It's extremely common to have a few questions when it comes to using a new medical device such as a CPAP machine. That’s why we're here to assist by answering a few frequently asked questions so you can have great sleep night after night. Check out some of the most popular CPAP topics that we’re tackled.
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If snoring is one of the major symptoms of sleep apnea, then why would you still be snoring after getting your CPAP machine? While CPAP devices help eliminate most sleep apnea symptoms when it comes to snoring they may help eliminate the condition or greatly reduce it.
That being said, in most cases snoring is not normal while using your CPAP and you should speak with your doctor to see if adjustments need to be made. You may need to see if your mask fits, adjust your CPAP pressure, change sleeping positions, and more.
Now wait a second, won’t wearing a CPAP mask for about eight hours every night mess up your glorious beard?! Well maybe, but don’t panic and grab your razor or stop using your CPAP to save your facial hair. There are a few different types of masks you can try out that won’t mess up your style.
You can use a CPAP nasal mask or nasal pillow mask as they take up less space than other masks. They only create a seal around your nostrils, leaving your beard to grow in peace. Also, full face masks may be large enough to fit over your beard.
Finding the correct mask for your beard is incredibly important because facial hair could cause your mask seal to leak. Learn more about finding the correct mask for beards here!
The answer to this question is maybe. Some people don’t need to use their humidifier during the summer because the air much warmer than it is during the winter months, meaning it’s more humid. Many people need to add water to the air passing through their CPAP machine when it’s too cold or dry.
However, CPAP humidifiers are still very beneficial. For example, they can help break up congestion due to sickness or allergies, add humidity to the air if you live in desert-like conditions, if the AC in your bedroom dries out the air, and much more.
As a CPAP user you’re probably aware that you need to regularly replace your CPAP supplies in order to get the most out of your sleep apnea treatment. But what do you do with older masks, tubes, water chambers, and more? Can’t the plastic and other materials in these items be recycled?
Maybe. Some organizations will allow you to donate your CPAP machine to those in need and sometimes secondhand stores will buy your items. However, some rules and regulations may apply. For example, many groups will not accept CPAP machines if they’re older than three years old and the FDA prevents masks and other supplies from being accepted unless they’re factory sealed. Also, check with your local recycling center to see if you can recycle your supplies there.
Why put distilled water in your CPAP humidifier when tap water is so convenient? It comes right from the sink! Well, even though it may be easier to use tap water at the moment, it will cause major issues in the long run.
Tap water contains minerals that may scratch and ware down the plastic, leading to leaks and creaks. Tap water may also contain living organisms and may make it easier for bacteria to collect.
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