What’s the best way to treat obstructive sleep apnea symptoms while also looking like Bane from Batman? CPAP therapy, of course! Once you get over the fact that you sort of look like a notorious villain in your CPAP mask, you’ll find that CPAP therapy can make a huge difference in your sleep health and your overall quality of life.
How CPAP Therapy Works
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles and tongue collapse into the airways during sleep, blocking airflow. The brain then receives a message that the body needs to breathe, awakening it from sleep to take a loud, gasping breath.
Logically speaking, the best way to treat sleep apnea would be to prevent the airway from collapsing in the first place, thereby preventing the domino effect that causes you to wake up repeatedly throughout the night. Well, that’s exactly how CPAP therapy works. A CPAP machine continuously blows pressurized air into the airway so that it doesn’t collapse. Sometimes the simplest solutions really are the best.
Choosing the Right CPAP Equipment
Once you’re ready to begin CPAP therapy, you’ll need to select the right CPAP equipment to ensure your experience is as effective and comfortable as possible. There are dozens of different CPAP machines to choose from, as well as a few different types of CPAP masks. You may need to experiment a little to find out what works best for you. Your doctor may also be able to help you choose the right equipment for CPAP therapy.
Compliance, Compliance, Compliance!
It seems like common sense to say that the only way CPAP therapy works is if you actually use your CPAP machine, but you’d be surprised how many sleep apnea patients drop the ball here. Don’t be one of them.
In addition to using your CPAP machine every night, compliance may also include regular follow-ups with your doctor. This will allow them to assess the data tracked by your machine and make any necessary adjustments in your treatment.
By complying with CPAP therapy, you’ll be in the best position to treat obstructive sleep apnea symptoms and improve your health. Sure, you might look a little strange while wearing your CPAP mask, but it’s a reasonable price to pay for feeling better.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, an at-home sleep test can be an easy, convenient way to find out. Lunella allows consumers to take a sleep apnea test from the comfort of their own home and receive a proper data-driven diagnosis from a board-certified sleep physician and a prescription for treatment, if necessary.
This blog post contains general information about medical conditions and potential treatments. It is not medical advice. If you have any medical questions, please consult your doctor.