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Continuous positive airway pressure (or CPAP, for short) is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. In people with sleep apnea, pauses in breathing repeatedly wake them up throughout the night. When sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead not only to daytime fatigue, but also to health complications such as heart disease or type 2 diabetes.

A CPAP machine is made up of a mask, and a machine that delivers air through that mask. The air gently flows into the nose and mouth during the night to keep the airways open and make sure a steady supply of oxygen is flowing into the lungs.

The CPAP machine is a very effective treatment for sleep apnea. Most people say it improves daytime fatigue, and increases their energy and concentration. Yet it can take some people a while to get used to the bulky feel of wearing the CPAP mask. CPAP can also cause side effects like a stuffed or runny nose, sore eyes, and headaches. Making sure the mask fits well and that the air in the CPAP machine is heated can help prevent these side effects.

To get used to the CPAP machine, experts consider easing into it. Start by wearing the mask for just two hours a night. Add another 30 minutes nightly, until you are able to keep the mask on all night without discomfort. Studies find that it takes between two and 12 weeks for people to fully get used to their CPAP machine.

By giving yourself time to adjust to your treatment, you’ll not only improve your sleep apnea, but you’ll help your bed partner get a better night’s rest, too. If your doctor has prescribed a CPAP machine and you aren’t using it, ask the doctor for tips to help you adjust, or to make the mask more comfortable.

5. Reducing the Risk of Common Conditions

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of

11 Surprising Sleep Apnea Symptoms

11 Surprising Sleep Apnea Symptoms

There are a number of sleep apnea symptoms other than snoring, trouble sleeping and daytime fatigue. Things like headache, irritability, and even depression can sometimes be linked to sleep apnea.

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

Untreated or poorly treated sleep apnea leaves you tired all the time and suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep apnea symptoms. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP mask has been the gold standard of cures for sleep apnea over the past 25 years. But

Getting Treatment for Sleep Apnea Can Help Protect Your Health

The amount and quality of your sleep can play a major role in your health. A growing body of research indicates that a sleep disorder called sleep apnea is linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, complications following general anesthesia, accidents due to fatigue,

From the Editor: Don’t Give Up on CPAP if You Have Sleep Apnea

Many people find they don’t sleep as well as they age. For some, poor sleep is caused by painful health conditions like arthritis, nighttime urination, or medications they take. Others may have a sleep disorder that regularly disturbs their sleep. One of these is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—a condition I

Treat Sleep Apnea to Protect Overall Health

A new study underlines the health risks associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The study (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, March 1) found that severe OSA is associated with recurrent cardiovascular events in people with cardiovascular disease. Other recent data points to the importance of staying compliant

Ask the Doctor: Foods That Prevent Cancer; Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Q: Are there any foods that have been proven to prevent cancer?

A: There is no “superfood” that will prevent cancer on its own, but there are many foods that have cancer-fighting properties.

Cancer-fighting foods include cruciferous vegetables and berries. These foods are rich in antioxidants, substances that prohibit oxidation at the

Boost Your Brain Health Now

An estimated 5.5 million Americans are living with dementia, and about 47 million display some evidence of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Many of the latter will not progress to dementia in their lifetimes—however, the search continues for improved methods of identifying those who will develop symptoms, and interventions that can

Report Symptoms of Sleep Apnea to Your Doctor

The amount and quality of your sleep can play a major role in your health. A growing body of research indicates that a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, complications following general anesthesia, accidents due

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