Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia and other conditions impact the lives of millions of individuals each year. For many people, this is little more than a harmless annoyance, but for others, the condition can be life threatening. In its most serious form, sleep apnea can cause death. Even the great NFL defense man Reggie White was not immune - he died of complications from sleep apnea while still a relatively young man. Medical technology has come to the rescue of the many who suffer from sleep apnea. A number of different treatments and types of medical equipment have emerged in recent years to help address the condition. One of the most advanced, convenient methods that has emerged is known simply as CPAP. What is a CPAP machine? CPAP stands for "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure" and a CPAP machine is a device designed to help those with sleep apnea enjoy a more peaceful, safer night's sleep. A CPAP machine is a shoebox-sized device that is worn over the individual's nose and mouth while they sleep. The purpose of the machine is to literally push air through the device and into the individual's breathing passageways. When executed properly, this process should be enough to break down the obstructions that leading to sleep-based breathing issues and sleep apnea. The CPAP machine is portable - it fits in a small case and can easily be transported for travel. Standard vs. Automatic CPAP machines There are two primary types of CPAP machines currently on the market: standard an automatic. A standard CPAP machines blows a regulated amount of air throughout the night, working to remove any obstructions that keep the individual from breathing properly while they sleep. An automated machine adjusts automatically to the breathing patterns of the individual - offering the best protection against blockage. What are the benefits of a CPAP machine? There are a number of key benefits to using a CPAP machine, including: - Results. Studies have found that CPAP machines can reduce almost half of the pressure built up as a result of sleep apnea. - Automation. With an automated CPAP machine, there is no need to constantly adjust the amount of air flowing through the device. The machine adjusts automatically to best meet the needs of the individual. - A "smart" device. Certain CPAP machines are actually to determine the difference between different sleep-related conditions, and adjust the amount of air pressure coming from the device accordingly. Why are CPAP machines so important? Ask a handful of people about sleep apnea and they will either not have heard of the condition, or falsely believe that is related to harmless snoring. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sleep apnea costs thousands of individuals their lives each. It affects young and old alike with serious results if not properly treated. CPAP machines are important because they represent such an accessible and affordable way to treat the condition - and even sleep better in the process.
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