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Advances make CPAP quieter and more comfortable

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  • Treatments
  • CPAP
  • Sleep apnea

By Lynn Celmer  |  Jun 20, 2013
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As the frontline treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure therapy can be a life changer.  Research shows that CPAP therapy can produce health benefits for your brain and heart.  It also can improve your daytime alertness and energy.

But it may take some time to get used to sleeping with CPAP.  The good news is that CPAP therapy has come a long way since it was first introduced in the early 1980s. 

CPAP machines are quieter, smaller and more portable.  CPAP masks are more comfortable.  There also are more mask options, including “nasal pillows” and special sizes for women.

“The trend has clearly been toward development of smaller, more comfortable masks and sleeker, quieter machines,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler.  He is a sleep specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and President-Elect of the AASM.

Advances in technology also have made today’s CPAP machines “smarter.”   This makes the therapy more effective and easier to use.

If you are just getting started with CPAP therapy, here are some Tips for CPAP to help you.  Remember to use CPAP all night, every night - and during every nap.


  1. 1 Ivy Baker 28 Aug
    This is some really good information about it would be smart to consider using a smaller machine. It does seem like a good thing to get a professional to help you find a good mask. My father might have sleep apnea and it seems like he should look into a bunch of different machine types.
  2. 2 Taylor 15 Jul
    I liked that you said that CPAP machines include nasal pillows and are more comfortable. My dad has sleep apnea and his CPAP machines are starting to get noisy for my mom. I'll be sure to help him find an updated one that is quieter and comfortable for both of them.
  3. 3 Ellen Y. Siegelman 20 Jul
    I am writing because my husband has sleep apnea. He tried a CPAP machine some years ago and couldn't tolerate it, so he switched to Provent nasal patches, which don't really do the trick. Are there any CPAP machines that are less cumbersome than the mask he used briefly six years ago? He is constantly tired because he does not get adequate sleep at night. I'm hoping a newer mask design could help. Please advise. Ellen Siegelman