The Discomforts of a CPAP
Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure, more commonly known as a CPAP, is the most-often prescribed treatment for sleep apnea. The CPAP machine comes in the form of a mask that fits over the wearer’s nose, providing a constant stream of air through the breathing passages while asleep. It involves the machine (which produces the air stream), a hose and a nose mask.
It is no stretch to imagine that many people find this to be an unacceptable solution to the problem of sleep apnea. Being attached to a machine by a hose at night is less than desirable. It is estimated that almost half of the people who have been prescribed a CPAP barely tolerate it, or even outright reject it due to its intrusiveness.
It is also easy to see why a sleep partner, although anxious to deal with the problems sleep apnea presents, is less than enthused at the prospect of a CPAP. The machine makes a constant, low hum, and the wearer is “tethered” to the bed. It’s enough to strain even the best of relationships.
So, is a CPAP the only option to control sleep apnea?
Fortunately, the answer is no. We have an answer to this problem that can please everyone!