PAP treatment benefits

With the right support, sleep apnea can be treated and some symptoms can be controlled within days.
Health benefits Some health benefits of treatment with positive airway pressure (PAP) using a CPAP, APAP or VPAP sleep apnea machine may include:
  • Longer lifespan – it has been shown than sleep apnea patients on treatment lived longer than sleep apnea patients who were untreated1
  • Reduced chance of suffering a stroke or heart attack – sleep apnea treatment reduces the relative risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke and high blood pressure2,3
  • Cardiovascular improvements require optimal therapy and dedicated patient care – a recent study stated that while treating sleep apnea improved patients’ quality of life, it did not decrease their risk of cardiovascular events.4 The average patient in this study was on suboptimal treatment5
  • Help to control type 2 diabetes6
  • Reduce the risk of having a workplace or motor vehicle accident7
  • Help to control depression8

Health benefits may include

Reduced risk of workplace incidents
Weight loss
Longer life expectancy
Management of depression
Relative risk reduction of some heart disease
Management of high blood pressure
Management of diabetes
No more snoring!

1. Young, Terry, et al. “Sleep disordered breathing and mortality: eighteen-year follow-up of the Wisconsin sleep cohort.” Sleep 31.8 (2008): 1071-1078. 2. Marin, Jose M., et al. “Long-term cardiovascular outcomes in men with obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea with or without treatment with continuous positive airway pressure: an observational study.” The Lancet 365.9464 (2005): 1046-1053. 3. Buchner, Nikolaus J., et al. “Continuous positive airway pressure treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea reduces cardiovascular risk.” American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 176.12 (2007): 1274-1280. 4. McEvoy, R. Doug, et al. “CPAP for prevention of cardiovascular events in obstructive sleep apnea.” New England Journal of Medicine 375.10 (2016): 919-931. 5. Babu, Ambika R., et al. “Type 2 diabetes, glycemic control, and continuous positive airway pressure in obstructive sleep apnea.” Archives of internal medicine 165.4 (2005): 447-452. 6. Ibid 7. Naughton, M., and R. Pierce. “Sleep apnoea’s contribution to the road toll.” Internal Medicine Journal 21.6 (1991): 833-834. 8. Millman RP, Fogel BS, McNamara ME, Carlisle CC. Depression as a manifestation of obstructive sleep apnea: Reversal with nasal continuous positive airway pressure. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 1989:50(9):348-351.

Lifestyle benefits Treating sleep apnea has been shown to improve quality of life:

– No more snoring

– Wake up refreshed

– Less daytime fatigue

– Better concentration

– Reduction in morning headaches

Weight loss Treating sleep apnea may aide weight loss.9 If left untreated sleep apnea may make it more difficult to lose weight.

A poor night’s sleep may increase your cravings for high caloric food. It may also reduce your energy levels that you could otherwise use to exercise.

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