What is sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea is a very common disorder that disturbs your sleep due to a low flow of oxygen to your brain and body. People who are affected by this sleeping disorder often repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night, further reducing their oxygen intake. Sleep apnea can impact individuals of any age group, though it generally tends to be more likely to affect males over the age of 40.
What are the effects of sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea can result in a variety of further issues that will impact one’s quality of life. Some of these issues include;
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeats and heart attacks
- Fatigue, memory loss and dizziness
These health conditions can arise when sleep apnea does not get proper treatment, so it is extremely important to be on top of your sleeping requirements as soon as you notice there is an issue.
How to treat sleep apnea
Yes, sleep apnea can cause many further health issues, but the good news is that there are many ways that will help you manage this disorder before it gets to a critical point. The first thing anyone suffering from sleep apnea should do, is to visit a healthcare professional and determine the severity of your condition. Once there is a consensus on the level of your sleep apnea, treatment and solutions can be provided to you.
If you believe you are starting to experience sleep apnea, there are lifestyle changes you can make to lower this risk. These include; regular exercise, change of sleeping position, avoiding alcohol/smoking, and if needed, investing in a CPAP mask and device. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you are reducing the risk of sleep apnea largely.
If these lifestyle changes are not enough, or not options you are considering trying, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) mask is the best form of treatment to assist your sleep. A CPAP device works by keeping your airways open throughout the night, and regulating your oxygen flow throughout your body. These masks and machines are known to significantly assist many sufferers of sleep apnea and provide a good night’s sleep.
Mask options to choose from
At Wake Up Well, we have a variety of CPAP mask options for sufferers of sleep apnea to choose from. Whatever your needs are, we have an option that will work for you. If you have sleep apnea and aren’t quite sure where to start, our team has everything you need to make the whole process as simple for you as possible.
CPAP masks need to be the perfect fit for your face and requirements, which is why we offer many different sizes, with unique functions. Things that will help determine your CPAP mask needs include whether you tend to breathe through your nose or mouth, and your sleeping position. Our goal for you is to ensure you get the most comfortable and restful sleep possible.
If you are someone who tends to be an active sleeper, and you breathe through your mouth a lot during the night, one option we have for you is the ResMed AirFit F20 Full Face. This mask is a best seller in the industry due to its ability to work with various face shapes, and its multiple adjustment settings.
If you are an active sleeper and can get claustrophobic or watch a lot of TV before bed, an option for you is the Philips Respironics DreamWear. This mask is also facial hair friendly, and top-mounted. Being top-mounted simply means that there are less interruptions during the night as the airflow hose is kept out of the way.
Another option for active sleepers is the ResMed AirFlt P10 For Her. This mask option is perfect for eye-glass wearers, and is also claustrophobia friendly.
Choose the right option for you
Comfort is a very important factor when buying a CPAP mask and machine. It is near impossible to get a decent night's sleep if you aren’t comfortable, and thus that would defeat the purpose of a sleep apnea mask slightly. It may take a bit of time to find the right mask and machine for you, but that is absolutely expected because you should spend your money on the perfect possible option for you. Each mask has its own level of comfort- different for every individual-, and this means it is extremely important to determine what best works for you and your comfort.
If comfort isn’t enough to make the decision easier for you, there are several other factors to consider before purchasing a CPAP mask. These include the price, after sales service, whether you need a Travel CPAP, and whether you simply need a rental. It is also important to consider the noise level of your CPAP mask and attached machine; you still need to be able to fall asleep whilst it is turned on.