Are there times when you wake up in the middle of your sleep and you suddenly gasp for your breath? This is just one of the few indications that you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnia or OSA. Most individuals with sleep apnia also tend to snore and become sleepy during the day.
When you notice that you begin to experience abnormal breathing during sleep, you need to consult your doctor immediately. He will conduct a sleep study where you would be connected to a set of electrodes to monitor your heart rate and breathing when you are asleep.
After the diagnosis, your doctor can possibly recommend you to go under a CPAP (continuous positive airflow pressure) therapy. A sleep apnia machine, or a CPAP machine, is usually used for this treatment. A prescription from your doctor is needed before you can use a sleep apnia machine. OSA can possibly lead to heart attack, diabetes, stoke and other chronic disease if left untreated. Using a sleep apnia machine can actually save your life.
CPAP is an effective therapy where it uses air pressure to open the upper airway of a patient with OSA. This would prevent the air passage form collapsing. Sleep apnia machines pumps air through a compressor and into the patient by a hose connected to a CPAP mask. The CPAP mask is then worn and fitted over a patient's nose.
Your sleep apnia machine should be place just beside your bed and away from dust and water. Cleaning your CPAP mask by soaking it in soap and water solution as often as needed is also recommended.
Once your purchase a sleep apnia machine it comes with a compressor and tubing. You may have to purchase a CPAP mask separately. There are various kinds of CPAP machines and masks you can choose from. A nasal mask is the most commonly used because it is easy to use. It needs straps or a headgear to put the mask firmly in a patient's nose. If you often drop your mouth open when sleeping, you can use a full face mask instead. It equalizes the pressure through a patient's mouth and nose.
To give you a more informed decision when buying a sleep apnia machine, you can drop by your local sleep laboratory or discuss with your doctor your possible options. You can also browse the Internet to find more product information on sleep apnia machines.
There are a number of online shops that sells sleep apnia machines. A few of the popular manufacturers include Puritan Bennett, ResMed, AEIOMed, Invacare, and DeVilbiss. Respironics introduce a new technology to CPAP machines, called C-flex. A C-flex feature can allow a patient to breath back against the pressure from the sleep apnia machine. Just recently, Hoffman Laboratories launched the first-ever wearable CPAP machine- the BreatheX™ CPAP. It is a lightweight, carry-anywhere device that is powered by a rechargeable battery, meaning there is no need for you to plug the device to an electric outlet.
Choosing the right sleep apnia machine might just be your best chance at getting a restful sleep during the night.
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P.S. The official British spelling is "sleep apnoea" whilst in the US they write "sleep apnea"!