At CPAPMan, we encourage our customers to use heated humidification. The vast majority of patients who use CPAP machines opt to use a humidifier whenever possible, and given the benefits of humidification, we think it offers something positive for everybody. In this video, we’ll dig a little deeper into humidification.
The primary benefit of the humidifier is to reduce some of the negative symptoms associated with sleep apnea therapy. One of the biggest problems people have with using a CPAP machine is that the inflow of oxygen from the machine to the nose or mouth can be uncomfortable. Air can dry out the inside of a patient’s nose or mouth, and in some cases, this can cause a person’s throat to swell, blocking the nasal passageway.
To protect against these problems, most patients opt to use some form of humidification. The most common is the use of a simple humidifier, which is compatible with nearly every CPAP machine on the market. The humidifier connects to the machine and works by internally warming the air from the machine before it is filtered to your nose or mouth via the tube. Humidifiers warm air at varying temperatures, and most patients find the warm air soothing, helping them get to sleep faster and allowing them to wake up with fewer symptoms.
This humidification can also be enhanced by a heated breathing tube. These devices are warmed internally by a heated coil and are able to keep the humidified air warm as it travels to your lungs. The heated tube helps to regulate the temperature of the air, allowing you to get the most out of your humidification system.
Most machines come with externally attachable humidifiers – including the Respironics 560 and the S9 AutoSet – but some machines, like the ICON from Fisher & Paykel and the AirSense 10 series from ResMed feature internally attached humidifiers. A couple of other machines, most notably the Z1 Auto Travel CPAP, use an internal humidification system that works by recycling warm, recently expelled air.
We hope this helps explain the purpose and function of humidification a little better. If you have any further inquiries about humidifiers, or anything else related to sleep apnea or CPAP therapy, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re available on Facebook and Twitter, at our email ([email protected]) or over the phone at 1-855-235-7626. Get in touch for help with your sleep apnea today!