CPAP therapy is, without a doubt, the most popular way to treat sleep apnea. CPAP therapy consists of using a machine that is attached to a mask worn on the face. The machine produces a pressurized stream of oxygen that is forced down the airway during sleep to prevent any obstructions of the airway that may result in the stopping or slowing of breathing. There are many side effects that come with the usage of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines; some are positive and some are negative.
The positive effects of using CPAP are enough reason for many to undergo the therapy. Many people who use CPAP machines experience better sleeping patterns. They sleep for longer periods more consistently, and have a much higher chance of sleeping throughout the night. A good night of uninterrupted sleep can result in having more energy and staying more alert through the day. People who successfully sleep through the night also show increased levels of productivity and decreased levels of stress.
Scientific research is now showing that the use of CPAP machines at nighttime can have a positive impact on the glucose level of type II diabetes while they sleep. During an apnea, stress hormones are released into the body; these stress hormones are known to increase the level of glucose in the body. Using a CPAP machine decreases the likelihood of apneas and, as a result, decreases the level of stress hormones that are released during sleep that effect glucose levels.
Unfortunately, the use of a CPAP machine can also cause problems for users. Many people who use CPAP machines suffer from irritation. The skin around the mask can become irritated if the mask connected to the machine is kept too tight or is not cleaned on a regular basis. CPAP can also cause dryness of the mouth and nasal passage. Problems with the nasal passage are the most common problems associated with the treatment. It can lead to dryness, discomfort, and sometimes bleeding.
Other people who use CPAP machines may also experience extra bloating. This is caused by the swallowing of air. Instead of breathing in the pressurized air, the users often swallow the air. The air lodges itself in the stomach and digestive tract and can cause discomfort, bloating, and belching. It is not a serious issue, and can often be corrected by changing the position in which you sleep.
If you are experiencing these, or any other negative side effects from CPAP treatment, talk to your doctor. Usually, with understanding and the right information, most problems can be corrected.