A good night's rest contributes heavily to your wellbeing. There are various conditions however which affect the way you sleep and can cause your health to be affected. One of these conditions is known as sleep apnea, which happens when there is a stall in breathing when you are asleep. A pause in breathing can happen up to thirty times within one minute. A sleep apnea machine is therefore used as a therapy to manage the condition by helping you to breathe when you are asleep.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder whereby you experience a pause in your breathing during sleep. When breathing resumes, you will normally make a choking or grunting noise. A person with sleep apnea cannot know that they have the condition and it is also difficult to diagnose it. Family members and partners are the ones who will usually observe that there is a problem due to the noises made by the sufferer during sleep.
There are two types of sleep apnea - obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is where the airway collapses during sleep thus blocking the passage of air. This causes a pause in breathing or you can end up breathing shallowly. It is the more common type of sleep apnea.
Central sleep apnea, on the other hand, is not as common and happens when the brain does not communicate properly to the muscles responsible for breathing causing the breathing to temporarily stop.
Sleep Apnea Machine
The continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the most popular treatment for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This is a therapy that makes use of a machine which blows air that has been pressurized down the throat to ensure that the airway does not collapse. This sleep apnea machine is made up of three major parts - the motor, the mask and the hose.
The motor absorbs air that is at room temperature and adds the right amount of pressure to it. The right pressure ensures that your airway will not collapse during sleep. This motor has a filter at the inlet to keep away unwanted particles.
Most sleep apnea machines come with a humidifier, which is a small tank of water. When the machine is switched on, the water is heated up and the warm moisture is added to the machine air. This helps to keep the airway from drying and reduces irritation, making the therapy much more comfortable.
The masks that are used with the sleep apnea machine are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to suit the user. There are generally three types of masks that are used with the sleep apnea machine. A nasal mask is placed over your nose; a nasal pillow is fitted under your nose while a full mask covers both your nose and mouth. There are other variations of masks where a full face mask covers the mouth, nose and eyes and there are nose masks that have tubes which go into the nose.
The hose moves the air which has been pressurized from the motor to the mask and most hoses are six feet long. The width of the hose will depend on the motor used.
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