How to Use a CPAP Machine for Better Sleep
Mon, 02/25/2019 – 09:41
Recent advances in medical technology have greatly improved the performance of CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machines—devices that help people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more regularly at night, resulting in a better, deeper sleep, often with less snoring. In someone with OSA, the airway narrows or collapses during sleep, causing oxygen levels to fall, which triggers the brain to wake the person briefly in order to re-open the airway. This is not only disruptive to sleep, but also can increase the body’s stress response which in turn raises the risk for developing higher blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke. CPAP works by blowing air into the throat via a mask, subtly increasing air pressure in the throat and preventing the airway from narrowing. The machine offers several benefits, such as reduced daytime fatigue, improved focus, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of heart disease and other medical conditions. There are a few things to look for to ensure your CPAP machine is effective. First, it’s important that the seal over your airways is tight enough to allow for continuous air pressure from your CPAP. There are several variations of the
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