Tips for living with a CPAP Machine
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This machine helps combat obstructive sleep apnea. It increases the pressure in the throat so the airway does not collapse when a breath is taken in. While these machines do treat the symptoms of sleep apnea, some of the side effects are rather unpleasant and costly.
Keep the machine clean
The chamber of your machine is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. It is recommended to replace cushions 1 – 2 times per month and masks every 3 – 6 months. The tube should be cleaned weekly. It is highly recommended to disinfect everything by soaking each part in a solution of 2 parts white vinegar and 3 parts water. Many times, people cannot afford to purchase or rent a reliable machine, let alone new masks and filters monthly. But, if left uncleaned, it increases your risk of getting sick.
Try a humidifier
The very nature of the CPAP machine can make an uncomfortably dry environment. Try getting a humidifier and placing it near the bed while you sleep. This can keep your nasal passages moist and allow you to sleep through the night.
Earplugs for your spouse
One of the problems of sleep apnea is snoring which can make it difficult for a spouse to get a good night’s sleep. However, the CPAP machine can be noisy. Earplugs for your spouse can sometimes help to prevent them from waking to the sounds of the CPAP machine.
Throw out the CPAP!
Recent breakthroughs have allowed many patients who suffer from sleep apnea handle the problem without the CPAP. Dr. Marx has been specially trained and certified in the treatment of sleep apnea without needing a CPAP machine. Call today to schedule a free consultation to find out if he can help you too! (816) 287-2912.