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TAKING CARE OF YOUR CPAP MACHINE - April 19th, 2018

For a long time now, you may have been suffering severely from sleep apnea. Finally, help is here and you have your prescription for a CPAP machine. However, you are now probably wondering what you need to know about a CPAP machine. Read on to find out more.

A CPAP MACHINE NEEDS TO BE CLEANED FREQUENTLY

You should know that it’s natural for mould and bacteria to build up in a moist CPAP environment. This can lead to the development of sinus issues and other health problems. At least once a week, clean your headgear and humidifier chamber. Your CPAP mask and tube should be cleaned daily. Ensure that you use unperfumed mild soap and warm water. Do not attempt to clean it using vinegar or bleach.

REPLACE THE SEAL – DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN YOUR MOUTH GEAR

It is time to replace your seal if you have had your mask for a while and it is not sealing as well as before. This happens after continuous tightening of your headgear. You need to understand that seals tend to wear down faster than you think and may produce annoying leaks.

USE DISTILLED WATER

Tap water shortens the life of CPAP machines and the chamber. Often, the bottom of the CPAP humidifier chamber experiences an accumulation of white deposits or even rust. Make sure that you only use distilled water for your CPAP.

STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Some people are born natural mouth breathers and will forever remain so. However, some individuals are mouth breathers as a result of untreated sleep apnea. During sleep apnea treatment, they may re-learn to close their mouths while sleeping.

CPAP users are usually given full face masks at the beginning of the process. However, they may feel that they are bulky and uncomfortable. With time, you will get used to wearing the mask while you sleep. You can also try wearing it when you are around the house. Remember that the more you experience the air pressure inside the CPAP mask, the quicker you will get used to sleeping with it.

Using CPAP is life changing and a vital step in improving your health and sleep. Contact us today at ApneaSeal for more information about the CPAP machine and how to access it.

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