What are the Parts of My CPAP Equipment?

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are the proven most effective way of treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  With all of the different options, though, it can get confusing what all of these different parts due, so we’ll try to walk you through some of the basics.  

The most obvious part of your CPAP equipment setup is the machine itself.  These machines come in a variety of types.  All of these machines have the purpose of delivering pressurized air to your airway in order to prevent the instance of apneas, where your throat closes and you stop breathing during sleep.  CPAP machines deliver one pressure while BIPAP and APAP have multiple pressure settings that can help those with more severe OSA.  You can read more about these machine types here.  Machines also contain filters.  These small, usually white pads fit into your machine and filter the air intake to ensure cleaner therapy.  They need to be changed in order to ensure they are doing their job to eliminate particles that could cause you irritation.

Your machine delivers air through a series of tubing.  The tubing attaches at one end to your machine, and at the other on your mask.  Masks fit over your nose, mouth, or both and form a tight seal to ensure you get your prescribed therapy pressure.  Like machines, there are a few different types of masks to choose from.  Full face masks are triangular in shape and fit over your nose and mouth.  They’re a great option for people who breathe from both their nose and mouth while sleeping.  Nasal masks are a smaller triangle that fit only over your nose.  Even smaller are nasal pillow masks that fit on your nostrils.  Each of these masks is fully effective at delivering CPAP therapy, but everyone has their own preferences about which works best for them.  You can read more about which mask might work best for you here.

Your mask is held on by a set of headgear.  The headgear clips onto your mask and then fits around the head to hold it firmly in place even if you toss and turn.  Headgear is often adjustable, so find a comfortable fit that’s snug, but not too tight.  You also may choose to use a chin strap if using a nasal or nasal pillow mask.  These will help keep your mouth closed while resting in order to prevent air leakage.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not a complete guide to complex CPAP equipment, but hopefully you now have a better idea of the basics. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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How Do I Care for My CPAP Equipment?

The best way to ensure a long lifespan for your CPAP equipment is to make sure it is properly cared for.  There are a multitude of ways to keep your machine, mask, and other parts serve you as best as possible.  The number one thing to do is to wash your CPAP components regularly with soap and warm water several times a week.  Using gentle, unscented products will help reduce any chance of eroding any vital components.  Aside from normal cleaning and care, there are a number of products that can aid you to clean your CPAP equipment.

One of the most popular products is a simple mask cleanser or wipe.  These products are used daily on your CPAP mask and contain gentle disinfectants that remove harmful bacteria that can accumulate on your mask.  Removing them improves the quality of your therapy air and can help improve how you feel as a result.  Other simple tools you can use are a CPAP tube brush.  This brush can help you scrub the interior of your CPAP tubing with cleanser to eliminate particles that can accumulate.  Removing particle buildup and bacteria will help reduce irritants so you get the best therapy quality possible.

There are more sophisticated devices that you can use to care for your CPAP equipment.  Products from the SoClean line can actually clean your entire set of products with not much work on your part.  All you need to do is hook up your machine and mask via your CPAP tubing and the machine removes dust, bacteria, and even mold that can be present.  Keeping your CPAP equipment clean is one of the easiest ways to keep your therapy as healthy as possible and to wake up feeling refreshed.  

 

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource of CPAP cleaners, but hopefully you now have a better idea of products that can help you keep your therapy as clean as possible. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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If you have any needs, concerns, or questions, visit our main website at http://www.cpapplus.com/

We would love to hear your comments or questions.

Which CPAP Humidifier is Right for Me?

Transitioning into Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy can be challenging.  With so many machines, masks, and parts to choose from it is certainly overwhelming when faced with seemingly endless decisions about the direction of your therapy.  What about a humidifier?  If you’ve found yourself waking with a dry or sore throat after using your CPAP equipment, you may want to consider adding a humidifier to your regimen.  There are a few different types of humidifiers.  Humidifiers either fit into your existing CPAP machine or can be hooked onto it in succession, adding much needed moisture to your therapy air.  Here are a few types to consider:

Passover Humidifiers

Passover humidifiers work by directing your therapy air over a basin of room temperature water to allow moisture to be picked up.  The humidity setting of this set up cannot be adjusted, it is purely dependent on the climate it is in: if your area is colder, less humidity will make its way in, and if it is a warmer area, more humidity will be present.  Because of the non heated nature, many CPAP users find that passover humidifiers work best in warmer, drier areas.

Heated Humidifiers

Heated humidifiers add moisture to your therapy by heating up water and allowing it to easily evaporate and integrate itself into your therapy.  These settings can be adjusted by changing the level of heat going into your humidifier water.  Many of these fit with one or a few specific machines, but there are options for stand alone humidifiers that connect to your machine via tubing and are compatible with a variety of machines.  Due to the adjustable nature of heated humidifiers, they are more versatile and work in a wider range of climates.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource of CPAP humidifiers, but hopefully you now have a better idea of which type may work better for you. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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If you have any needs, concerns, or questions, visit our main website at http://www.cpapplus.com/

We would love to hear your comments or questions.

Can I Make Travel With CPAP Equipment Easier?

We all know that CPAP equipment can take up quite a bit of space on your bedside table and for those who travel a lot it can be a real hassle taking all of your equipment with you.  It is definitely important, however, to continue with your CPAP therapy even when on the go and there are a few things that you can think about that will help you when you’re on the go.  It may seem like skipping a weekend of therapy here and there is not a huge deal, but discontinuing your therapy even for a night can have adverse effects on your health, so do the best you can to keep up with it!  Anything from taking your travels into account when buying your machine, to purchasing a travel CPAP bag can help you adjust.

transcendThere are many ways that you can make traveling with your CPAP equipment easier.  For starters, if you know you’ll be traveling a lot it’s best to choose your CPAP machine accordingly.  There are tons of travel friendly machines that have qualities like a small design, quiet run, and handy carrying equipment.  Machines like the Z1 Travel CPAP Machine, which weighs under a pound, can be easily packed into a carry on suitcase for easy travel.  Other machines have even more unique qualities like the Transcend EZEX Travel CPAP Machine which has the ability to be worn on the head.  

chargerThere are also a few accessories that can help you travel more easily with your therapy.  Many manufacturers create travel bags for their machines that offer an easy and discreet way of carrying your equipment with you when you’re on the go.  For example, the ResMed S9 and the Respironics PAP travel bag are compatible with a few machines without advertising what you’re carrying.  These bags can either fit inside of your suitcase or be brought onto an airline as a carry on bag so you’re not risking losing your machine with your luggage.  If your travels are taking you out into the wilderness, there is even an option for you!  Some manufacturers like Somnetics have developed a solar charger that can power your CPAP machine overnight!  This means you can charge your machine during the day while hiking and have therapy throughout the night.  Whatever accessories you choose, make sure you make CPAP therapy a priority when on the go.

Final Thoughts

Of course, while the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of the different ways you can travel more easily while continuing CPAP therapy, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

If you have any needs, concerns, or questions, visit our main website at http://www.cpapplus.com/
We would love to hear your comments or questions.