When starting out with CPAP therapy, patients typically have a lot of questions about how their sleep will be affected. Will it be too loud? What if I'm a light sleeper, or my bed partner is a light sleeper? Today we'll dive into CPAP sound levels, how they're measured, and how much difference there is between the CPAP machines of yesterday and today.
Is There a Quiet CPAP Machine?
Yes, modern CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are quiet by design, with an average sound level of about 30 decibels. This is equivalent to the sound of a whispered conversation. There will always be some sound associated with CPAP, but it should be similar to an air conditioner or a fan blowing, so most people have no problem adjusting.
In this article we may be using the term ‘CPAP machine’ but increasingly that term is used more broadly by most people to include APAP (automatic positive airway pressure) machines as well. Unlike CPAP machines, which deliver a continuous pressure level throughout the night, APAP machines adjust pressure settings as needed to meet the patient’s needs. In this way, they deliver only the lowest pressure (and noise) level needed to deliver effective therapy.
The three models we’re highlighting below are all auto-adjusting machines and have a decibel rating of ‘whisper quiet.’ Let’s take a look at each one individually.
ResMed AirSense 11 AutoSet CPAP Machine
The ResMed Airsense 11 APAP, like its predecessor the Airsense 10 Autoset, produces very little CPAP noise, clocking in at just under 27 dba when used with humidification, and 25 dba with the side panel in place instead of the humidifier.
AutoRamp with sleep onset detection delivers a low pressure (and noise level) at first while the patient falls asleep. Once asleep, the machine comfortably ramps up the pressure to the prescribed level. Air pressure is reduced on exhalation also, which helps create a more natural breathing sensation that is less likely to wake you up.
In addition to a quiet motor, the AirSense 11 is packed full of smart features, including a Personal Therapy Assistant function in the MyAir app. The Care Check feature prompts the user with questions during the first month of sleep apnea therapy to make sure the transition is smooth.
Luna G3 Auto CPAP Machine with Heated Humidifier
Winning the value category in our 2023 best cpap machines list, the Luna G3 APAP boasts not only quiet operation at just 26 dba, but an impressive set of comfort features.
Similar to the Airsense, the Luna G3 APAP machine comes equipped with auto ramp feature that delivers low pressure and minimal noise while the patient is settling into sleep, only reaching full pressure after sleep is detected. During the night, RESlex Exhalation Relief detects your breathing rhythms and adjusts air pressure accordingly while you sleep.
The device comes with an integrated humidifier that allows the water in the chamber to be pre-heated. An integrated cellular modem connects the machine to the 3B Luna QR Mobile Application so you can access your treatment summary and compliance data right on your phone.
ResMed AirMini Autoset Travel CPAP Machine
The Airmini Auto Travel CPAP is a bit louder than its larger home machines, but still makes the cut at a whisper quiet 30 decibels. Like the others on this list, the ResMed Airmini also features an auto ramp setting that slowly builds up to the full prescribed air pressure level, which helps mitigate some of the CPAP noise issue, as well as an exhalation pressure relief feature.
Surprisingly, this compact travel machine also features humidification, just without the water tank. ResMed’s waterless humidification system in lieu of a full size humidifier and water tank.
A modern CPAP model will not only be whisper quiet, it will also offer advanced features to make CPAP therapy more comfortable and sustainable long term. Visit CPAPSupplies.com today to find a great new CPAP machine, mask and supplies that will be shipped directly to your door with free shipping on every purchase.