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How to Treat Sleep Apnea with CPAP Therapy

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What’s the best way to treat obstructive sleep apnea symptoms while also looking like Bane from Batman? CPAP therapy, of course! Once you get over the fact that you sort of look like a notorious villain in your CPAP mask, you’ll find that CPAP therapy can make a huge difference in your sleep health and your overall quality of life.

How CPAP Therapy Works

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles and tongue collapse into the airways during sleep, blocking airflow. The brain then receives a message that the body needs to breathe, awakening it from sleep to take a loud, gasping breath.Logically speaking, the best way to treat sleep apnea would be to prevent the airway from collapsing in the first place, thereby preventing the domino effect that causes you to wake up repeatedly throughout the night.  Well, that’s exactly how CPAP therapy works. A CPAP machine continuously blows pressurized air into the airway so that it doesn’t collapse. Sometimes the simplest solutions really are the best.  

diagram showing how CPAP machines keep airways open

Choosing the Right CPAP Equipment

Once you’re ready to begin CPAP therapy, you’ll need to select the right CPAP equipment to ensure your experience is as effective and comfortable as possible. There are dozens of different CPAP machines to choose from, as well as a few different types of CPAP masks. On one hand, it’s nice to have options, but on the other hand, too many options can be overwhelming. If you need some guidance, these resources can get you pointed in the right direction:

Compliance, Compliance, Compliance!

It seems like common sense to say that the only way CPAP therapy works is if you actually use your CPAP machine, but you’d be surprised by how many sleep apnea patients drop the ball here. Don’t be one of them. In addition to using your CPAP machine every night, compliance may also include regular follow-ups with your doctor. This will allow them to assess the data tracked by your machine and make any necessary adjustments in your treatment. By complying with CPAP therapy, you’ll be in the best position to treat obstructive sleep apnea symptoms and improve your health. Sure, you might look a little strange while wearing your CPAP mask, but it’s a reasonable price to pay for feeling better.