CPAP Therapy FAQs

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is interrupted by airway collapse. For people with sleep apnea, these respiratory pauses may happen as frequently as 30 times or more in a single hour. This condition causes sleep quality to suffer, which can exacerbate medical conditions like hypertension and heart disease, and have a negative effect on relationships and productivity.

CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and it refers to a machine that works to keep the airway open by blowing a constant flow of air at a certain pressure. CPAP therapy can help improve sleep quality and quality of life for sleep apnea sufferers. Check out the following frequently asked questions and answers about CPAP therapy:

What's the source for claims about reducing the metioned medical conditions?

CPAP therapy can be effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea. When sleep apnea is successfully managed, the risk of complications such as heart disease goes down. Sleep quality increases, which causes other side effects like daytime sleepiness and lack of focus to decrease. CPAP therapy can also lead to reduced blood pressure, which reduces the risk of a variety of diseases and conditions. Those who use their CPAP therapy correctly often report greatly improved levels of energy, focus and quality of life.

How does a CPAP machine work?

The CPAP machine is quite simple in design and operation. It consists of a motor, hose, and mask. Air is drawn into the machine and pressurized to the level needed to keep the airway open at all times. The air is delivered through the hose and mask to the CPAP wearer and the mask either covers both your nose and mouth or the nose only. It may take a few nights to adjust to wearing the mask.

What types of CPAP masks are there?

CPAP masks come in three types: full face, nasal pillows, and nasal masks. Experimentation may be necessary to find the mask style that best works for you. Comfort is crucial during CPAP therapy, so don’t be afraid to try all three mask types to determine which one you like best. A sleep specialist can recommend the best type of sleep mask for your sleeping position, as this will vary if you’re a side sleeper versus if you prefer sleeping on your back.

How often should I replace my CPAP supplies?

There are parts of your CPAP machine need to be replaced every few months. Most of the time, your supplies will be scheduled for replacement by your CPAP provider. There are also CPAP cleaners and sanitizers on the market that make the maintenance of your CPAP machine even easier and less time consuming.

What are the alternatives to CPAP therapy?

CPAP therapy is most common non-surgical resort for sleep apnea sufferers. In some cases, there may be viable alternatives to CPAP therapy; but for most, the best way to avoid CPAP therapy is through preventative measures. For example, being overweight can contribute to sleep apnea because it may cause fatty deposits around the airway. Make sure you’re following a healthy diet and refrain from smoking and heavy alcohol consumption, which can also contribute to sleep apnea.

Do I have to do CPAP therapy for the rest of my life?

For many, CPAP therapy is a lifelong treatment, while others are able to reduce or stop therapy if they lose weight, or adopt healthier habits, such as quitting smoking. Never discontinue CPAP therapy without the recommendation of a doctor or sleep specialist.

CPAP therapy can be intimidating at first, but with knowledge and practice, you can become accustomed to treatment and enjoy better sleep and improved health.  Our knowledgeable staff at Need Better Sleep are here to help you through the process of not only testing, but treatment as well.  It’s our mission to help you get the therapy you need to enjoy a better quality of life.

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