CPAP

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a treatment for Sleep Apnea. A good night's sleep is very important to our mental health.

Image by Gregory Pappas

What is a CPAP Machine?

 

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and these machines are used as a treatment method for patients with sleep apnea. CPAP machines use mild air pressure to keep your airways open by blowing air into your nose and throat. By keeping your airways open, you will have continuous airflow in your airways resulting in an undisturbed and more restful sleep.

 

Can Using a CPAP Machine Benefit my Mental Health?

 

YES! Those who have sleep disturbances often do not enter the most important part of our sleep cycle, REM sleep. During REM sleep, our brains process emotional information and works to evaluate and remember our thoughts and memories. Lack of REM sleep makes it difficult for our bodies to form positive emotions, influencing our moods and emotional activities. The CPAP Machine also allows for more oxygen to reach your brain. Lack of oxygen to your brain results in memory problems, difficulties in concentration, increased moodiness, and damage to the brain. Studies show that only 1 year of CPAP therapy can lead to a complete reversal of any damaged matter in your brain. By using the CPAP machine, you will have improved moods and memory, better concentration, feel more rested, and help your brain heal from any damage caused by your sleep disturbances.

 

CPAP Quick Facts:

 

  • Studies show that people who consistently use their CPAP machine reported improvement in daily and emotional functioning along with social interactions.

  • 85% of people who use their CPAP machine regularly report a significant overall improvement in their quality of life.

  • CPAP machine has been proven to be 100% effective if used consistently.

  • By balancing the hormones that tell our body if we are hungry or full, continuous CPAP therapy can promote weight loss

For more information regarding CPAP therapy, please reach out to your provider for resources.