What are the Most Common CPAP Components?

There are a lot of odds and ends that come along with your CPAP equipment when first beginning therapy.  It can seem overwhelming, but luckily it’s not as bad as you think.  These parts are essential to your therapy, allowing your machine to function as needed.  Let’s walk through a few of the components.


Your machine does a majority of the work regarding your CPAP therapy.  It works by pumping air inside, pressurizing it, and delivering it to your airway in order to prevent apneas.  There are a lot of machines to choose from: traditional CPAP machines, APAP, or BIPAP machines.  Each work a little differently in that they are less or more advanced at changing your pressure throughout the night to fit fluctuations, but the basic premise is the same.


Masks come in a whole lot of shapes and sizes.  In practice, they fit over your nose, mouth, or both in order to shuttle air from your machine into your airway.  Which mask you choose is entirely up to you.  Full face masks cover your nose and mouth and are ideal for those who breath from both while sleeping.  Nasal masks cover only the nose, and can be used in conjunction with a chin strap to keep the mouth closed as needed.  Nasal pillows are a more streamlined version, using two pillows to insert into the nostrils to deliver your therapy.


Your tubing, in its most basic sense, connects your machine to your mask.  There are upgrades you can make for your tubing.  Heated models are capable of warming up your therapy air to make you more comfortable, especially in colder climates.

Final Thoughts

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


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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.

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