There are many things that can disrupt your sleep. A snoring partner, for example, can routinely shatter your rhythm. Children, in general, can disrupt sleep regardless of their age. Pets can also disturb your sleep, as can excessive worry. There are lifestyle adjustments that can be made to improve your sleeping experience such as exercise, reduction of drinking and smoking before bed as well as a reduction in medication before bed. There are various reasons for snoring but sometimes snoring can be a tell for a much more serious issue. People who snore heavily may be giving warning signs for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects the way you breathe when you sleep. If left untreated, a person can stop breathing for 10 to 20 second intervals during night. Sleep can also become very shallow while sleeping which will cause them to wake several times during the night. These frequent interruptions can disrupt your deep sleep where recharging happens. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. It happens when the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxes and blocks the airway.
There is treatment available for those with all manner of sleep apnea. For those with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea a Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) machine is usually required. The machine consists of a mask that covers the nose and mouth. It works by blowing a continuous stream of air that keeps the airways open.
There are pros and cons to every device and we're going to look at some now.
• The continuous flow of air ensures that oxygen is being delivered to the brain throughout the night and that your sleep is not interrupted by sudden gaps in air.
• Due to strides in technology, the CPAP machine has an alternate form called the Provent. This device is smaller and fits over the nostrils which allow it to be less intrusive.
• You can customize its parts to give you a better experience and more comfort.
• CPAP machines in their traditional format can take months to get used to.
• The Provent version of the machine costs a considerable amount of money more than older and traditional models.
• The machine can cause your skin to dry out and your nasal passages to congest.
It's clear that a CPAP machine is the best overnight treatment for sleep apnea while you work on the underlying cause. Many people with sleep apnea have other medical issues and sleep apnea is just a symptom. This is why it is extremely important not to self-diagnose and speak to a physician.
Aside from the pros and cons there are some things that all CPAP machines should have to make your experience the best:
• Fit. If you have the best fitting straps and seal your experience will be that much better.
• In order to combat the issue with dryness and skin irritation many CPAP machines have humidifiers built in.
• Customize your mask, tubing and straps for the right fit. You can also invest in chinstraps to help keep your mouth closed while you sleep and reduce throat irritation.
The best machines will give you these options. They may cost more, but for a machine that you are going to be using for an extended period of time it is worth the investment. Every single person is unique and not every mold or product will work for them in the same fashion. Do your research on good mouthpieces, take the time to meet with your doctor and go over your treatment progress. Go to fittings and take the time to ensure that the fit is comfortable. Then you can sleep easy.