If you have a CPAP machine, there’s a good chance that sleep apnea therapy is one of the more important aspects of your life. You may not spend much time thinking about CPAP, but you surely notice if you have a poor night of therapy, and for that reason, it’s important to get the best therapy possible. Fortunately, there are a number of unobtrusive things you can do to improve your CPAP therapy without exerting significant additional effort.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of five things that most patients could add to their CPAP routine. None of these steps are difficult, and all can help you get the best sleep possible. Read on to improve your sleep apnea therapy:
1. Change your cushions regularly
If you’ve noticed that your therapy isn’t quite as successful as it was a few weeks ago, there could be several reasons why. One of the most common, however, is an under-changed cushion. Cushions are only designed to work for a few months and if you’ve used yours for longer than that, you may notice the material beginning to collapse or corrode. It’s difficult to maintain a quality seal with a deflated cushion, so be sure yours is as robust as ever before using it, and always have a spare on hand in case of damage.
2. Wash Your Humidifier Chamber
Obviously, this only applies to patients who use CPAP heated humidifier. But, since most do, this applies for just about everybody. Most patients dislike washing their equipment, particularly the water chamber, which requires a bit of additional effort if it’s not dishwasher safe (most recently designed chambers are though). Still, it’s hard to understate the importance of a regular washing: bacteria and germs can easily build up in the water chamber, and if you don’t clean it, you’ll be breathing that gunk in all night. Gross! Give your chamber a quick scrub for an effective and hygienic night of CPAP therapy.
3. Lift Your Hose
Tired of rolling around on your hose? Feel like your hose is trying to strangle you? If either of those apply to you, just know that you aren’t alone: plenty of CPAP patients dislike having their hose so close to their body as they sleep. Fortunately, if you want to get the hose out of your way, you can! Simply use the CPAP hose lift to slip your hose above your head, and feel free to toss and turn with impunity all night long. The tubing lift allows you to wind your hose through a notch in an elevated platform, which will take the hose away from your bed and above your head!
4. Eliminate Rainout with a Heated Tube
Just about every patients has dealt with rainout at one time or another. Rainout occurs when the condensation from the humidifier’s warm air meets the cold temperature in the bedroom as it passes it’s way up to your mask. The result is little droplets of water that drip into your hose and wind up in your mask. Fortunately, you can get rid of rainout forever with a heated tube. Heated tubes remain warm all night, which means that their won’t be a temperature difference between the tube and the humidifier, preventing condensation from forming. It’s 99.99% effective in blocking rainout entirely, and is ideal for patients who particularly dislike rainout.
5. Wear a Chinstrap
Many patients find that chinstraps reduce some of the unwanted side effects commonly associated with CPAP therapy. They are generally intended to prevent air from slipping out of your mask, by ensuring that your mouth remains closed, protecting your seal. You may also benefit from using a chinstrap It should only be used with a full face or a nasal mask, so if you have a nasal pillow, you won’t derive any benefit from the chinstrap. For more information about this accessory, please check out our video on chinstraps below!
We hope that these five tips can help you improve your CPAP therapy. If you have any further questions about CPAP or any of the tips listed here, please reach out to our customer service team at CPAPMan. Thank you!