Sleep Apnea and Common CPAP Machine Issues

March 24, 2021
Are you tired during the day? Do you feel like you don’t get enough sleep at night no matter what you do? You may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is one of America’s most common sleep disorders, affecting about 22 million people. Fortunately, Hancock Regional Hospital Sleep Disorder Center offers quality treatment for those suffering from apnea as well as a number of other sleep disorders. 

There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex. Someone with obstructive sleep apnea generally has an airway blockage during sleep because the tongue collapses against the soft palate, and the soft palate collapses against the throat. When this occurs, the body signals them to wake up, but only briefly and for just long enough to clear their airway. The waking is so brief, in fact, many sufferers aren’t even aware that they awaken many times every night. Central sleep apnea happens when the airway is blocked but the brain doesn’t signal for the muscles to breathe; complex sleep apnea is a combination of the two.

How is apnea treated?

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of this sleep disorder and is surprisingly easy to treat. Patients can see their primary healthcare provider to receive a referral to the Sleep Disorder Center. With cozy suites and a staff of caring professionals, patients can place their trust in receiving high-quality care to help their sleep problems. Those presenting with apnea will be prescribed a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure — aka CPAP — machine. The air from this machine forces the airway to remain clear, making for less chance of waking and a much better night’s sleep. Machines are generally rented through a patient’s insurance policy.

What are some common things to know about CPAP machines?

According to Samantha Bane at the Hancock Regional Hospital Sleep Disorder Center, if you exhibit symptoms such as drowsiness or fatigue during the day or feel a decrease in energy level, ask your doctor for a referral. If you’ve already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are thinking about getting a CPAP machine, Bane offers the following tips:  

Sleep disorders are common, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less difficult to live with. Constant day fatigue can be an incredibly problematic symptom to rise above, especially when it comes to driving, performing tasks, or operating heavy machinery. If you think you or a loved one are suffering from a sleep disorder, ask for a referral to Hancock’s Sleep Disorder Center and get the help you need today. You will be glad you did once you feel the benefits of getting a full night’s sleep again.

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