CPAP devices are the most popular solution for people suffering from breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People inflicted with obstructive sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing due to barriers in the air passage which stop air from reaching the lungs for a few seconds. This mostly occurs at night.
Sufferers may experience 5 to 100 interruptions per hour in their breathing according to the severity of the disorder. These interruptions can disturb the sleep of the patient and cause health hazards and risks such as chronic daytime drowsiness, heart disease, and stroke.
What is a CPAP and how do CPAP devices work?
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices mildly and softly blow pressurized air through the blocked passage at a constant pressure which prevents the air passageway from collapsing. CPAP devices are simple and easy to use and consist of three parts:
The CPAP motor functions as a tiny compressor. It sucks in air at room temperature and mildly pressurizes it to the perfect pressure level in order to remove the barriers obstructing your passageway. At the entrance of the air into the machine, there is a removable filter that filters out particles and impurities.
Many modern CPAP devices have a small tank attached which moisturizes and warms the air you breathe in once it is turned on. This inbuilt moisturizer is perfect for people living in humid and dry climates. It also helps people that wake up with a dry mouth, throat and nasal cavities. CPAP motors function silently and quietly.
The hose is like a narrow delivery tube that delivers the pressurized air from the motor to the user’s mask. Most hoses are about 6 feet long and have a diameter that varies according to the model of the machine. Modern CPAP houses are heated to reduce water condensation and build up caused by CPAP humidifiers.
The user wears the CPAP mask that best fits his face. They vary in shape and size and should be brought according to the patient. There are mainly three mask types to choose from. These are nasal pillows, nasal masks, and full face masks.
CPAP devices can help you see positive results including the elimination of snoring and breathing obstructions, Improvement in the quality of night sleep, lower blood pressure and a significant decrease in daytime drowsiness.