Continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP machines have improved the lives of countless users suffering from sleep apnea through the machines’ ability to hold airways open so users can get a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, some people just are not good candidates for these amazing devices. Some of those who suffer from sleep apnea, especially those new to the disorder, just do not adapt to CPAP therapy or tolerate it well
Fortunately, alternatives to CPAP machines for sleep apnea treatment exist. Generally, these alternatives are not as effective as CPAP machines, but for those unable to benefit from CPAP, they may be well worth trying to overcome their sleepless nights.
Alternatives to CPAP machines include the Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy Kit and the SlumberBump Positional Sleep Belt and SlumberBump Sleep Aid Belt Extender. The Provent kit, available in starter kit and 30-day kit versions, is a prescription product approved to help prevent obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Designed for nightly use, this disposable kit doesn’t have the straps and buckles used on CPAP therapy masks, which some users can’t tolerate. This device is attached over the nasal passage and uses a valve that opens and closes to increase pressure as the user inhales and exhales to help keep the airway open, improving breathing and sleep. Light and discreet, this product is also much easier to travel with than a CPAP machine.
The SlumberBump belt, designed for those with mild to moderate sleep disorders, is a positional sleep therapy device that prompts users to sleep on their sides, which helps keep the airway open. For those with chests larger than 59 inches, the SlumberBump extender adapts the belt to their size.