What to Expect When Starting Oxygen Therapy or CPAP Treatment
Patients suffering from breathing issues may be recommended oxygen therapy to help them with respiration. Oxygen therapy is required in severe cases of asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), lung cancer, heart failure, and even sleep apnea. In the case of sleep apnea, CPAP may be adequate.
What can you expect from Oxygen or CPAP treatment?
In the case of oxygen therapy, the individual gets the required oxygen for the body to function normally. Oxygen may be delivered via the nasal passages using a cannula or a face mask. In difficult cases, oxygen may be delivered directly through the windpipe using a tracheotomy tube. Patients receiving oxygen therapy can expect to see immediate results. The treatment improves respiration, increases energy levels, and improves sleep.
CPAP treatment is more focused on treating sleep issues. It relieves the symptoms of sleep deprivation significantly. Individuals using CPAP machines can expect to see the following health benefits:
CPAP is used primarily for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is caused when breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. A CPAP machine keeps the air passages open which provides users with uninterrupted sleep during which the body can get enough oxygen to function properly.
Increased energy levels and alertness
Since sleep is critical for the body to recover and rejuvenate, proper sleep improves functionality. It has a positive impact both mentally and physically. People using CPAP to aid in sleeping, report improved ability to concentrate and increased alertness.
Enhanced heart health and regulated blood sugar levels
Lack of sleep weakens the body physically as it can get the rest required to repair itself. Sleep deprivation also suppresses the immune system. People with sleep apnea are much more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases. Using CPAP, patients can improve their body's natural immunity and the ability to regulate vitals such as blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Reduced anxiety and depression
Getting enough sleep has positive results on the brain functioning as well as emotions. CPAP users report reduced anxiety, stress, and depression. It improves the mood overall.
Physicians prescribe either oxygen therapy or CPAP depending upon the underlying condition. In each case, the treatment has few side effects while providing plenty of positive health benefits.