How does the CPAP Machine know when you stop breathing?

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A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a machine that helps monitor and manage your sleep during the night. These machines are uniquely set to each individual person and can be quite confusing to wrap your head around. Our team is here to answer a few questions you might have about CPAP Machines so you can have a better understanding of its workings. Let’s discuss!

What is a CPAP machine?

CPAP Machines are built for those who are struggling with bad sleep health and sleep apnea. They provide pressurized air through a mask and measure your breathing rate to ensure you’re getting the optimal amount of air to get a good night’s sleep. Normally, customers have a unique prescribed level of air pressure that gets monitored in the settings of the CPAP machine by your sleep specialist to ensure you’re getting the correct air flow for you. Room air (not oxygen) is taken in through a filter and pressurized accordingly.

How Does CPAP machine Know When to Alter the Air Pressure? 

CPAP machines vary slightly, they are able to detect a collapse of the airway by measuring resistance and react to such by increasing the pressure for the subject during the night to properly resolve the sleep apnea. These devices will also test lower pressures and adjust downward if needed. CPAP machines can measure individuals breathing patterns and are looking for three things: 

  1. 30 breaths of stable breathing (roughly 3 minutes)
  2. 5 consecutive snore breaths
  3. 3 obstructive apneas or hypopneas within 2 minutes

Once any of those signs occurs, AutoRamp steadily ramps up your air pressure at a comfortable rate until the machine reaches your prescribed level of air pressure. With lower pressures while you’re awake, and a steady, comfortable ramp-up to keep you and your partner sleeping, AutoRamp is one of many new features in the ResMed machines designed to make treatment more effective for a better night’s sleep. 

As you sleep, the airstream from the CPAP machine pushes against any blockages, opening your airways so your lungs receive plenty of air. Without anything obstructing this flow of oxygen, your breathing doesn’t pause or get stuck. As a result, you don’t repeatedly wake up in order to resume breathing and can finally get the peaceful night sleep you’re needing.

ResMed CPAP Machines 

ResMed CPAP machines are the gold standard for CPAP therapy. As a company, they lead the way in innovation, technology and comfort for their customers. Made here in Australia, ResMed are continually investing in research & development and have now developed the first automatic machine for women. ResMed CPAP Machines are built to optimize and dramatically improve your sleep health and deliver their users a positive result with their sleep apnea. 

Improvements In Sleep Quality 

Ultramatic provides Australians suffering with sleep apnea with high quality CPAP machines because we are dedicated to fulfilling the needs of our clients by improving their sleeping health. Ultramatic is proud partners with ResMed, a company committed to discovering the best technology and advancements to give Australians a better value of life. Shop Resmed CPAP machines and get the sleep you deserve. Interested to learn more about our machines and which one is right for you or your partner? Get in touch with our friendly team today at 1800 210 330 or fill out our contact us form. 

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