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How sleep therapy equipment works

How sleep therapy equipment works

It's natural to be anxious about sleep therapy. It does take a little getting used to, but it will be worth it when you see the positive impact on your life. It could make you more energetic, alert, and even increase your overall happiness.
While the equipment may look intimidating and take getting used to, it can be quite comfortable and allows for natural breathing.


The mask covers your nose, or your face if you breathe through your mouth while sleeping. You can breathe normally with your mask on. Choose a mask


  • Cushions make the mask comfortable while forming a seal so that the air from the therapy machine can keep your airway open.


  • Headgear keeps the mask stable while you sleep. It should never be over-tightened. That can damage your equipment and lessen the effectiveness of your treatment.

Therapy machines

There are several types of sleep therapy machines, but a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the most common. It sends a constant flow of air pressure to your throat so that your airway stays open while you sleep. Choose a therapy machine

Display settings

  • CPAP machines have different settings that allow your doctor to adjust the air pressure. You should always be sure to use the setting your doctor specifies.


  • Tubing passes air from the CPAP machine to the mask. It's important to position the tube in a way that you won't pinch it while sleeping. Try over or through your headboard.


  • Filters make sure that you're only breathing clean air. Some machines have one filter and some have an additional ultra-fine filter.


  • The CPAP machine pushes air into the tube and through the mask into your airway. This prevents your airway from collapsing and stops sleep apnea from occurring.

Tips for therapy success

If you have Sleep Apnea, you're not alone. Click here to learn helpful tips for adjusting to treatment.

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