B. Benefits to One’s Health and Well-Being
Nighttime CPAP treatment can ease the subjective symptoms of sleep apnea and result in better days for patients.
i. Daytime Alertness and Wakefulness
A study presented in 2011 confirmed that patients with minimal symptoms of OSA benefited from improved daytime sleepiness within six months of CPAP therapy. Increased wakefulness also resulted in higher QOL scores.
ii. Focus and Concentration
Reduced attention from lack of sleep or sleep deprivation can make it difficult to concentrate and perform tasks at hand. The aforementioned study on the brain’s structural changes due to sleep apnea observed “significant improvements involving memory, attention, and executive functioning” after CPAP treatment.
iii. Mood and Emotional Stability
A UCLA School of Nursing study published in 2016 found low levels of GABA and high levels of glutamate in subjects with OSA. GABA is associated with producing a calming effect, while glutamate is related to stress.
A separate study published in 2019 found that CPAP can reduce depression symptoms among patients with OSA and CVD. As it is, sleep positively affects mood and puts one in a better disposition.
iv. Snoring and Bed Partner
Snoring is one of the most known signs of OSA. CPAP delivers a constant flow of air to keep the airway from collapsing and, in so doing, prevents the snoring or gasping sounds.
Eliminating the snores also benefits the patient’s bed partner, who is often the first to know and report the snoring.
V. Medical Cost of Poor Sleep
OSA has been established as a risk factor for certain diseases, and treating the sleep disorder is a step toward mitigating costs associated with those health risks. The cost of undiagnosed OSA is estimated to be at $150 billion a year, according to a 2017 National Safety Council report.
At the end of the day, the body needs adequate rest to rejuvenate and prepare for tomorrow’s activities.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a treatable and controllable condition with the help of CPAP therapy, which benefits both patients and their families.
Comfort is a critical piece to ensure compliance with the therapy to gain or sustain positive results in the long-term. Today’s CPAP machines and CPAP masks come in more varieties and features to suit users’ unique needs and characteristics.
Regular cleaning of the components, the machine, mask, and hose also keeps them in good condition and promotes hygiene, which is underscored by viral outbreaks, COVID-19 being the most recent one.
Disclaimer: This guide is provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Please consult your physician regarding your health condition.
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