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        How CPAP Works

        Source:Internet Date:2019.3.21
        There are currently approximately 5.9 million OSA diagnoses among U.S. adults, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In those with the disorder, neck and throat muscles relax during sleep, causing the soft tissue at the back of the throat to collapse and block air from reaching the airway. That causes a series of partial or complete pauses in breathing, sometimes hundreds of them each night.
         
        CPAP—which sends enough air into the upper airway to prop it open—has been the cornerstone of therapy for moderate to severe OSA since the 1980s.
         
        The prescription treatment has been shown to improve sleep quality, reduce daytime sleepiness, help normalize blood pressure, and ease other related health risks.
         
        For instance, a study published in 2018 in the Journal of the American Heart Association of more than 40,000 Danish adults with sleep apnea found that those who skipped CPAP had a 38 percent higher risk of heart failure than those who used it.
         
        Not only can CPAP be effective, but the machines are now easier to tolerate—quieter and less clunky than older devices. 
         
        Many newer CPAPs allow you to start the night at a lower air pressure setting—and have that pressure rise gradually after you fall asleep. This can reduce the jarring feeling of air being forced into your nose or mouth.
         
        Some CPAP units even adjust automatically to patterns in your breathing, increasing or decreasing air pressure throughout the night as needed. 
         

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