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Best cpap machine reviews

Updated on October 6, 2012

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what is a cpap

What is cpap? Cpap stands for continuous positive airway pressure. It was developed by Dr. George Gregory and others at the University of California. It is mostly used in hospitals to treat patents who are sufferers of congestive cardiac failure or obstructive airway disease, but the are also used to treat COPD and asthma. Another common use is to help premature babies breath in the ICU unit. The mask or “nasal pillow” that is used with the device is partly inserted into the nostrils, and strapped around the patents head. It is also used for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea breath easier while they sleep. For some users it is hard to get used to the treatment involved with a CPAP machine as at times it is uncomfortable to use. Some of these machines have an adjustable air flow, while many are set at a certain pressure.

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As stated above CPAP machines are mainly used to treat those who suffer from OSA. Those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea find it hard to breath as they sleep. OSA causes the sufferers airways to close in or narrow during sleep, some have even stopped breathing for brief moments as they are asleep. CPAP machines deliver a continuous airflow via mask or nasal pillows to allow a better sleep experience. While the treatment is considered to be very effective, many users complain of how uncomfortable it can be using this treatment. Unless you have a machine that allows adjusting the airflow, people find that it is hard to breath out against the heavy flowing pressure it can deliver. There are also some cpap machine side effects that are associated with this treatment. Users can expect to have a dry, stuffy, or runny nose while undergoing treatment. Also expect irritation to your eyes and face, and there have been reports of abdominal bloating.

S8 Elite™ ll with Easy-Breathe technology

S8 Elite™  ll
S8 Elite™ ll | Source

cpap machine reviews

When searching for the right cpap machine for you there are a couple of things that you will want to consider. Because cpap machines produce air they are the same as a small compressor, which can be pretty load. Although cpap machines are not as load as bigger compressors, they can pose a problem not only for those using them, but also anyone who is sleeping in the same room. The features of these machines will be similar. but what you should be looking are the noise dB, is the pressure adjustable, and is it portable? Depending of the feature this will also determine the round about price range.

The Resmed Elite II is one of the smallest and quietest machines on the market, plus it comes with some great features. It has what they call a whisper quiet motor which is great for those who do not want to inconvenience their significant others at night. It also feature a pressure relief system that mimics the users breathing patterns to prevent excess pressure, and discomfort. This machines starting price is around $760 with a two year warranty..

cpap breathing machine

PR System One
PR System One | Source

PR System One REMStar 60 Series Auto CPAP Machine

The PR system One brings some good features at a reasonable price. It offers auto adjusting pressure that allows comfort for the user. The machine also comes with an optional heated tube humidifier and heated tube for comfort. It register at about 26dB, which is on average with many of the top cpap machines on the market.


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    • dontaytte profile image

      dontaytte 5 years ago from Palos Hills

      It really is. But finding the right one for a good price is hard. As long as it runs quietly especially at night it's a winner

    • AjeetKhurana profile image

      Ajeet 5 years ago from Mumbai, India

      For someone with sleep apnea, these can be a God send.