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How Does A CPAP Machine Affect My Lungs?


If you are suffering from sleep apnea, chances are, your medical provider might suggest using a CPAP machine. CPAP machine is currently one of the best treatments out there for patients with sleeping issues. Sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder, where your breathing repeatedly starts and stops. If you are endlessly feeling tired and snoring loudly, even after having a full night of sleep, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. 

The three types of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea, that happens when your brain does not correctly send the right signals to your muscles that regulates breathing, obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type that happens when your throat muscles relax and complex sleep apnea syndrome, which happens when someone has both central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. However, using a CPAP machine can have several side effects for your lungs. Knowing and understanding these side effects might be a solution for you to wear your CPAP machine properly and get a good sleep.

Ear Pressure and Headache

There have been several reports of CPAP machines supposedly causing headaches and sudden ear pressures in patients. Multiple studies have shown that CPAP machine can affect the middle are and may increase pressure in this area. Sudden ear pressures can cause serious headaches and even tinnitus, vertigo and in some cases hearing loss. CPAP machine may cause sinuses, which can sometimes cause serious headaches and symptoms of a cold.

Air Swallowing

One of the more common side effects with patients using a CPAP machine is air swallowing and this can cause further health issues such as burping, bloating and general abdominal discomfort. How the CPAP machine works is that it pushes air through the upper airway and delivers it to the lungs. When this machine pushes air, sometimes it pushes more that it than required. This excess air will be misdirected to the esophagus, and down to the stomach, which is known as trachea.


There are some serious cases whereby patients who use a CPAP machine, end up having an increased risk of pneumonia. This is because patients may have difficulty coughing up the mucus, in which rises their pulmonary aspiration. Most patients that developed pneumonia are most susceptible to inhaling liquid from the gastrointestinal tracts to the lower repiratory tracts into the lungs. Another risk of pneumonia for sleep apnea patients are the machines themselves. Bacteria contaminations can occur when air passes through the CPAP machine, which can increase the chances of infections in the lungs. Bronchitis and sinus infections can also develop if the mask and hose are not well maintained. This can be the breeding ground for contamination, which will lead to pneumonia. Take the necessary measures to avoid bacterial contaminations by using CPAP cleaners.

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