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How does a CPAP work?

A CPAP works by taking the air in the room, pressurizing it through a vacuum pump, running it through a humidifier, and finally into your lungs via tubing and mask. But, how does that constant flow of pressurized air treat sleep apnea, and ultimately reduce your risk of suffering a stroke? Here’s a quick breakdown of why this machine is so highly recommended by doctors.

What causes sleep apnea?

There are three different types of sleep apnea, but the most common is obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the throat muscles relax and block your airway while you are sleeping. The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are loud snoring and feeling exhausted in the morning. There can be serious health issues when the body doesn’t get the rest it needs during the night. The most concerning of these is high blood pressure, which increases the likelihood of a stroke.

Using air to clear your airway

A CPAP prevents your airway from getting blocked by sending pressurized air into your lungs. Since the air is pressurized, it forces the muscles back up to where they belong, allowing you to breathe freely. Early on, people discovered this constant flow of air had a tendency to dry out your throat and mouth, leading to some discomfort during and after use. That’s why most modern-day CPAPs run their air through a humidifier, to keep your airway naturally hydrated.

The downside of humidifiers

While humidifiers are necessary to ensure a comfortable experience, they do increase the likelihood that a CPAP mask and tubing may become a breeding ground for bacteria. CPAP masks and tubes are dark, moist environments that you exhale into— it’s no surprise they are an ideal place for germs. That being the case, the FDA recommends cleaning CPAP equipment every day with soap and water. There have been cases where people neglect to take care of their mask and develop cases of pneumonia or mask rash. It’s important to take care of your CPAP to stay healthy.

Sleep8 is the easiest way to maintain your CPAP equipment

Sleep8 CPAP Companion

Sleep8 uses ozone to support your CPAP equipment. Ozone has been shown to inactivate 99% of all bacteria at high enough concentrations. Simply place your CPAP mask and tubing in the filter bag, press the button, and the Sleep8 generates enough ozone to affect any bacteria on your equipment. Then, the device enters an extended blowout phase while the ozone breaks back down into oxygen. This has the added benefit of reducing the crisp scent of ozone, which can sometimes be detected after the equipment has been treated.

If you are looking for a safe, reliable, and easy way to maintain your CPAP equipment, check out our product bundles.


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