CPAP therapy

What Is CPAP Therapy?

Sleep apnea, the slowing or stopping of breath during sleep, is a problem that thousands of people are plagued with. Central sleep apnea is when the brain and nervous system misfire and cause problems with the functioning of the respiratory system. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when there is a physical obstruction of the airway which is causing the stopping or slowing of breath. While there is no cure for sleep apnea, CPAP therapy is the most common, and most effective, non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea.

CPAP is the acronym for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP therapy is the process of pushing a continuous stream of oxygen through the airway during slumber. The pressure of the air is just enough to keep the airway open and free of obstruction. The pressure of the oxygen, however, is not enough to disturb the person while they sleep. Having a proper sleep apnea treatment pressure system is the key to enjoying a full night of sleep and the benefits of effective energy the next day. An improved night of sleep will mean more enjoyment of the activities taking place during waking hours; it is also known to help relieve some issues associated with blood pressure problems.

A CPAP machine is used for the application of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. The main component of the CPAP machine is a generator that produces the oxygen and the pressure necessary to make the treatment effective. The generator is attached to a tube and a mask that the air is pushed through. There are multiple types of masks, some covering just the nose and some covering the entire lower face, and the air is received through the mask. Finding the right CPAP mask is the most important part of the treatment. The mask must fit the user snugly to prevent the leakage of oxygen and pressure during sleep.

CPAP machines are made to cater to the comfort and success of the individual investing in the machinery. You can purchase tubes and masks designed to fit your personal sleeping habits. It does not matter which side of your body it is comfortable to sleep on, because there are masks created to fit each individual style of sleep.

When shopping for the right CPAP system, be sure to talk to talk to an informed representative. Be aware of all of the options available to you when picking out the different components. The only way CPAP therapy can be effective is if the user is one hundred percent comfortable with the machine and the process.

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