It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, which means you cease breathing several times during the night. The disease is resulted by airway obstruction. The suffers’ doctor may recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. A CPAP machine employs a hose and mask to supply sufficient and consistent air pressure.
According to experts, 50 percent of CPAP patients eventually discontinue treatment. The discontinuation of therapy exposes the sleep apnea sufferer to considerable risk including stroke, high blood pressure and heart failure. To ensure successful treatment here are a few practical tips to keep in mind.
Make Sure You Have Proper Mask
Since no two faces are the same, it is important to find a mask that properly fits. For example, some masks feature full face coverage which covers the nose and mouth and have straps that stretch across the cheeks and foreheads. The advantages to this is that it is effective for those who prefer to breathe through their mouths during sleep. It also provides a sturdy fit for restless sleepers. The downside is it can cause some to feel claustrophobic.
Another type of masks features nasal pillows which fit under your nose and the straps cover less of the face. This style of mask could be preferable for those who are prone to feelings of claustrophobia.
Just as important is the size of the mask. Most masks are adjustable, and a doctor can assist in showing how to properly adjust it.
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