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Man wearing a CPAP machine - Idaho Falls CPAP machine

Growing up most of us were given the same solid advice from grown-ups such as eat all your vegetables, don’t stand so close to the t.v., and make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. And just like eating all of our veggies, getting enough sleep is critically important to our health. Without good sleep, we cannot properly perform daily tasks, we may suffer from headaches and irritability, and we run the risk of putting ourselves as well as other people in danger. Even though sleep plays a vital role in our physical and mental functionality, many Americans aren’t getting enough of it. It’s estimated that one in three adults in America isn’t getting enough sleep! One of the major reasons this is occurring is due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly while they sleep and can be caused by various factors. There are many ways to treat this disorder; one of the most common ways to treat moderate to severe sleep apnea is with CPAP therapy.

What is a CPAP Machine?

woman putting a CPAP machine over her face - Idaho Falls CPAP machine

A CPAP machine or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine is designed to blow pressurized air into the airway in order to keep the throat from collapsing, which is what occurs when a person suffers from obstructive sleep apnea.  There are many different CPAP machines in Idaho Falls, but all of these machines are comprised of three main components:

  • Mask – The CPAP mask is what forms to the individuals face. These masks are designed to fit a multitude of different shaped faces comfortably so you will see a variation of sizes and shapes of CPAP masks. Additionally, patients can choose from mask types such as full face masks, nasal masks or nasal pillows.
  • Hose – The mask of the Idaho Falls CPAP machine is connected to a hose. Many CPAP hoses are at least six feet long with varying sizes of diameters. The hose is what delivers the pressurized air from the motor to the mask.
  • Motor – The motor of the CPAP machine is essentially a small air compressor and is designed to be extremely quiet as not to disturb the person while they sleep. This motor collects air from the room and sends the pressurized air via the hose to the mask. Many newer models of Idaho Falls CPAP machines come equipped with a water tank making your CPAP machine also a mini humidifier. These types of CPAP machines are excellent for people who live in dry climates or for people who suffer from dry mouth or throat.

Advantages of Using a CPAP Machine in Idaho Falls

People who use CPAP machines in Idaho Falls will notice positive results almost immediately following the adjustment period (one to two weeks). Some of the most common results experienced by patients who use a CPAP machine include, but are not limited to:

  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Reduced or eliminated snoring and stopped breathing associated with sleep apnea
  • Increased mental focus throughout the day
  • Reduced daily fatigue
  • Reduced irritability and mood swings
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reversal and prevention of health conditions that are typically associated with sleep apnea such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

Who Is CPAP For?

If you believe you or your partner may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, then an Idaho Falls CPAP machine may be the right treatment for you. However, wait until a sleep study has been performed by the sleep specialists at a sleep study center such as Comfort Sleep Solutions before purchasing a CPAP machine in Idaho Falls. If you are prescribed a CPAP machine this will most likely mean that based off of the results of your sleep study, the specialist was able to see that you are not getting enough oxygen to your lungs; the CPAP helps to push the air into the lungs as previously mentioned. Comfort Sleep Solutions can help you get properly fitted for the right CPAP machine and adjust the settings in order to make sure the machine is helping you get a more restful night’s sleep. If for some reason the CPAP machine you were fitted with isn’t working the right way or isn’t comfortable, let your sleep specialist know. He or she will make sure that you are fitted with the correct CPAP machine in Idaho Falls. Contact Comfort Sleep Solutions today to schedule a consultation to see if a CPAP machine is the right form of treatment for your sleep apnea.

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