The most common treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP. If you have struggled with the symptoms of sleep apnea such as daytime drowsiness, headaches, difficulty paying attention, abrupt awakenings and loud snoring, your doctor may recommend treatment with a CPAP machine to help relieve your symptoms and prevent episodes of apnea.
When you have apnea, your airflow becomes blocked during sleep, causing pauses in breathing or loud snoring. You may have just a few of these episodes, or you may have dozens of them each night. By using a CPAP mask over your nose while you sleep, enough air pressure to keep your airflow open is delivered. The constant pressure keeps your throat from collapsing while you sleep.
Parts of the CPAP Machine
CPAP machines have three major parts:
The motor works like a compressor, drawing in room temperature air and pressurizing it to help relieve an obstruction. It usually also includes a built-in humidifier to provide moisture to the air you are breathing in, relieving dry mouth or dry nasal passages.
The hose transports the air between the motor and the mask.
The CPAP mask, which comes in different sizes and shapes, such as a full-face mask or a nasal mask.
Other Forms of Treatment
While the most common type of apnea treatment is a CPAP machine, there are other devices that may be used depending on your unique situation. For example, an Auto CPAP automatically adjusts the pressure while you are sleeping. Bilevel positive airway pressure units (Bi-PAP) are also available which provide more pressure when you inhale and less when you exhale. Your doctor will determine which is the best treatment for you.
Keeping Your CPAP Near You
Patients who obtain symptom relief from a CPAP are glad to have the device nearby to relieve episodes of breathing cessation or snoring. But the different parts of a CPAP or other PAP machine and other related supplies can quickly take over a nightstand.
The atHand Overbed Table offers a convenient solution to the problem of a cluttered nightstand. By keeping your CPAP and supplies on the overbed table, everything is together, organized and easily within reach.
The Convenience of the atHand Overbed Table
The atHand Overbed Table also offers plenty of storage and shelf space. All the supplies you need to keep your machine running smoothly including water, replacement filters and something to clean the mask with, can all be kept easily within reach.
The fact that you can adjust the height of the tray table or cabinets to whatever is comfortable for you adds to the convenience of this special table. Avoid getting tangled up in the hose by adjusting the table slightly higher. Avoid drips and splatters from condensation inside the hose by adjusting the table a little lower. You have the freedom to pick exactly the right height for your own situation, and you can sleep easier.
Learn more about the many benefits of the atHand Overbed Table system.