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Sleep well with CPAP machines

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Snoring is a common symptom among people with this syndrome. Other indicators include obesity, enlarged tonsils, morning headaches, irritability, mood swings, memory difficulties, etc. If you are sleeping alone you may never catch yourself snoring or producing strange strangling sounds. In such a case, you may have yourself evaluated for sleep apnea.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP is the most popular and effectual treatment for sleep apnea. They are non-invasive and all you need is to get a CPAP machine and wear a CPAP mask. CPAP mask has flexible tubing that connects itself to the machine.
How do CPAP machines work?
CPAP machines constitute a special mask that is customized to fit neatly over a person’s nose and mouth. The machine then blows air through the tubing gently into the pressurized mask which goes into the patient’s throat. This slight air pressure is then pressed against the airway wall to remove the constrictions. All of this happens so subtly that you may not even notice the movement inside your throat.
Which CPAP machine to go for?
There are many different types of CPAP machines and masks in the market. Auto CPAP machine is one of the most popular variants among them.
You must consult your doctor to find out the CPAP mask and machine appropriate for you and your lifestyle.
Automatic continuous positive airway pressure or Auto CPAP machine is designed to sense varying pressure needs as you sleep and thus, provide air pressure at a customized and regularly adjusted level. Thus, they have an improvised design compared to traditional CPAP machines which provide air pressure at a constant level. When the Auto CPAP machine senses you are breathing well, it lowers the pressure. On the other hand, when the machine senses you’re not breathing well, that is, it senses apnea or snoring, the pressure delivered will be higher. Also, with Auto CPAP machines you need not worry about adjusting a constant pressure if your condition changes. The best part about Auto CPAP machines is that they can be set to automatic mode or constant mode, as per your choice.
No specific type of CPAP machine is inherently better than the others. Choose one that best addresses your needs and provides you with the most comfortable sleep. While choosing a CPAP machine, it would also be prudent to browse through the diverse features and accessories provided by the various dealers.

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