Cool weather can mean different things to different people. Skiing, sledding, and cozy sweaters. Icy roads and shovelling snow. Cold dry air.
As you turn up the heat during the winter, the moisture in the air decreases. If you have sleep apnea, then this means less moisture in your CPAP machine. Drier air through your machine can lead to dry nasal passages, swelling, and congestion. And that means discomfort.
However, you do not have to suffer through it. Humidification for your CPAP machine can make all the difference. There are three types of CPAP humidification to choose from. These are:
- Cool pass-over: This let the air flow pass over cool water. The air picks up the water vapour from the water and into your CPAP tube.
- Heated pass-over: This is like the cool pass-over, except that the water is heated. The heated water allows for more moisture to be added to the air flow, and can offer more comfort during the winter months.
- Waterless humidification: Instead of having air pass over water, waterless humidification takes the moisture from your breathing to add moisture to the air flow.
Regardless of which CPAP machine or humidification system you choose, adding more moisture to your CPAP machine during the dry winter months will surely add comfort and improve your overall CPAP experience.
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