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CPAP Myths Busted

One common thing you will find about CPAP therapy is that there are many different myths that have developed over the years. Some myths may be true and others do not have a leg to stand on.
Today we will discuss several CPAP myths and whether or not they are true. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, do not let the unknown prevent you from seeking CPAP treatment. If you have questions that are left unanswered, submit them to a registered CPAP clinician at with the Ask a CPAP Clinician Tool.

Myth: CPAP treatment is only for people who snore

This myth isn’t completely true. CPAP treatment is a great option for someone who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. While snoring is an indication that someone might have sleep apnea, it doesn’t automatically mean someone who snores is positive for sleep apnea. On the other side of that, just because someone doesn’t snore doesn’t mean they don’t have sleep apnea. The only way to truly diagnose sleep apnea is by completing an in-home or in-lab sleep study. Once someone has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, getting set up with a CPAP machine is the recommended course of action.

Myth: You don’t need to use distilled water with your CPAP humidifier

This one is false. All CPAP clinicians sleep doctors and CPAP manufactures recommend using distilled water with your CPAP humidifier. Tap water has bacteria and small minerals and sediment that can clog up and damage your machine. This could lead to health problems if the bacteria makes its way to your lungs. To protect your health and the life-span of your CPAP machine use only distilled water with your humidifier. With the exception of travel CPAP machines, almost all new CPAP machines (such as the Respironics Dreamstation Auto CPAP) come with a heated humidification system for increased comfort.

Myth: Surgery will treat my sleep apnea better than CPAP treatment

This is a myth that could cost you a lot of time and anxiety. It has been found that CPAP treatment is just as effective, if not more so, than surgery for sleep apnea treatment. CPAP treatment is a safe and budget-friendly option for treating sleep apnea. Surgery is a big commitment and is not the best option for many people.
Selecting CPAP therapy over surgery will give you peace of mind knowing you are getting great therapy without  invasive treatment. CPAPs can be purchased out of pocket or you can qualify through insurance for your equipment.

Do your research, improve your sleep

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, do not delay seeking treatment because of myths you have heard. CPAP therapy is non-invasive, budget friendly and easy to do. Many CPAP users find that they are sleeping better in a matter of weeks and would never give up their equipment. Find answers and treatment today at the CPAP Supplies online store and information center.