If you’re someone who was recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are certainly not alone. In fact, there are reportedly over 20 million people in the United States alone who battle with it.
Aside from doing things like losing weight, changing your sleeping patterns, and adding more Vitamin D to your diet, thankfully there is a machine that can make sleeping easier. It’s called the CPAP machine, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. What it does is help to push air pressure into your throat so that your tongue and weakened throat muscles will not cause as many obstructions throughout the night.
If you’re interested in knowing how to properly use CPAP in order to treat sleep apnea, here are five things to keep in mind:
Get the best model. Although a lot of the original CPAP models were pretty large and also quite loud, the technology has thankfully changed quite a bit. Now you can find machines that are portable in size and a lot quieter. Plus, many of them come with the ability to humidify the air as you sleep which is always beneficial when you’re combating sleep apnea. For suggestions on how to choose the right kind of model with the best features, consult with your doctor.
Make sure that it properly fits. There are some people who find CPAP machine treatment to be unsuccessful simply because when it’s on their face, they tend to feel uncomfortable, so they take it off during the night. If that is currently the case for you, keep in mind that CPAPs come in all different sizes. So, before making your next purchase, don’t leave the store until you’re absolutely sure that it fits properly.
Upgrade as needed. Whether it’s a smartphone, a laptop or even a CPAP, there is going to come a time when the device is going to need to be upgraded. If you’ve had your CPAP for a few years now, you should think about investing in a newer model. If you’re worried about the cost, don’t be. In most cases, a replacement is covered by insurance.
Talk to your doctor if you have any complications. If some of the symptoms associated with your sleep apnea (such as snoring) are significantly decreased after using the CPAP but then they return again, this is not something that you should ignore. Speak with your doctor as soon as you can so that they can get to the bottom of the issue. They might want you to replace the machine altogether or they might have you try some natural remedies. For a list of natural ways to treat sleep apnea, visit Natural Society and put “natural sleep apnea treatments” in the search field.
Wear it consistently. Although it would be awesome if CPAPs actually cured sleep apnea, that is not their purpose. They are designed as a way to treat this type of sleep disorder. So, in order to sleep soundly on a consistent basis, you are going to need to wear it each and every night. For more information, visit CPAPMan.com to read about obstructive sleep apnea as well as other forms of sleep apnea along with what can be done to treat them.