Treating Fatal Sleep Apnea Has Become More Comfortable

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New improvements in humidified CPAP devices reduce the dryness and discomfort, which often occur with the traditional treatment. This innovation is used to reduce nasal and airway dryness, which is a common complaint among users, leading to non-compliance.

Every year thousands of Americans open their eyes to a rude awakening, when their doctors tell them their nightly bed unrest is due to OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. OSA has become a common problem throughout this country and physicians point to an increasingly overweight population as one of the primary causes in this debilitating disorder. If left untreated, this sleep disorder can be deadly. It is estimated that nearly 4% of American middle-aged adults are suffering from OSA at any given time. An even larger number of people have the disorder, but do not realize it, since the symptoms are not always easy to determine. Some of the more common symptoms include loud snoring, restless sleep, and excessive daytime drowsiness, as a result of a fragmented sleep cycle. This disorder can have severe cardiovascular effects over time, including stroke and heart attack. People who suffer from OSA usually have a hard time breathing and frequently gasp for air in their sleep without ever realizing it. Studies indicate other frightening statistics, showing that OSA patients tend to have a higher motor vehicle accident rate, because they doze off behind the wheel of the car. However, treatment options are available and many have become less intrusive these days. Treatments include weight loss, dental devices, and surgery on the jawbone and upper airway system. The problem is that some of these procedures, such as surgery, can be very intrusive with varying degrees of effectiveness. CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure treatment has changed all of this.

CPAP devices give OSA patients greater airflow without the need of invasive medical procedures. This type of treatment has become very popular among Americans, but it does have its drawbacks. Studies show that 80% of CPAP users complain of nasal and upper airway discomfort, when using the therapy. In an effort to combat non-compliance, new treatments have been established, which use humidifiers in conjunction with the CPAP device. One excellent example is the use of Passover humidifiers to battle OSA. These humidifiers do not take up a lot of space or interfere with your CPAP equipment set-up. The product works to minimize nasal dryness by dispelling cold-water droplets into the air that is dispersed through the CPAP. Passover humidifiers can be easily cleaned, and some can even be washed in your dishwasher.

A more advanced CPAP device is the heated humidifier. These devices prevent nasal discomfort by heating water droplets, which increase humidity levels, while minimizing condensation. The surrounding air within the device becomes warm and moist, which in turn enhances a patient’s comfort. Room temperature fluctuations can cause condensation to build up in the tube creating an annoying gurgling sound. However, technology has overcome this problem by allowing the heater plate template of the device to adjust to any changing room temperature. Some heated humidifiers have large dials the patient can use in order to control temperature and humidity levels within the device. This is important, when it comes to establishing comfortable breathing for the patient.

CPAP Supplies Plus/Direct is a distributor of CPAP products and related equipment. With more than 25 years of combined industry experience, we have grown to become one of the top worldwide distributors of Sleep Apnea related equipment on the Internet. If you would like more information on sleep apnea or products available for treating the disorder, please contact CPAP Supplies Plus / Direct at at http://www.cpapplus.com.

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