Learn More about CPAP Machine Technology
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you already know what a struggle it is to get a good night’s sleep, or feel refreshed upon waking up. While OSA by itself may not be fatal, it can worsen certain chronic illnesses, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, or respiratory diseases, which in turn could cause sudden cardiac death. However, a professional sleep respiratory specialist can help you manage this sleep disorder through Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, the gold-standard for treating OSA.
The experts at GRS Médical, a sleep disorder clinic in Montreal help you understand more about CPAP machine technology and how it can transform the overall quality of your life.
The Role of CPAP Machine Technology in Managing OSA
Several sleep studies suggest that sleep apnea increases the risk of dying due to other causes. This risk increases almost four-fold in patients who do not use CPAP therapy. In order to appreciate the role of a CPAP machine, it is important to understand how OSA impacts your body.
Literally meaning “sleeping without breathing”, sleep apnea causes the soft tissues in the back of your throat to collapse and block the airway. While a partially blocked airway may cause loud snoring, a completely blocked airway leads to complete silence and breathing pauses that can last from anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. The silent pause eventually ends with a snorting sound or a choked feeling, which jolts you out of your sleep and may have you gasping for breath. This is a cyclical condition, which means your oxygen levels keep going up and down throughout the night. These constant changes in the oxygen level can raise your blood pressure, narrow the blood vessels, impact your heart function, cause severely fragmented sleep, disrupt mood and memory, and cause excessive daytime fatigue. Essentially sleep apnea impacts more than just your sleep.
CPAP machine technology, which includes a mask, a motor, a connecting tube, and a headgear frame provides a steady stream of oxygen at a prescribed pressure to keep your airways open and prevent any pauses in breathing. Essentially, a sleep apnea machine normalizes the adverse effects of OSA, improves your sleep quality, and helps enhance the overall quality of your life.
At GRS Médical, we are a leading distributor for an array of sleep apnea machines from globally-recognized brands. Our sleep respiratory therapist experts administer a set of simple, at-home tests, before recommending the right CPAP machine with the features and fit that best meet your condition and requirements.
For more information on CPAP machine technology and CPAP devices, get in touch with our experts at 514-320-0188 or visit one of our sleep disorder clinics in and around Montreal.