Tips for Better Sleep

One of the main steps to living a balanced and healthy life is getting enough rest and better sleep at night. How much sleep you get can affect your mood, how you treat others, and the overall outcome of your day. But it often goes forgotten that how well you sleep at night is caused by your daily lifestyle and routines. We have a few tips to change your habits to help you get the good night sleep you deserve.

ID-100162372It may seem childish to some, but make and keep a set sleep schedule, and always remember, consistency is key! The use of technology in our lives has helped us be able to stay awake into the early hours of the morning, which often leads to being unproductive the following day. Staring at the bright phone and television lights late at night are not good for us and can lead to difficulty falling asleep or even insomnia because it suppresses the melatonin and stimulates our minds. Our earliest of ancestors had no issue with staying up late because soon after the sun went down they went to sleep due to limited amounts of light and ultimately rose as soon as the sun came up. A regimen like this however is not conducive to most. But setting a time to go to bed and a time to wake up every day is good. Doing so will help you wake up rejuvenated and ready to start your day more so then getting the same hours of sleep at night, but at different times. There are some days though where we just can’t help staying awake and need a nap. If that is the case try to limit the amount of time you sleep to around 20-30 minutes and make sure you do it earlier in the afternoon.

ID-10060192Another way to increase the quality of your sleep is by increasing the melatonin hormone in your brain. Melatonin helps to regulate your sleep and wake cycles and is very much affected by light. You can take a supplement for a quick fix if you want more immediate results, but there are small lifestyle changes you can make to naturally increase the amount of melatonin your body makes on its own. When you first wake up, try to spend a couple minutes outside to get your eyes and body adjusted to the light. Then as much as you can spend time in the light during the day. Try driving to work without your sunglasses and open up all the windows in your office to increase the natural lighting in the work place. Another key step is to limit the amount of light you come into contact with at night. Make sure your room is completely dark when you go to sleep and in the time leading up to that make sure to dim your lights and don’t read on any backlit devices.

ID-100170137On top of creating a sleep time routine, try to come up with a relaxing bedtime routine so your body knows its time to get ready to go to sleep soon. As mentioned before consistency is a good way to trick your body into sleeping, so make your routine as relaxing as possible. A few changes to make are to begin by reserving the bedroom for sleeping. This is never a good place to do work or watch television. It can bring the stress of daily life into the bedroom. Also, keep your room a little cool. Finding that Goldilocks temperature may be hard, but once you find it, sleep should come easy. Also, try listening to books on tape or listening to soft music. Read a book or do the activity that relaxes you the most or take a warm bath and stretch to relax all of your muscles. Even just having a cup of decaffeinated tea can help mellow the senses. This should all help you wind down and get ready for bed.

Healthy lifestyles are also the most conducive to a good night’s rest. Eating right, exercising regularly and eliminating stress will all help you. A few simple tricks are to avoid caffeine and sugars after lunchtime; the affect of which can linger into bedtime. Avoid drinking alcohol right before bedtime, while this may help you fall asleep faster it will reduce the quality of your sleep and may keep you from reaching a REM cycle. Avoid drinking too many liquids of any kind close to bedtime as these may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.

Most importantly you need a comfortable bed. Using a mattress topper or an adjustable bed may help. Use pillows to prop your head to avoid neck pain. Also, make sure to replace mattresses regularly to eliminate bed bugs. Everyone’s comfort preferences vary so find one that is suitable for you.

Now go on and work on those Z’s!

Andy Scolnick, President

Seventh Street Medical Supply

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CPAP Study: CPAP Will Help You Get An Erection. There’s Hope!

Morning wood – ever think you’d miss it? If you are one of the eighteen million Americans with sleep apnea, there is a good chance you might be missing it right now. Sleep apnea, which comes from the ancient Greek word for “want of breath,” might as well mean, “want of erection.” According to multiple studies and questionnaires, doctors are finding a direct link between sleep apnea and not being able to get it up, which is one of the more disheartening symptoms of the mysterious sleep disorder. The bright side, however, is that a recent study has found that use of a CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea can resolve and improve erectile dysfunction and thus sexual libido – some men are even saying it has changed their sex lives for the better.

The results were staggering; with regular nightly CPAP use a whopping 41% of men said that their erectile dysfunction had disappeared completely.

Indeed, men are reporting occurrences of “morning wood” for the first time to their doctors after regular, nightly CPAP treatment to increase airflow and breathing. Currently, there is no consensus as to why sleep apnea causes impotence and erectile dysfunction in men, but there are two leading theories. One of the theories is that because sleep apnea causes cessations in crucial resting states, levels of testosterone – a man’s mojo – dip to levels too low for the magic to happen. Another theory is that sleep apnea affects the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for bodily functions like digestion, crying, and sexual arousal. I guess when you’re constantly fighting for air in your sleep, it doesn’t really put you in the mood – the same as fighting off a mortal enemy wouldn’t either.

But can a machine that makes you look like a cybernetic organism and sound like every villain in every movie ever actually put you in the mood? – Apparently, it does. Everyone knows that it’s hard to talk about erections, but Dr. Joseph Dombrowsky had to do it. Dr. Dombrowsky, an army captain and doctor at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and a team of researchers led the way on a study to find out if a CPAP machine improved the sexual functions of men with sleep apnea. The staggering results showed that a whopping 41% of men said that their erectile dysfunction had disappeared completely.

Dr. Dombrowsky and his team gathered and recruited 92 men for their study. The average age of the men was 46 – and most of the men were overweight. Out of the 92, 42% had erectile dysfunction and the others experienced a decreased libido –otherwise a rather unhappy bunch as you can imagine. The men were then organized based on the severity of their erectile dysfunction and libido issues and were observed over a six-month period. With regular use of increased airflow throughout the night as provided by a CPAP machine, a little over half of the men – about 54% – described improved sexual functions. Some of the men said they were basically cured and probably thanked the heavens and ran home to tell their significant others the good news.

When it comes down to it, we may never know exactly why sleep apnea causes erectile dysfunction in some men – it could be a combination of a number of different factors – but what we do know is that CPAP treatments can save your life and possibly your sex life too. And if you are worried about how the CPAP machine might affect your chances in bed – you shouldn’t, because if you are rearing to go, she won’t be thinking of anything else, especially if it’s been a while.  Call Seventh Street Medical Supply today! (215) 396-2450

Replacing your CPAP/BiPAP Mask & Supplies

People ask us this question all the time.  “How often should I replace my Cpap Mask & Supplies?”.  My answer to them is basically always the same.  It is important to maintain and replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies such as the mask, cushion, headgear, tubing, filters, and chin strap routinely. All items are allowed to be billed to insurance carriers at different intervals.

Here are the main reasons you should replace your CPAP/BiPAP supplies.

Andy Scolnick, President – Seventh Street Medical Supply

 1) CPAP/BiPAP Supplies are Disposable

Your CPAP/BiPAP mask, headgear, and tubing aren’t meant to last! Most common CPAP/BiPAP masks are made of plastic and silicone and the headgear is made from neoprene. All of these materials begin to break down with frequent use. Replacements are expected.

2) Cushions Lose Their Seal Over Time

If you have to continually tighten and over tighten the headgear to maintain a seal with your mask, it will not fit comfortably and you can actually harm yourself in the process. If cushions were comfortable to begin with but have started to lose their seal, it’s time to replace them.

 3) Bacteria!

This becomes more difficult to eliminate as a mask ages. The masks and the tubing need to be cleaned regularly with mild soapy water and left to dry out of direct sunlight, or bacteria will grow. Studies demonstrate that after 1 year of use, no amount of cleaning can eliminate all bacterial growth. So, the older the mask, the more bacteria in the mask, the tubing, and, potentially, in YOU.

 4) Dirty Filters Damage CPAP Machines

The filters in a CPAP/BiPAP machine need to be replaced regularly. If dust and other contaminants build up, they cause the CPAP/BiPAP machine to overheat and, in time, damage the motor. Felt Filters are disposable and should be changed monthly.

Contact Seventh Street Medical Supply at (215) 396-2450 to verify frequencies of CPAP/BiPAP supplies.

Scooter Store Files For Bankruptcy After Overbilling Medicare At Least $47 Million

This company should of been shut down a LONG TIME AGO. I have been saying for years now that the Scooter Store’s tactics were unethical at best. This is a total Joke considering this company was just awarded Competitive Bids in several categories with Medicare and knocked out respected companies with great standings with all insurance carriers!! I have to jump through hoops to get patients approved for power mobility products that really need them because of companies like the Scooter Store.

If you watch daytime TV or have been stuck watching daytime TV while visiting your parents, surely you’re familiar with The Scooter Store. The power wheelchair vendor has had some trouble lately, including accusations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, a raid by the FBI, and even a lawsuit from the company’s hometown, of New Braunfels, Texas. The company laid off most of its employees, and plans to deal directly with health care providers, rather than blanketing the airwaves and selling directly to consumers.

Those investigations came after a scathing investigative piece by CBS News about the company. Former salesmen and doctors who prescribed chairs in the past explained the company’s tactics: contact doctors’ offices incessantly to wear them down and convince them to prescribe scooters and power chairs whether the patient really needed one or not, and to depend on bureaucratic incompetence and error to get them approved by Medicare and Medicaid.

That got the attention of the federal government, and led to a raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The company’s CEO insists that The Scooter Store itself wasn’t accused of fraud. Just a few weeks later, the company furloughed all employees, then permanently laid off about 1,000.

An independent audit found that the company had overbilled Medicare and Medicaid somewhere between $46.8 million and $87.7 million. The company had agreed to pay back $19.5 million. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is one of the largest creditors listed in the company’s bankruptcy petition, which details about $50 million in debt.

Just a few short years ago, in 2009, the city of New Braunfels gave the Scooter Store economic development money to convert a former Kroger store into their sparkling new headquarters. On Friday, the city filed a lawsuit to to get $2.6 million of that money back.

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Andy Scolnick, President

Seventh Street Medical Supply

Raids mark latest turn in Scooter Store fraud probe

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What can I say other than probably 64 million dollars too late! Medicare is in shambles because of companies like this.   Should the Scooter Store be found ultimately guilty on all accounts, they should be shut down for good.  The last time the FBI investigated them, the scooter store paid a small fine and were back in action.  Who suffers, WE ALL DO?  The next person that comes into my office in need of some type of power mobility product, the patient, doctor, therapist, and our company will have to jump through hoops to get it approved.  Shame on the Scooter Store and other medical supply company that use the same type of business tactics to get items approved.  Read the article…

Andy Scolnick

President, Seventh Street Medical Supply

POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2013, 3:01 AM – philly.com

In TV ads, the Scooter Store suggests to seniors and others needing motorized scooters and wheelchairs that they can be had for almost no cost because the company will handle all the messy paperwork with insurers, particularly Medicare.

Wednesday and Thursday brought another example that nothing is free. Somebody – often taxpayers – has to pay.

About 150 state and federal law enforcement officers raided the company’s headquarters in a San Antonio suburb. The action was another phase in an ongoing health-care fraud investigation of the Scooter Store, which has an outlet in the Philadelphia region.

A spokesman for the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, which administers Medicare and Medicaid, would say only that the agency “executed a search warrant at several locations of the Scooter Store and that we were part of a multiagency task force.”

The San Antonio Express-News reported that OIG was joined by the FBI and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid fraud unit.

The Scooter Store’s Philadelphia outlet is in Trainer, Delaware County. The manager declined to give his name and referred a reporter to the national office, which did not respond, to phone and e-mail requests for comment.

“This raid is a welcome step toward cracking down on waste and fraud in Medicare payments for motorized wheelchairs involving the Scooter Store,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) said in a statement. “I have urged action to stop abusive overpayments for such devices – costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and preying on seniors with deceptive sales pitches.”

The cost of health care is a huge component in local, state, and national debates about how to solve budget challenges. In recent years, the federal government has increased efforts to scrutinize billing practices and thwart fraud, with durable medical devices being one area of particular concern.

Blumenthal is among the congressional leaders who have urged federal authorities to crack down on what they view as deceptive advertising that results in some angry seniors and bills for all taxpayers.

As Blumenthal noted, this is not the first time the Scooter Store has faced allegations of fraud.

In 2007, the company settled a civil suit with the Justice Department by paying $4 million and forgoing $13 million in Medicare claims after the government alleged the company submitted false claims for power wheelchairs that, among other things, beneficiaries did not want, did not need, or could not use.

The company’s five-year corporate integrity agreement with the government was due to expire in 2012 but remains open. The company was also supposed to reimburse the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) $19.5 million for overpayments between 2009 and 2011, according to the San Antonio newspaper. However, senators criticized the CMS for not pushing for more reimbursements, based on an outside audit of the company’s operations.

The Lung Flute

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Andy Scolnick, President

Seventh Street Medical Supply

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My opinion of a CPAP Clinic

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Making an appointment to go to a Cpap clinic or just left a cpap clinic at a doctor’s office or sleep center?  Let’s be honest here…. It’s basically a sales rep from a medical supply company that gets paid primarily commission to sit at the office and listen to your complaints and issues your having with your current cpap & cpap mask.  “The rep has a duffel bag of assorted masks and a wallet size full of advise”.

Stop by Seventh Street Medical Supply where we have no employee’s on commission and over a 3,500 square foot warehouse full of respiratory equipment.

Call us or stop by, no appointment necessary.

Andy Scolnick, President