If you’re among the 18 million adults today who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or OSA, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine could greatly improve the quality of your sleep. If you are in the Rockford area and find yourself falling asleep in unusual places, or wake up in the middle of the night short of breath, contact the professionals at Lehan’s Medical Equipment to learn more about options to find out if you may suffer from sleep apnea.

sleep apnea treatment and devicesHow Does A Sleep Disorder Affect My Breathing?

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder, you may find yourself waking up and gasping for air in the middle of the night. Normally, when you lay down on your back, you breath oxygen in through your nose, down your throat, through your windpipe and into your lungs. With OSA, your air pathway becomes obstructed by the narrowing or closing of the airway. As breath attempts to pass through an obstructed airway, snoring occurs, or in more serious scenarios, breathing can stop. Over the course of your night’s sleep, this cycle can repeat up to 100 times, depriving your body of adequate oxygen and a good night’s rest.

How Does A CPAP Machine Work?

A CPAP machine is among the most common and effective treatments used to correct obstructive sleep apnea today. By gently keeping your airway open and providing a constant stream of air, CPAP therapy can aid in continuous and comfortable breathing while you sleep at night. The CPAP is a small machine that sits nicely on your nightstand, with plastic tubing and a face mask attachment. While new CPAP users may find the masks to be restrictive at first, after a few nights it will become hardly noticeable, and you’ll get the uninterrupted sleep you deserve. It’s important to note that OSA is a serious and life-threatening sleep disorder, and left untreated can put you at risk for a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, among others.

At Lehan’s in Rockford, we’re passionate about helping you achieve a good night’s sleep, and have a variety of sleep apnea devices and supplies to help. We work closely with many physicians in Rockford and throughout the Stateline area to ensure successful treatment options for those suffering from a sleep disorder. If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea or another kind of sleep disorder, contact the professionals at Lehan’s Medical Equipment today.