When a person’s snoring is thoroughly investigated and a correlation between snoring and sleep apnea is established then a CPAP machine is often recommended by medical professionals.
Suffering from a sleep apnea is a serious matter. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is defined as a sleeping pattern that is interrupted by pauses in breathing. These pauses can last between ten to thirty seconds in duration; occasionally even longer!
The apnea events, as they are called, can occur as often as one hundred times in one night. A person experiencing these kinds of interruptions while breathing will not receive the good night’s sleep that is generally accepted as important for good health. If left untreated OSA can lead to much more serious health problems.
How can a CPAP machine help?
A CPAP machine or continuous positive airway pressure system will deliver a steady stream of air creating enough pressure to keep the airway open preventing collapse. The source of the air pressure is a bedside machine with tubing that is connected to a mask worn by the sleeper. There is no argument that the machine is an effective tool for those suffering from sleep apnea but there are some drawbacks worth considering before proceeding with a CPAP purchase.
These machines are expensive
CPAP machines are not cheap. These units can be cost prohibitive. Many people using a CPAP machine also use a heat humidifier, which is an additional expense. It is also suggested that a battery pack be purchased to accommodate moments or places when electrical power is not available. (e.g. – while camping outdoors or during a power outage).
When the math is done total cost incurred can reach well over a thousand dollars. For many people this fact alone will put the CPAP machine out of reach.
Will Wearing a Mask while Sleeping Be Right for You?
Giving equal consideration to comfort when purchasing a CPAP machine should not be ignored. After all, we are talking about getting a good night’s sleep. For some people wearing a mask while sleeping will be difficult, if not impossible. The likelihood of ever finding a mask that fits without discomfort is a bit of a gamble. Remember, you don’t know how it will feel until you actually try it out and experimenting with a CPAP machine is an expensive proposition.
Sleeping position choice is limited
Imagine trying to sleep comfortably on your side with a mask on. A person wearing a mask while sleeping is pretty well limited to sleeping on their back. Most people shift sleeping position a number of times over the course a single sleeping session.
Being stuck in one position for a whole night could, in itself, limit the possibility of a good night’s rest. Comfort issues aside, there is also the issue of personal anxiety to consider.
Anxiety at bed-time often increases
Do you ordinarily feel claustrophobic when confined or limited by space? When you were a child did the thought of wearing a mask with your Halloween costume send you into a panic? For many people wearing a mask while sleeping makes them squeamish and uncomfortable. The whole point of using an anti-snoring device is to get a better night’s sleep, isn’t it?
Review your options
If cost, comfort and peace of mind are bones of contention that prevent you from getting that healthful sleep you need then it’s time to review your options.
These descriptions of the disadvantages of the CPAP machine are not meant to trivialize the seriousness of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that needs immediate attention. But for those people who can’t use the CPAP because of comfort, claustrophobic anxiety or monetary limitations, there are still viable alternatives available on the market today.
You can still address your fitful sleep without compromising these important criteria; quality of anti-snoring device and independently proven effectiveness.
Try an anti-snoring mouthpiece
One of the more popular and much less expensive alternatives is the oral appliance.
There are two types of oral appliances available for consumers. One is the jaw retaining appliance and the other appliance is a tongue retaining mouthpiece. Both have been shown to be effective but of these two alternatives to CPAP machine use, the tongue retaining mouthpiece is considered far superior in design and quality.
Options do exist for the discerning buyer. Don’t put your health on the backburner. Explore a variety of possibilities, choose wisely and don’t waste your money on something you may not be able to use.