For many patients with sleep apnea, using a CPAP machine is very bothersome and inconvenient. The CPAP can be clunky and can make it difficult to sleep while wearing it. These issues are often enough to make a sleep apnea patient want to quit their CPAP treatment.
However, there are many more subtle benefits to using a CPAP machine, and it is important to keep these benefits in mind as they are far more important than the inconvenience of wearing the machine.
Here are some benefits to using a CPAP machine for your sleep apnea:
- Heals your heart. When you have sleep apnea, the strain on your heart can be significant, causing high blood pressure and vascular damage. However, when you wear a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea, your heart has a chance to heal. For instance, doctors have found that the heart of a sleep apnea patient before CPAP treatment is enlarged. However, after 3-months of using CPAP treatment, the patient’s heart size was dramatically reduced.
- Reduces risk of vascular health conditions. When you use CPAP therapy for a period of time, and reverse the damage that has been done to your heart, you reduce and can eliminate your chances for vascular illnesses like hypertension (high blood pressure), myocardial infarction (heart attack), and cerebrovascular incident (stroke).
- Improves respiratory inflammation. Patients with chronic and obstructive sleep apnea, often have inflammation of their respiratory system. Using CPAP therapy helps to reduce this inflammation by opening airways and making it easier to breathe. This reduction in inflammation improves the amount of oxygen that gets into the bloodstream and can heal the body of many ailments.
If you have sleep apnea and are finding that using your CPAP machine on a regular basis is just too inconvenient, talk with your doctor about what can be done. Using your CPAP machine each night to treat your sleep apnea can provide some significant health benefits, and greatly reduce your risk for some potentially deadly ailments.
There are many options that you can talk with your doctor about that might make using your CPAP machine more comfortable and easier to use. The benefits that the machine provides to your health are definitely worth asking and trying to figure out a solution to the uncomfortable machine.