CPAP Sleep Therapy: What You Need to Know
It is estimated that 18 million people in the United States, or about 1 in 15 people suffer from sleep apnea. This potentially life-threatening ailment happens when the throat pathway narrows due to muscles relaxing so much during sleep that oxygen cannot pass through.
Approximately 80% of people with sleep apnea are undiagnosed. If left unchecked, sleep apnea can result in life-alerting health problems including heart conditions and stroke. Seeking medical help for this condition is important.
How can CPAP therapy help?
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is a treatment to help those suffering from sleep apnea. Using a CPAP machine can help keep the airways open by using mild air pressure. A CPAP machine can ensure your airways don’t collapse when you breathe at night. Better sleep has many health benefits including improved brain function, weight loss, stress reduction, cancer prevention, inflammation reduction, and more.
How CPAP works
When you utilize CPAP therapy, you wear a CPAP mask while you sleep that is hooked up via a tube to a machine. That machine then delivers pressurized air.
Why use CPAP?
It can take a while to get adjusted to using CPAP therapy, but the payoffs are significant:
– Keeps your airway open while you sleep
– Reduces or eliminates snoring
– Improves quality of sleep
– Reduces or eliminates daytime sleepiness
– May reduce high blood pressure
Who needs CPAP therapy?
Anyone suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep Care doctors can properly diagnose and confirm whether or not CPAP therapy can help you get a better night’s sleep.