How a CPAP Can Treat Sleep Apnoea

tired manSleep apnoea is a dangerous medical illness because it can cause significant heart problems such as high blood pressure, constant tiredness, depression, erectile dysfunction in men, and loss of concentration that leads to accidents. CPAP isn’t a cure for sleep apnoea but it is a good treatment that can help to reduce these problems. An article from offers some tips on how CPAP can treat sleep apnoea.

  • CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This means that it uses a continuous flow of air into the airways (i.e., down the windpipe) to keep the windpipe open. It uses a tight fitting mask that’s attached to a little machine by some tubing.  

  • CPAP needs to be used every time you sleep – even for naps. In using it take your time. First of all, with the machine switched off, hold the mask to your face without the straps or tubing and get used to this. Hold it close or tight to your face so that you know what this feels like.

  • Now try the mask with the straps around your head but without the tubing. Start with doing this for 20 minutes and build the time as you get used to it.

  • Next attach the tubing to the mask and remove the straps; turn the machine to low pressure and get used to this by holding the mask close to your face.

  • When you’re ready, add the straps around your head and use the machine’s ‘ramp’ feature to gradually increase the pressure of the air flow. Do this a few times while you’re awake as you get used to it.

  • Use CPAP continuously. People who successfully use CPAP say they have better concentration and memory, feel more alert and awake during the day, are more productive at work, suffer less depression and have a better mood, have better sleep patterns and have partners who are happier because they aren’t snoring!

  • An alternative to CPAP is BIPAP or Bi-level Positive Airways Pressure. It works in a similar way but the pressure varies as you breathe in and out.

  • Sleep apnoea and anti-snoring mouthpieces and devices may help to keep the soft tissues that cause the problem out of the way.

  • Surgery for sleep apnoea is another alternative and is often carried out in the out-patient clinic setting.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.