CPAP Machines: Helping You Breathe – and Sleep – Better
Do you dream of breathing more easily when you sleep? Or of getting a restful night’s sleep? A CPAP machine may be just what the doctor ordered!
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are used to treat symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that causes an obstruction in the airway when muscles relax during sleep, which interrupts breathing. Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, long pauses in breathing during sleep, increased drowsiness during the day and restless sleeping.
During regular sleep, individuals wear a mask with tubing that connects to the CPAP machine. The machine blows gentle air through the individual’s airway, keeping it open when muscles relax.
“It results in a better night’s sleep,” said Lori Valentine, director of durable medical equipment at Memorial Home Services. “You would be surprised how many people suffer from sleep apnea. It is really quite common. And CPAP offers very effective therapy.”
Already own a CPAP machine? As with any piece of equipment, maintenance is important. And it is important with CPAP machines, too. On a quarterly basis, Memorial Home Services holds a “CPAP Week” in its Springfield retail store. Individuals can bring their machines in for a free check-up and cleaning to ensure it is working properly. It is recommended that all CPAP machines are checked annually.
Respiratory therapists with Memorial Home Services are also available to answer questions throughout the week and show customers the latest CPAP technology.
“CPAP technology is ever-changing,” Valentine noted. “Our newest product is a portable CPAP machine. It is small, lightweight and perfect for people who travel often or spend a lot of time on the road.”
New technology is not always in the form of CPAP machines. New innovations in CPAP masks, special CPAP pillows, tubing covers and mask cleansing products are also available for display and purchase.
Individuals may bring CPAP machines by the store at any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 20-24. This free service is provided to both current Memorial Home Services customers, as well as the general public.