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So, what is CPAP? What is a CPAP machine? CPAP is an acronym that stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It usually refers to a machine that is used to treat Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea is a condition where a person's airway relaxes during sleep, and the... muscles of the mouth or throat can block the airway. Blockages are called "apneas", and they can interrupt breathing, raise blood pressure, and cause snoring.
What is CPAP therapy? A CPAP machine or Sleep Apnea machine forces air through the airway during sleep. This helps the person breathe and maintain good blood oxygen levels throughout the night.
While commonly referred to generically as "CPAPs", there are several different types of Sleep Apnea machines. These include CPAP, APAP and BiPAP / BiLevel machines.
A CPAP machine blows one set air pressure, whereas an APAP machine automatically adjusts the pressure on a breath by breath basis. A BiPAP or BiLevel machine blows two different pressures during inhalation and exhalation.
If you have Sleep Apnea, using CPAP, APAP, BiLevel and BiPAP machines can make a big difference in overall health and quality of life.
There are many benefits to using a Sleep Apnea machine. First, it can reduce snoring, caused by apneas. CPAP therapy can help prevent these by blowing an air stream aimed at keeping your air passages open.
Many people may find using a CPAP can help increase energy, and help prevent daytime fatigue. Compliance with CPAP therapy can also lower blood pressure and has many positive heart-healthy benefits.
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