A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is designed to relieve patients who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to start and stop during sleep. This is caused by the softening of the throat muscles during sleep, blocking the airway. Often you may not know you suffer from sleep apnea. It can be more noticeable to a partner, as the number one symptom is loud snoring. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
If you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, you will have to go to a sleep clinic to be properly diagnosed. If you are diagnosed, then you may be prescribed a CPAP machine to wear during sleep, as they are the most commonly used therapy for sleep apnea.
A CPAP machine uses several components to continuously blow pressurized air through your airway in order to keep it from collapsing. A CPAP machine has three components.
Your CPAP machine must be used on a nightly basis. Once you start using it, you will notice positive results immediately, CPAP machines are extremely effective! However, if you stop using it, your sleep apnea symptoms will return as the machine is a therapy, not a treatment. Hopefully once you start using your CPAP machine you will experience more restful, uninterrupted sleep, as well as improved daytime energy and alertness. Your CPAP machine will also help address the more serious negative effects of sleep apnea by lowering you blood pressure, and reducing your risk of stroke or heart disease!