In honor of Sleep Awareness Week, we wanted to share some important benefits CPAP therapy offers. Continuous positive airway pressure treatment (CPAP) can considerably improve your physical and mental health.
Understanding when to use your CPAP machine, who needs CPAP, and the benefits the therapy offers can help you on your CPAP journey.
When to Use CPAP?
The most straightforward answer of when to use CPAP is to use your machine every time you sleep. It's essential that you use your CPAP machine at bedtime and for naps. Even if you plan a quick 30-minute nap, you still need to use your CPAP device. Every time you sleep (7 hours or 30 minutes), you could experience disruptive sleep apnea without your machine.
CPAP for Beginners
If you're new to CPAP, consider avoiding naps in the early stages of your treatment. Think about skipping your afternoon nap so you can fall asleep easier at night. Skipping naps in the beginning, will help you to get used to your CPAP machine faster and become more familiar with it as part of your bedtime routine.
Who Needs CPAP?
Any person who suffers from sleep apnea may benefit from CPAP therapy. Sleep apnea disorder occurs when your breathing stops and starts. If you believe you may have a sleep apnea disorder, please consult your doctor.
The three most common types of sleep apnea include the following.
1. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This sleep apnea is the most common type. It occurs when you inhale, and your airways close, and not enough air reaches your lungs.
2. Central Sleep Apnea
This type occurs when your brain stops sending the signals to the muscles that control your breathing.
3. Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome
This disorder can also be known as "treatment-emergent central sleep apnea." It occurs when you have obstructive and central sleep apnea at the same time.
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
A few common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea includes:
- Dry mouth after sleeping
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Gasping for air during sleep (have your partner or someone watch for this)
- Loud snoring
- Morning headache
- Not breathing as you sleep (have your partner or someone watch for this)
Benefits of CPAP Therapy
CPAP therapy is an effective and widely used nonsurgical treatment option for sleep apnea patients. Early treatment can offer many health and lifestyle benefits.
Some benefits include:
- Improves your concentration (increases your ability to think)
- Improves your emotional stability (reduces your risk of depression)
- Increases your energy levels (helps to restore normal sleep patterns)
- Reduces your risk for heart disease (maintains/improves your blood oxygen levels)
- Reduces your risk of diabetes (improves insulin sensitivity)
Learn more by reading our CPAP FAQs on it.
Understanding the Value of CPAP Therapy
CPAP therapy can significantly help to improve your physical and mental health. Be sure to maintain your CPAP machine and equipment's cleanliness and quality to maximize your CPAP therapy benefits.
Choose A Trusted and Reliable Supplier
The GOCPAP team will assist you with your CPAP equipment needs for your initial and ongoing treatments. We will provide you exceptional customer service and affordable pricing for your CPAP machines, masks, and accessories.
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