The CPAP machine is the most effective treatment for sleep apnea known today.
However, CPAP therapy is designed to manage apnea, not to cure it.
The machine must be worn throughout each night to provide maximal benefit.
Using a mask and a hose (tubing), the PAP machine is able to provide a continuous airflow into the back of the throat. This pressure splints the throat airway open, and allows for normal breathing.
To understand more about how a CPAP works, check this video:
Benefits of CPAP Therapy
Before Using CPAP
After Using CPAP
From excessive sleepiness during the day
to daytime alertness
From being easily annoyed
to being more calm
From having headaches in the morning
to not having them
From having memory and concentration problems
to being more focused
From having high blood pressure
to reduce or cancel the use of medication,
to improved quality of life.
From having weight gain problems
to helping lose weight.
From sexual problems in bed
to healthy sexual activity
For more on positive aspects of using the CPAP, see CPAP benefits.
CPAP is used to treat mild, moderate and even severe cases of sleep apnea.
However, for complicated cases of central apnea, mixed apnea or Cheyne-Stokes respirations, the treatment requires the use of high-end technology devices, such as bi-level PAP device (BiPAP) or auto-adjusting device (APAP).
The air pressure setting from CPAP machine may differ from patient to patient. To find what is the best pressure to open your airway without causing side effects, you need a sleep study.
The following video describes what is CPAP and how does it work to give you air to breathe in the night:
|Important Features in High Quality CPAP Machines
ramp feature - allows a gradual increase of the air pressure from a low level to the final prescribed air pressure. This feature is useful mainly for patients who need a high pressure to maintain the airway open.
humidifier - to prevent the nasal passages or the throat to become stuffy or dry. This feature is useful for every CPAP user.
memory card - to record the information from your sleep. This device records the necessary data for your doctor to analyze your sleep quality.
air filter - to clean the air before entering into your airways.
exhalation relief - to make exhalation against the CPAP pressure easier.
software - reporting of all compliance, pressure, leak and AHI parameters.
Here are the most common CPAP brands:
Although CPAP is a simple therapy, many patients have difficulties using the machine every night. Research has shown that 50% of those who do use CPAP will not be using it after 4 years. Other patients use the machine only a couple of hours in the night, instead of whole night.
CPAP users give up their machines because they don't know how to confront the side effects. These CPAP problems are very common, and learning how to manage them can improve the success rate. Here are some examples:
The next video is about a positive experience with CPAP. This man explains very nicely how things work, from his own experience:
There are patients with sleep apnea who gave up the CPAP just because they have not seen any positive result. Learn from their mistakes with help tips for CPAP users.
For more on problems with CPAP therapy, see CPAP Problems.
If your doctor prescribes a CPAP, you need to find one that is good for you. Do not rush at the first CPAP shop. Take your time. Think about buying a car: you need to compare many dealers and products before making a choice.
However, your breathing machine is more important. You will spend more time with your CPAP than with your car, and you should start using your breathing machine soon as possible.
For more on how to choose a CPAP from a shop, see Best CPAP Machines.
Cleaning your CPAP equipment can prolong the life of your machine, and protect your health from mold, dust, and bacteria.
Bottom line... The CPAP machine will eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea, but it doesn't mean you will be cured. So, don't assume that you are treated just because you feel better. If you stop your treatment with CPAP, sleep apnea will return.
Do you have problems with your CPAP or mask? This is the place where you can ask a question about any aspect of using the CPAP machine and mask issues, and I will give you an answer or help you solve the problem. It's free and it's easy to do.
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