Frequently Asked Questions
Untreated OSA significantly increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.(1)
It also prevents you from getting a good night's sleep. Without this restorative sleep, you tend to be fatigued and less mentally sharp or productive the next day.
Serious Health Problems
Untreated sleep apnea can result in a cycle of potentially serious health problems over time and is associated with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, heart disease, stroke and obesity.(1)
Chronic sleep deprivation results in excessive daytime drowsiness, slow reflexes and poor concentration, which can put you at increased risk of accidents both on the road and in the workplace. One study(2) shows a six-fold increase in automobile car accidents in people with untreated Obstructive sSleep apneaApnea (OSA).
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment(3) for sleep apnea. CPAP therapy will allow you to get your sleep back on track, improve your symptoms and start enjoying a higher quality of life, refreshed and alert every day.
(1) Terán-santos j., jiménez-gómez a., & cordero-guevara, j. (1999). The association between sleep apnea and the risk of traffic accidents. N engl j med., 340(11), 881-3.
(2) Clinical guidelines for the manual titration of positive airway pressure in patients with obstructive sleep apnea, positive airway pressure titration task force of the american academy of sleep medicine, journal of clinical sleep medicine, vol. 4, no. 2, 2008
Some people feel an immediate improvement after using their CPAP treatment. Others do not feel as dramatic a difference. The most important factor is that your OSA is being treated and you are eliminating the negative effects it has on your body.
Normally, you should not be snoring with the use of your CPAP. If your previous symptoms persist, contact your doctor. Our experienced customer support teams at local home healthcare providers can also offer advice on many day-to-day concerns. Do not hesitate to contact them.
OSA is a chronic condition. It does not go away with CPAP therapy, which simply treats the symptoms, so that you get the proper rest and oxygen that your body needs every night.
Once you are feeling the benefits of CPAP therapy, it can be tempting to stop using your mask and equipment, as you feel that you are cured. But this is not the case. As with any chronic condition, you will benefit from on-going assessment, coaching and product education in order to help you enjoy the long-term health and quality of life benefits of CPAP treatment.
CPAP Therapy applies positive air pressure through a face mask, holding the upper airway open and preventing its collapse when asleep. It should not interfere with your lifestyle. The unit is only to be used for sleeping.
The units available are relatively small, quiet and travel easily. Many units have an internal voltage converter, so that they can be used in virtually any country. Some units can also be run on 12V or 24V batteries (with appropriate adaptors). There are also many ‘low-profile’ masks available, so that you can read or watch television comfortably before going to bed.
CPAP Therapy can have a very positive effect on your life. Beyond the known positive effects on your health, many people report feeling less sleepy during the day, having greater energy and stamina, and a much more refreshing sleep when they use their CPAP therapy regularly.