Insufficient airflow into the lungs and the blood, leads to insomnia and sleepless nights. Many people are unaware that there is an underlying breathing problem existent, until they are awakened from their sleep gasping for air or
feeling a sensation of choking. Most probably, by this time they have developed a condition known as sleep apnea, or OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
Patients who also struggle with serious snoring issues, or they are awakened by feelings of choking must immediately consult a physician. Fatigue, headaches, daytime sleepiness, difficulty in getting up from the bed or irritability are only a few of the symptoms that accompany OSA.
After an initial consultation, the physician might prescribe the use of a CPAP machine- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device. The patient connects to the device with the help of a flexible tube and a mask, and the CPAP
machine will deliver sufficient pressure to the patient. Even though a CPAP machine will not cure sleep apnea, it will definitely help getting relief from all the discomforting symptoms and be able to sleep without interruptions.
SleepRestfully.com offers patients a wide variety of brand name CPAP machines to choose from. The physician is the one who will appoint the exact make and model of CPAP that is compatible with the health problem of the patient.
Philips Respironics, ResMed or DeVillbiss Healthcare IntelliPAP are only a few such world leading brands that offer the best quality CPAP technology to patients.
CPAP therapy important facts
- Choosing the right type of mask- patients can choose from three different CPAP mask styles: the full face masks, the NCPAP covering only the nose or CPAP masks with nasal pillows that are fitted into the nose. Choosing the right size and shape of mask is of primordial importance to avoid mask leaks and discomfort during sleep
- Many patients are anxious when it comes to using their mask and they will have troubles in adjusting with it. Patients are advised to use their masks for short periods of times first, such as during daytime, to get used to
the mechanism. This will result in better accommodation with the CPAP machines, and more efficient therapy
- Many patients have difficulties when they need to exert extra pressure in their breath against the pressure coming from the device. In such cases, physicians might suggest the use of a BiPAP machine which has dual
level pressure settings- one type of pressure setting for breathing in, and another lower setting for breathing out. Alternatively, patients are advised to choose a CPAP mask with a “ramp” feature. The ramp setting allows patients to start off on lower settings, and increasing gradually as they feel comfortable. The “ramp” will be adjusted by your physician.
- Patients with dry nose, stuffy nose, congestion problems should use a CPAP machine which is equipped with a heated humidifier. Patients who are not responding well to the humidifier will generally be advised to use a
special steroid nasal spray to combat the dry nose condition.