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What Is Sleep Apnea? What is an Auto CPAP Machine (APAP)?
WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA)?
Sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening disorder that is said to affect nearly 30% of the U.S. adult population. Research shows that untreated sleep apnea can lead to heart failure, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. The most successful therapy for sleep apnea is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), a medical device that blows air through a nasal or full face CPAP mask and stabilizes the airway to prevent closure.
CPAP machines come in a variety of therapy modes. A CPAP Machine traditionally generates a fixed pressure of flow (i.e. 10 cm/h2O) while other devices like Auto CPAP (APAP) or Bi-Level or BiPAP Machines Bi-Level (BiPAP) use variable pressures to treat sleep apnea. These therapy modes are typically established in the sleep lab or by a physician. The mask plays an important role in tolerance, compliance and effectiveness of the therapy.
Understanding Sleep Disordered Breathing:
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Why Do We Snore?
Which CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea is Right for Me?
For most people new to sleep therapy it can be a difficult task understanding the differences between all the different CPAP device options you have. In most cases, your physician determines the type of therapy device and pressure setting you need but what about the people that have been on therapy for a while and would like to know the different therapy options that are available now but were not available when they were first diagnosed. In all cases we suggest speaking with your physician prior to any therapy device change, but carefully read your options.
CPAP is the most commonly prescribed and proven treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP therapy is sometimes a broad reference to the therapy for treatment of sleep apnea, hypopnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), flow limitation, and snoring; however there are many different devices that fall in to the positive airway pressure (PAP) family.
CPAP INFORMATION & SLEEP APNEA EQUIPMENT RESOURCES
CPAP Information & Sleep Apnea Equipment Resources
The CPAP Shop specializes in sleep apnea equipment, supplies and information for people who might have or are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) and prescribed CPAP therapy as treatment. The CPAP Shop is focused on providing sleep therapy and CPAP equipment to help alleviate the impact of sleep apnea. We also sell oxygen therapy equipment because many people with sleep apnea also need oxygen replacement. Millions of people suffer from OSA which occurs when the muscles of the throat collapse and block airflow during sleep. This causes the person to subconsciously wake themselves hundreds of times a night. In most cases the person with sleep apnea never receives the healing and restorative benefits of deep sleep because they are constantly awakened due to oxygen deprivation of the brain. The most recognized and effective treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy. A CPAP machine blows pressurized air through the airway via a mask and tube connected to the machine. The air pressure is set specifically for each patient's requirements in order to keep the airway open. The sleep apnea machine is the trusted therapy for both central and obstructive sleep apnea.
More than 3 million people in the US are diagnosed with sleep apnea each year, and while it is most common in older adults and those whom are overweight, the disease can affect all ages and people of normal weight as well. In cases of mild sleep apnea, the occurrences of apneas decreases with weight loss, sleeping on one's side, and refraining from drinking alcohol before going to sleep. However, sleep apnea machines and treatment are necessary as the negative impact from constant sleep deprivation can be everything from lack of focus to diabetes and even stroke and death.
For those of you who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, we offer expert advice and information on sleep apnea equipment to help answer your CPAP questions.