Recent improvements in medical technology have significantly improved the performance of CPAP machines that help people with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that causes the airway narrows during sleep and makes oxygen levels to fall, which activates the brain to wake the person for a short time to re-open the airway. This not only disturbs sleep but can also increase your body’s stress response which in result increases the danger of developing high blood pressure or experiencing a heart attack or stroke.
A CPAP machine works by blowing air into the throat through a mask, delicately improving air pressure in the throat & preventing the airway from constricting.
There are a few things to look for to make sure your CPAP machine is efficient. First, it is critical that the seal over your airways is tight enough to allow for persistent air pressure from the machine. There are many variations of a CPAP mask, including nasal and full face, and they are available in several shapes & sizes, hence it is wise to check out a few and see which style fits your face most comfortably.
Moreover, look for machines that have a humidifier, as the airflow from the CPAP can dry your nose and mouth. Some devices now include built-in heaters that warm the damp air first.
If you want to make the most of your machine, proper care & maintenance is essential. Cleaning with distilled water will prevent any accumulation from the natural minerals found in tap water. You can clean a CPAP machine a few different ways, starting with the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions. You must wash the mask every day or after every use. Headgear can be washed weekly or bi-weekly. Clean parts by soaking them in a white vinegar solution (use one-part vinegar to three-parts warm water) and then let them air dry.
CPAP’s humidifier chamber must be cleaned every day. To clean it, empty the chamber, then gently scrub it with a soft cloth, soap, and warm water. The machine’s tubing also needs to be cleaned at least once a week. To wash these parts, use warm water & mild detergent. There are also cleaning brushes that are designed to fit the needs of cleaning CPAP equipment & accessories, which you can find online or buy in medical supply stores.