This lapse in sleep can happen for a few seconds repeatedly over a period of time.
This disturbance in the breathing procedure results in a disturbed sleep and is one of the primary reasons for fatigue and daytime sleepiness.
The cause behind this typical problem varies from an unhealthy lifestyle to excessive tension and obesity.
The saddest part of the story is most people do not understand the severity of this sleep apnea disorder and doctors tend to ignore it for long which aggravates the problem further leading to serious problem like heart failures.
If a person is looking for a permanent solution then he can opt for surgery, however if he has mild sleep apnea and does not prefer to go under the knife then sleep apnea machines like CPAP and BiPAP are the perfect choice for him.
Both these machines have the same function.
They help a person to breath by forcing the air into his nostrils by means of a pressurized air pipe.
Though both the types of machines have the same function, yet they vary in terms of cost and versatility.
CPAP is cheaper version of sleep apnea machines where air is pushed into his nostrils only during inhalation.
It is both portable and cost effective and is used by people who have least amount of risk in this field.
The BiPAP machine is more advanced form of CPAP where pressure is maintained to make a person breath well both during inhalation and exhalation.
It's recommended for people who are more serious patients of sleep apnea.
The BiPAP machine has a breath monitor that monitors the number of breaths a person takes every minute.
In case a person misses a few breaths the machine automatically adjusts the pressure and forces air into his nostrils to help him breath properly.
The BiPAP machine is more comfortable because it come with a face mask pressure controller that adjusts the pressure according to the requirement of the patient unlike the CPAP machine.
The advanced form of CPAP machine is known as CPAP, which automatically regulates the pressure in the mask during respiration, so that a patient is relieved from exerting excessive pressure during respiration.
The utility of the sleep apnea machine are also enhanced by the use of various machine accessories like a humidifier, breath counter, cotton face masks, mask liners etc, to make the experience more comfortable and soothing for the patient However it should be remembered that these machines only provide external help.
A patient who is suffering from Obtrusive sleep apnea can recover completely only when he gets total help and emotional support from his family in dealing with it.