CPAP treatment has been used to help people suffering from sleep disorders associated with breathing problems since the 1970s. These disorders include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea syndrome. The immediate positive effects of CPAP treatment for these disorders, like more regulated breathing and higher oxygen intake, has long been documented. But the medical consequences of sleep apnea can be complex and are attributed to the interactions of a variety of factors. Because these factors can cause a range of symptoms, complete recovery from sleep apnea takes time and a systematic change in lifestyle. Fortunately, there are some incredible long-term benefits of using CPAP machines.
- Cardiovascular health. By eliminating the symptoms of sleep apnea and greatly improving breathing and oxygen absorption, CPAP helps reduce cardiovascular associated risk factors. These factors include the risk for developing hypertension, having a stroke, or developing heart failure. Obstructive sleep apnea is often prevalent in people with coronary heart disease. Long-term use of CPAP machines for these people can not only eliminate symptoms of OSA, but greatly reduce the risk for subsequent cardiovascular problems. For stroke survivors with sleep apnea, CPAP therapy can improve both neurological and motor recovery.
- Metabolic syndrome elimination. Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that occur together. These conditions include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the abdomen, and abnormal cholesterol, glycated hemoglobin, or triglyceride levels. People with sleep apnea have a greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome. A sleep study for people with moderate to severe sleep apnea showed that 3 months of continued CPAP therapy partially reversed all metabolic abnormalities. These health improvements can also include decreased insulin resistance, which is significant for diabetics.
- Daytime tiredness elimination. Regular long-term CPAP treatment can greatly reduce excessive daytime fatigue. Many people with obstructive sleep apnea have reported that they “feel like a new person” after continued CPAP therapy due to the dramatic increase in overall energy levels. This is not only due to having more regulated breathing patterns and uninterrupted sleep, but also a reduction in tissue inflammation and the restoration of depleted oxygen levels in the blood. Feeling less tired throughout the day usually results in people being more active. Doing more basic exercise like walking maintains daytime energy levels and helps people who suffer from obesity to lose weight.
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