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.

When Should I Replace My Mask?

So you’ve finally found a CPAP mask that fits your lifestyle, whether it be a minimal nasal pillow mask or a full face mask.  Generally, CPAP masks last anywhere from a few months to a year when properly cared for.  Taking proper care of your mask is one of the best ways to ensure it lasts as long as possible and delivers the most effective therapy possible.  The most important thing you can do to maximize the lifespan of your CPAP mask is to simply clean it!  Cleaning your mask after each use helps to eliminate facial oils which can break down plastics and other materials used in your mask.  It is also a great way to eliminate particles that can build up on your mask, helping reduce irritants and allow you a more comfortable night’s sleep.

mask wipesYou can clean your CPAP mask with simple soap and water, but there are equipment specific products that can be used.  CPAP mask wipes contain antibacterial properties that eliminate residues from your mask to ensure the health of you and your mask.  There are many options for mask wipes so you can find the option that works best for you.  Furthermore, there are more elaborate cleaning systems you can use which hook up and cleanse your CPAP equipment in its entirety.  No matter which option you choose to keep your mask clean, it is certainly your first line of defense to keep your mask functioning as well as possible.

If you’re noticing a persistent cold or cough, it’s possible that your mask is the issue.  Without proper cleaning, your mask can harbor harmful bacteria that can irritate the throat and lungs causing cold symptoms.  If you are good about cleaning your mask and are still noticing health issues, it may be time to replace your mask, but always consult your doctor to be sure.

On top of cleaning your mask, inspecting it regularly is a great way to ensure proper function.  Mask seals should be free of cuts and the body of your mask should be without any chips as this can compromise the quality of your therapy.  If you’re using a nasal pillow mask, ensure the pillows are all intact and airflow is not obstructed.   

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of regular care that can keep your mask running optimally, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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Is My CPAP Machine Working Properly?

Transitioning into CPAP therapy is certainly an adjustment, but when done with a properly working machine, therapy can help reduce feelings of tiredness and fatigue as well as eliminate any instances of apneas.  Remember, these apneas often leave you waking throughout the night which can cause sleepiness, dry mouth, and other serious health issues.  If you’ve been using your CPAP therapy for some time and notice a change in your alertness or simply feel like your machine isn’t working as properly as it once did, it’s better to be safe than sorry and talk to your doctor.

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If you’re noticing any changes, it’s possible that your machine may need to be recalibrated, especially after long periods of use.  Recalibrating your machine is as easy as bringing it into your doctor’s office or local sleep lab or health clinic and letting them know your concerns.  They’ll likely take your machine and calibrate it to the desired settings to fit your unique therapy needs, allowing you to get back to your restful night’s sleep.

If you feel as though machine calibration did not do the trick, however, it is always possible your therapy needs have changed.  It’s best to talk with your doctor about your concerns and keep an open dialogue about any changes you notice in your sleep habits or state during the day.  This can help to cue them in and keep you feeling your best.  Remember, your CPAP machine is unique to you and keeping it running optimally is the best way to ensure you’re receiving the highest quality therapy possible.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to ensure your machine is working properly, but it is best to talk to your doctor to sort out any further issues.

If you have any questions, post a comment or feel free to contact at at CPAP Supplies Plus – 877-791-3195.