A good night's rest is an important aspect of your health as it allows you to rest and renew your strength for another day. Having your sleep interrupted denies you much needed rest and will, therefore, interfere with how productive you are during the day. One of the conditions that can cause your sleep to be interrupted is sleep apnea. However, this condition can be treated effectively by the use of CPAP Machines.
Sleep apnea refers to a sleep disorder which happens when your breathing gets interrupted during sleep. A pause in breathing can last for as short as a few seconds or for as long as even a minute. When you start breathing again, you may make a choking sound or a loud grunt. This condition is serious because the brain and the rest of the body can be deprived of enough oxygen.
There are mainly two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) happens due to an obstruction in the airway when the soft tissue located at the back of the throat collapses during sleep. OSA is the more common type of sleep apnea. The other type of sleep apnea is the central sleep apnea whereby the brain does not send the correct signals to the breathing muscles which causes breathing to stall for some time.
About CPAP Machines
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are used to assist those who have obstructive sleep apnea to improve their breathing while they're asleep. The machine gently increases air pressure in your throat to ensure that the airway will not collapse. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you may be required to use a CPAP machine when you sleep at night. The CPAP machine is made up of three parts, namely the motor, mask, and hose.
CPAP machines have a motor which sucks in air at room temperature and applies the required amount of pressure to the air to ensure that your airway does not collapse. A filter is fitted on the inlet of the machine which keeps out unwanted particles. The motor produces minimum noise when in use and will therefore not interrupt the sleep of others in the room. Some CPAP machines come fitted with humidifiers which consist of a small sized tank of water. When the power is turned on, the water gets warmed up enabling you to breathe in air that has moisture rather than dry air.
The masks that are used with CPAP machines come in different shapes and sizes in order to address the comfort of individual users. There are mainly three types of masks that can be used, the nasal pillow, the full face mask and the nasal mask. The nasal pillow is placed under the upper lip and is fastened to the head using straps.
Pressurized air comes through the mask through two tubes that are inserted into the nostrils. A full face mask covers the mouth and the nose and is kept in place by side straps. The nasal mask has a triangular shape and covers the nose from the bridge down to the upper lip. This mask is popular because it comes in a wide range of sizes thus enabling users to easily get a good fit.
Benchmark Sleep Services has many year's experience in dealing with sleep apnea. The sleep centre also deals with respiratory conditions. Visit Benchmark Sleep Services and Christian Rabatsch will help you find a solution for your condition.