Most people have experienced some form of insomnia in their lives and understand how disruptive a lack of sleep can be on one’s ability to carry out daily activities. Multiply that feeling by several magnitudes and you’ll begin to understand how it feels to suffer from a sleep disorder. Some people who suffer from sleep apnea and other disorders have never had a full, restful night of sleep in their entire lives.
Sleep apnea is the best known sleep disorder . Patients with sleep apnea are unable to reach restorative levels of sleep because they continually stop breathing, if only for a microsecond. This interruption in breath will wake the patient and disturb their sleep. The disruption usually happens so quickly that the patient is not conscious of waking up, but the feel the affects of sleep deprivation during the day.
The solution for this problem is known as cpap , which stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This is a fancy way of saying a machine helps a patient breathe without interruption as they sleep. For many patients, a CPAP machine is the only way they can achieve deeper, more restful levels of sleep that are necessary to restore the body.