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C.P.A.P is an acronym that stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It usually refers to a machine that is used to treat Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea is a condition where a person's airway relaxes during sleep, and the... muscles of the mouth or throat can block the airway. Blockages are called "apneas", and they can interrupt breathing, raise blood pressure, and cause snoring.
What is CPAP therapy? A CPAP machine or Sleep Apnea machine forces air through the airway during sleep. This helps the person breathe and maintain good blood oxygen levels throughout the night.
What is a CPAP machine?
While commonly referred to generically as "C-PAPs", there are several different types of Sleep Apnea machines. These include CPAP, APAP and BiPAP / BiLevel machines.
A CPAP machine blows one set air pressure, whereas an APAP machine automatically adjusts the pressure on a breath by breath basis. A BiPAP or BiLevel machine blows two different pressures during inhalation and exhalation.
If you have Sleep Apnea, using C-PAP, APAP, BiLevel or BiPAP machines can make a big difference in overall health and quality of life.
There are many benefits to using a Sleep Apnea machine. First, it can reduce snoring, caused by apneas. PAP therapy can help prevent these by blowing an air stream aimed at keeping your air passages open.
Many people may find using a PAP device can help increase energy, and help prevent daytime fatigue. Compliance with PAP therapy can also lower blood pressure and has many positive heart-healthy benefits.
New to PAP machines and therapy? Having trouble finding the right equipment? We're here to help. We've gathered several useful tools and sources of Sleep Apnea treatment information all in one place to help new and veteran users alike find information to help in their journey. Visit our Resource Library to see all the helpful content we offer to the Sleep Apnea community. Our blog features articles covering the latest topics in Sleep Apnea and PAP therapy. We have reviews of top-rated machines, masks, and more! We'll also keep you updated on recent developments in Sleep Apnea research.
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