Side Effects of CPAP Use and What You Can Do
Ah, so many people have a love/hate relationship with their CPAP machine. They love that it decreases their sleep apnea symptoms and helps out their sleep apnea-associated health problems, but they hate the idea of being tethered to a machine all night, every night for the rest of their lives. They also hate some of the not so pleasant side effects that can come from CPAP use.
For every new (or seasoned) CPAP user, there is an adjustment period that accompanies almost every CPAP treatment program. Many patients feel frustration when they try to do all the right things and still cannot seem to make CPAP work for them. When you find out you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the choices are very limited - you can either live with the debilitating and dangerous condition or you jump in with both feet and try to find a way for you and your CPAP to get along.
Education is key with this process. Researching CPAP side effects and how to help them is a m... [More]
CPAP therapy has a language all its own, and you might hear us toss around terms or acronyms that mean absolutely nothing to you, a new CPAP user. Please excuse us in advance - some terms and concepts that are so natural to us might not help you at all understand your therapy or choose a CPAP set-up.
Here we've tried to compile a list of some of the most common CPAP terms used and their meanings. Hopefully, this will get you started in your research about CPAP... sometimes it's just a matter of knowing the right word or acronym to find the information you need!
CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The technology behind your treatment. Also used when talking about the machine used to deliver this pressure or the mask used to deliver the pressure to your airway (i.e. CPAP Mask or CPAP Machine).
BiPAP or Bi-Level - Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure. This technology is a more sophisticated form of PAP therapy that delivers two different pressures - one on inhalation (a higher... [More]
So, you've had a sleep study and been given the news you were already probably prepared for based on your doctor's suspicions - you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Your persistent snoring that you shrugged off for years has been revealed to be a real problem. Your sleepiness at work or while driving isn't because you're getting older - it's because you have a medical disorder that needs to be treated.
For some this diagnosis might be devastating, while for others it might be a relief. Depending on the severity of symptoms and the length of time they've been occurring, some might be excited to have a solution for their increasing fatigue, weight gain, and irritability. No matter what emotion you feel when you are officially diagnosed with sleep apnea (and you may actually feel a combination of many), try to remember a few things - 1) Sleep apnea is now believed to be as common as diabetes with as many as 20 million Americans estimated to be affected and 2) there is treatment that is prove... [More]