Get A Good Night's Sleep With The Help of CPAP and BiPAP Machines

Posted on May 18 2012

Lots of people have issues with sleep apnea and many other nighttime respiratory disorders that can cause serious complications while you sleep. Luckily, CPAP and BiPAP machines are designed to help keep you safe while you sleep. Sleep studies must be done in order to diagnose and pinpoint the cause of your respiratory condition before a doctor will recommend the use of either machine. However, if you are already looking at having a sleep study done or know someone who could benefit from a CPAP or BiPAP machine, knowing about what they do and other options is very helpful.

What's the difference between a CPAP and a BiPAP machine?

There really isn't much difference, at least in the physical design. Both are comprised of a face mask, tubing, and an air generator. What separates the two is their use of air pressure and when it is applied. CPAP machines provide a continuous flow of positive air pressure. The use of air pressure in this manner is to keep an airway opened while providing a continuous stream of air into the respiratory system. A user remains able to breathe out even with the continuous airflow. A BiPAP machine also provides positive pressure air into the respiratory system but also operates at a lower level of pressure as the patient breathes out. This prevents the patient's body from exerting extra energy while exhaling against the positive pressure.

If you think you might have sleep apnea or any other sleep disorder, consult your doctor for a solution. A lack of sleep can lead to many complications including, of course, prolonged fatigue throughout the day.


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