Myths about CPAP Treatment

Often a right treatment is avoided by people fearing the false beliefs that exist around it. It is important to bust these myths, and make people more aware about the right information.

Here, we will try to bust some of the most common myths around CPAP treatment..

  • It is not required to use CPAP device every night- To maintain a healthy sleep regime every night, it is advised to use the CPAP device regularly. Not using the machine daily will result in repeated symptoms of OSA.
  • You can discontinue CPAP therapy after some time- Many believe that continuous use of CPAP device for a longer period will cure the problem and, so they can stop using it as soon as they feel relieved. However, it is always advised to consult your physician before stopping to use the CPAP machine, even after decreased severity in symptoms.
  • CPAP can cause infections- Many people face issues like dry or stuffy nose while using the CPAP device, making them to belief that a prolonged use of the device can cause sinus infections. On the contrary, the infection is usually caused due to viruses or bacteria and not the CPAP machine. Though, there are chances that it might aggravate a sinus infection.
  • CPAP machine might suffocate me in cases of power-cuts- CPAP devices consist of exhalation ports to avoid any such circumstances, and so this fear can be ruled out, while using your CPAP device.
  • CPAP device is pumping medicines / Oxygen gas in my mouth
  • Discomfort of using a CPAP device will prevent me further from sleeping: The comfort features in the device can help customize the settings that suit best to the patients without causing too much disturbance in their sleep. Latest generation of masks are also least obstructive and high on comfort for the patients. It is just a matter of getting used to after usage of few nights. At the end of it patients often express that they have had a good sleep after a very long time.


Sleep Revitalizes your Mind, Body, & Heart

The body goes under many transformations, while it is in the state of rest during sleep. There are many essential functions that take place in the body such as tissue repair, memory and energy restoration, release of essential hormones, muscle relaxation, and others. While you are asleep, the brain releases indispensable hormones that promote tissue growth. This process helps your body rejuvenate from the daily hustle bustle. Moreover, tissue growth aids in the recovery from wounds or cuts. Sunita Kumar, Co-Director, Centre for Sleep Disorders, Loyola University Medical Centre, aptly remarks that during sleep the body produces more white blood cells, to fight countless bacteria and viruses1. The heart rate also registers a dip during sleep, which according to Ms. Kumar, strengthens the heart as it is at rest with lowered activity. Moreover, a good night’s sleep also reduces the chances of getting afflicted with heart diseases.

Good Sleep = Sharp Memory

Sleep is a time, when becomes sharp and strong. Sleep quantity and quality play a fundamental role in determining what one remembers and what one doesnt. Therefore, development of long-term memory (LTM) from short-term memory (STM) happens during sleep.  Scientific researches state that the brain follows a different mechanism for storing memories through the hippocampus and neo-cortex areas. Hippocampus helps you to remember your life experiences (childhood memories), while the neo-cortex is responsible for remembering the concepts you learn (name of a color). Communications and sync between the two, helps in learning new data and updating old ones.

Sleep Steers Hormonal Hunger

Sleep not only affects your energy levels and mental functions, but also regulates your body weight. Improper sleep is related to the increasing cases of obesity, worldwide2. Many hormones which regulate the feeling of hunger (ghrelin) and signal the feeling of being full (leptin), are all influenced by the quality of your sleep.  Leptin: This is also known as satiety hormone, which is produced by the fat cells of the body. It prevents overeating by sending signals to the brain that the body does not require more food, as there is enough to fuel the body.  Ghrelin: This hunger hormone is produced in the gastrointestinal tract, which signifies the body that there is need for food. This hormone rises in the body, when you feel hungry and decreases when you have consumed some food.  Studies show that people who have disrupted patterns of sleep - have larger appetite, because of higher ghrelin secretion and lowered secretion of leptin. This imbalance in the secretion of these hormones is a result of improper sleep patterns3.