Hopefully, if you’re one of the approximated 30 % of Americans estimated to suffer from some form of OSA or obstructive sleep apnea, you know the health risks involved in allowing the condition to persist without treatment. Serious cases of OSA can lead not only to the obvious sleep related conditions like loss of concentration, irritability, and depression, but also to significantly increased risk of heart failure and stroke.
CPAP side effects differ from one person to another. Probably the most common CPAP side effect is discomfort caused by the mask itself. Everyone has reported “red marks” on their face or soreness on the bridge of their nose. This is usually caused by the headgear straps being too tight. To compensate for this particular side effect, a variety of masks are being developed. There are also mask pads available or masks that only attach at the nostrils.