CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a treatment that is used for people who have breathing problems. The CPAP keeps the airways open using mild pressure. Treatment for this breathing problem involves a CPAP machine. This machine has three main parts: a mask, a tube, and a motor. The motor is what blows the air into the tube. The tube is what connects the mask to the motor. And the mask is the device that fits over the mouth and nose, using straps to keep it in place. The machines are small and are not heavy. The do however make a noise when on, but many people consider it rhythmic. Heat humidifiers are also featured on some CPAP machines.
CPAP can have multiple benefits. It most commonly can improve the quality of sleep. Also, is can correct the problem of snoring. And most importantly, it can prevent (or decrease) high blood pressure.
CPAP is most commonly used for cases dealing with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder where not enough air reaches the lungs. In obstructive sleep apnea, snoring can be a side effect. This happens from the air that tries to squeeze past the blockage when you are trying to breath.