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About Snore MD

Where Is Snore MD Located?

We have sleep apnea clinics conveniently located across British Columbia and Alberta.

In the Greater Vancouver area, we have 11 clinics: 541 West Broadway in Vancouver; Pemberton Plaza in North Vancouver; Parkgate Village in Parkgate; Trenant Park Square in Ladner; Panorama Village in Surrey; Murrayville Shopping Centre in Langley; The Village at Thunderbird Centre in Walnut Grove; Westgate Centre in Maple Ridge; West Oaks Mall in Abbotsford; The Shops At Mission Hills in Mission; Gibsons Park Plaza in Gibsons.

Across the BC Interior, we have clinics in the Okanagan: Spall Plaza in Kelowna and Westbank Towne Centre in West Kelowna; as well as College Heights Plaza in Prince George and 100 St. Plaza in Fort St.John.

In Alberta, you can find our sleep clinic at the West Lethbridge Town Centre in Lethbridge.

What Makes Snore MD Special?

We provide solutions to sleep issues, and we are here for you on your entire journey to better sleep and a better life.

We know quality sleep is imperative to getting the most out of your day, and that untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk of adverse health, such as: a heart attack; weight gain; Type 2 Diabetes; a weakened immune system and more.

At our sleep apnea clinic, every CPAP patient enjoys our free Care For Life program, which provides sleep testing, regular in-person follow-up appointments, assistance in insurance and warranty coordination, and unlimited distilled water refills for your CPAP humidifier.

Learn more about our Care For Life program, or read our patient success stories.

How Are The Snore MD Sleep Apnea Clinic Staff Qualified?

Our staff’s qualifications include Respiratory Therapist, registered nurses and licenced nurses, and their healthcare experience ranges from critical care and home service to pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine.

All team members complete annual education programs through our Snore MD University, which is specialised in sleep apnea and sleep therapy. They come from all walks of life and particularly enjoy getting to know their patients one-on-one.

With patients permission, our sleep experts will regularly communicate with your GP to ensure all medical files are up to date.

Is Snore MD Hiring?

The Snore MD Family is always excited to welcome new team members.

If you are looking to enjoy a role in helping your local community sleep better and feel more energetic, please send your information to us through our online application questionnaire. We offer continuous training and mentorship, new challenges and endless learning opportunities, enabling you to excel in the healthcare field and help residents sleep better!

Current Snore MD roles include Sleep Clinician and Clinical Coordinator.

When Are Snore MD Sleep Clinics Open?

Our sleep apnea clinics are open 6 days a week, and always on a Saturday.

Open no matter what the weather, many clinics are open until 6 pm to allow for after-work appointments. On select holidays, our clinics will close as we take the time to celebrate festivities with our friends and family. Opening hours vary per clinic, to find the opening hours of your preferred clinic, visit the clinic page from our Contact Us page.

Who Should I Contact For More Information About Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apneas are repeated pauses in your breathing during your sleep.

Learn more about sleep, sleep apnea, and CPAP therapy on our website, or visit one of our clinics to discuss your sleep health or sleep-related matters—our sleep experts are more than happy to help you with any questions you have.

Find details of your nearest sleep clinic in Greater VancouverBC Interior or Alberta, or call us on our central phone line 1.833.766.7363. You can also contact us via email on [email protected].

What Is The Snore MD Sleep Apnea Clinic "Care For Life" Program?

We offer our free Care For Life program to all our ongoing patients.

This premium service provides patients with support throughout their sleep health journey, from learning about what sleep apneais, to continuous monitoring of your sleep and tips on how to improve your sleep health. We discuss updates with patients over the phone and through email, in addition to our scheduled free face-to-face appointments. Patients also enjoy other benefits such as unlimited free distilled water refills for your CPAP humidifier, hassle-free insurance claims, and product warranty coordination.

How Do I Set Up An Appointment At Snore MD? Can I Walk-In?

Appointments are made by visiting one of our clinics, through our online booking form or by calling your preferred clinic.

We also offer a text service and welcome emails too. While no doctor referral is needed to come into our clinics, we will need a doctor referral to complete any Home Sleep Testing. We’ll be happy to assist you with this process! We also offer a fax line for physicians who choose to refer patients to Snore MD – health professionals can download our referral forms here. We pride ourselves on providing a convenient service by locating our wheelchair friendly clinics along main highways, and near local grocery or coffee shops where ample parking is available. Find your nearest clinic here.

I Think I Have Sleep Apnea, Who Should I Talk To?

You can talk to us about your sleep! As your local sleep expert, we can discuss your sleep issues, explain what a healthy sleep looks like and what sleep apnea is—all without a referral from your doctor.

According to Statistcs Canada, nearly one-third of Canadians adults were considered “at-risk” to suffer from sleep apnea in 2016 and 2017.

Many symptoms of sleep apnea, such as high blood pressure, depression and acid reflux disease, go unnoticed or are overlooked by other health issues. No matter how big or small your concern we can help you understand how to get a better nights sleep, from changing habits at home to CPAP therapy.

How Do I Schedule An Appointment At Snore MD Sleep Apnea Clinic?

There are multiple ways to schedule an appointment at a Snore MD Sleep Apnea Clinic.

Feel free to email or call the clinic directly, please find clinic contact details here, or complete our online booking form to reserve a date and time with our sleep experts. We also accept walk-in patients, and a booking is not necessary. We do advise booking an appointment if you anticipate a discussion of 20 minutes or longer.

Do I Need A Doctors Referral For The Sleep Clinic?

You do not need a doctor’s referral to visit a Snore MD Sleep Apnea clinic. We will work with your doctor to obtain a required Sleep Test referral form in only a few easy steps. No Family doctor? No problem. Snore MD has an exclusive program to connect you with a licensed doctor for free in only a few minutes!

You can walk into our clinic to learn more about our free services or products—no appointment is necessary.

Our clinics are open 6 days a week at convenient locations. Anyone is welcome to visit our clinics to browse our products or speak with a sleep expert, whether you are experiencing sleep issues first-hand or concerned about a loved one. Your doctor can download our referral form easily and fax it to the closet Snore MD to get your free sleep test!

Do You Have A Doctor In Snore MD Clinics?

Our clinic team members include Respiratory Therapists, registered nurses, and licenced nurses.

We often have local doctors refer their patients to us, as we are your local sleep expert, although we do welcome anyone to walk-in without a doctors referral. With your permission, and regardless of how you come to become a patient at Snore MD, we will regularly update your doctor with your sleep health progress to ensure your medical files are kept up to date.

How Long Is The Wait To Get An Appointment At Snore MD Sleep Apnea Clinics?

We have same-day appointments available!

Our walk-in policy means we will take the time to answer any questions you have about sleep, sleep apnea or snoring straight away. For a more in-depth discussion, we will offer you the next available 30-minute appointment. During this appointment, our sleep clinician will sit with you to go over what sleep apnea and snoring are, the effects they have on the body, how we test for sleep apnea, and discuss various treatment options available for snoring and sleep apnea.

For your convenience, we will always ensure that your sleep testing begins as soon as possible.

Sleep Test

What Is Required For A Home Sleep Test?

You do not require anything out of your usual sleeping arrangements for our at-home sleep test.

Snore MD will provide all the equipment needed, and the sleep test can be carried out while you sleep in your bed. You can carry out your usual nighttime habits and routine, as the sleep test monitors a “normal” night of sleep for you. The sleep testing equipment is battery operated, and you do not need a wifi connection.

How Should I Prepare For My Sleep Test?

There are no preparations needed for our at-home sleep test.

The purpose of our sleep test is to monitor a normal night’s sleep. We advise you to carry out your regular nighttime routine, at the usual time, and to sleep in your own bed. There are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink, and we advise you to take any medications as you normally would. We will provide all the sleep test equipment required, which is battery operated—no power outlet or wifi is required.

Our sleep experts will explain how to use the testing equipment during your appointment, as outlined in this step-by-step video.

Do I Have To Sleep In A Clinic For A Sleep Test?

You do not carry out the sleep test in our clinic. The sleep test is completed in the comfort of your own home over two nights, so you can carry out your usual routine and sleep in your own bed.

Two clinic appointments are required: the initial assessment and set-up, in which we provide you with the sleep testing equipment and show you how to use it; and the assessment review once you have completed the two-night sleep test, where we share your results and care plan with you.

What Happens During A Sleep Test?

During the two-night at-home sleep test, a small device monitors your breathing, oxygen levels and heart rate.

Our sleep experts will show you how to use the device so that it measures and stores your sleep data correctly. Our follow-up appointment will cover what your sleep data means; whether you are at risk of sleep apnea, and what the next steps are.

You can learn more about our two-night at-home sleep test here.

What Does A Sleep Test Measure?

A small device measures your heart rate, breathing and oxygen levels while you sleep.

From these three key data points, our sleep experts will be able to see patterns in your sleep, including any sleep apneas (pauses in your breathing), and will take the time to explain what your data shows in terms of the quality of your sleep. From here, we will be able to advise on the next steps to getting a better nights sleep.

Learn more about sleep apnea and the effect it has on our bodies in this video.

What Risks Are There During A Sleep Test?

There are no risks in taking the sleep test.

The small sleep test device is quiet, non-invasive, and painless with no known side effects. The device is battery operated and does not connect to the internet, so it does not require a power outlet of a wifi connection for the two nights the test is carried out. If you have further questions, please feel free to speak with our sleep experts on 1-833-766-7363.

What Is Required For A Home Sleep Test?

Yes, the sleep test is performed overnight.

The objective of the test is to monitor a typical night of sleep for you. It does not matter where you sleep, how long you sleep for, or whether or not you take medications. We want to monitor your current sleep habits, so we can best advise on how to achieve a better night’s sleep. Our advice may include changes in your sleep hygiene (nighttime routines) or sleep therapies to help address sleep apnea.

What Happens After A Sleep Test?

First, we will sit down and go through the sleep data with you and explain the meaning of what we read.

Then we will discuss suitable changes in your sleep habits or possible sleep therapies where relevant. In the case of a sleep apnea diagnosis, we will help you through the process of your insurance claim for any treatment costs and coordinate with your insurance provider on your behalf.

For CPAP machine users, we will continue to monitor your sleep patterns and follow-up with regular appointments as part of our continuous sleep health care service.

What Is CPAP Therapy?

The “CPAP” in CPAP therapy stands for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure”. CPAP therapy uses a medical device to create airflow, preventing the throat from collapsing or blocking. It is basically a small box with a quiet fan in it that draws in air, pressurizes it, and humidifies it before delivering it to the patient.

CPAP therapy has been around for over thirty years and is regarded as the only effective treatment for sleep apnea. Snore MD has 1000s of happy healthy customers that confirm CPAP therapy works very well.

Do I Need A Doctor's Referral For A Sleep Test?

No, you do not need a doctors referral to visit a Snore MD Sleep Apnea clinic. You can walk-in to our clinic to leran more about our free services or products—no appointment is necessary.

Our clinics are open 6 days a week, at convenient locations. Anyone is welcome to visit our clinics to browse our products or speak with a sleep expert, whether you are experiencing sleep issues first-hand or you are concerned for a loved one. While doctors can download our referral form and recommend our services to their patients, a referral is not required for our services.

I Have To Cancel My Sleep Test, What Do I Do?

You can give us a call to notify us that you need to cancel a sleep test, find your clinic contact details here.

We understand, things come up and life gets busy. While your sleep health is very important, we can accommodate your schedule with our out-of-business hours and weekend openings. Call your preferred Snore MD sleep apnea clinic, provide your name, and we can either cancel or reschedule your appointment for you.

Can I Take My Normal Medication During A Sleep Test?

Yes, you can take your medication during our two-night at-home sleep test.

The sleep test device is a painless, non-invasive and is quiet, and will not interrupt your usual nighttime routine. To best measure and advise you on the quality of your sleep, we recommend carrying out the test over two consecutive nights that are no different to a ‘normal night’ for you.

Can I Do A Sleep Test In My Normal Bed At Home?

Yes, you can sleep in your normal bed at home.

We monitor your sleep patterns using a battery-operated device, so you can sleep in the comfort of your own bed while completing the free two-night sleep test. During the initial appointment, we will show you how to use the sleep test equipment, and when you get home, you simply need to apply the device to your chest before you fall asleep. Once complete, we will review the sleep data with you and explain what it means.

Do I Need To Take A Sleep Test At Home Or At The Clinic?

The Snore MD complimentary two-night sleep test is completed in the comfort of your own home.

The small device will measure your heart rate, oxygen levels and breathing during your sleep. We will show you how to use the sleep test device at home and two days later, we will review your sleep data with you and explain what it means. Learn more about our easy at-home sleep test process here.

Costs

How Much Does Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost?

The sleep test, and all appointments at Snore MD, are free of charge.

Insurance can cover between 80% and 100% of any CPAP equipment costs, and we can coordinate your insurance claim on your behalf as part of our Care For Life patient care program. To find out more about the cost for your particular needs, we recommend getting in touch with your local Snore MD clinic. Learn more about our patient Care For Life program here.

What Is The Price Range For CPAP?

The cost of your sleep therapy depends on your specific therapy needs. Our sleep solutions range from mouth guards to CPAP machines. Almost all insurance providers cover between 80% to 100% of therapy costs—tell your Snore MD sleep expert who your provider is, and we can confirm your insurance coverage. We also offer a $400 trade-in for any old CPAP devices, no matter how old or what brand, while new patients can qualify for a $200 rebate for CPAP device purchases.

Visit your local clinic to browse products or learn more about our services.

I Might Need A Lot Of Sleep Apnea Appointments, How Expensive Will That Get?

All appointments with Snore MD sleep experts are free of charge.

Any costs incurred will be directly related to CPAP treatment, which may be eligible for 80% to 100% coverage by your insurance provider. Bring your insurance papers to your next appointment, and we will find out everything you need to know. Our ongoing patients also enjoy other benefits, such as unlimited free distilled water, remote sleep monitoring, and product warranty coordination. Learn more about our free Care For Life program here.

If you believe your needs are more complex, call us on 1.833.766.7363 and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Will My Insurance Cover My Sleep Apnea Treatments?

Yes, most insurance companies cover between 80% to 100% of your treatment costs.

As part of our comprehensive service, we offer to coordinate with your insurance provider on your behalf, so you don’t have to deal with the endless calls and mountain of paperwork. We will also be able to translate the insurance jargon so you can sleep easy at night. Please bring your insurance papers to your next appointment, and we will determine the coverage you are eligible to receive from your insurance provider.

Do I Need To Get A Different Insurance Plan For Sleep Apnea?

No, it is highly unlikely you would need to change your insurance provider.

Most insurance providers cover between 80% to 100% of any costs for sleep apnea treatment, from CPAP machines to masks and hoses/tubes. Bring your insurance papers in to your next appointment, and we will be able to confirm your insurance coverage.

Can I Make Payments Online For My Sleep Apnea Products?

All Snore MD clinics have various sleep therapy products on display, so you can browse them at your leisure while our team members are at hand to answer any questions you have.

For more information on our 0% financing, read about Snore MD Financing here or call us on 1.833.766.7363.

What Ongoing Costs Are There For Sleep Apnea?

There are no costs at Snore MD for ongoing patient care, appointments or testing.

Costs incurred are product related, such as CPAP machines, masks, humidifiers, tubing or hose, and filters. There are also optional accessories such as CPAP cleaners, wipes or CPAP batteries.

Product costs vary depending on brands, models and features; our staff will be able to calculate what ongoing costs you can expect for your sleep apnea needs, and insurance can cover between 80% and 100% of any costs incurred.

When Will I Have To Replace My CPAP Machine?

The average lifespan of a CPAP machine is 3 to 5 years, and insurance usually covers the cost of first-time and upgrade product purchases. Call our patient care line on 1.833.766.7363 or visit your preferred clinic, and we will happily find out what your insurance coverage is.

If your CPAP is still operational, feel free to bring it in, and our sleep experts will update your CPAP settings for better performance, advise you on how to best care for your CPAP, and whether a replacement is needed.

When Will I Have To Replace My Mask?

The average lifespan of a mask is 6 to 12 months, and most insurance providers will cover the cost of a mask replacement every six months.

If you are unsure whether your insurance coverage includes sleep apnea treatment and supplies, our experts are more than happy to contact them on our behalf to verify coverage. Feel free to bring your mask to a clinic at any time and our sleep experts will re-fit your mask for better comfort, advise you on how to best care for your mask or whether a new one is needed.

Does Insurance Cover New CPAP Masks If I Need One?

Yes, most insurance providers cover the cost of a new sleep apnea mask every six months.

If you are not sure whether your insurance provider covers your sleep apnea cost, we can contact them on your behalf to confirm coverage details. More often than not, insurance will cover between 80% to 100% of not only masks, but also CPAP machines, hosing and filters.

Does My Insurance Cover CPAP?

Insurance can cover between 80% and 100% of your sleep apnea treatment costs, including CPAP machines.

We work with numerous Canadian insurance providers on behalf of our patients, completing and submitting insurance claims for sleep apnea costs, including CPAP machines, masks, hose/tubes, humidifiers and filters. Bring your insurance paperwork to your next appointment, and your sleep expert will be happy to explain the insurance claim process we complete on your behalf.

Products

I've Never Used A CPAP Before, Can You Help Me?

Absolutely! Our sleep experts can show you in person how to use and operate your CPAP machine, as well and guide you to online resources.

We will happily adjust your CPAP equipment settings and fit your mask for you so that you can experience a comfortable nights’ sleep. We are available anytime to answer your questions or update your CPAP settings as your needs change over time. Walk-in to any of our clinics and speak with a sleep expert.

What If I Can't Stand CPAP Therapy? Are There Alternatives?

There are a few options in treating sleep apnea. Our sleep experts can advise you on various solutions, including oral appliances, sleep hygiene and CPAP therapy.

We carry the latest technology in CPAP machines, and will happily adjust your device settings or mask to find the best fit and comfort level for you. Learn more about sleep hygiene here or ask your sleep expert any questions during your next visit to our sleep clinic.

How Do I Clean My CPAP?

Many of our patients maintain their CPAP machine using our exclusive Snore MD Mini CPAP cleaning device.

The device silently cleans your CPAP machine and mask, killing 99.9% of bacteria with “Activated Oxygen” using the same process as hospitals to sterilize medical equipment. If cleaning your CPAP manually, soak it in soapy water once a week. We recommend regularly replacing your CPAP filter and using only distilled water to avoid bacteria build-up.

Read our CPAP Cleaning Guide here.

Can I Travel With My CPAP?

Absolutely, you can travel with your CPAP. We advise the following steps before you travel:

  • empty the humidifier
  • pack a power extension (there may not be a power outlet near your bed)
  • pack a CPAP battery in case there is no power available
  • pack spare filters
  • pack your free wipes

During your travels, we recommend packing your CPAP equipment in your carry-on luggage as a medical device. Be sure to use distilled water during your time away, and keep your mask and CPAP unit clean using alcohol-free wipes. Learn more on our CPAP & Travel webpage here.

My CPAP Smells Weird, What Should I Do?

We recommend cleaning your device every week by soaking it in soapy water.

For a more effortless clean our patients use our exclusive mini CPAP cleaning device, which silently sterilizes your CPAP machine and mask using the same “Activated Oxygen” process that hospitals use to kill 99.9% of bacteria. We also advise checking your filter as that may be causing a smell and need replacing.

Read our CPAP Cleaning Guide.

What Do I Need To Do Before I Wear My CPAP Device For The First Time?

You do not need to do anything differently in your routine before wearing a mask for the first time.

Our sleep experts will guide you through the set-up of your CPAP machine to ensure all settings meet your specific needs. We will also do a thorough mask fitting for the most comfortable fit, using our exclusive ACCUFIT precision mask fit technology. Ongoing CPAP maintenance includes cleaning your CPAP device with a weekly soak in soapy water. Learn more about how to maintain your CPAP device through our “How To” videos.

What Does A CPAP Device Do?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP device automates a continuous flow of air, to ensure your airway stays open during your sleep (positive airway).

Sleep apneas are pauses in your breathing during your sleep, where soft tissue in your throat collapses and blocks air from reaching your lungs. A CPAP device prevents this from happening, which reduces snoring; how many times you wake up during the night; improves your quality of sleep and improves other health-related issues.

Learn more about what a CPAP does here.

Are CPAP Devices Noisy?

CPAP devices are not noisy.

New technology means CPAP machines are small, quiet, and discreet, and are great for use at home or while travelling. We display many of our products in our clinics, so you can walk in and browse with them first hand. Our staff will be at hand to answer any questions you have, show you the various features different devices offer, or provide advice on the best solution for your needs. Plus, CPAP machines are far quieter then snoring!

How Does A Sleep Apnea Mask Work?

Sleep apnea, or CPAP, masks are small and discreet and are placed on your nose to form an air seal.

The mask will help you to breathe naturally with the continuous airflow provided by a CPAP machine. Your Snore MD sleep expert is trained to fit your mask to maximize comfort and ensure a better nights sleep. Feel free to visit a clinic to browse masks we have on display and learn about various options available.

How Do You Ensure The Best Mask Fit?

Snore MD’s Sleep Experts will ensure you get the perfect mask fit using ACCUFIT – the world’s first precision mask fit system powered by artificial intelligence.

ACCUFIT can be completed in clinic, or in the comfort of your home!

Check out the latest new mask options at Snore MD and our sleep experts will offer a custom ACCUFIT, complementary with your mask purchase. It takes just a few minutes and you’ll love the results.

Do You Have ResMed Masks?

ResMed is one of our most popular brands, and we carry a variety of their masks to meet different needs.

We display products in all our clinics so that you can browse them at your leisure. We carry both nasal and full-face ResMed masks, including the AirFIt P10, AirFit N30i, AirFit N20, AirFit F20 and AirFit F30. Your Snore MD sleep expert will be able to advise on the most suitable mask for your needs.

Do You Have Respironics Masks?

Yes, we do have Respironics masks.

Philips Respironics is one of our more popular brands, and we carry a variety of their products, including the Wisp Nasal mask and the Dreamwear Full Face mask. As well, if we do not have your favourite mask in stock, we can order it in for you! Each product we carry has its own features which are best suited to different needs. Our sleep experts can discuss your needs and recommend the most comfortable fit for you.

Do You Sell Portable CPAP Devices?

Yes, we do sell portable CPAP devices.

Most popular with our patients are the lightweight ResMed AirMini and the compact Philips Respironics Dreamstation Go. You can achieve a comfortable nights sleep with a device that fits in the palm of your hand, no matter where you are. Whether you travel with work or are camp during the summer, our sleep experts can advise on the best portable CPAP device for your needs. Browse products here or [visit your nearest Snore MD clinic] to browse products on display.

Do You Have Battery Powered CPAP Devices?

Yes, all of our CPAP machines can be battery operated. We sell battery packs as back-up power supplies when you are away from home or during a power outage.

We offer a variety of products with an array of features to meet different CPAP needs. You can browse the products displayed in our clinics or explore our catalogue online.

Our sleep experts will be able to advise on the best product features and fit for your lifestyle, whether you need a small and compact device or a specific fitting.

Does The CPAP Have A Warranty?

All our CPAPs have warranties provided by Snore MD, and most are valid for three years. We also offer an exclusive low cost add-on of two years, to bring the CPAP machine warranty to a total of five years.

If you are experiencing issues with your device, bring it in, and we will help coordinate your warranty claim for you. If a machine is sent back to the manufacturer for repairs, we offer our Care For Life patients a replacement machine until their CPAP is back in working order.

Learn more about our Care For Life patient program here.

Do You Have All Kinds Of CPAP?

Yes, we have a variety of CPAP machine brands and models, the most popular being ResMed and Philips Respironics.

We carry the latest technology that offers different features to suit different patients, from regular-sized CPAP machines to travel-sized portable CPAPs. Browse our product catalogue here, or visit your nearest Snore MD clinic to see CPAPs on display. We are happy to answer any questions you might have and to show you various product features and fittings.

Do You Service Broken CPAP Machines?

Yes, we can help you with your broken CPAP machine.

Bring your device into one of our clinics, and we will be able to determine if we can correct the issue straight away or whether it will need to be sent to the manufacturer. Snore MD is happy to coordinate a repair service with the CPAP manufacturer, simply bring your device in and we will look after the rest!

Do You Accept Trade-In CPAPs?

We do accept CPAP trade-ins!

We currently offer a $400 trade-in, bring in your old CPAP and receive up to $400 off your new device. We accept both working and broken devices of any brand. All trade-ins also qualify for our Care For Life support program, providing our patients with lifetime support and care. Learn more about our $400 CPAP trade-in here

For new CPAP users, we currently offer a $200 rebate—check out details here.

Sleep

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 years get seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

In the case of sleep apnea and CPAP therapy, research shows that those who use their CPAP for seven hours a more in a night will experience fewer side effects than those who use their machine for five hours or less. These side effects include daytime sleepiness, depression and heart issues.

What Happens If I Don't Get Enough Sleep?

Anyone who does not get enough sleep is likely to experience grogginess and tiredness the next day.

Sleep apneas, pauses in your breathing while you sleep, are known to have the following signs and symptoms: loud snoring; pauses in breathing during sleep; frequent bathroom visits during the night; morning headaches; irritability; issues focussing; fatique. Longer-term health issues include an increased risk of a heart attack; high blood pressure; a weakened immune system; weight gain; acid reflux disease; cardiovascular stress; reduced libido.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to visit or call one of our clinics to speak with a sleep expert. Learn more about from sleep expert Matthew Walker.

What Happens During Sleep?

Your body and brain go through five stages during sleep: Four stages of Non-REM sleep and one stage of REM sleep. REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement.

  • In stage one, eye movement begins to slow down, and muscle movements stop. You can easily wake you during this light sleep.
  • During stage two, you become unaware of your surroundings as you sleep. Your breathing, heart rate and eye movement slow down, and your body temperature starts to drop.
  • You enter a deep sleep in stage three, where your body is unresponsive to external stimuli making it harder to wake you.
  • The deepest sleep, stage four, is characterized by slow brain waves. Experts believe this is when your body and brain work to repair themselves, boost immune function, stimulate growth and re-energize for the following day.
  • REM sleep is the final stage. Your brain will become more active: your eyes begin to move around rapidly; your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature begin to rise; dreams occur. This stage is particularly important for learning and long-term memory, and usually occurs every 90 minutes of sleep.

With eight hours of sleep, you will likely have five or six sleep cycles, though the length and intensity of these stages will differ from a toddler to a senior.

What Is REM?

REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement, which is the last of five sleep stages.

During stages one to four, the body and brain slow down as they work to repair muscles and tissues. The final stage, REM, is indicative of the brain becoming more active with your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature increasing. It is during this stage that you dream, and it is believed this deep sleep is essential for learning and long term memory. A full sleep cycle (stages one to five) typically occurs every 90 minutes of sleep.

Learn more about the five stages of sleep here.

Can My Children Have Sleep Disorders?

Yes, anyone can suffer from sleep apnea. Symptoms are typically the same for children as for adults; they may snore, gasp during their sleep, or experience daytime sleepiness.

Treatment for children suffering from sleep apnea can range from CPAP therapy to surgery. If you are unsure whether your child suffers from sleep apnea, we recommend visiting your childs doctor and requesting a referral for a sleep apnea test. Feel free to contact us with any further questions at 1-833-766-7363.

Do Medicines Cause Trouble Sleeping?

Yes, some medications can affect the quality of your sleep. Side effects of some medications can cause insomnia and restlessness during sleep. If you suspect this affects you, we highly recommend you communicate with a doctor before changing your medication routine, to decide if there is an alternative treatment that can better improve your sleep.

Feel free to visit any of our local sleep clinics to discuss whether your medication may be diminishing the quality of your sleep.

I/My Partner Snore, Is That Bad?

Snoring can be bad for you, yes. Not only can snoring be disruptive to those around you, inflicting side effects of poor sleep on them, it can also be indicative of a deeper underlying health issue for yourself.

Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, which if left undiagnosed can lead to high blood pressure; weight gain; a higher risk of a heart attack; a weakened immune system; cardiovascular stress; type 2 diabetes; acid reflux and more.

Learn more about sleep apnea and the effects it has on our bodies in this video.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is the pausing or stopping of breathing during sleep. It is caused by a blockage or collapse in the throat when sleeping. These repeated blockages during the night usually leave you tired both in the morning and later in the day! While it may start as a minor inconvenience, this condition raises your risk for other health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes. Snore MD’s expert clinicians specialize in the treatment of sleep apnea…

How Do You Treat Sleep Apnea?

Our main course of treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, which is considered the gold standard for non-surgical methods in sleep apnea treatment.

A CPAP machine and mask provide a continuous flow of air, making sure oxygen reaches your lungs and preventing the collapse in the airway caused by soft tissue in the throat.

At Snore MD, we also offer oral appliances which make the airway larger and improve airflow by holding the tongue and jaw forward.

Do I Need To Get Treatment For My Sleep Issues?

If you are experiencing sleep issues, we recommend you seek sleep advice and possible treatment.

Inadequate sleep can affect your daytime body and cognitive functioning and can be indicative of deeper underlying health issues. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in potential health risks including increased blood pressure; type 2 diabetes; higher risk of a heart attack; a weakened immune system and more. Learn more about the risks of untreated sleep apnea here.

Our free at-home sleep test will indicate whether you are suffering from sleep apnea and the best course of treatment.

Can Sleep Apnea Be Cured?

While management of sleep apnea can improve the quality of sleep, it is not said to be “cured”.

One of the most common causes of sleep apneas is excessive weight, and in theory, sleep apneas can subside with weight loss. In many cases, multiple factors contribute to sleep apneas, genetics being one of them. To know whether you can improve your sleep through weight loss, we recommend making an appointment with your local sleep expert.

What Are The Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea can vary from mild to severe and affects each person differently.

Typical sleep apnea symptoms include early morning headaches; excessive daytime fatigue; issues focusing; depression or irritability; sleepiness during routine activities. During the night, you may experience loud, persistent snoring; pauses in your breathing; choking or gasping for air; restless sleep; frequent bathroom visits. Other symptoms include weight gain; high blood pressure; reduced libido.

Learn more about sleep apnea symptoms from Harvard Medical School, or feel free to visit one of our sleep clinics to speak with a sleep expert in person.

Do Breathing Strips Help Sleep Apnea?

No, breathing strips do not help sleep apnea.

Designed to combat mild snoring caused by a narrow nose passage, breathing strips open up the nostrils to allow more air to flow through your nasal passage. Breathing strips do not treat sleep apnea, which are pauses in breathing caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the throat.

While breath strips may appear to make your breathing better at night, they can help to mask dangerous sleep apneas.

Can I Have Sleep Apnea Even If I Don't Snore?

Snoring is not the only symptom of sleep apnea, gasping or choking in your sleep; pauses in your breathing during sleep; and excessive daytime fatigue are other noticeable symptoms. Quieter symptoms include weight gain; high blood pressure; reduced libido; acid reflux disease; frequent bathroom visits during the night; morning headaches; issues focussing; depression or irritability.

If you are presenting these symptoms, or others you believe are linked to sleep apnea, reach out to a local Snore MD sleep expert to discuss your sleep health.

Is Sleep Apnea Hereditary?

Sleep apnea can be hereditary, Genetics Home Reference state that you are 50% more likely to develop sleep apnea if your siblings or parents suffer from the condition.

A few studies highlight that small variations in multiple genes can heighten your risk of suffering from sleep apnea. Genes related to body processes, in particular, are thought to affect your risk. The more obvious body processes include breath regulation and the sleep-wake cycle. Others include appetite control; the development of tissues in the head and face; the communication between nerve cells; control of inflammatory responses by the immune system.

If there is a history of sleep apnea, or sleep apnea symptoms, in your family, we recommend getting tested for sleep apnea to either rule it out or find the best treatment plan.

Do I Need To Sleep With CPAP Every Night?

We recommend sleep apnea sufferers to use their CPAP machine every night to reduce the side effects of a bad nights sleep, which include blood pressure, the risk of heart failure, depression and more.

Research shows that those who use their CPAP for extended periods each night (seven hours or more) have fewer side effects than those who use it for a shorter period (five hours or less). You can read more on this research here.

Patient Care

Will CPAP Therapy Really Work For Me?

If you suffer from sleep apnea, CPAP therapy will reduce the occurrence of apneas during your sleep, helping you to feel more rested and more energized during the day.

Apneas are pauses in your breathing resulted by a collapse in your airway, and a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) provides continuous airflow through your throat, keeping your airways open. Our sleep experts will take the time to adjust the CPAP machine settings for your needs, increasing your comfort level. We commonly see patients accustom to their CPAP devices within two weeks of use, with reports of almost immediate relief and improved quality of sleep.

Hear about Sherry’s experience of sleep issues and sleep apnea treatment here.

How Often Are Sleep Apnea Check-Up Appointments?

We continuously monitor your journey and comfort levels in the first week of your CPAP therapy, and offer in-person appointments every six months after that.

The purpose of these appointments is to discuss how you feel about your sleep, review your sleep patterns, and explore whether any changes need to be implemented. This lifetime service is free of charge as part of our Legendary Care For Life premium support program. Regardless of when your next scheduled appointment is, you are always welcome to call or visit your Snore MD clinic and speak with our sleep experts in person.

Where Do I Get Water For My CPAP?

All our clinics provide free distilled water refills to our Care For Life patients—visit your clinic anytime and ask a team member for assistance.

Alternatively, you can refill the water for your CPAP humidifier using distilled water purchased from your local grocery store. We do not recommend using tap water because it can contain bacterias and minerals that damage the machine. Spring water from bottled water can be used in a pinch, but to keep the device working great, use distilled water.

How Long Does It Take To Treat Sleep Apnea?

CPAP therapy is the gold standard in treating sleep apnea and reducing its symptoms to a minimum. There are many lifestyles and genetic factors that cause sleep issues and affect how long you may suffer from sleep apnea. Each patient is different, so we start building a better sleep plan with getting to know you and continue to improve your sleep through six-month check-ups for as long as you present sleep apnea symptoms.

All appointments are free of charge and are provided in the best interest of your sleep health. We will review your recent sleep patterns, discuss your current sleep hygiene, suggest new habits to improve the quality of your sleep and recommend sleep products where needed. We will always be available for you to contact us via phone, email or you can visit us in person.

What Are Your Qualifications For Providing Sleep Apnea Care?

The Snore MD is made up of Respiratory Therapists as well as registered and licenced nurses.

Our dream team come from a variety of backgrounds, including critical care, pulmonary medicine, and sleep medicine. In addition to their wealth of experience and expertise, all staff members complete healthcare specialized courses every year to stay up to date with best practices and the latest technology and resources in sleep health. Stop by your local Snore MD clinic to learn more about local staff members.

What Is Included In The Snore MD "Care For Life" Service?

Our Care for Life Support Program is offered to all ongoing Snore MD patients and includes:

  • Premium ongoing care from the best DREAM TEAM in sleep. You can read more about our team here
  • Hassle-free insurance and warranty. Learn more
  • Ongoing remote monitoring plus follow-up care calls. We are also happy to talk anytime you have any questions.
  • Complimentary follow up appointments to support your success
  • Progress updates to your CARE TEAM, including your doctor and other health practitioners
  • Unlimited distilled water refills for your CPAP humidifier
How Do I Know If My CPAP Therapy Is Working?

The effects of a good nights sleep are immediate. Within a few weeks, you will notice changes which may include waking up less during the night, more energy during the day, or less snoring.

All of our CPAP devices connect remotely to our system, so we always have the latest information about your sleep at hand. During regular follow-up appointments, we will review your sleep data, explain what it means, answer any questions you may have, and advise on any changes your sleep health plan. Updates on your sleep health are shared with other health care professionals outside of your Snore MD team.

Do I Need An Appointment If I Have A Issue With My CPAP?

You do not need an appointment if you have an issue with your CPAP.

You are welcome to visit any one of our clinics at any time. Our sleep experts are trained on every device we offer, and will likely be able to identify and resolve the issue for you. If our team are unable to determine a solution, they will happily coordinate for your device to be sent to the manufacturer for repairs. We also loan a CPAP machine to our Care For Life patients while their CPAP equipment is serviced.

Do I Need To See A Doctor To Get Referred To Snore MD?

No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to benefit from our services—we accept walk-in patients at any time.

We can review your sleep issues, test for sleep apnea, and provide solutions without your doctor’s involvement. If you do begin sleep therapy, we will offer to communicate with your doctor on your behalf so they can remain up-to-date with your sleep health and progress.

I Tried CPAP And It Didn't Work, What Do I Do Now?

There are many ways to improve the quality of your sleep. First, we recommend a member of our team look at your CPAP machine settings and mask fitting—see our exclusive ACCUFIT precision mask fit technology, the worlds first of it’s kind.

The most common reasons patients dislike CPAP is because of a misfit that makes the experience uncomfortable.

There may be a different brand or model of CPAP machine that better meets your needs, resulting in a seamless and much-improved journey to better sleep—technology is always evolving! Beyond technology, we would recommend reviewing your sleep hygiene and habits; visit a clinic, and we will be able to advise on ways to create a better sleeping environment.

Read tips on how to improve your experience with CPAP here, or learn about Pamela and Steve and their therapy journey here.

My Doctor Says I Have Sleep Apnea, Do You Have Equipment For All Types Of Sleep Apnea?

Yes, Snore MD offers a range of sleep apnea solutions from oral appliances to CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) machines.

CPAPs are considered the gold standard in treatment for sleep apnea, and they are often the only solution covered by insurance providers. We carry a variety of CPAP devices to suit different needs at different price ranges, which we display in our clinics so you can browse them at your leisure. Our sleep experts are happy to discuss any details your doctor shared with you—visit one of our clinics or call us in 1-833-766-7363.

Do I Need To Use My CPAP Every Night?

We recommend that sleep apnea patients use their CPAP machine every night.

With a quality 7 to 9 hours sleep a night, you will have more energy the following day. CPAP machines are lightweight, quiet and compact, with some devices specifically designed for travel so you can enjoy a good nights’ sleep, wherever you are.

Research indicates that those who use their CPAP for seven hours or more experience fewer effects of sleep apnea than those who use their CPAP for five hours or less.

How Long Does It Take To Get Used To CPAP?

Everybody is different, but it is not uncommon to have immediate relief with notable changes within two weeks.

Changes include no snoring and feeling more energized during the day. We work with our patients to set-up new CPAP’s, and work with existing patients to update their CPAP settings, to better suit their needs and improve their comfort level. Some patients new to CPAP find that they remove their mask in their sleep. However, this decreases over a few weeks as they get used to the device.

Learn a few tips from Pamela and Steve who share their therapy journey.

Is CPAP Addictive?

A CPAP device does not emit any harmful chemicals or any substances deemed addictive.

They need little power to operate, consuming very little electricity. The CPAP device is a quiet, small and non-invasive, providing a continuous flow of air to your lungs.

How Long Will I Need To Use A CPAP For?

You will likely need to wear a CPAP device as long as you experience sleep apnea symptoms, including snoring, restless sleep or morning headaches.

Sleep apneas are caused by the collapse of soft tissue in your throat during your sleep, which stops oxygen from reaching your lungs. The CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) helps you have a more comfortable sleep by providing a continuous flow of air through your throat that would otherwise be obstructed. Learn more on our web pages: sleep apnea and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.

What Can I Do To Stop Using My CPAP Machine And Not Hurt My Health?

We recommend a two-pronged approach: Lifestyle and Sleep Hygiene.

Reviewing your lifestyle includes: Are you a smoker? What is your alcohol consumption? Do you carry excess weight? These are all contributing factors to sleep apnea, and obesity is prevalent in 60-70% of sleep apnea sufferers. Reviewing your sleep hygiene includes your bedtime routine; what time you go to bed; your sleep environment; what time you wake up; diet and exercise.

In some cases, it boils down to genetics. A small number of studies have highlighted that variations in multiple genes, each with a small effect, together can increase your risk of suffering from sleep apnea The genes affected are thought to be related to body processes. For example, breath regulation, the communication between nerve cells, control of inflammatory responses by the immune system, development of tissues in the head and face, the sleep-wake cycle, and appetite control.

Is It Hard To Breath On A CPAP Machine?

No. The CPAP machine provides a continuous flow of air to allow you to breathe at a natural rhythm.

Patients new to CPAP may take a few days to get used to it, but usually report immediate improvement in the quality of their sleep. Here are a few tips on [how to build confidence in using your CPAP].

How Come I Keep Taking Off The CPAP Mask During My Sleep?

It is entirely normal for you to remove your mask during your sleep at first. You may continue to remove it for up to two weeks, but over time your body will get used to the CPAP mask and this will stop.

This short term adjustment will result in the benefits of restful and comfortable sleep—no more snoring and more energy during the day!

If you believe your mask does not fit correctly, or that your CPAP pressure settings are too high or too low, ask our experts to carry out a fitting for you—best comfort is achieved with the right fit.

What Is CPAP Therapy?

CPAP therapy helps patients breathe more comfortably at night. CPAP stands for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure”, and a CPAP machine provides a continuous flow of air.

Those who suffer from sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing during sleep when the soft tissue in their throat relaxes and collapses, blocking air from reaching the lungs. The continuous airflow from the CPAP helps prevent the soft tissue from collapsing, providing oxygen to the lungs and a restful night of sleep. Learn more on our “What is CPAP Therapy” page.

How Hard Is It To Sleep With A CPAP Device?

Many patients report a natural, and comfortable, sleep with a CPAP device.

Modern technology is small, quiet, and discreet offering features and settings to suit different needs, such as a ramp setting that gradually eases into the prescribed pressure.

Your body will quickly adjust to the use of the CPAP device and mask, snoring or restless sleep will be a thing of the past, and better quality sleep will leave you with more energy the next day.

If you are experiencing any discomfort, bring your device and mask to your nearest Snore MD clinic and ask our sleep experts to review your settings—a simple adjustment can mean a better fit for your needs. Learn more tips on how to improve your CPAP experience here.