7 to 9 hours of quality sleep is what doctors prescribe for good physical and mental health. However, when we take into consideration the hectic lifestyles we all lead nowadays, an average of 6 hours of sleep every night is the norm for majority of us. In the long run, sleep deprivation can cause memory loss, drowsiness, fatigue, etc. Therefore, it is recommended to minimize stress, consume less alcohol and nicotine, eat healthy food and exercise regularly. But what if you practice healthy lifestyle and still do not get enough quality sleep each night. Do you breath through your mouth, toss and turn often, wake up gasping for breath, etc? If you do, this can mean one thing – sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder characterized by frequent pauses in breathing during sleep. Breathing pauses last anywhere from few seconds to 1-2 minutes and can occur even 30-plus times in a single hour. Reason why breathing pauses occur is the blocked airway passage. Normally, when we fall asleep, the whole body goes into relaxation mode. The same is true for the soft tissue located in the back of the throat. When the soft tissue relaxes, it blocks the air passage preventing air from getting to lungs. If not treated in time and with proper Cpap devices, sleep apnea can be life threatening.
To prevent any serious health problems, it is highly recommended to use proper sleep apnea machines. The Cpap devices, or Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure sleep apnea machines are the most commonly used sleep apnea machines for treating moderate and severe sleep apnea. All Cpap devices are designed to prevent the soft tissue from blocking the airway and to ensure continuous flow of air. Majority of sleep apnea patients feel almost instant relief and a quick improvement in their overall health thanks to Cpap devices. Regular use of sleep apnea machines will reduce sleep apnea symptoms and boost overall health.
However, some sleep apnea patients have very hard time adjusting to their sleep apnea machines. It may be because they feel claustrophobic (sleep apnea machines come with a facial mask which covers almost the whole face), or the device does not fit correctly. Whichever the reason, it is important to regularly use Cpap devices to ease sleep apnea symptoms, boost the quality of sleep and improve overall health. Depending on the severity of sleep apnea symptoms, if not treated in time and with proper sleep apnea machines, this sleeping disorder can result in numerous serious health problems, such as:
- Poor heart health and even heart failure
- High blood pressure
- Depression and panic attacks
- Chronic headaches