Sleep apnea refers to the interruption of breathing during sleep. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea, this is when the muscles of the soft palate around the base of the tongue and uvula relax, thus obstructing the airway. This airway obstruction causes the level of oxygen in the blood to fall, increases the stress on the heart, elevates blood pressure and prevents you from entering “REM sleep”, the restful and restorative stage of sleep. Sleep apnea causes the deprivation of quality sleep.
The symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring or abnormal pattern of snoring with pauses and gasps, excessive daytime sleepiness, memory changes, depression and irritability. In some patients sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and heart attack. About 4% of middle-aged men and 2% of middle-aged women have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be aggravated by alcohol, sleeping pills and tranquilizers taken at bedtime.
Sleep Laboratories” are available to monitor different stages of sleep, diagnose sleep apnea, determine the type and severity of sleep apnea and design treatment.
General measures in treating sleep apnea include weight loss, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, sleeping on one side and medications to relieve nasal congestion. More specific treatment include CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), oral appliances to open the airway, and ENT surgery, where the surgeon removes excessive soft tissue in the back of the throat to relieve obstruction. CPAP is an effective treatment for sleep apnea. A mask is worn over the nose during sleep while air is gently forced into the airway to splint it open.
The Lumin UV Light Sanitizing Device from 3B Medical is a safe and effective alternative to the ozone type sanitizer. It concentrates a powerful amount of UV light inside a fail-safe chamber to kill bacteria in just five minutes. This UV light is strong enough to kill 99% of bacteria, pathogens, and fungi present on items placed inside the device.
This type of UV light is such an effective disinfectant, it is used in a variety of ways in the health industry including hospitals.
The Lumin requires no replacement supplies whatsoever. The Lumin relies on a UV bulb that is rated to easily outlast the life of the device and should not require changing. In the event the bulb is damaged or does require replacement, low cost replacement bulbs are available.
The best features of the Lumin is how quickly it can have items ready for use: FIVE MINUTES!
Compatible with all CPAP masks:
Lumin is compatible with all brands of CPAP and BiPAP masks and accessories.
Simply slide out the machine’s polished aluminum cleaning drawer, place your equipment inside, and you’re ready to go! To ensure user safety, Lumin has a built-in shutoff mechanism that automatically turns the UV light off whenever the cleaning drawer is opened.
Although a great way to clean CPAP masks and water chambers, the Lumin is not limited to sanitizing only CPAP items. Any non-living item which can fit inside the Lumin tray can be sanitized. This includes common items that require cleaning such as dentures, toothbrushes, hearing aids, and many more.
Easy-to-Use Design with No Replacement Parts
The Lumin sanitizer does not require any ongoing maintenance or replacement parts. The body of the device and tray can be wiped down if needed with a soft, non-abrasive cloth if it becomes dirty, but otherwise, the Lumin does not require extensive upkeep. The UV bulb inside the Lumin can be replaced but is intended to last the lifetime of the Lumin.
Please Note: The Lumin is intended to be a supplemental part of a regular cleaning schedule and does NOT sanitize the PAP device.