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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy uses a machine producing mild pressure to keep the airway open and help people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) sleep better. It is known as the most effective non-surgical treatment for OSA. As of now, CPAP is the leading treatment for sleep apnea. Basically, a CPAP machine has 3 parts.
3 Main Parts of a CPAP Machine
1. CPAP Mask – The mask must fit well with your mouth and nose. A strap is also used to keep the mask in place when worn.
2. Tube -It connects the mask to the CPAP machine. This is where the air will flow.
3. CPAP Machine – It’s responsible for blowing air into the tube up and mask.
Other features include a heated humidifier and humidifier chamber that produces moisture on the air breathed in a cpap machine. The heated humidifier adjusts the moisture level of the air. Air from the CPAP machine can possibly dtry out the airways which can cause swelling resulting to discomfort. The heated humidifier prevents the airways from drying out through providing moisture. That is why most CPAP patients using heated humidifiers experience more therapy effectiveness compared to non-users.
Several studies have shown that CPAP Therapy decreases the level of daytime sleepiness for those who have light to moderate sleep apnea. It’s also been found out that the therapy lowers blood pressure of people with moderate sleep apnea. In relation to health, people who use CPAP lowers the risk of having heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
To show how it really affects people’s lives, here is a video featuring the stories of individuals who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) as they share the risks and problems they experienced and how they adapted using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).