Getting used to sleep therapy can be difficult, just like any new situation. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is the standard treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and delivers continuous pressure while you sleep. This pressure is determined during your sleep study. However, some people have issues with exhaling against the constant pressure, especially those with higher pressure settings.
Bilevel positive airway pressure is another option that is similar to CPAP, but instead of providing one consistent level of pressure, there’s one pressure level when you breathe in (inspiratory positive airway pressure – IPAP) and a different pressure level when you breathe out (expiratory positive airway pressure – EPAP). The EPAP level is usually lower than the IPAP level, making it easier to exhale. Bilevel is great for those who have issues breathing against the continual pressure, and can also benefit those who require breathing assistance or have a cardiopulmonary disorder (congestive heart failure, etc.).
There is also Auto PAP (automatic positive airway pressure) therapy that automatically adjusts the pressure level to maintain your airways as you breathe.
Whether you’ve had no trouble from day one or are struggling with your sleep therapy, the important thing is to keep working towards a solution that is right for you. Sleep therapy (Auto PAP, CPAP, Bilevel, etc.) will help you sleep better and live happier.
Medquarters is here to provide you with whatever you need to continue your therapy. We have all types of PAP machines and also offer accessories like the ResMed Gecko Nasal Pad or CPAPmax Pillow to help you get comfortable with your sleep therapy. No matter what your issue is, Medquarters has a solution to help you get a good night’s sleep.