If you’re one of the many people who suffer from sleeping disorders, you might need to use some form of sleep aid. One of the most common tools is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine; however, there are variations of the CPAP machine that might suit you better. Here are some reasons why someone might need to use an APAP (automatic positive airway pressure) machine instead.
They Toss and Turn at Night
APAP devices are often more suitable for people who move around in their sleep. Back-sleepers also often have more respiratory episodes than people who sleep on their sides. When more significant attacks are more likely, such as during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the APAP device automatically corrects the air pressure. It also decreases pressure when you’re sleeping in the side position.
They Experience Random Breathing Changes
People whose nighttime breathing patterns are regular can usually get by with ordinary CPAP machines, but people who experience variations in their breathing during the night are more likely to need APAP equipment. An algorithm integrated into the APAP device assesses the airway pressure a patient requires at any given moment and adjusts appropriately. If you realize that CPAP isn’t cutting it, opting for an APAP machine rather than a BiPAP or CPAP might be the solution.
They’ve Experienced Physical Changes
Physical changes such as planned weight loss through diet and exercise can cause a CPAP machine to malfunction. The continuous pressure setting on a CPAP may ultimately become too faint or excessive for the demands. Therefore, it’s typically suggested that CPAP users undergo an examination after increasing or decreasing their body weight by 10 percent or more to determine if they need a pressure adjustment.
However, you can avoid all of this by simply using an APAP machine instead. The pressure of an APAP machine will adjust automatically to accommodate any changes.
APAP Is Optimal for Comfort
CPAP treatment might make you feel uncomfortable. Many CPAP patients, especially new ones, experience claustrophobia when using the device. On the other hand, APAP is customizable and often begins at a lower pressure, aiding people who might otherwise feel claustrophobic.
If you check any of these boxes, that’s more than enough reason to use an APAP machine. An APAP machine may be your best bet, even if it costs more.