The most common type of apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA) which happens when muscles in the throat’s back lose their structure, resulting in upper airway collapse. Obesity, advancing age and being of male gender are the main risk factors. Alcoholism and sleeping on your back can aggravate the condition.
In a person who has OSA, the airways collapses during sleeping time, making oxygen levels fall, which tells the brain to quickly wake up the person so that his airway is reopened. This not only disturbs sleep, but also increases the nervous reaction of the body which also increases the risk for increased blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke.
CPAP goes to work by inducing air into the throat through a mask, gradually putting air pressure into the throat and stops the airways from closing. The CPAP machine is very beneficial, because it reduces fatigue, improve concentration, lower the blood pressure and lowers the risk of a lot of medical conditions.
Examine some factors to guarantee your CPAP is working properly. First, it is important that your mask is snug over your airways so that continuous air pressure fills in your lungs. Several variants of masks for CPAP, which includes full face or nasal, come in many designs and sizes, so it would be good to try out a few styles and see which fits you comfortably and snugly.
Also, look for CPAP machines with humidifiers, to avoid letting the airflow from the CPAP to dry out your mouth and nose. Built in heaters are sometimes features in some CPAP machines. They warm the moist air first.
People with OSA are greatful that they have CPAP machines. Your sleep specialist doctor can advice you on how to use the CPAP machine to its maximum effectiveness. Regular appointments with him can make you communicate how you feel about your CPAP therapy. In some machines, there is data that is downloadable. You share this information with your physician to see if the settings are still effective or needs to be adjusted. For example, if you have problems with your mask or the pressure settings, you can discuss these issues with your doctor.
Continuous CPAP usage every night is needed to reduce the long-term health risks of obstructive sleep apnea. It is highly encouraged for patients to put the CPAP on at sleeping time each night and to make every attempt to put the mask back on after it slides off accidentally.
The effects of skipping CPAP Therapy even just for one night (after you’ve been in a sleep lab and it has been concluded you have sleep apnea), can jeopardize your health. It is wise if you follow your doctor’s recommendations. Even one missed night of therapy can be risky, which is why investing in travel-sized CPAP machine is important too.
Overweight and obese people should lose weight because they are most prone to sleep apnea. If they lose some kilograms, it would enable sleep apnea and other health problems to be minimized, if not eradicated. Just a loss of 10 percent of body weight can downgrade sleep apnea symptoms. A significant loss of weight can even cure sleep apnea.
Not all people with sleep apnea are overweight. And likewise, not all people who are overweight have sleep apnea. Do you know that thin people can develop symptoms of sleep apnea too, due to narrowed airways?