History of CPAP | How Sleep Therapy Has Evolved Over The Years

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Originally meant as a temporary solution before throat surgery, CPAP has come a long way in its 40+ years of development. In 1980, Dr. Colin Sullivan tried experimental treatment methods for sleep apnea. The recommendation at the time was a procedure that involved placing a tube into a person’s windpipe. He presented the idea of positive airway pressure to hold the airways open during sleep as an alternative.

Dr. Sullivan had first tested the idea on dogs and then tested it on people by using a modified vacuum to make the first breathing machine. They awoke the next morning more rested then they had felt in years!

Since then, breathing machines have come a long way. We’ve compiled some of the biggest milestones of CPAP development below:

1980’s: CPAP becomes available

Even with the first breathing machine’s success, it took some time for CPAP to replace surgery as a treatment for sleep apnea. By 1985, the first CPAPs became available.

Nowadays, CPAPs are much more than a vacuum hooked to a tube, and can give you personalized treatment. The newest auto CPAPs adjust your pressure to suit your needs on a breath-by-breath basis. With an auto CPAP you will…

  • Never have to worry about setting your pressure
  • Increase the comfort and effectiveness of your sleep therapy
  • Save money by cutting down on your sleep testing
  • Never have to worry about setting your pressure
  • Increase the comfort and effectiveness of your sleep therapy
  • Save money by cutting down on your sleep testing

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1990-2000’s: Auto-titration is invented

CPAP technology moved from simple breathing machines to more user friendly models. With CPAP rising as a treatment method for sleep apnea into the 21st century, sleep therapy evolved to auto-titrating machines. They are the best and most comfortable option for treating your sleep apnea through the night. Take the AirSense 10 Autoset, which comes with new features:

  • EPR: Expiratory Pressure Relief reduces the pressure when you exhale
  • AutoRamp: Starts your sleep therapy at a low pressure to ensure you fall asleep more comfortably
  • Humidification: Regulates humidity and temperature to match your needs and environment
  • EPR: Expiratory Pressure Relief reduces the pressure when you exhale
  • AutoRamp: Starts your sleep therapy at a low pressure to ensure you fall asleep more comfortably
  • Humidification: Regulates humidity and temperature to match your needs and environment

Upgrade to the AirSense today for just $99 down and 0% APR!

2010’s: CPAP cleaners become accessible

To get a healthy sleep with CPAP, daily cleaning is a must. 30 years after the invention of CPAP, a more convenient way to sanitize CPAP became necessary. Early CPAP cleaners were effective, but incredibly bulky and expensive. In just a decade, CPAP cleaning technology has innovated rapidly. No longer bulky and expensive, the Sleep8 portable CPAP cleaner features:

  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • Complete compatibility:  No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine
  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button and let the Sleep8 do the rest
  • Complete compatibility:  No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine

Save $100 when you buy the Sleep8 CPAP Cleaner today!

Today: Variety of mask choices expand

Heavy nasal masks used to be the only option, which caused sores and leaked easily. But masks have come a long way, and there are now a variety of mask types to fit each person’s needs. Lighter masks that form high-quality seals are all the rage. The lightweight Brevida Mask provides a personalized double seal without the added pressure of old masks. It also includes:

  • Whisper quiet: Washable diffuser silences the air leaving the mask vent
  • Secure seal: AirPillow cushion seals both in and around your nose, making leaks a thing of the past
  • Adjustable and minimal design:  Single strap headgear provides a comfortable fit
  • Whisper quiet: Washable diffuser silences the air leaving the mask vent
  • Secure seal: AirPillow cushion seals both in and around your nose, making leaks a thing of the past
  • Adjustable and minimal design:  Single strap headgear provides a comfortable fit

Save $21 when you buy the Brevida today!


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