Portable Sleep Diagnostic Testing – Watch-PAT

Portable/home sleep testing allows the driver to sleep at home or in their trucks while being tested. PPD offers nationwide portable sleep testing, allowing us to be where the carrier needs us to be. PPD dedicated itself to a careful pilot of hundreds of portable sleep tests in the commercial driving population assuring its success.   […]

Distilled Water and Your Humidifier

The main reason PAP users are encouraged to use distilled water in their humidifiers is because of  the unsightly mineral buildup inside the humidifier chamber with regular tap water. When you don’t have the option of using distilled water- as long as you are using water that is safe to drink, you will be ok.  […]

Adjusting to CPAP Treatment

For many of you, being diagnosed with Sleep Apnea takes some adjusting to.  For many people, the diagnosis of sleep apnea may come as a complete surprise.  Is it no surprise then that sleep apnea is also known as the silent killer? Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and provided with a CPAP […]

The Hat Trick

Has anyone ever heard of the Hat Trick- or is anyone currently using it?  I came across this “trick” a few years ago and thought it might be a good idea to bring it back to the surface as I think it is a creative solution to a common problem… masks fit issues. Here is […]

CPAP Equipment and Your Pets

Once in a while I receive a call from a driver explaining that his dog chewed his CPAP hose, mask or more recently, the cat’s claws destroyed the hose…. And I always get a good chuckle…. It’s no secret that I’m an avid animal lover and some would even venture to say I have “crazy […]

Humidification and CPAP Treatment

For those of you on CPAP treatment and suffering from a dry throat, bloody nose, congestion, allergies, and or sinus pressure- lack of adequate humidification may the cause of your troubles.  There are a small % of CPAP users who do not require humidification, but for most CPAP users, humidification plays an important role in […]

Natural Disasters and CPAP treatment

To all of our drivers out there- I hope that you and your families are SAFE and were able to ride out Irene’s wrath this past weekend with little to no damages.  You are in our throughts and prayers. Many of you living on the East Coast lost power among other issues- flooding etc.  For those of you […]

Taking Care of your CPAP Equipment

Hello there Truckers…. thought I would post a little about CPAP unit and equipment upkeep…. Proper care and maintenance of your CPAP equipment is important and will ensure your equipment delivers optimal treatment. For those of you using your CPAP equipment in your truck, you have special considerations with regard to caring and maintaining your […]

Changing Your Mask Inserts

How often do you replace your mask inserts (the  soft silicone cushion that inserts into the mask frame)?  Unfortunately, it is all too common for drivers to go months and sometimes years with the same mask and mask inserts.  Like a toothbrush, the inserts must be changed frequently in order to maintain optimal therapy.  Over […]

Is Your Mask on the Floor After CPAP Treatment?

One of the most common issues I encounter with drivers, especially during their acclimation  phase, is waking up after treatment only to realize that their mask is on the floor.  This may be related to lack of sufficient pressure, especially if they are using an APAP (Auto-Adjusting Positive Airway Pressure) unit. When this happens, most […]