According to several studies in the field, millions of Americans are struggling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is a condition in which there are blockages in the patient’s upper airways, and the airflow is restricted. Patients wake up suddenly with a sensation of choking, and they are gasping for their breath. The throat muscles should […]

According to several studies in the field, millions of Americans are struggling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is a condition in which there are blockages in the patient’s upper airways, and the airflow is restricted. Patients wake up suddenly with a sensation of choking, and they are gasping for their breath. The throat muscles should normally remain open while sleeping, but patients with OSA experience breathing obstructions very frequently.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients stop breathing even up to 15 or more seconds during each apnea episode. Physicians typically prescribe the use of a CPAP – or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure- device which delivers a Continuous Flow of pressure to keep the airways open. The patient gets enough pressure to maintain open airways and he can sleep without disruptions.

Sleep APnea Patient

The use of a CPAP machine helps eliminating all major side effects of OSA:

  • daytime sleepiness
  • chronic fatigue
  • nightmares & sudden awakenings because of an apnea episode
  • high blood pressure
  • general bad mood
  • high levels of stress and anxiety

One of the leading causes for Sleep Apnea is obesity but the regular use of CPAP therapy and a healthier dietary intake will help restoring the balance. Some obese patients who used CPAP therapy and lost considerable weight during a certain amount of time actually noticed that symptoms got fewer and less recurrent and the quality of their life improved considerably.

CPAP is a non invasive, extremely efficient therapy for Sleep Apnea. Your physician will appoint the type of CPAP device that you need and the Flow setting that is required to offer you the best therapy. Unfortunately, there are some patients that give up using CPAP therapy after a while. They notice the beneficial effects, but they will simply discontinue using the device.

It is important to mention that CPAP therapy is intended for long term use, so that the regularity of the symptoms will be significantly reduced. Keep in mind the following before discontinuing CPAP therapy:

  • The discomforting symptoms that you struggled with before CPAP therapy will most likely return if you give up using the device
  • Medical studies have shown that patients who discontinue using CPAP therapy will experience a higher blood pressure, low insulin resistance, systemic inflammation and increased heart rate
  • Since oxygen levels decrease in the bloodstream if CPAP therapy is not used anymore, patients will experience again long, sleepless nights because of breathing problems

Important

Within as little as 3 days from discontinuing CPAP therapy, the problematic side effects can return.

In order to get the best results through CPAP therapy, you should use your CPAP device just as directed by your physician. Do not discontinue CPAP therapy because therapy helps:

  • achieving a significant decrease in snoring
  • more oxygen supply to the blood means a better working, healthier heart that does not have to “force” itself pumping blood
  • studies proved CPAP therapy helps lowering blood pressure

CPAP therapy is non invasive, efficient and cost effective. Considering all these important factors, it is definitely worth committing to CPAP therapy at home for the sake of better health within a few weeks only.

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Michael Brogan
August 19, 2017 10:17 am

I don’t seem to have an obstruction in my throat making me stop breathing. For some reason I just stop breathing. Just letting my lungs forget to breathe and I wake up gasping for air it’s very very uncomfortable and I think it puts a strain on my heart

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Mary Hayhoe
May 4, 2017 5:16 am

perhaps I do not have the mask tight enough? The air being forced into my nose gives me the sensation of being suffocated. There’s huge drafts of air coming from above the nose (and into my eyes) and out of the top, above my head. I can lie still and breathe with the machine for 4-5 hours, but I do not sleep.. I may nap for 15-20 minutes, but ‘real sleep’ is impossible. When I finally remove the mask, I feel agitated, and it takes me an hour, usually, to calm enough to fall asleep. But when I finally do fall asleep, I sleep soundly.
Now it’s clear the mask is helping – as I have more energy than I’ve had for several months, but I’d like to be more comfortable with the device. Any advice would be welcome

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Charles Goldberg
June 15, 2017 10:54 am

It sound to us that you have been measured incorrectly for your CPAP Mask. A good CPAP mask should not have to be tight on your face and should not leak at all. As for your pressure issues I would say maybe the starting pressure is to low for you. This can be increased with minor adjustments to your CPAP machine. Please call us if we can assist you.

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