If you struggle to breathe at night and your primary care physician suggests options, you may hear these options and wonder: What is a CPAP machine? You know this type of device could help you breathe more easily at night. It’s completely normal to have questions about what exactly CPAP machines do and what they are made of.
A CPAP machine is used for sleep apnea patients or anyone with a disorder where there is a physical blockage in the airway causing you to snap awake and gasp for air. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and keeps air in the breathing passageways so a comfortable, safe night’s sleep is possible. By working with a professional CPAP therapist, you can get a CPAP machine that meets your exact needs so you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling rested.
What Does a CPAP Machine Consist Of?
The CPAP machine itself is a device with a fan enclosed that pulls in air through a filter so that the air is purified and pressurized before you breathe it in. The main pieces of the CPAP machine include a humidifying chamber within the machine, headgear, and tubing or hoses. Some CPAP machines include heated humidifiers and pressure features that can be manually adjusted to the setting right for you.
The CPAP headgear associated with this therapy includes face masks and nasal pillows or cushions. Comfort is crucial when you want a good night’s rest and CPAP headgear is created so breathing and solid sleep can coexist.
The face mask covers the mouth and/or nostrils so that pressurized air can be administered. Adjustable mask straps help make sure the fit is secure and snug for the entirety of the night. Nasal pillows, or cushions, can be inserted into the face mask to ensure the ultimate relief when therapy occurs.
A tube or hose links the CPAP machine’s motor to the face mask, where purified air enters the nostrils and is sent into the nasal passages. This tubing is usually no longer than 6 feet and is connected at the bottom of the face mask and to the CPAP machine itself. These tubes have tight seals at both ends to make sure proper airflow is maintained during therapy.