It might seem strange to think that a noisy device that blows a constant stream of pressurized air into your airway can help anyone sleep better. However, for the millions of Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, this is exactly what they need to enjoy a full night of sleep.
This device, known as a CPAP machine, is the preferred treatment method for sleep apnea, but does using a CPAP machine really improve sleep? The answer is a resounding yes. To understand how it helps, you first need to understand how sleep apnea interferes with sleep.
Sleep Apnea Keeps You Up at Night
Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea, occurs when the throat muscles and tongue collapse into the airway during sleep, blocking airflow. This causes the individual to awaken abruptly for a few short seconds, gasping for air. Depending on the severity of the sleep apnea, this can happen anywhere from 5 to over 30 times per hour.
Let’s do some simple math here. If your goal is eight hours of sleep per night and you’re awakened 30 times every hour, that means you’re waking up 240 times throughout the course of just one night.
It’s logical to conclude that people with untreated sleep apnea who haven’t yet begun using a CPAP machine are not sleeping very well. Interrupted sleep equals poor quality sleep.
Using a CPAP Machine Improves Sleep
The entire purpose of a CPAP machine is to prevent your airway from collapsing. If the airway is unobstructed, there’s no reason to wake up hundreds of times gasping for air. Using a CPAP machine as directed allows sleep apnea patients to enjoy a full night of uninterrupted sleep.
As with anything new, using a CPAP machine requires some adjusting, but once you notice how much better and more alert you feel, it’ll all be worthwhile.
If you’re new to CPAP therapy, check out the SoClean blog for more tips and advice about using a CPAP machine and maintaining clean CPAP equipment. Click here to learn how the SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer makes cleaning CPAP equipment a snap.