Are you suffering from sleep apnea? After a long day, you are tired of running errands but can’t fall asleep. According to the sleep foundation, most people have chronic insomnia symptoms. Besides, the positions used during sleeping determine if you’ll get adequate and relaxing sleep. The mattress, pillows, and sheets also contribute to sleep. However, there are various treatments for Insomnia. The common treatments for sleep apnea are the sleep aid machine.
If you are new to sleep apnea treatment, you may not know where to start. So, what is a sleep aid machine? How different are the devices from each other? And which is the best sleep aid machine? Depending on the severity and form of sleep apnea machines such s BiPAP, APAP, CPAP, AND Sound machines. This article defines and discusses the most common sleep aid machine used today. To understand each terminology and its difference, continue reading.
What is a sleep aid machine?
Generally, a sleep aid machine is a device that helps you sleep better. This device includes BiPAP, APAP, CPAP, and other outliers like sound machines and humidifiers.
Types of sleep aid machine
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
CPAP is a nasal pillow device held in place by boil or custom and bite appliance. It can also attach to mandibular repositioning appliances. This sleep aid machine is suitable for snoring and Obstructive Sleep apnea (OSA) problems and also its FDA-approved. This is the main treatment alternative for moderate to severe level sleep apnea.
The CPAP machine works by opening your airway. Meaning your throat won’t collapse as you breathe. With a CPAP machine, you’ll need any of these masks;
- Covering the mouth and nose
- Prongs placed in the nose
- A nasal continuous positive airway pressure
Since CPAP machines deliver oxygen continuously into your airway, the body may take a little time to adapt to using this device. The most common complaint about this device is an unfitting mask. So, it’s essential to find a comfortable-fitting mask for your CPAP therapy to be successful.
- CPAP with C-Flex
For better sleep, an OSA patient needs less pressure than the traditional CPAP. A CPAP machine with C-Flex is a variation that facilitates light exhale pressure release at a lower setting.
(CPAP REMstar Pro C-Flex System One (60 Séries) – Philips Respironics)
Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
This is another common positive airway pressure device that tends to be similar to CPAP machines. The only difference is that in BiPAP machines, pressure is slit to inhale and exhale efficiently. This sleep aid machine is suitable for those with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea as they need high-pressure levels of inhaled air. It also includes a recording feature breath per minute timer that monitors the breaths a patient takes.
If you breathe slowly, the machine’s air pressure increases. Typically, this sleep aid machine is recommended to people with congestive heart failure, cardiovascular disorder, Central Sleep Apnea, and lung disorders.
APAPA machines are similar to CPAP machines as it delivers positive pressure into your airway. However, this sleep aid machine is not limited to one pressure setting. APAP machine has low range pressure setting and high range pressure setting. Also, they can measure breath-by-breath pressure to decide the pressure needed before the sleep apnea begins.
This sleep aid machine is ideal if;
- You toss and keep turning while sleeping
- Sleep apnea rate increases during rapid eye movement and decreases at other sleep stages
- You sleep on the sides.
APAP machines are comfortable and more flexible. A CPAP sleep aid machine cannot work like APAP machines, but APAP machines can be adjusted to a single pressure setting, thus working like a CPAP machine. It is the best device for those with varying sleeping patterns.
CES sleep aid machine
CES devices have gained popularity in the treatment of Insomnia. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult for someone to fall asleep, stay asleep or make them wake up early and difficult to go back to sleep. Insomnia is an underlying problem because of stress on your nervous system.
Though doctors recommend multiple drugs for insomnia treatment, CES therapy has proved to be a huge success. Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) is an FDA-approved treatment for Insomnia and anxiety. Ideally, it’s a bioelectric approach used to enhance the homeostasis of the central nervous system.
This sleep aid machine directly addresses the stress-anxiety-insomnia cycle as many people have reported immediate response after the first session. Within two weeks, other people experience change, leaving them relaxed, alert, and focused.
The best part about this sleep aid machine is that once you stop using it, the chemical balance remains as the treatment is cumulative.
Generally, CES retrains the brain to go back to its chemical balance and optimal function on its own.
Many people turn to sound machines because of masking sounds, especially if there is an increased distraction in their environment, loud pets, or background noise. Sound machines do not eliminate disruptive noises, but it makes them less noticeable. In a June 2016 study published in the Journal of Caring Sciences, many people reported better sleep when using noise machines with various background noise settings in the hospital.
This machine works well for those with Insomnia, ringing in the ears, or tinnitus. Though there is no necessary overwhelming evidence of this sleep aid device’s effectiveness, the success rate proved in various studies is enough reason to give them a try if various noises keep you up. And since there are multiple sound sleep devices in the market, there are various factors of considerations to selecting the best.
- Color choice
Sound machines have three different noises; pink, white, and brown. Pink noise mixes high and low frequencies, sounding more natural than the white noise, thus soothing than white noise. White noise is static noise you hear once a radio is tuned to an unused frequency. On the other hand, Brown noise has less high frequency than pink and white noises. Brown noise sounds rough, like a strong wind. But, no study proves one color is ahead of the other when dealing with background noises.
- Automatic shut off option
With a sound machine, you can run the noise the whole night or set it to a certain time frame. You have to choose which one works best. For instance, it’s normal to sleep after 15 to 30 minutes, so leaving the sound machine running for 30 minutes will work. However, if you wake up late at night, it’s better to set it playing all night.
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