Our expert says:
One of the things that make sleep apnoea such a serious disease is the fact that you wake up hundreds of time during the night, sometimes without even knowing it, never getting a proper night's rest. This is often caused by flabby soft tissue in the throat area, that closes off the airway when you sleep and relax. The BiPAP machine delivers a constant stream of compressed air keeping the airway open under air pressure so that unobstructed breathing becomes possible, reducing and/or preventing apnea, so if the pressure is set right, you technically should not stop breathing at all while using the machine. BiPAP (Variable/Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) provides two levels of pressure: Inspiratory Positive Airway Pressure (IPAP) for inhalation and a lower Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) for easier exhalation.
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