What You Should Know About CPAP Machines
Learn about what CPAP machines do,
the pros and cons of using them, and more.
What is a CPAP Machine?
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine helps people with sleep apnea breathe more easily and regularly every night while they are sleeping. A CPAP machine increases the air pressure in your throat to prevent your airway from collapsing when you inhale and decreases snoring. Using a CPAP device involves wearing a pressurized mask over your nose while you sleep. It’s important that you use the device as directed. If your mask is uncomfortable or the pressure feels too strong, talk with your doctor so that adjustments can be made.
What are the Benefits of Using a CPAP Device?
A CPAP machine is the most effective and popular nonsurgical treatment for sleep apnea. With use over time, it will:
The breathing pauses caused by sleep apnea can increase your blood pressure. Using a CPAP machine will reduce the amount of breathing pauses experienced throughout the night, thereby lowering your blood pressure.
Sleep apnea can lead to a variety of heart diseases because it disrupts sleep. The pauses in breathing while you sleep increase your blood pressure and can decrease your blood oxygen levels— which is very hard on your heart. Using a CPAP machine helps treat these sleep apnea symptoms, which decreases your risk of heart disease.
A CPAP Machine will keep your airways open while you sleep, which will reduce—or may even eliminate— snoring. You and your bed partner will get a better night's sleep with less snoring.
What are the Side Effects of Using a CPAP Machine?
If you do not properly clean your CPAP equipment, mold, bacteria, and germs can grow, which may cause illness. It can also take time to feel comfortable sleeping with a mask on your face. Using a CPAP machine can potentially lead to:
- dry nose and sore throat
- increased dreaming and nightmares
- nasal congestion
- abdominal bloating
- irritation of the skin and eyes
What If I Don't Treat my Sleep Apnea?
The side effects of using a CPAP machine may sound daunting. However, if you don’t treat sleep apnea, the condition can have serious complications, including:
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- car accidents due to drowsy driving
Is There Anything I can do to Eradicate Some of the Side Effects from Using a CPAP?
Using a humidifier can help alleviate dry nose and sore throat, while making sure you regularly clean your CPAP device will help prevent any illnesses from bacteria, mold, and germs growing in your machine. To make it easier, you can let SoClean do the work. SoClean is an automated CPAP sanitizing unit that uses activated oxygen to disinfect your CPAP reservoir, hose, and mask. This means there is no soap and water involved, no drying time, and no need to disassemble your CPAP machine. To learn more about SoClean and its benefits, click here.
Sources: Sleep.org, Mayo Clinic, Sleep Education