If you’re on the fence, this is why you should try a CPAP machine
From how they look to how they sound, we know a CPAP machine can feel intimidating. We’ve been there ourselves (did you know Sleep Therapeutics was founded by a respiratory therapist and his sister, a nurse, who both suffered from untreated sleep apnea?) So, we’re living proof that you can face the music—or the machine, as the case may be!—and come out better for it on the other side.
The benefits of a CPAP machine
Don’t believe us? These are just some of the benefits you can experience with the support of a CPAP machine:
Even if you aren’t waking up when your breathing stops in the night, your sleep is interrupted with sleep apnea—up to 600 times per night! That level of interruption directly compromises the quality of your sleep and, thus, the quality of your waking hours, too. A CPAP machine can restore a healthier sleep pattern and help you feel more rested and alert throughout the day.
Untreated sleep apnea damages brain tissue. Not only can it cause issues focusing on work or the task at hand, it can actually cause memory issues. But when you fall into that deep, rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep, your brain consolidates memories, helping you fire on all cylinders when you wake up. With a CPAP machine, that deep sleep is actually possible.
We all know how irritable we feel after a bad night’s sleep, but did you know that sleep apnea actually increases your risk of anxiety and depression? Sleep deprivation increases activity in the amygdala, which is responsible for emotions like anger and rage, so we’re more reactive and less, well, happy. But it’s also a precursor to mental health issues. Treating your sleep apnea with a CPAP machine can actually support your mental health.
Snoring—probably one of the most irritating symptoms of sleep apnea, especially for family sleeping under the same roof! Snoring is caused by blockages of the airways, so when you breathe, the air struggles to pass, causing an audible vibration that we know as snoring. With a CPAP machine opening your airways, that vibration and the resultant snore-fest is minimized.
From high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes and stroke, sleep disorders like sleep apnea are linked to a slew of conditions and diseases that could be prevented with a CPAP machine.
Take heart disease for example. You may question how sleep apnea could possibly be linked to heart disease: The recurring stops in your breathing actually increase your blood pressure and reduce your blood oxygen levels, putting an unnecessary strain on your heart.
Or diabetes? A study by the University of Chicago showed that sleep deprivation begins to reduce your insulin sensitivity by more than 30% after only four days—and insulin resistance is a key player in diabetes. Long story short: The CPAP machine is your friend in long-term health.
Take it from them
Still don’t believe us? Here’s what real-life Sleep Therapeutics clients had to say about their CPAP experiences—before and after trying it for themselves.
Our challenge to you
If you’re still on the fence, we don’t blame you. Our challenge to you: Try it for 30 days, just 30 days, and witness the difference for yourself. There’s nothing quite like hands-on—or, ahem, mask-on—experience, and we’ll hook you up (literally!) with a CPAP machine to try for 30 days. Just schedule a complimentary sleep consultation at a Sleep Therapeutics in your province.