APAP Vs CPAP: Which One is Best for You?

Written by
Jason Smith RPSGT
Published on
August 29, 2022 8:54:13 AM PDT August 29, 2022 8:54:13 AM PDTth, August 29, 2022 8:54:13 AM PDT

According to the National Library of Medicine, about .9% of adults 40 years old and above experience Central Sleep Apnea or CSA. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects a person's breathing while sleeping. You can expect disordered sleeping patterns and snoring when diagnosed with sleep apnea. The disorder causes your body to pause breathing when asleep. 

Sleep apnea is a serious disorder usually associated with obesity. In fact, a 10% increase in your body weight makes you six times more likely to develop OSA or obstructive sleep apnea. When not treated, it can lead to long-term health issues. APAP or auto-adjustable positive airway pressure and CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure are machines prescribed by doctors in treating sleep apnea. Understanding the differences between the two can help you decide which is best for you. 

APAP VS CPAP: What Are the Differences?

Both machines have been proven effective for treating sleep apnea. They provide the basic needs to sufferers — continuous air pressure through the noise, helping you get uninterrupted sleep for several hours. APAP and CPAP can help you breathe better while asleep. However, while both machines are practical and effective for treating sleep apnea, efficacy depends on the person's breathing patterns. 

The APAP machine is smaller compared to CPAP and is also more expensive. The package includes the machine, a hose, and a mask that needs to be worn while sleeping. APAP may be recommended for people with very disordered breathing because it can automatically adjust to your breathing pattern. 

The CPAP, on the other hand, only has one setting. Too much pressure can cause discomfort, which is why doctors may do a trial and error first until you become comfortable with the setting. CPAP is usually what the doctors prescribe to people suffering from sleep apnea because it's not only more affordable than APAP but a lot of studies have proven it effective. If you have an established sleeping pattern or severe obstruction, the CPAP machine may be recommended for you. 

Which Machine is Right For You?

APAP is more flexible as it can automatically adjust its setting to ensure you're getting just the right pressure. CPAP delivers steady and continuous pressure. The latter, however, is considered the most effective treatment for sleeping apnea, especially for obstructive sleep apnea. But if you can't decide which machine to purchase, please don't hesitate to talk to your doctor about it. Depending on your condition, he may prescribe either the APAP or the CPAP machine. 

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