CPAP

Sleep apnea is a troubling condition which hinders the normal sleep patterns of millions around the world. The conditions for what brings on sleep apnea are not perfectly understood, and treating it can be challenging. Thankfully, there are a variety of options for those struggling with sleep apnea. Aside from studies and treatment, individuals can opt in for corrective sleeping masks or the like to help regulate breathing during rest.

These devices are called CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) masks, an apparatus that, as mentioned, regulate breathing and deter snoring which causes a person breathing problems. Depending on the person, the device will be worn on either nose, mouth, or both, with a tube connecting to a machine that helps regulate airflow and breathing.

CPAP machines apply ventilation in several ways, such as continuous airway pressure which will remain the same throughout the night, automatic pressure which adjusts based on patterns and other values, or binary which switches based on other values. The mask is also fitted different from person to person so the individual gets an appropriate, unobtrusive fitting.

Acquiring a CPAP device is not as simple as ordering one. CPAP machines are personalized on a case by case basis as each person struggles with apnea in different ways. In order to acquire one you should discuss options with your health care professional who can direct you to a study group which will, as mentioned, study your sleep habits. Based on the information they gather, a CPAP device will be administered to you.

Note that CPAP does not work for all patients and some may need more assistance. If you have any concerns or questions about the operation and use of your CPAP device, contact your specialists immediately.