One of the best forms of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and this is a device that delivers air under pressure to your mouth, nose or both during sleep.
During the night, as you shift positions, it’s easy for the CPAP tube to get in your way.
However, CPAP devices now come with a range of accessories that can alleviate, and even eliminate, problems with masks and tubes.
“Best in Rest” Hose Lift
Sleeping with an air hose over or under the body is often difficult to get used to – but a simple device may be the solution.
The “Best in Rest Hose Lift” lifts the CPAP hose up and away from you as you sleep, and holds it securely in place.
Using a Best in Rest Hose Lift allows for more freedom of movement while sleeping as the device matches your movements, moving the air hose out of the way – thus reducing the risk of pulling the tubing or mask out of position.
This simple yet clever accessory has a flexible, adjustable arm which can be manipulated into the most effective position for security and comfort.
A sturdy base and a robust grip-on clamp ensures the Best in Rest Hose Lift remains firmly in the required position and, best of all, the Best in Rest Hose Lift is delivered fully assembled.
Additional popular and beneficial accessories:
An ordinary pillow can allow the CPAP mask to shift out of position thus creating air leaks around its edges. This reduces the air pressure below the desired level and has a negative effect on the effectiveness of CPAP therapy.
A CPAP pillow is specifically designed to accommodate the mask and the air hose while allowing you to sleep in any preferred position. CPAP pillows hold the mask and tubing in position far better than a normal pillow can – thus preventing air leakage and reducing the risk of the mask being dislodged during sleep.
Some top CPAP machines come with a built-in heated humidifier and many others allow for the addition of a humidifier. While not strictly necessary a heated humidifier can be of tremendous benefit for those who sleep in a dry environment.
The low level of moisture delivered through the heated humidifier lubricates the air passage and throat which eases possible congestion and reduces the risk of the user awaking with dry mouth which is a common problem when breathing dry air during sleep.
Sanitizing Machine [Paptizer]
All CPAP devices require regular proper cleaning and attention which can become somewhat of a chore. Improperly cleaned machines and tubing can produce unwanted mold and bacteria which can lead to physical problems when inhaled.
A sanitizing machine (like the Paptizer) keeps the mask and tubing clear of bacteria and other contaminants which cause infections as it disinfects the machine. Quicker, easier and more effective than cleaning by hand a good sanitizing machine can kill 99.9% of germs and save the user a lot of time and effort.
Many people with obstructive sleep apnea find that heated tubing helps them sleep better as the warm air has a soporific effect. Heated tubing is particularly effective when used in conjunction with a humidifier as the moisture is heated to a more pleasant level and makes breathing easier.
The combination of a humidifier and heated tubes also reduces the amount of condensation that can build up in the mask and help prevent a sore throat, dry mouth or morning headaches.
Wearing a mask while sleeping takes getting used to and many do not provide the level of comfort one would wish. Although CPAP masks are designed to be effective and comfortable there are occasions when a mask liner can make a huge difference to comfort levels.
Mask liners sit between the mask and the skin – and are made from soft, comfortable material. This avoids skin contact with the harder mask without compromising the airtight seal necessary for CPAP therapy to be effective.
Mask liners also absorb moisture and facial oils which reduces the risk of skin irritation as well as protecting the mask itself from the damage facial oil and sweat can cause.
Over time a CPAP mask, regardless of its type, can become greasy and dirty as well as a home to bacteria. Cleaning is usually done with an antibacterial soap and warm water but this alone may not remove all the unwanted dirt, oil and bacteria.
A disposable mask wipe can be used to clean the mask and mask cushion and is more effective than water and soap as it can reach into areas and crevices where unwanted material is difficult to reach and remove.
All these products will help make you more comfortable while sleeping with CPAP – so you’re more likely to continue your sleep apnea therapy. Check them out, especially the “Best in Rest” hose lift – as it may be just the ticket to a good night’s sleep.