CPAP, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, is a treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep your airways open. CPAP typically is used for people who have sleep breathing problems, such as sleep apnea. CPAP is considered the gold standard for OSA treatment. CPAP is comprised of a mask that delivers air to the nose or mouth during sleep. It is highly effective for most people, but some patients have a difficult time tolerating the therapy.
Your doctor wants you on a CPAP machine to help your sleep apnea. You might worry you'll be tied to a noisy gadget all night with tubes there, a mask here, and straps going every which way.
It can seem overwhelming, says David Rapoport, MD, the director of research at the NYU Sleep Disorders Center.
"We work very hard to try to get people to be more open to the idea," he says. "What's remarkable is, when they try it, they often say, 'That's not so bad."
There may be some hurdles at first, but they don't have to be deal-breakers. Once you know what to do, you can sleep well with a CPAP machine.
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