The National Sleep Foundation tells readers that over 18 million adults have sleep apnea. Former record-keeping was less important than it is today, however, it tells readers that perhaps 10 to 20 percent of children have sleep apnea.
Following a sleep study, a CPAP machine is usually recommended, allowing sleep apnea patients to sleep restfully through the night. It maintains a steady flow of pressure into the throat, so the soft palate doesn’t collapse. This prevents air from getting into the lungs, thereby building up dangerous carbon dioxide. The patient should research the types of machine available, which machines will be paid for by the insurance, and which best suits the patient’s therapeutic needs. Researching is difficult, because patients aren’t sure whom to trust. Everyone in the forums has an opinion, and reviews are ambiguous at best. Read on to learn more about the top three CPAP machines.
ResMed’s AirSense 10 Autoset is auto-adjusting, meaning that it will adapt the air flow to the sleeper’s changes in breathing. Whisper quiet, the device is the only “smart” CPAP. The device features cloud computing wirelessly. It’s Bluetooth connected. A cell modem allows the patient’s doctor to receive reports and adjust the readings. Personalized and custom programmed, the device knows when sleep onset occurs. The CPAP machine offers Expiratory Pressure Relief, meaning the machine gives maximum pressure during inhaling and reduces pressure during exhaling. The machine also detects abnormal sleep apnea events as well as Cheyne-Stokes respiration. Includes built-in humidifier. Therapy data is instantly accessible, while the doctor or Easy Breathe technology can remotely adjust settings or troubleshoot. The device meets all air travel strictures, as well as being adaptable to international power plugs. All that is needed is the adapter.
Intellipap Standard Plus CPAP Machine by DeVilbiss Healthcare provides a lower pressure against which the sleeper may exhale. It comes with SmartFlex and Flow Rounding technology, which deactivates upon sensing apnea. SmartCode is a remote-capable reports and tracking technology. The water-resistant chamber for the humidifier lessens dry mouth and throat ensures eight hours of continuous use. The machine is intuitive and whisper-quiet. The machine is stacked higher than most CPAPs, providing sleepers with non-slip pads to prevent falling from the nightstand. Active sleepers will appreciate this. Alerts and alarms tell the sleeper when the mask has slipped off the face or something needs to be replaced. This is one of the rare machines that adjust to altitude up to 9,000 feet. The CPAP machine has a battery option. When alternate current fails, the machine seamlessly switches to battery power. When the alternate power returns, the machine automatically switches back with no interruption of treatment. The sleeper continues sleeping without knowing there was a problem.
Philips Respironics DreamStation Auto is the result of years of research among sleep apnea patients. This model is smaller and lighter, with the cords and tubes in the back for a more aesthetic look. Auto-adjusting, event-detecting and humidifier-including, this machine includes Smart Ramp technology. This helps the sleeper to fall asleep, while the machine adjusts the air pressure accordingly. While the unit sends data to doctors wirelessly, ch WiFi and cellular options must be bought separately. The device checks itself daily, alerting the sleeper that the unit worked properly throughout the night. The unit also includes Mask Fit Check, which alerts the sleeper the mask has slipped off during sleep. The unit can be joined to the Dream Mapper app to help the sleeper with tips and hacks. Humidifier comes with the unit, and detaches for travel.