The sleep study may show that you would benefit from a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine or CPAP as it is widely known.
Snoring is caused by air turbulence vibrating the structures in the upper airways that are prone to collapse during sleep. By using CPAP the pressure of air entering the airways will prevent the airways from collapsing and stop you snoring.
OSA is a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing, this can result in snoring, gasping and snorting. This can result in brief awakenings, lighter sleep and can make you feel fatigued during the day, as well as irritable and forgetful.
CPAP is the most common and effective way of treating these conditions. CPAP provides a gentle stream of pressurised air to keep the walls of the throat from closing when you sleep. This allows you to breathe freely and enjoy peaceful, uninterrupted sleep night after night.
A CPAP machine gently pumps air into a mask you wear over your mouth or nose while you sleep.
It can help:
- improve your breathing while you sleep by stopping your airways getting too narrow
- improve the quality of your sleep and help you feel less tired
- reduce the risk of problems linked to sleep apnoea (like high blood pressure)