There are a variety of CPAP Machines with different functions depending on your prescription and your health needs as prescribed by your doctor.  CPAP machines are the most used for out of all the different machines available.

First the doctor must diagnose you with a prescribed pressure setting to use the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) this will help relieve your sleep apnea.  If you are diagnosed and have to use CPAP there are ways to sleep comfortably as pictured with the CPAP pillow below.


CPAP pillow


According to the “National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Sleep Apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder. Furthermore according to the National Institute of Health 12 million Americans have (CSA) Central sleep apnea. Many people don’t know for years they are experiencing sleep apnea.
With sleep apnea you experience pauses in breathing that can last up to minutes in time and you awaken from a loud snore or choking sound. This causes your quality of sleep to be poor. Resulting in different types of problems such as fatigue and sleepiness during the day among other common symptoms.
A lot of people are awakened or awaken family members with their snoring and some family members may witness you stopping breathing which is termed apnea. Snoring is one of the common symptoms of sleep apnea.
The most common type of sleep apnea is Obstructive sleep apnea. This usually occurs in people overweight however sleep apnea can occur in anyone including people with enlarged tonsils.
Sleep Apnea left untreated can cause a range of health problems other than the most common ones. This increased range problems include the increase risk of high blood, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes. Untreated sleep apnea also increases the risk of, or worsens heart failure. There is also a chance of arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats. Think of it the blood is not being oxygenated with the person with sleep apnea is not breathing. This can also increase the risk of having driving accidents due to fatigue and sleepiness.


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With sleep apnea a person stops breathing or breaths shallow until carbon dioxide builds up in their blood and chemoreceptors signal the brain to make the person sleeping to take a breath and so the brain signals them to awaken and take a breath. Then the person awakens breaths in oxygen and goes back to sleep again.
Actually there are three forms of sleep apnea: Central (CSA) this type is constituted by a lack of respiratory effort. Obstructive (OSA) is constituted by a physical block of airflow despite respiratory effort, (with OSA snoring is common), and Mixed sleep apnea.
Once sleep apnea patients get their CPAP machine they have to get CPAP supplies to go with the machine. The right CPAP supplies are needed for set up on the CPAP machines including the right tubing, and CPAP masks. You will be fitted with the CPAP masks.
One of the older companies with supplies is ResMed. The company was formed in 1989, its primary purpose was to commercialize a device for treating obstructive sleep apnea with nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). ResMed offers a full range of CPAP machines and CPAP supplies.

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* One image on this page sourced to Amazon.


Rebecca Beggs is a Former Registered Respiratory Home Care Practitioner now living in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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