When you live with a respiratory condition like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or chronic bronchitis, it can often feel like there’s no relief in sight. After all, these conditions challenge your ability to get the oxygen you need to breathe comfortably or get a good nights sleep.
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As you start browsing the options, you’ll find that CPAP and BiPAP machines are a common choice. While these products are fairly similar, there are some key differences in how they function. For example, a CPAP machine offers a single-pressure setting that stays consistent throughout the night. Many models come with a ramp feature that starts at a lower pressure and gradually increases to the prescribed level. Some users find an immediate burst of pressure to be overwhelming, so this comfort feature makes it more tolerable. Once the machine reaches the prescribed level, it’ll stay there for the rest of the night.
For users who can’t get past the singular pressure in a CPAP device, a BiPAP machine might be the better choice. These products come with two pressure settings, one is a lower setting for exhalation and another is the prescribed pressure for inhalation. This is ideal for those who have been prescribed a higher pressure strength. Oftentimes, exhaling against the incoming air can be hard to manage and feel like they’re having to force a breath out. When you add the lower pressure setting for exhaling, it’s much more bearable for the user. They’ll also get more air in and out of their lungs this way.
Need a better pillow to use with your CPAP? Struggling each night with CPAP compliance? Is mask shifting during the night causing leaks and loud noises that wake you up from your sleep? The CPAPMax Pillow 2.0 allows you to sleep comfortably and in compliance with its unique features made especially for nightly PAP Therapy users. This CPAP pillow works with any mask type or brand for improved nighttime comfort and compliance. Also try our CPAP wipes A fast and easy daily cleaner for your CPAP mask and equipment. 100% natural ingredients – freshens and cleans!