A new study published in the scientific journal “Sleep” suggests that individuals who use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to adhere to this method of treatment when they have loved ones to support them.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, researchers studied 253 CPAP users over the course of three months and found that those who had high ratings of relationship quality were associated with strong adherence to CPAP therapy.
"This is the first study to explore the role of family factors in CPAP adherence," said Faith Luyster, PhD, lead study author and a research assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh. "Having healthy relationships with family members can create an environment that supports the patient's use of CPAP."
While CPAP therapy can be an effective method of treatment for OSA, it’s important for CPAP users to ensure that they’re keeping their equipment clean, as failure to do so could lead to respiratory issues and decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.
If you use a CPAP machine for your OSA, consider purchasing the SoClean® 2, an automated CPAP cleaner and sanitizer that eliminates 99.9% of CPAP germs without the use of water or messy chemicals.