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CPAP Machines

CPAP Machines (CPAP stands for ‘Continuous Positive Airway Pressure’) is a type of therapy that is used for people who suffer from Sleep Apnea. It is one of the most common and proven Sleep Apnea therapies in existence, though it does present some downsides. A CPAP machine generally consists of a setup which includes the machine itself (also commonly called the motor), an air hose, and a mask.

How Are CPAP Machines Meant to Work?

CPAP machines are actually pretty simple in how they work. The motor works as a pump to create positive airway pressure, which is supplied to the wearer’s respiratory system by way of the hose and mask. The wearer uses the mask and turns on the machine when they go to sleep, and the machine must remain in use all night if they wish to enjoy the benefits of the therapy.

How CPAP machines work

The machine basically works by building up air pressure in the wearer’s respiratory system. Sleep Apnea generally occurs when the soft lining of the upper airway ‘collapses in’ during sleep, which blocks the airway and cuts off their ability to breathe.

A CPAP Machine, however, builds up the air pressure enough to keep the soft lining of the upper airway from doing this. The increased air pressure pushes back against the walls of the airway, thus keeping it clear of troublesome blockages.

Do We Believe That CPAP Machines Can Help?

Yes, actually, CPAP Machines offer one of the most proven methods for helping those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. There have been many different studies done on the devices, and if you are diagnosed with OSA in a sleep study, CPAP is most likely the therapy that most doctors are going to recommend.

What We Like

The best thing about CPAP Therapy is that it actually works. It is, hands down, one of the most sure-fire ways to successfully treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

What We Dislike

The biggest downside with CPAP is that it is pretty invasive and restrictive. You have to wear the mask whenever you sleep if you want it to work, and the machine must be turned on as well. Some people do not like the idea of wearing a breathing mask while they sleep. Some do not like how it looks, and that bothers them… while others are more concerned about the fact that it can restrict their movements as they are trying to sleep.

 

Another possible downside to this type of product is the fact that it can take some trial and error to figure out the proper setup. There are a lot of different masks available for these types of machines, as well as different hoses and even different machines. Not all of the masks will fit the same on every person, so you need to figure out the best mask for you. You also need to make sure the device is set up and calibrated the right way, to provide enough air pressure without giving you too much

Who Could Benefit From a Product Like This?

Anyone who suffers from Obstructive Sleep Apnea could potentially find this product/type of therapy useful.

CPAP machine in use

To get one, you will have to undergo a sleep study—but this is a small price to pay for avoiding the kinds of problems that OSA can increase your risk for over time.

Who Should Avoid Using a CPAP Machine?

Some people experience side effects from using a CPAP machine. Most negative side effects are reported by new users, but are fixed over time as the device is dialed in, as the user tries different masks, etc. But, negative side effects can include…

  • Nose irritation
  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Nasal congestion
  • Continued tiredness after starting your treatment

Doctors say that all of these issues can be moderated and/or eliminated in most cases by seeking out the right equipment or by making adjustments.

Consumer Views Found Online

For the most part, consumer reviews on this type of therapy are very, very good. A lot of people swear by CPAP Therapy, saying that is has given them the best sleep that they’ve ever had.

But some people are still not too crazy about it. Some reviews indicate that people stopped using the machines because they were uncomfortable, because they kept getting tangled up, or because they just didn’t work right.

It seems to be a common theme among successful reviews to not give up. People say that it will be weird at first, and that you will have to kind of re-learn how to sleep—but that it will be worth it in the long run because of how well they work.

How Much Should I Spend Buying a CPAP Machine?

CPAP Machines will typically cost you $1,000-$4,000, depending on what kind of machine you are going to be buying. These are prices without insurance factored in, though. If you have insurance or access to healthcare benefits, then you may be able to get one cheaper.

What Are the Alternatives?

There are some products on the market that are FDA Approved for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Many of them are Mandibular Advancement Devices, though there are also a few EPAP options out there on the market as well.

Lifestyle changes can also make a big difference for people suffering from OSA. Losing weight, getting more exercise, and eating a healthier diet can all help to reduce or eliminate the problem.

Conclusion

CPAP Machines may not be the most popular devices on the planet. They have some downsides, and a lot of people do not like to use them because they can be pretty difficult to get used to.

But at the end of the day, CPAP Therapy is a tried, tested, and proven therapy that does a pretty good job of treating OSA, and while it might not be the cheapest option, it is certainly appreciated by many of the thousands of people who use it on a nightly basis.

 

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