A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is the most commonly prescribed and effective treatment for sleep apnea disorders. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that interrupts breathing during sleep. The cause is often because the throat or airways briefly collapse or something temporarily blocks them. To best understand how these machines help, we need to know how they work.
How Does A CPAP Machine Work?
CPAP machines send a steady flow of air into your mouth and nose, allowing your airways to stay open and helping you breathe normally. Sleep apnea patients have found that using a CPAP machine regularly is the best way to reduce symptoms such as daytime drowsiness. However, if you’ve recently been diagnosed, you might be curious about what your CPAP machine does when you stop breathing. We’re here to explain!
What Happens When I Stop Breathing?
The primary purpose of CPAP therapy is to give your body a continuous flow of air to prevent lapses in breathing. Patients love CPAP therapy once they adjust to the treatment and realize that it can end restless nights. But how exactly does it work?
First, your CPAP motor generates a pressurized air stream that travels through an air filter into a flexible tube. This tube is attached to your CPAP mask; there are a few different designs. Your sleep experts will help you determine the best, most comfortable one for you. Next, the mask is sealed to your nose or mouth, and throughout the night, the airstream from your machine pushes against any blockages ensuring your airways stay open and your lungs receive plenty of oxygen.
Where Can I Go To Learn More?
If you or someone you know suffers from sleep apnea but hasn’t had a sleep study, the experts at The Sleep Center at Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, PC, specialize in sleep studies. We can schedule your sleep study, monitor your sleep, diagnose your issues, and recommend treatment options so you can receive the optimal rest you need to feel your best. If you’d like to learn more about what happens in a sleep study, click here. Then, if you’re ready to take control of your health and contact us, we’re here to help.