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Who Needs to Use a CPAP?

Who Needs to Use a CPAP?


A CPAP machine is the most commonly prescribed form of treatment for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Do you need sleep therapy?


A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the most commonly prescribed form of treatment for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Using a CPAP is known to be an uncomfortable transition for most users, who tend to give up on using the machine altogether because they don't let themselves get used to it. Not only does this go against a doctor's professional prescription, but it could be potentially life-threatening if you aren't using your CPAP and you happen to suddenly stop breathing in your sleep!

CPAP machines are designed specifically for people with obstructive sleep apnea, so if you don't have this sleep disorder, you most likely do not need to use a CPAP. Sleep apnea can occur in two forms— obstructive and central sleep apnea— which can sometimes both affect someone at the same time. With obstructive sleep apnea, the airways become blocked during sleep because the throat is too relaxed, resulting in long pauses after breathing. These pauses can happen up to thirty times an hour for ten seconds at a time until breathing resumes.

On the other hand, central sleep apnea is caused by the brain not sending the correct signals to the breathing muscles, and when they finally are sent the signal, the person usually snorts, snores loudly, or awakens with a choking sensation. Besides loud snoring, classic symptoms of sleep apnea also include feeling exhausted throughout the day, irritability, depression, inability to focus, and morning headaches. There are other treatment options available to patients who just have central sleep apnea, such as implants and mouthpieces.

Using a CPAP while sleeping is called sleep therapy. Patients who undergo sleep therapy wear a mask connected to their machine throughout the night, as air is gently forced into the lungs to promote normal breathing. Patients who stick with their machines and learn how to adapt to the lifestyle change that comes with sleep therapy are known to experience more restful sleep and go throughout their day feeling awake and alert. Using a CPAP every night provides users with enough oxygen for the body to effectively recharge while sleeping and tackle the day head on. Morning headaches are eliminated and depression caused by lack of sleep can be greatly reduced.

It is important to understand the factors of your specific condition and to know the risk factors involved. Many people have physical traits, genetic syndromes, or medical conditions that predispose them to developing sleep apnea that, if not treated, could worsen over time. For a more comprehensive article about the symptoms, causes, and various treatment options for sleep apnea, read this article. Be sure to consult your doctor to address your symptoms in order to determine if you need sleep therapy, and keep an eye on your loved ones in case they show signs of it as well.

Roughly 80% of the estimated 30 million Americans that have sleep apnea go undiagnosed. This is particularly alarming because sleep therapy solves many risks and developing conditions that sleep apnea sufferers experience. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to stroke, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and other long-term health problems. These conditions are caused by lack of oxygen in the blood putting too much stress on the cardiovascular system and breathing muscles. The continuous pressure of CPAP airflow will keep your airways open and your breathing regular. If your doctor recommends sleep therapy, it could save your life.

Do you have obstructive sleep apnea and are looking for a CPAP that's right for you? You can purchase one of Liberty Medical's trusted CPAPs along with a fitted mask and any accessories you might need that will make sleep therapy a more comfortable and effective experience for you. Our technical support team is available 24/7 to help you in any way they can! Let us know if you have any questions about our sleep therapy systems and we’d be glad to assist you today.

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