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What is CPAP?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a medical device and treatment used primarily to help individuals with sleep apnea breathe more easily during sleep. Sleep apnea is a condition where a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts while sleeping, leading to disruptions in their sleep cycle and potentially causing various health issues.

A CPAP machine works by delivering a continuous stream of air pressure through a mask that is worn over the nose and/or mouth. This air pressure helps to keep the airways open and prevents them from collapsing or becoming obstructed during sleep. By maintaining a steady flow of air, CPAP therapy ensures that the person’s breathing remains uninterrupted, allowing them to receive sufficient oxygen and have a more restful sleep.

CPAP therapy is prescribed by doctors to treat sleep apnea and can greatly improve the quality of life for individuals with this condition. It helps alleviate symptoms like excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and loud snoring, while also reducing the risk of associated health problems such as cardiovascular issues and cognitive impairment.