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Although CPAP may be the most common of the sleep apnea machines, there are others available. Find out what sleep apnea machine is right for you and what the difference is between them. …

Although CPAP may be the most common of the sleep apnea machines, there are others available. Find out what sleep apnea machine is right for you and what the difference is between them.
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  • 1. Types of Sleep Apnea MachinesSleep apnea machines exist as a treatment or cure for people sufferingfrom sleep apnea. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructivesleep apnea in which the airway collapses during sleep or something likethe soft palate obstructs the airway so that patients cant breath regularlywhile sleeping. The objective of a sleep apnea machine is to provide a flowof air into the patients airways, thus keeping the airways open andallowing the patient to breath properly throughout the night. This airpressure ensures that the upper airway passage is left open to preventapneas (pauses in breathing) as well as snoring.The most widelyused type of thesesleep apneamachines is theCPAP orcontinuous positiveairway pressuremasks. CPAPmasks come inthree differentvarieties: 1. Full Mask - where a mask covers the patients nose and mouth 2. Nasal Mask - where a mask covers just the patients nose 3. Nasal Pillow - where tubes are inserted slightly into the patients nostrils
  • 2. The machine is fitted with a medical pump joined to a tube, which is thenconnected to a full mask, nasal mask or nasal pillow.Initially, its common for someone using CPAP devices to experiencediscomfort while getting used to the device. In many instances, users findthat they are so uncomfortable sleeping with a sleep apnea machine thatthey simply stop using it. However, advances in technology, design andcomfort have brought forth new machines for sleep apnea that are muchquieter and more comfortable. Some of the first devices on the market werevery uncomfortable and cumbersome and didnt allow the user anymovement during sleep. The newer machines allow users the option tosleep on their sides or backs - as the devices are made in such a way as tomove with the user. Not being able to get to sleep at night can be a horrible experience - at night as well as throughout the following day. But it doesnt have to be that way - sometimes all it takes is a few lifestyle adjustments. Learn what you need to know to instantly fall asleep each night in the sleep ebook, Get to Sleep Now! 39 Ways to Guarantee Your ZZZs.Resmed masks are masks manufactured by the company Resmed Inc, a"global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing ofinnovative medical products for the treatment and management ofrespiratory disorders, with a focus on sleep-disordered breathing." Theymanufacture a wide variety of masks and even make specially designed
  • 3. CPAP masks for men, woman and children. You can find out more aboutResmed maskshere.Although the most common of the sleep apnea machines are CPAP devices.there are, however, other types of machines that dont provide continuouspositive airway pressure. There is the APAP autotitration device, whichautomatically detects and decreases pressure when the upper airway isstable and then increases pressure in response to events such as apneasand snoring.Also, there is a device that is not generally used for obstructive sleep apneapatients unless they have trouble sleeping with a CPAP device called a bi-level or VPAP (variable positive airway pressure) device. This device has anelectronic monitoring circuit whichoutputs two pressures - a low exhaling Related Articlespressure and a higher inhaling pressure.These machines are utilized for a plethora Why We Sleepof conditions other than sleep apnea What is Insomnia?including neurological disorders, chest What is Sleep Apnea?wall deformity, upper airway disorders, What is Narcolepsy?lung disease and acute respiratory failure. Looping DreamsFor central sleep apnea sufferers and complex sleep apnea syndrome, thereare also servo-ventilator devices which automatically monitor the patientsventilatory needs on a breath by breath basis and adjusts the pressureaccordingly.