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September 30th 2016

This story was shared on peopleforqualitycare.com and our team at Legacy wanted to share it with you. This story showcases, Jueldia Smith, a senior who struggles to find a home medical equipment within 200 miles.

At Legacy, we are passionate about being able to provide care to those in the communities we serve (Paducah, KY Murray, KY and Paris, TN). It is upsetting to realize many do not have people have to wait 2 weeks for equipment since there is no one to service their needs. It is these stories that fuel our passion to serve and continue to grow to reach those unserved.

According to peopleforqualitycare.com, Medicare cut funding for home medical equipment by upwards of 50-80 percent. The funding cut, implemented on July 1, has sent a shockwave across the country, severely impacting people with disabilities and chronic conditions who rely on home medical equipment.

Read Jueldia Smith full story at peopleforqualitycare.com.

August 20th 2016

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Everyone seems talks about sleep, how much, what times are best, and what happens when your asleep. Since sleep is vital to your health and well-being, we wanted to share an excerpt from an article from www.sleepassociation.org that helps put the myths to rest and tells you the facts of sleep once and for all.

During sleep, your brain rests. F

Most people think of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our daily lives. Wakefulness contains only a single brain wave. To be physically, psychologically, and emotionally at your best, you have to experience 5 different types of brain waves every night during sleep. The sleeping brain regulates endocrine, immune, and hormonal functions essential for healthy living. It is also a critical period for memory consolidation.

Sleeping longer makes you gain weight. F

By adding one extra hour of sleep every night, you can lose up to 1 lb. per week. Sleep deprivation causes leptin levels to decrease and ghrelin levels to increase leaving you craving for sugars and junk food. Contrary to popular belief, staying asleep in bed actually helps you lose weight.

You can condition yourself to need less sleep. F

You can condition yourself to wake up after just a few hours of sleep, but it does not change your need for adequate sleep. Your sleep requirement is hard-wired! Determine the amount of sleep that will permit you to be energetic and alert all day long. You must condition yourself so that the hours in bed correspond to the sleeping phase of your circadian rhythm and the hours out of bed correspond to the waking phase. Therefore, establish a regular sleep/wake schedule Monday through Monday, including the weekends.

A boring meeting, warm room, or low dose of alcohol makes you sleepy. F

A boring meeting, warm room, or low dose of alcohol will make you sleepy only if you are sleep deprived. These factors simply unmask the sleepiness that is already in your body. If you are not sleep deprived, you maybe restless and fidgety, but not sleepy.

Snoring is not harmful as long as it doesn’t disturb others or wake you up. F

If left untreated, heavy snoring can lead to a higher risk of hypertension (heart attacks and strokes). Heavy snoring with repetitive pauses in your breathing followed by a gasping for air is indicative of sleep apnea. This life threatening breathing disorder is commonly treated non-surgically by wearing a mask at night that delivers continuous, positive airway pressure through the nasal cavity to keep the airway open. Without the mask these individuals may stop breathing up to 600 times a night and must wake up for a microsecond each time to resume normal breathing.

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All of us dream every night, although many do not remember having done so. Most dreams occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that occurs every 90 minutes. If you sleep for 8 hours, approximately 2 hours will be spent dreaming.

The older you get; the fewer hours of sleep you need. F

As you age the ability to maintain sleep becomes more difficult. This is due to hardening of the arteries or the result of taking medications for rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, or Type II diabetes that may interfere with sleep. We need almost as much sleep in our senior years as we needed when we were of middle age.

Most people are poor judges of how sleepy they are. T

The majority of sleepers overestimate the amount they actually have slept by about 47 minutes.

Raising the volume of your radio, air conditioning or drinking coffee will help
you stay awake while driving. F

None of these “remedies” will help prevent drowsiness or falling asleep at the wheel for a person who is sleep deprived. Drowsiness is red alert, get off the road and take a 20-minute power nap in a safe area. At best you will have another 30 minutes of driving.

Sleep disorders are mainly due to worry or psychological problems. F

There are 89 known sleep disorders whose causes range from neurological issues to biochemical imbalance and physiological problems. Examples are sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, nocturnal myoclonus, enuresis, sleepwalking, sleep talking, and REM sleep behavior.

Most sleep disorders eventually go away even without treatment. F

Sleep disturbances that last for more than 3 weeks typically require professional treatment, ranging from learning good sleep hygiene practices to pharmacological agents and psychotherapy.

Men need more sleep than women. F

Women tend to need more sleep than men, especially during premenstrual, pregnancy, and premenopausal stages. Women sleep lighter than men and are more susceptible to bouts of insomnia.

….read more Sleep myths at www.sleepassociation.org.
Author: Dr. James Maas, PhD

July 10th 2016

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Many people wonder about how exercise and sleep affect each other. This recent article from www.sleepassociation.org explores this topic and shares some surprising benefits the two share. It was written by Kristina Diaz who is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a health and wellness enthusiast and writer.

Not only can exercise actually help you sleep better and feel more energized, there is also a time of day that is best to move those muscles. Right before bed is not one of them. It actually gets your heart and muscles stimulated, making it more difficult to fall asleep.

Studies also show scheduling a regular exercise routine is best. According to the article, regular exercise a few times a week can reduce the time it takes to fall asleep as well as increase the amount of time you sleep. Exercise seems like a much healthier option than anything you can get in pill form, and it’s free.

Read the full article at www.sleepassociation.org to learn more about how to setup an exercise routine and more benefits and tactics for improving sleep.

April 12th 2016

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Since many of our customers ask about traveling with their equipment, we wanted to share a helpful article from www.resmed.com. While specifics depend on the type of equipment you have, traveling with your therapy equipment has never been easier.

Designed to be lightweight and highly portable, most ResMed’s therapy devices and masks will prove to be an easy travel companion. Due to their universal power supply, most ResMed devices can be used all over the world, in the great outdoors and even on an airplane.

Read full article on www.resmed.com or talk with one of our health professionals about traveling with your equipment.

Article and image courtesy of www.resmed.com.

August 17th 2015

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A good night’s sleep is what we are all after. According to a recent article on www.resmed.com, getting a good night’s sleep requires more than just going to bed on time.

They have provided these four sleep tips to give yourself the best chance of getting consistent, quality sleep each night. If you continue to feel like you’re doing everything you can to get a good night’s sleep but no longer have the energy to do the things you love, there might be a deeper issue. Sleep apnea affects more than 1 in 3 men and 1 in 6 women between age 30­–70, with most people being undiagnosed.

Talk to your doctor or primary care physician and ask about a sleep apnea test.

1) Allocate enough time for sleep. Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise, so it’s important to allocate the right amount of time in your day for sleep and plan the rest of your schedule accordingly. Getting a good night’s sleep means 7–8 hours each night for adults (including older adults), 9–10 hours for teens, at least 10 hours for school-aged children and 11–12 hours for preschool-aged children.

2) Create consistent sleep habits. As creatures of habit, we’re usually more successful when following a routine. Sleep is no different. From your pre-sleep ritual to going to bed and waking up at the same time, you’ll find that consistency makes it easier to fall asleep each night.

3) Create a comfortable sleep environment. Make sure your bedroom is cool, quiet and comfortable – especially your bed. It may take some experimenting and an investment on your part, but finding an ultra-comfortable bed and pillow is invaluable. We spend one-third of our lives in bed, making it the one area of your life you don’t want to compromise on comfort.

4) Turn it off before bed. Whether it’s television, reading, email or texting, give yourself a nice window of time to unplug and relax before bedtime. Your body should associate your bed with sleep and these activities ramp up your brain activity rather than relaxing it. Television and bright light can also suppress melatonin production – making it difficult to fall asleep.

Reference full article and image, courtesy of www.resmed.com.