Don’t worry, you are not alone. Approximately sixty percent (60%) of those prescribed CPAP do not end up using it long term. Since CPAP works only if you’re using it, if only 40% of people are still using CPAP regularly 5 years after beginning treatment, then the CPAP success rate is at best 40%. But not all people who use CPAP will benefit, so this figure is likely to be much lower. Many more people are likely to stop using CPAP as the years go by. There are patients who are 100% compliant with CPAP, using their machines 100% of the time they are sleeping with no leaks and no residual sleep apnea, and still do not report feeling much better. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) delivers constant airflow to people while they sleep. CPAP is often referred to as “the gold standard” treatment option and is the most commonly prescribed form of therapy. Recent advances in equipment technology include machines that work automatically to adjust to your needs. APAP (automatic positive airway pressure) automatically varies its air pressure throughout the night in response to a person’s needs, making treatment more comfortable. Many patients find these new machines quieter, easier to use and the new masks are more comfortable. The devices that we recommend most often for our patients even communicate wirelessly via the cloud to enable you to access your own sleep information from your smartphone. If you would like to find out more information about recent advances in sleep disorder treatments, check out our research pages on our website and if you think that you are ready to consider resuming your treatment to help you live longer with a higher quality of life, then please consider scheduling an appointment from the homepage on our website so that we can get you back on the road to recovery.
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