There are many different types of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, each which has its own benefits depending on your personal and therapy needs. A BIPAP, or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure machine, has many similarities to a more traditional CPAP machine, but it also has important differences. Both of these machines work to deliver pressurized air into your airway, helping to keep it open and prevent instances of apneas, when you stop breathing while sleeping due to airway collapse. These apneas can occur up to hundreds of times per night and have dangerous health consequences if not faced head on with your doctor.
BIPAP machines are, in a way, a more sophisticated type of CPAP machine. They still are delivering pressurized air to prevent apneas, but they are able to have dual pressure settings. Some patients complain that with a traditional CPAP machine, they have trouble while exhaling or falling asleep due to the continuous, single pressure. By having these two settings in a BIPAP machine, your doctor can set one pressure for inhalation and the other for when you exhale, helping to minimize any uneasiness during therapy. The exhalation pressure is typically set lower which allows the user to need less effort to exhale while asleep and prevent any discomfort that can cause you to wake.
These machines are often seen as the next step for patients who are having a difficult time with a CPAP machine, or whose OSA and OSA markers have not improved with the use of a CPAP machine. They are also seen as a good option for users with low oxygen levels or even cardiac health problems. Of course, only your doctor can decide if a BIPAP machine is right for your OSA needs, but always speak with them about your concerns, especially if you believe your therapy is not working as effectively as it should be.
Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive checklist on whether or not you should be using a BIPAP, but hopefully you at least have a better understanding of its differences from a traditional CPAP machine. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
Snoring. We’ve all done it, some of us admittedly more than others. If your partner has been complaining about your loud snoring at night you may fall in line with the 37 million other Americans that suffer from chronic snoring on a regular basis. Did you know though that snoring can be a sign of a more serious health concern? Chronic snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which the soft tissue of the airway actually collapses during sleep and causes a decrease in oxygen available to the body. When oxygen decreases, the brain sends signals to the body to wake up and often these waking episodes are unpleasant – coughing, gasping, and choking for air can all occur. These instances, or apneas, can occur hundreds of times a night, leaving you and your partner restless and irritable. If left untreated, OSA can cause serious health concerns. Constant waking has been linked to the production of stress hormones which can elevate blood pressure and leave you at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other stress related conditions.
What do I do next?
There are a few simple ways you can avoid going down this slippery slope though – know the symptoms and listen to your partner! Snoring may seem to be only an irritant, but if you find yourself feeling restless, drowsy during the day, or get frequent morning headaches there may be something more serious going on and it’s best to check with your doctor. Often, a sleep test will be performed in which signs of OSA can be spotted, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. One in four men and one in ten women may develop OSA, especially if you are overweight, but don’t worry, there is a treatment. Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night can eliminate the occurrence of apneas and leave you feeling refreshed in the morning and throughout the day. Not to mention your partner will thank you for the lack of snoring! There are a multitude of CPAP devices to choose from, and we are here to help you on your journey to a better night’s rest and a healthier you.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of snoring and the possibilities associated with the behavior, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
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