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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How does the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine work and affect others in the same bed?

    I am interested in trying the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine but am worried how my partner be affected with me sleeping with the CPAP machine?
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    Dr David Cunnington

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Specialist sleep physician delivering a high standard of clinical care to clients with complex sleep problems and promoting sleep health through research, education and advocacy. … View Profile

    Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) works by creating a positive pressure at the back of the airway, preventing the airway from narrowing and causing snoring and apneas (airway closing). Bed partners usually don't find CPAP machines disturb them as they are very quiet, and in fact, most bed partners of those using CPAP, feel they sleep much better when CPAP is used. 

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