CPAP machine and its uses

CPAP machine and its uses

What is the CPAP Machine?

First, CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Airway pressure therapy uses a machine to combat the obstructions that lead to sleep apnea. As the professionals have told you, when you sleep your muscles relax and that includes your throat muscles. Your muscles are relaxing to the point that they are obstructing your breathing and causing your brain to startle you awake – sometimes as many as 20 times a night. As you can imagine this gulping for air and startled jolt is not restful for you or your bed partner!

The machine involves a mask covering the front of your face around your nose and mouth, or, it can involve just a nasal mask that covers your nose. It has pillowy cushions that comfortably seal around the nostrils so you get the full benefit of pressurized air that helps your breathing.

More than 18 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea and in addition to the CPAP machine there are some lifestyle changes we may recommend that can also improve your sleeping. Carrying excessive weight, untreated high blood pressure, smoking and family medical history all play a part in sleep apnea and we go through all of these issues with you. You need to use the machine every night and you need to leave the mask on or you will be sleepy during the day. We are committed to getting your treatment right and making a difference in your life. You’ll experience more energy, a better mood and a general better overall health.

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