There are 22 million Americans that have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. And up to 80% of these cases, it is suspected that these are moderate to severe cases (yet undiagnosed).
What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea falls under the category of sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are any disorder that prevents one from receiving adequate sleep. These disorders cause blood pressure problems, chronic heart failure, strokes, diabetes, concentration problems, unsafe driving with higher chances of traffic accidents, and depression.
There are three different types of sleep apneas, all of which obstruct breathing during the sleep cycle. The most often prescribed method of help comes in the form of a clean CPAP machine.
What is a CPAP Machine?
A CPAP machine is designed to deliver pressurized air to your throat which prevents your airway from collapsing as you sleep.
There are three parts to a CPAP machine.
- The machine that delivers the pressurized air.
- The hose that holds the air in delivery.
- The mask or nasal prongs that allows the gently blown air into your airways.
If you were prescribed a CPAP machine, how would you know how to choose one?
How to Choose a Sleep Apnea Machine
- Decide between online or as an in-store purchase.
- Determine ahead of time which or how much your medical insurance will cover.
- Figure out how much you can afford to spend on one.
- Begin the research process.
- Ask questions at the sleep clinic that you were originally diagnosed with your sleep apnea at. 6. Make a list of educated and informed question, attributes to look for, and begin the research process.
What makes the best Cpap Machine?
There are certain features that make a CPAP machine reliable and able to deliver the pressurized air to your lungs.
The following are characteristics that should be considered as factors when researching and purchasing a CPAP machine.
Portability: Is this something that you can travel with? Is it big and bulky, or small and lightweight? These factors will eventually help determine whether or not you will want to purchase this CPAP machine or not.
Data recording: A good, reliable CPAP machine will have the ability to record different stats for you. The more complex machines will tell you the time, date (such as day, week, or month) and will be uploaded to a SIM card. The SIM card will come in handy for transporting the data to the sleep clinic for their professional review and opinion.
Heated tubing: Is a feature that allows for the removal of condensation that builds up during your sleep cycle. It also helps to keep the internal temperature of the air at a constant and consistent temperature inside the tube.
Mask selection: Does this machine have the ability for you to choose what mask is most comfortable for you? You will want to be assured that you have a mask that is going to be extremely flexible and adjustable for you while you sleep since you will be wearing this for hours at a time.
Humidifier: With the constant air blowing inside your airways as you sleep, it can become dry and irritating. However, with the option of a humidifier, you can have more moist air that makes it more comfortable for you. A humidifier can come as an attachment or sell separately with the CPAP machine.
Noise level: While CPAP machines are no longer as noisy as they once were, you will want to check the noise level of each particular one before you purchase it. Will you be able to tolerate it?
Price: The prices of CPAP machines vary widely and you will have quite a variety to choose one. Beforehand, have your base price in mind and research those models within that range.
Pressure relief: This feature makes it easier to adjust the airflow that is incoming and adjusts for your comfort.
Mask alarm: Does the mask have the option of alerting you to the fact if it falls off during the night or not?
As you can tell, there are many different factors when it comes to choosing a CPAP machine. Choose wisely, research well, ask around, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
This could be a lifesaving decision for you.
CPAP machines are meant to last a long time and a quality one will deliver what you need at the price you want.