How Do I Make My CPAP More Comfortable?

Many CPAP users often have a hard time complying with their CPAP therapy due to some discomfort that can result from the different components.  Luckily, there are a plethora of products available to help minimize irritation caused from your mask or headgear.  The first step to ensuring comfort in your CPAP experience is to choose a mask that fits you well.  Masks typically come with a few different sizes of cushions, allowing you to pick the one that best fits your facial contours.  By choosing the correct size, you can ensure minimal irritation as your mask will move with you more seamlessly during the night.

One of the easiest products you can purchase to help rid yourself of any discomfort is a mask liner.  These are great for anyone feeling uncomfortable where their mask rests on their face.  By providing a barrier from the mask, mask liners can help reduce irritation and wick away any moisture buildup.  Many mask liners are not reusable, but there have been some more recent models that are completely reusable, a great option for users who find mask liners beneficial.  A slightly different model of liner is a mask pad, a reusable pad that rests on your nasal bridge to form a barrier between your mask and nose.  These pads are often made from a gel base that besides providing comfort, can actually help create a stronger seal with your mask.

If you’re finding that your mask is perfectly comfortable, there may be some comfort issues with your headgear.  Headgear has expanded in the past few years, providing a few different types of fit to try to minimize pressure points.  However, plastic joints or other parts can still cause some discomfort.  A great way to combat these plastic components is with a wrap that fits around the arms of your headgear, the portion between where it connects to the mask, often running across your cheek.  These wraps can get rid of any uncomfortable rubbing that your headgear can cause and help you rest easier.  All of these options are great to help you comply with your CPAP therapy.  Remember, down the line there are many complications that can occur related to untreated OSA, so it’s always a good idea to use your CPAP equipment every night.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not a complete guide to CPAP comfort, but hopefully you now have a better idea of what products may be of use to you. 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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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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Three Sleep Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Wanted

Overview

Our previous installment of the top sleep gadgets and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) accessories was incredibly popular, so we decided that we would feature a few more of our patients’ favorite sleep therapy enhancers. Spanning the spectrum of comfort, care, cleaning, and more, these have been some of our best hottest picks over the years, and for good reason. Come along for the ride as we explore some hidden gems that will undoubtedly lead to more restful sleep and a better CPAP experience.

Meet Your New Traveling Companion

As any traveler with sleep apnea has had the displeasure of experiencing, the transportation security administration (TSA) requires you to remove your CPAP machine during security checks, just like your laptop and tablet. Many CPAP wielding travelers love the Devilbiss Intellipap for its light weight, durability, and ease of setup. Do you hate the hassle of removing it from your suit case? Hassle yourself no longer as you can now easily stow your Intellipap in this sleek grey bag that has enough compartments for your CPAP mask, machine, and tubing. A cool grey design will help you keep your cool at the airport during the long security waits. Join our top reviewer Kevin today and yield your stylish Devilbiss travel case on your next tropical vacation.

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Your Own Personal Anti-Hurricane

The Siestamed Hurricane CPAP Equipment Dryer can’t be matched. If you don’t have the time to air dry your CPAP equipment after its daily hygienic washing, your next best move is to use the Hurricane Dryer. Safely remove all moisture from your equipment at a temperature that won’t damage your mask and tubing, nor compromise the quality of care. Due to its drying effectiveness, it will be ready well before you turn In for the night, allowing you peace of mind that your equipment is clean and will function at its peak performance to ensure your quality sleep and sleep apnea therapy.

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The Softest Boomerang

If you’ve ever thought that CPAP masks could be just a touch softer across the bridge of your nose, you’re not alone. The creators of the Boomerang Gel Pad agree with you and created the perfect product to reduce redness in a seriously comfortable way. With flawless reviews, this product is one of all time winners. Patients have noted less irritation, redness, and improved sleep since adopting the low profile gel pad.

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Final Thoughts

While we have only outlined three, there are many CPAP products that can enhance your therapy. At this point, hopefully you have a better understanding of a few things you can do to improve your quality of rest. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

How Can I Have a More Restful Night’s Sleep?

Many people transitioning into CPAP therapy find it difficult to adjust to.  If you’re feeling restless, however, it may have less to do with your CPAP equipment and more to do with your daily habits.  It could be due to a number of little things you do during the day that don’t have an effect until much later at night.  Below, we outline a number of these common problems.  You may find that following these simple tips could help your body know when it’s time to rest.

Shut off your electronics

It is recommended that you have no contact with your cellphones, laptops, tablets, or other electronics at least an hour before you plan on going to sleep.  Many doctors think that the bright screens are capable of heightening your brain activity, making it harder to adjust back to a relaxed state for sleep.  By holding off on your electronics, you could help train your brain to know when it’s time for bed.

Keep the room dark

This follows a similar concept as above; by keeping the room as dark as possible, you ensure that you have as few disruptions as possible.  This can allow your brain and body to relax and settle down, allowing sleep to come easier.  If you sleep during the light hours of the day, try products like blackout blinds to keep the sun out.

Take a nap

This tip may seem counterproductive, but not if it’s done in the right way.  Naps under 30 minutes can actually help you sleep better at night by preventing exhaustion.  Sleeping more than 30 minutes during the day, however, can cause you to wake during the deeper parts of your sleep cycle, causing you to wake feeling less well rested.  Many doctors also recommend you nap in a different area than where you sleep.  This recapitulates your body’s understanding that when you’re in your bed, it’s time to sleep.

CPAP therapy can make great strides towards your feelings of restfulness and alertness.  It does take time to transition, but the benefits greatly outweigh any initial discomfort.  If you’re following these above tips and still finding it difficult to fall asleep, talk with your doctor about other things you might consider.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of a few things you can do to improve your quality of rest. 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.

What is a CPAP Humidifier and do I need one?

Overview

Most modern Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines that treat sleep apnea offer for option to include a CPAP humidifier. Many first time CPAP users aren’t sure whether or not to purchase the optional humidifier, and often wonder if it’s worth the extra price. In this week’s post, we’ll outline why an individual might benefit from the additional humidifier and how it can increase quality of therapy, as well as increase the probability that you will successfully adopt the new CPAP therapy into your lifestyle permanently and enjoy the benefits to the fullest extent.

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New CPAP users often report discomfort during the transition into CPAP therapy. While some of this discomfort is simply lifestyle adjustment, a majority of the discomfort may be caused by airway passage dryness that can accompany therapy based on your atmospheric and geographical environment. The lack of moisture may result in a sore throat, dry nasal passage, or swelling of the tongue. If you find any of these symptoms to be the case with your CPAP therapy, the inclusion of a humidifier into your treatment plan can help alleviate these symptoms and maintain comfortability throughout the entire night.  As air passes from the machine to the mask, a small amount of moisture is added to the air stream, alloying for a more comfortable breathing dynamic.  All major manufacturers of CPAP machines offer some sort of humidifier that is compatible with their machines, so finding the right one is often very simple.

 

Geography

Patients that live in consistently dryer climates such as areas in the southwestern United States often find the need for a humidifier, as well as cities that experience relatively colder winters that lead to dry air. The moisture that normally acts as a natural lubricant freezes due to the severely cold temperatures, causing the air to irritate your breathing passageways and reduce comfort during your night’s sleep. If this scenario sounds familiar, or you will soon be moving to a colder environment, your best solution is to include an in-home humidifier as well as a CPAP humidifier to combat the negative effects of frigid, dry air and ultimately improve your CPAP experience.
The discomfort is not unique to one type of sleep apnea therapy device, as patients who use CPAP, Auto CPAP, and BiPAP therapy all have reported discomfort based on  geography. Customers might feel compelled to discontinue using their machine but it is important to keep in mind that all of the major manufacturers of CPAP Supplies offer some type of heated humidifier. Whether you own a Resmed, Respironics, Fisher & Paykel, DeVilbiss, or a different brand, you might consider trying a heated humidifier with your present machine.

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Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of the whether or not you could personally benefit from a CPAP humidifier in conjunction with your CPAP Machine. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
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