Do CPAP machines really help interrupt sleep?

Does specific support help to cope with CPAP therapy?

The most common treatment is CPAP therapy, where a breathing mask is worn while sleeping. The mask is connected to a small breathing apparatus via a hose, which continuously pumps room air into the airways with a slight excess pressure. This keeps the airways clear, breathing improves and snoring decreases. Studies show that CPAP therapy makes people less tired during the day and improves their quality of life.

Wearing the mask takes getting used to and some people find it uncomfortable and restrictive. Some get nasal congestion and dry throats from CPAP therapy. In addition, the valve on the mask makes quiet noises that can disrupt sleep. As a result, some people have trouble getting used to a CPAP machine. Quite a few put the mask on or break it off for only a few hours at night.

According to recommendations for CPAP use, the devices must be used for at least five hours per night for the treatment to be effective. However, there is currently no scientific evidence for a certain minimum time during the night. Some of the users use the CPAP machine for less than four hours a night - this could be too short to sufficiently relieve the symptoms.

Respiratory therapy with a CPAP mask is the treatment that can help best with an obstructive patient. It is therefore worthwhile to look for ways and means to cope with breathing therapy as well as possible.