Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder characterized by repeated episodes of partial or complete upper airway collapse during sleep. CPAP therapy involves wearing a mask over the nose and/or mouth that delivers a constant flow of air to prevent airway collapse and maintain air flow.
How does it work?
CPAP works by increasing air pressure in the upper airway, which helps to keep the airway open and prevents the collapse that causes apneas. The increased air pressure is delivered through a mask that fits over the nose and/or mouth, and the air flow is adjusted to a level that is just enough to keep the airway open.
CPAP is highly effective in treating OSA, and is the most commonly prescribed treatment for this condition. It has been shown to reduce symptoms of OSA, such as loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating.
How to get CPAP?
CPAP therapy is typically prescribed by a sleep specialist and is usually used every night while sleeping. Most people find that they get used to using CPAP therapy over time, and many find that it significantly improves the quality of their sleep and their overall quality of life.
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2021). Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Retrieved from https://aasm.org/resources/patient-information/continuous-positive-airway-pressure-cpap/
- National Sleep Foundation. (2021). Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Retrieved from https://www.sleepfoundation.org/cpap
- Mayo Clinic. (2021). Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cpap/about/pac-20395191
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). CPAP. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/treatments/cpap.html
- World Health Organization. (2021). Sleep Disorders. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/sleep-disorders
|Sleep medicine navigation.|
|Circadian rhythm disorders|
W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & Medspa Centers
- New York:
- Brooklyn: W8MD's NYC Medical Weight Loss, sleep and medspa 2632 E.21st Street Ste L3, Brooklyn, New York 11235. Call (718) 946 5500
- Philadelphia: Poly-Tech Sleep & W8MD Philadelphia Medical Weight Loss 1718, Welsh Rd, Philadelphia, PA, 19115. Call (215) 676 2334
- King of Prussia: Poly-Tech Sleep & W8MD King of Prussia Medical Weight Loss, Sleep and Medspa 175 Strafford Avenue, Wayne PA 19087 - Executive Commons Ste 1. (215) 676-2334.
- New Jersey
- Cherry Hill: (coming soon) W8MD's New Jersey Weight Loss, Sleep Clinic 140 E Evesham Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 (215) 676 2334