Most medical experts agree that Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, therapy is the best option for treating sleep apnea. However, it’s important to note that despite the benefits, it takes some time to get used to sleeping with the machine and you may experience a few common side effects.
These side effects are often frustrating and uncomfortable, and many people will stop using their machines because of them. However, if you have the appropriate information and tools, you can address these issues early, increasing your chances of long-term success with CPAP.
CPAP therapy is often recommended for people who have sleep apnea, a condition involving interruptions in breathing while sleeping. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, choking/gasping for air, irritability, chronic fatigue, difficulties with memory/concentration, and sore throat/dry mouth.
CPAP therapy offers several benefits, including:
If your medical provider has recommended CPAP therapy to treat your sleep apnea, you may have some questions or concerns. Feel free to address these with your medical provider and team. Below are some of the most common questions about sleep apnea and CPAP therapy.
Most of the current research on CPAP and metabolism indicates that CPAP therapy can actually improve metabolic rates. However, the findings are preliminary, and more research is needed to confirm these findings.
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition, which means that it cannot be reversed, and you will never be cured. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk factors.
While CPAP is typically the go-to when it comes to treating sleep apnea, there are some exercises you can do that can help. Full-body workouts such as cardio and yoga can reduce your risk factors. However, you may also wish to include respiratory support exercises that work your throat, tongue, soft palate, and respiratory system. The good news is, these exercises can be done at any time- and you won’t break a sweat.