Cpap Machines – Proving Highly Effective
The average lifespan of a CPAP machine varies from four to six years. This means slightly more than one out of three machines is replaced per year, making CPAP machines the most common type of medical device on the market today.
Recent research shows that 29% of US adults suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. When combined with the high replacement rate for top list of cpap machines, there are a lot more people who need these devices than are covered by insurance companies and government budgets. If you fall into this group and haven’t yet started treatment you need to take action while you can still afford it.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Infections and other conditions can cause the muscles in your throat to tighten and block your airway. Your brain senses this obstruction and signals your body to wake up so you can open your mouth and clear the blockage. This cycle of shallow breathing, disrupted sleep, waking up to breathe harder, followed by more shallow breathing repeats itself throughout the night.
How common is it?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects between 2% to 4% of men and 2% to 9% of women. It’s also more prevalent in people over 40 years old. In other words – if you don’t have it, there is a good chance that you know someone who does.
OSA causes people to lose between 1% and 5% of their nightly sleep. People who are younger than 40 years old lose more than 7% of their nightly sleep. If a patient loses 11 hours of sleep because of OSA, he can expect to die at least three years earlier than someone who does not have the condition.