The Benefits of Using a CPAP Machine by aihaozhe2

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									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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