeine intake and increasing physical activity, is encouraged during this time of transition.

A Guide to Fitting and Replacing CPAP Masks

There are five indications that your CPAP mask needs a replacement.

Maintaining your CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine on a regular basis will keep it in top working condition, allowing you to get the most out of your treatment for sleep apnea. This includes replacing your mask at the appropriate times.

You should replace your CPAP mask every 6-12 months and your headgear at the same intervals, but here are five signs that it’s time to do so sooner rather than later.

  1. When You Start Seeing New Outcomes

If you have noticed a decline in the effectiveness of your nightly therapy and are not waking up feeling as refreshed as you once did, it may be time to replace your CPAP mask.

  1. The Seal’s Quality

The mask’s seal, which prevents air from escaping through your nose and mouth, starts out clear and strong but gradually turns yellow, loses elasticity, and eventually can’t even form a tight seal around your face. This is because your mask, and by extension, your therapy, may not work as well if your skin’s natural oils have built up on its surface. Investing in a replacement CPAP mask is a good way to make sure the seal is intact.

  1. Having a Dry Mouth When You Wake Up

If you wake up with a dry mouth, it could be time to switch out your mask. This can happen if the mask has air leaks that cause a change in air pressure, requiring you to adjust the position of your mouth throughout the night.

  1. It’s Getting Uncomfortable to Wear

When a CPAP mask wears down, it can become loose, prompting the wearer to tighten it more and more with each use. Overtightening the mask when it no longer forms a tight seal can cause temporary grooves or irritation to the skin.

  1. The Elastic Has Been Damaged, Is Exposed, or Has Lost Its Form

A mask’s elastic fabric deteriorates over time from repeated sweating, movement, tightening, and cleaning. Getting a new mask might be necessary if the old one has become very thin, is torn, or has lost its shape.

In order to treat your sleep apnea and allow you to have more restful nights of sleep, your CPAP machine was created. However, your therapy outcomes, comfort, and hygiene could all suffer if you keep using a CPAP mask that has long since worn out.

For more information or for consultation, contact us via our website at Air Liquide Healthcare.

5 Major Problems with CPAP Masks and Their Solutions

5 Major Problems with CPAP Masks and Their Solutions

If you’re using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to treat your sleep apnea, you should use it nightly, without fail, for the best results. Consistency can be achieved by adhering as closely as possible to the prescribed routine and by using the device every time you go to bed. While a CPAP machine can help you get some rest and sleep better, it isn’t perfect. 

The mask is the most common source of trouble for CPAP users. To help you get a good night’s sleep even if you’re having mask problems, we’ve listed seven typical issues with CPAP masks and how to fix them.

Since the cpap mask is the only part of your therapy that makes direct contact with your skin, it is also the part of the sleep apnea machine about which most people have concerns. This article will discuss the most common mask issues and how to fix them so that you can get the most out of your nightly treatment.

You may be wondering, what are the most typical issues with CPAP masks?

  1. CPAP mask isn’t a perfect fit.

When undergoing CPAP therapy for Sleep Apnea, it is crucial to find a mask that is a good fit for your face. Because a CPAP mask that fits your face properly not only makes it more likely that you’ll use it consistently, but also ensures that it will fit your face properly every time you go to bed and wake up.

5 Major Problems with CPAP Masks and Their Solutions

Step one in resolving the problem: practise the wearing a CPAP mask. It’s important to wear the headgear properly so that your mask fits you properly. Whether you’re just starting therapy or switching to a new mask, it’s important to learn the proper way to put it on so that it fits your face like it was made to.

Second, take your time in selecting a suitable CPAP mask: Finding a CPAP mask that fits you properly and comfortably is time well spent. If you’re having trouble finding a mask that works for you, talk to your doctor about it. They’ll let you try out a few different options and help you pick the one that’s best for you.

Third, accommodate for age-related changes in facial appearance. Mask fit can be affected by external factors such as weight loss or gain, or by the development of facial hair. If this happens, rather than suffering through treatment with an inappropriate mask, you should look into getting a new mask that is a better fit. At Air Liquide Healthcare in Australia, we provide a mask fitting service.

  1. CPAP mask is leaking.

It is important to pay attention to any sounds or sensations that indicate air is escaping from your mask, as this could indicate that your therapy is not being delivered effectively. The CPAP machine you use to combat Sleep Apnea each night works by applying air pressure to your throat, keeping your airways open throughout the night. If that air pressure is lost because of a broken seal, the treatment may not be doing its job.

In other words, even if you’re diligently adhering to your CPAP therapy, you may not be reaping the full benefits of your treatment because of mask leak.

First, have a mask custom-fitted. Assuring a tight fit between the mask and your face is crucial for a proper airtight seal. If you notice air leaking in or out of your mask, or if your pre-therapy symptoms return, it’s time to have your mask checked by a professional.

We realize this is an inconvenience, but if your CPAP machine is not functioning properly, there is no point in continuing to use it, especially since this can be easily remedied.

Alternate Remedy: Get a New CPAP Mask

5 Major Problems with CPAP Masks and Their Solutions

Normal use and age can distort the shape of a mask over time. Skin oils, lotions, and cosmetics can all cause the seal to break down faster than it should, which can be uncomfortable and lead to leaks. It’s important to keep your mask clean so it can do its job properly. If you have a ResMed AirSense 10 device, you’ll have access to a wealth of resources for maintaining your mask. If you don’t, you can visit Air Liquide Healthcare in Australia site and request for help and guides.

  1. Dry or stuffed up nose is either because of the mask.

Nasal and sinus problems, such as a dry or stuffy nose, are experienced by some CPAP patients as a result of breathing through the CPAP mask.

Put a heated humidifier on your CPAP machine.

These days, heated humidifiers are either standard on most CPAP machines or can be purchased as an add-on. This is intended to alleviate or even eliminate dry airway symptoms by increasing humidity levels in the supplied air. Read up on humidification techniques here.

  1. The air pressure from the CPAP mask is irritating.

Some people may find it difficult to adjust to breathing constantly through a mask. It’s normal to feel uneasy about starting treatment for something that doesn’t come naturally. As you try to get some good sleep, you may find that the air current is a somehow difficult to tolerate. Exhaling against the pressure can be challenging for some people as well.

The Sleep Onset Detection Function is the answer to this problem (AutoRamp). Until it detects that you’ve fallen asleep, some CPAP machines start out at a low pressure and gradually increase to your prescribed pressure. What this means is that if you wear the mask while lying in bed, the full pressure of the airflow won’t hit you until you’re already unconscious from lack of attention. This can help you feel much better while still getting the treatment you need.

  1. Can’t stand the discomfort of the mask’s tube?

The mask itself isn’t always the source of the problem; sometimes the tube behind it is. The tube is a necessary part of the setup because it links the mask to the CPAP machine, but it can be annoying and comes in the way at night.

The problem can be solved by using the CPAPmax 2.0 pillow.

One possible solution to the irritation caused by the CPAP machine’s tube connecting the mask to the machine is to switch to a different type of pillow. The CPAPmax 2.0 pillow from ResMed contours to your face and has detachable layers so you can find the perfect height for your head, neck, and spine alignment and comfort needs. Pressure-free side cut-outs lessen mask interference, and a tethered air hose means you can get up and walk around all night without worrying about your mask shifting or leaking.

For more information or for consultation, contact us via our website at Air Liquide Healthcare.

How does your age affect laser eye surgery?

How does your age affect laser eye surgery?

If you are 25 years of age or older and considering laser eye surgery, you are probably wondering if your age makes a difference. You will essentially learn how your age affects your laser eye surgery in this essay.

25–40 for laser eye surgery

Most laser eye surgery eye specialists concur that the ideal age range for laser eye surgery eligibility is between 25 and 40 due to a few considerations. Prescriptions for contact lenses and eyeglasses have probably stabilized by the age of 25. One of the characteristics of a great candidate for laser eye surgery is a steady prescription. Your prescription may still be changing if you are under the age of 25.

40–55 for laser eye surgery

Even if you are blessed with perfect vision for the rest of your life, it is considerably more probable that you will need reading glasses after you approach forty. But it doesn’t mean you won’t be seen as a prime candidate for laser eye surgery. Your eye surgeon for laser eye surgery has a strong chance of giving the procedure the all-clear if you are a non-smoker in good health with no history of medical problems. For this specific age group, factors to take into account include a family history of diabetes, glaucoma, and corneal issues.

56 and above for laser eye surgery

Although several factors should be taken into consideration before a senior person qualifies as a candidate, there is simply no maximum age restriction prohibiting seniors from having laser eye surgery. Cataracts, a common ailment of the eye in older people, is one reason why someone in this age range can be deemed unsuitable. If you are still viewed as a terrific potential at the age of sixty and have good vision, If cataracts have developed, they become the main focus of medical care; nevertheless, this does not preclude a patient from undergoing further laser eye surgery or other refractive lens procedures. During your visit, you must also inform your eye doctor of any medications you are currently taking.

How does your age affect laser eye surgery?

There is another choice available if you are tired of wearing corrective glasses. Myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia are just a few of the numerous visual issues that may be treated with laser eye surgery.

What is a laser eye procedure?

Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis is another name for laser eye surgery. As the name implies, the procedure totally improves the cornea by using a highly specialized laser called an excimer laser (the transparent front covering of the eye).

A skilled eye surgeon will create a tiny flap in your cornea using a laser or a microkeratome. The opportunity to reach the stroma, the underlying corneal tissue, will come from lifting the light flap.

Depending on your refractive eyesight and any necessary mistake, the excimer laser may remove minuscule quantities of tissue in a predetermined manner.

This alters the cornea’s shape, enabling the retina to receive light that is more precisely focused.

Your eye doctor will conduct a thorough eye exam and evaluate your surgical and medical history if you are thinking about having laser eye surgery. Your doctor will note any potential anomalies in your cornea and determine if you are a good candidate for laser eye surgery.

Despite the fact that laser eye surgery is a medical operation, you may be assured in its high level of safety. More precision was possible throughout the procedure because to recent developments, such the development of the femtosecond laser and wavefront technology.

Nowadays, laser eye surgery is quite straightforward and less invasive, especially if well considered beforehand.

It may be finished in 30 minutes as an outpatient surgery. Having said that, it is also a surgical procedure. Complications are less likely if you know how to properly care for your eyes following the treatment.

Here are some helpful aftercare suggestions to make sure you get the best results.

1. After the procedure, use care advice.

Almost every patient has some measure of pain after undergoing laser eye surgery.

Since every patient reacts to pain differently, this might range from being very little discomfort to feeling like it’s burning or even ripping. Additionally, you are extremely likely to have light sensitivity during the first six hours after surgery. Simply sleeping off this time for a few hours is much preferable.

Your surgeon could advise you to take a lot of painkillers and eye drops if you are feeling discomfort. This lessens dry eyes and protects against infection. Additionally, you will be given eye shields to protect your eyes from strong light and avoid scratching them.

In order to prevent unconscious eye rubbing while you sleep for the first four or even five nights after surgery, you must also wear your eye shields.

Although you can have good eyesight right away after the procedure, it is dangerous to drive alone because to crying and glare. Ask a friend or family member to arrange your transportation home.

2. Recharge.

The most essential time following surgery is likely the first couple of hours. It is advised that you take a lot of naps when you return home. This might assist you in avoiding certain activities that could strain your eyes.

Going for a really lengthy sleep can also help with letting most of the pain go and allowing your eyes to start recovering.

3. Avoid rubbing your eyes.

Even if it’s been said before, it’s important to reiterate. Try to resist the impulse to rub or touch your eyes after your laser eye surgery, particularly in the first week. This might cause the flap to become loose and lead to difficulties after surgery.

You may use the lubricating eye drops your eye doctor recommended for grittiness and comfort if your eyes feel particularly scratchy.

4. Apply your eyedrops as directed.

Regarding eye drops, you must follow the schedule recommended by your doctor. This would include giving them at certain times throughout the day. The greatest outcomes will be obtained by adhering to your doctor’s instructions while reducing dryness and irritation.

Before applying the drops, wash your hands to prevent the spread of any dangerous illnesses.

5. Take a shower.

The day following your laser eye surgery, you are free to take a shower, although it is advised that you stay hydrated. You may prevent getting water or soap in your eyes by doing this. Any contact to water may cause the corneal flap to crease, increasing the risk of complications.

If you must take a bath, keep your eyes closed, bathe from the back of yours, and avoid receiving the hot water from the faucet directly into your eyes. Do not rub, but softly wipe your closed eyes. Use lubricant drops after your shower or bath if the time for your medication has passed.

And generally speaking, stay away from areas like spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools for at least 7 days after your operation.

Explaining the advantages of laser eye surgery

Explaining the advantages of laser eye surgery

There are several setups available for laser refractive surgery. The most popular and often performed technique is laser eye surgery. Other methods of laser eye surgery will be referred to as “LASIK” in several publications, including the one.

The retina in the back of the eye is where pictures are often focused. As a result of nearsightedness, astigmatism, or farsightedness, they get concentrated either before or maybe behind the retina, resulting in impaired vision. Learn more about advantages of laser eye surgery.

Myopia, often known as nearsightedness, is a condition in which you can see things well up close but find it difficult to see things clearly away. Light rays concentrate before the retina when your eyeball is somewhat larger than usual or if the cornea is too sharply curved, blocking your ability to see far away. You can see items in close proximity much more clearly than you can at a distance, but not people.

Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a condition in which you can see far objects well but not up-close ones. Light is directed behind the retina rather than on it when the eyeball is shorter than usual or if the cornea is overly dull. This results in near- and often far-sightedness becoming blurred.

Blurred vision is a frequent side effect of astigmatism. When the cornea flattens or bends unevenly, astigmatism results, impairing both near- and far-sightedness. The traditional method of treating blurry vision has been to use contact lenses or glasses to bend (refract) light rays. However, altering the cornea—the transparent tissue in the form of a dome—may be able to correct eyesight as well as give the necessary refraction.

The need for prescription lenses, protective gear, and sunglasses is eliminated through laser eye surgery. Additionally, it does away with the need for contact lenses, which may be quite uncomfortable while participating in activities that include sweat, mud, and water. After undergoing laser eye surgery, athletes may get the eyewear they need for performance without worrying about vision correction. Even if an athlete’s spectacles break mid-race, the competition still goes on.

Even the average wearer of glasses may profit greatly from laser eye surgery. Consider the advantages of laser eye surgery if you have worn glasses for a long time.

What is laser eye surgery (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis)?

In your cornea’s outermost layer, laser eye surgery creates an extraordinarily thin, square flap that allows the inside layers to be reshaped to correct curvature anomalies that lead to impaired vision. It’s unusual since it’s the only laser vision correction procedure that modifies the cornea by using a flap technique.

The lower layers of the cornea are corrected, the flap is reinstalled, and it is then allowed to heal naturally without the need of sutures.

1. Better eyesight

Approximately 95% of patients who have laser eye surgery achieve uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) of at least 20/40, and 85% achieve 20/20 vision or better. After a single outpatient procedure, patients’ vision is considerably improved.

Improved eyesight is, unsurprisingly, the primary advantage of laser vision correction techniques like laser eye surgery. While there is no assurance that the procedure will provide perfect vision, about 96% of those who have laser eye surgery get 20/20 vision. Those who don’t see a major improvement in their vision and a considerable reduction in their need on glasses or maybe contact lenses.

Explaining the advantages of laser eye surgery

2. Long-term results

Benefits from laser eye surgery must be long-lasting after a stabilization period of around 3 weeks to allow the eye to acclimate. The patient’s improved eyesight lasts forever, barring any natural age- or illness-related vision loss, and there is simply no need for follow-up procedures unless the surgical procedure wrongly restored the patient’s vision.

3. Quick recovery and quick results

Many ophthalmologists believe that patients may resume their regular routine as soon as the following day, unless they work in a dusty or dirty workplace, even if you won’t be able to drive after laser eye surgery. Think of attaining near-perfect vision in a single day!

4. No need for other eye surgeries

The estimated annual cost of contacts is between $375 and $450. Even though laser eye surgery is often more expensive, you only need to pay for it once. After a few years, it will pay for itself by reducing your need for eyeglasses and actually begin saving you money. Not to mention that you won’t have to deal with repairs, hurt your own eye, or even dig around on the floor looking for a lost contact.

5. No need to purchase expensive sunshades

Although it is realistic to assume that the era of professional athletes using glasses without lenses is ended, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the option? Even just taking off your glasses might significantly alter how you appear. Furthermore, you won’t need to purchase expensive prescription sunglasses or even special lenses for your eyeglasses in order to wear the style of sunglasses you choose.

Laser eye surgery is now even safer

Despite the fact that no surgery is completely risk-free, laser vision correction is now safer than ever before. The flap technique does, however, create a few problems, which will likely be discussed in more depth in the next section.

rapid recovery How quickly you can anticipate recovering after laser eye surgery is one of the most often requested questions. In most cases, the recovery time after laser eye surgery is between 24 and 36 hours, excluding complications with the flap implantation. Additionally, there is no need to apply uncomfortable bandages. As a result, you might quickly resume your job and trip plans.

In general, most people who have laser assisted in situ keratomileusis (laser eye surgery) experience vision of 20/20 or better, which is adequate for the majority of activities. However, as people age, the great majority eventually need glasses for driving at night or when reading.

The success of laser eye surgery has been shown in the past. Since problems that cause vision loss are uncommon, most people are delighted with the outcome. Some side effects, notably dry eyes and temporary visual issues are exceedingly prevalent (such as glare). However, symptoms often go away within a few weeks or months, and not many individuals consider them to be a long-term problem.

Your results will vary depending on your refractive error as well as other factors. The success rates of refractive surgery are highest in patients with mild nearsightedness. People who have severe astigmatism and nearsightedness or farsightedness along with astigmatism have less predictable vision.

Effective Exercises for Weight Loss Women Over Forty Can Try

Effective Exercises for Weight Loss Women Over Forty Can Try

Just as it went through unique changes during your 20s and 30s, your body is sure to take you through a wide range of transformations, both subtle and inescapable, once you enter and cruise through your 40s. All of these developments are, of course, perfectly normal, but there’s no question that they can make women feel the roller coaster of emotions as they discover that their body no longer appears and works like it did during more youthful stages in their lives.

Here are just some of the things that happen to a woman’s body when she reaches 40 years of age:

Muscle and bone mass can take huge dips. The loss of mass began back in your 30s and will inevitably continue during your 40s, but the process will be accelerated if you shy away from working out.

Testosterone and estrogen levels drop, too. These hormones are designed to aid your muscles, and so their downward turn will translate to taking much longer to recover from strenuous exercises. Lower estrogen levels are also a main cause of accumulating belly fat.

Effective Exercises for Weight Loss Women Over Forty Can Try

Conversely, the stress hormone cortisol can increase at this time. It won’t help your struggle to recover faster from workouts because higher cortisol levels means faster muscle breakdown.

Your metabolism begins to slow down at a rate of about 5 percent per year after your 40th birthday. This is the signal that you would need to stop eating high-carb, high-sugar, high-calorie foods, as it is now a lot easier to pack on the pounds — and they are much more stubborn about leaving your body for good.

Getting your sweat on

To help get your body back in shape, there are a number of exercises for weight loss women over forty can consider including in their regular routine. By working out, eating right, and being smart about your whole approach to your fitness, you can shed the excess pounds and prime yourself up for optimal health as you advance in years.

Add these exercises to your routine:

Strength train by lifting weights. Your best bet for burning fat in your body and losing weight is to build muscle. Lifting weights is one of the best ways to prevent muscles from shrinking and weakening, and to help them stay strong and flexible.

Effective Exercises for Weight Loss Women Over Forty Can Try

Work out harder, for shorter periods. There’s no need to slave for hours in the gym at a relatively comfortable pace — not only is that exhausting, but it’s also ineffective for weight loss. Consider high-intensity workouts that you can complete in just a short amount of time, like eight minutes. You must give your all-out effort on different movements, like skipping, running and cycling, and combine them with short rest periods.

Stretch and stay flexible. Being in your 40s means that your muscles are slowly shortening, tightening and becoming more prone to injury. You can prevent this by maintaining flexibility, which you can achieve through stretching. Yoga and Pilates are excellent workouts that can incorporate stretching and flexibility exercises into your routine. Aim to hold stretches, without bouncing, for about 10 to 15 seconds to really improve your flexibility.

Try quick bursts of movement. Jumping, skipping, running, hopping and climbing stairs are all excellent moves for slowing down bone density loss.

Going the distance. Running is a great way for women over 40 to stay in shape. It’s best to mix up your running routine to get the best weight loss results, like increasing difficulty by using intervals (alternating periods of walking with running) or increasing the incline on a treadmill for a more challenging run.

Other resources:
A Guide to Adapting Yourself to Your CPAP Mask
A Guide to Fitting and Replacing CPAP Masks
5 Major Problems with CPAP Masks and Their Solutions

Simplify Your Kitchen to Boost Your Weight Loss Success

Simplify Your Kitchen to Boost Your Weight Loss Success

Many weight loss programs and systems over-complicate the process, requiring you to use confusing tracking methods and complicated cooking techniques. It can be exhausting to spend a lot of time tracking information or slaving away in the kitchen preparing the right types of food that you need. In fact, it is common for people to “burn out” on their weight loss efforts if they are having a hard time keeping up with the requirements for tracking or meal preparation.

Long Term Success: Keep it Simple

If you want to achieve long-term success with your new habits, then you need to make sure to keep things simple. These basic steps can make it possible for you to achieve the results that you desire, and it’s much easier to maintain the lifestyle when you aren’t over-complicating things.

I’ve found a lot of great tips from Tim Ferriss and his simple cooking strategies. He’s provided many tips about cooking healthy, delicious food by using basic ingredients and easy kitchen tools. For more information about his tools and cooking gear, check out his blog post that lists all of the kitchen gear that he uses to prepare simple meals. He provides a clear and easy list with the exact tools that are used to prepare his meals.

Simplify Your Kitchen to Boost Your Weight Loss Success

Find What Works for You

The best thing that you can do is find the kitchen tools and systems that work for you and your family. Once you dial in a few recipes, you can rotate through those recipes and add in a few new meals here and there when you would like to experiment and try something new.

It is common for people who have successfully lost weight to have 10 or 15 recipes that they rotate through. Even though it might sound boring to eat the same types of food over and over again, it saves quite a bit of time and money when you are sticking to the simple systems that work for you.

For more information about creating healthy daily habits, subscribe to my podcast where I share all of the details that you need. Common topics include fat loss for women over forty, daily lifestyle habits, Paleo nutrition, and other topics related to health and wellness.

More to read: 5 Major Problems with CPAP Masks and Their Solutions

Processed Sugar is Sabotaging Your Mental and Physical Health

Processed Sugar is Sabotaging Your Mental and Physical Health

It might not seem like a big deal to grab a candy bar while you are in line at the grocery store, but that seemingly simple sweet treat can be quite harmful to your health. Researchers are examining the impact of processed sugar on the human body, and they are finding that there are numerous ways in which processed sugar is damaging our health.

Physical Effects of Processed Sugar

When you eat a candy bar or any other type of sweet treat that is made with processed sugar, it causes a domino effect that impacts many aspects of your health. Many people know that sugar is associated with weight gain, but they are only thinking about calories and not the actual ingredients that are in the food.

Processed Sugar is Sabotaging Your Mental and Physical Health

In fact, some health practitioners now refer to sugar as a poison because it is so harmful to your health. The body is unable to use the refined starch, and the calories are void of vitamins and minerals that are needed for basic functions. When your body is working so hard to get rid of the toxic effects of processed sugar, then it becomes much more difficult to lose weight.

Sugar causes hormone disruptions which affect the way your major organs are functioning and has a direct impact on your weight loss goals. Researchers have found that excess fructose (processed sugar) intake causes the maturation of visceral fat cells, which sets the stage for a bigger belly. Processed sugar also increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and a number of other health problems.

Mental Effects of Processed Sugar

Many people are familiar with the idea that sugar impacts their physical health and leads to weight gain, but they don’t understand the numerous mental side-effects of processed sugar. When you eat processed sugar, it can actually wreak havoc on your brain and it causes a cycle of cravings and food addictions… making it even harder to lose weight.

Processed Sugar is Sabotaging Your Mental and Physical Health

Sugar causes certain parts of the brain to light up and produce “feel-good” hormones, which impacts the way the reward pathway within the brain works. Even though it is probably harmless to enjoy a piece of chocolate every so often, you will run into problems if that portion of the brain is activated too much or too frequently.

It has been found that processed sugar consumption is associated with many aspects of mental health, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory and Learning
  • Dementia
  • Cognitive Decline

Improve Your Health by Avoiding Processed Sugar

One of the best things that you can do to improve your physical and mental health is to avoid processed sugar as much as possible. If you want to learn more about improving your health and wellness, be sure to subscribe to my podcast where I regularly share details about healthy eating, fat loss for women over forty, and daily lifestyle habits that impact your wellness.

More to read: A Guide to Fitting and Replacing CPAP Masks

How to Lose Weight Quickly in 4 Easy Step

How to Lose Weight Quickly in 4 Easy Step

Surgery is not the only way to lose the excess weight — quick. There are ways to shed the pounds without undergoing a radical procedure. And you can even have fun in the process, too.

That’s right, weight loss can be fun. It doesn’t have to feel like a prison sentence wherein you deprive yourself of food, which isn’t healthy, by the way. Some weight loss plans are also so severe that you have to drag yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn just to work out, every single day. Not fun at all, and you end up doing this only a few times before you give up.

So here’s how to lose weight quickly in four easy steps.

How to Lose Weight Quickly in 4 Easy Step
  1. Introduce lifestyle changes that will make your body and your life better.

The lack of sleep, the cigarette smoking, the daily fast food meals — all these will take a toll on your body. By eliminating these bad habits, you are beginning your journey to a slimmer and healthier self.

But do it gradually. Take out one bad habit a day. If you get drive-thru lunches and dinner every day, eliminate drive-thru dinner for one week. The next week, eliminate both drive-thru meals and instead pack a lunch, and eat in thrice a week. Gradual, small changes allow you to get used to the new and better lifestyle and improve your chances of maintaining it.

  1. Skip the processed foods when shopping for groceries.

You’re getting used to the idea of a better lifestyle, now you need better food to keep it up. Look in your fridge and pantry; get rid of anything processed, salty snacks and frozen desserts with refined sugar.

Buy real, fresh foods instead. Make a list of it before heading to the store so you don’t get overwhelmed. Stock up on nuts and seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed or organic meats, and fish or seafood. You may also want to opt for healthier oils like coconut oil and olive oil.

How to Lose Weight Quickly in 4 Easy Step
  1. Run, bike — get fit with a friend.

Work out with a buddy a few times a week. Make it interesting, too, by combining usual exercises with the not-so usual, like Zumba or mountain climbing. You’ll not only lose the excess pounds but also have more energy.

  1. Relieve stress.

Stress plays a crucial role in adding pounds, especially right around the tummy. Instead of simply clenching your fist or sitting in front of the TV, mindlessly eating salty or sweet snacks, take a moment to breathe. Focus on breathing and it will calm you down.  Doing yoga also helps relieve stress. And when you have time, book a massage or spa treatment.

More to read: A Guide to Adapting Yourself to Your CPAP Mask