It is believed there are approximately 18 million people living in the United States that have sleep apnea. Furthermore, it is also estimated that 1 in every 50 Americans may be unaware that they have this condition. When undiagnosed and left untreated, sleep apnea is known to contribute to a variety of health issues as well as exacerbate other conditions.
Recent data shows that when someone has an untreated case of sleep apnea, they are 4 times more likely to experience a stroke. Furthermore, these individuals are also 3 times more likely to have heart disease. The National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research reports that there are roughly 38,000 deaths related to cardiovascular issues every year. These are believed to be connected to sleep apnea in some way.
In addition to leading to a variety of health issues, the lack of sleep alone can adversely impact an individual’s day-to-day life. During an average night, someone with obstructive sleep apnea might experience 60 apneas, or temporary cessations of breathing, an hour. This can make it nearly impossible for them to receive the recommended hours of sleep per night.
While women do suffer with sleep apnea, it is nearly twice as common with men. When diagnosed and prescribed a CPAP machine, however, approximately 80% of patients claim they aren’t using these devices enough. It’s been shown that nearly 50% stop using their CPAP machines after 1 to 3 weeks, and it is unclear exactly why this is the case for some of these patients.
In order to obtain optimum results and to continue receiving insurance coverage, CPAP machines should be used at least 4 hours per night. Over the course of 30 days, this equates with using them a minimum of 70% of the time.
It’s possible that some individuals don’t use their CPAP machines because they don’t have the right type of mask. Nasal pillows and nasal masks are also available, and while some users claim not to have a preference, it appears that nasal pillow and CPAP masks are equally preferred. Individuals that are 60 years or older tend to need heated humidification for their CPAP machines. In fact, they are usually 5 times more likely to require this feature, which provides additional comfort.
Are you interested in buying or selling used CPAP machines? Do you also need to purchase other types of sleep related medical equipment? Since there are a variety of machines available, be sure to contact a CPAP machine provider for more information about buying or selling used CPAP machines. When buying or selling used CPAP machines, it’s important that you only deal with a reputable dealer.