How can I save money on CPAP?

Many patients think that sleep apnea therapy through CPAP can expensive, but that is often not the case.  There are many tips and tricks you can use to increase the lifespan of your Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) equipment and offset the costs of the healthy, active lifestyle that you deserve.  We will discuss a number of very simple methods that you can incorporate into your daily therapy to make sure your CPAP machine, CPAP full face or nasal mask, and CPAP tubing remain in top shape.

CPAP Mask Wipes

CPAP mask wipes are an incredibly inexpensive and convenient option for maintaining the hygiene and surface quality of your CPAP mask.  Over time, oils from the skin can build up on the inner surface of the mask, whether the surface material is silicone or gel, and cause the material to decay and deteriorate. Such an occurrence would require you to replace your CPAP mask more often, of course, which adds to the potential cost of CPAP therapy.  Your best option for CPAP mask wipes are all natural wipes that won’t harm the surface material, but do remove the bacteria that contribute to undesirable buildup.

CPAP Mask Spray

Similar to the CPAP mask wipes, CPAP mask spray is harmless, but helpful, anti-bacterial spray that can assist in maintaining the hygiene of your CPAP equipment without breaking the bank.  The spray comes in both citrus and odorless scents so you can choose whichever you prefer.  Simply spray the anti-bacterial cleansing solution onto your CPAP mask and CPAP tubing, then wipe with your equipment with a tissue or other soft piece of fabric.  You can substantially increase the lifespan of your equipment through regular cleaning and simple maintenance, saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars during the course of your therapy.

Tube Cleaning Systems

Many patients are rightfully concerned about buildup of saliva or other fluids after repeated use of their CPAP tubing.  A popular way to clean out the tubing is by using a CPAP Tube Cleaning Brush in conjunction with a Tube Cleaning System.  The brush is designed to fit into all tubing models for the purpose of scrubbing the insides of the tubing in a gentle, yet firm manner.  After using the brush, hang up your CPAP tube in the Tube Cleaning System to drain any water that pools after cleaning.  Regularly cleaning your tubing with the brush in conjunction with the cleansing spray is a sure way to make sure your therapy the best it can be.

Humidifier Cleaning

As with any warm, moist environment, the buildup of residual mold particles is a risk that can interfere with your therapy.  Simply use a soft piece of cloth fabric to wipe down the inside of the humidifier after each use to make sure it stays fresh and clean, ensuring only the most natural air is used in your therapy and saving costs over the long run.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of regular care and measures to reduce equipment costs, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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

My Partner Says I Snore

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring. We’ve all done it, some of us admittedly more than others. If your partner has been complaining about your loud snoring at night you may fall in line with the 37 million other Americans that suffer from chronic snoring on a regular basis. Did you know though that snoring can be a sign of a more serious health concern? Chronic snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which the soft tissue of the airway actually collapses during sleep and causes a decrease in oxygen available to the body. When oxygen decreases, the brain sends signals to the body to wake up and often these waking episodes are unpleasant – coughing, gasping, and choking for air can all occur. These instances, or apneas, can occur hundreds of times a night, leaving you and your partner restless and irritable. If left untreated, OSA can cause serious health concerns. Constant waking has been linked to the production of stress hormones which can elevate blood pressure and leave you at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other stress related conditions.

What do I do next?

There are a few simple ways you can avoid going down this slippery slope though – know the symptoms and listen to your partner! Snoring may seem to be only an irritant, but if you find yourself feeling restless, drowsy during the day, or get frequent morning headaches there may be something more serious going on and it’s best to check with your doctor. Often, a sleep test will be performed in which signs of OSA can be spotted, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. One in four men and one in ten women may develop OSA, especially if you are overweight, but don’t worry, there is a treatment. Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night can eliminate the occurrence of apneas and leave you feeling refreshed in the morning and throughout the day. Not to mention your partner will thank you for the lack of snoring! There are a multitude of CPAP devices to choose from, and we are here to help you on your journey to a better night’s rest and a healthier you.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of snoring and the possibilities associated with the behavior, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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

How Do I Chose A Sleep Apnea Machine?

CPAP vs. Auto-CPAP Machine


If you have been diagnosed just recently with Sleep Apnea, it is not as complicated as it sounds.  There are many options when best trying to choose your care, but when discussing sleep apnea therapy, there is a lively debate in the community as to which machine is superior: the classic continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, or the auto titrating positive airway pressure (autoPAP) machine.  While autoPAP machines are slightly more expensive, the devices can respond to long term therapeutic changes that occur in a patient’s sleep therapy lifecycle.  Some patients prefer one device over the other, and in this article we will discuss the pros and cons of each device as well as some long term trends affecting each machine’s popularity.

CPAP Machines

AirSense 10 Machine
AirSense 10 Machine

Traditional CPAP machines were created to supplement your normal breathing cycles and patterns through tubing and a CPAP mask.  It provides a pressurized stream of air to prevent apneas and hypopneas while sleeping.  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is unanimously known as the best method to treat sleep apnea, and CPAP machines provide a pre-prescribed set treatment during the night.  Your doctor will have you attend a sleep study, which can indicate whether or not you have sleep apnea.  Before CPAP Supplies Plus/Direct ships your CPAP machine, we will set the machine with your personalized pressure from the sleep study to make sure that you receive the best experience possible.

AutoPAP Machines

ICON Auto Machine
ICON Auto Machine

AutoPAP machines provide the same quality therapy that the original CPAP machine provides, but can adjust to differing levels of pressure needs throughout your sleep.  Advanced technological sensors in the autoPAP machine detect changing needs in your sleep apnea therapy and change the pressure accordingly.  In clinical studies, autoPAP machines deliver more successful patient outcomes and can provide a more streamlined therapeutic experience.

The new trend in the sleep testing industry is to provide patients the comfort of their own home while testing for obstructive sleep apnea.  Home sleep tests, also known as a polysomnography, are heavily favored by most insurance companies due to their ease, reliability, and predictability.  After sleep testing, the data is sent to a doctor specializing in sleep, who then interprets the results.  In the event the patient does have sleep apnea, he or she typically is prescribed an autoPAP machine.  While the machine tends to be slightly more expensive, its dynamic pressure settings make it extremely popular to make sure patients’ changing needs are met over time.  Given changes in the insurance industry, the autoPAP’s popularity will continue to increase due to its ability to respond to changes in patients’ breathing needs.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what the equipment is, but it is best to talk to your Doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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