Healthy Living

The Importance of Maintaining CPAP Settings

What factors determine what pressure is needed?

There are many different factors that come into play when determining at what setting someone’s air pressure is set at.

  • Anatomy of the upper airways. Basically, all the things that can cause airways to become obstructed such as a deviated septum, a tongue that naturally falls back and the collapsing of the soft palate.
  • Weight. People who are considered to be obese or overweight have a higher chance of developing OSA. Weight can also affect the air pressure required to treat it.
  • The use of alcohol or medication
  • Sleeping position. Back and side sleepers require different air pressures.