When seasons change, it is easy to initially think of all the things you have to do for your home. One important thing, that most people overlook, is changes that may have to be made to your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Ensuring that your CPAP is performing its best all year long, should be a top priority for any CPAP user.
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere or a gas. As outdoor humidity changes, it impacts our indoor climates. If you adjust your furnace or even turn fans to a higher or lower setting, this could affect your home’s humidity and your continuous positive airway pressure. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, a heated humidifier could be an essential use if you are suffering from ailments such as dry nostrils, condensation causing the CPAP to drip on you, or trouble breathing.
This fall remember the following tips for better continuous positive airway pressure:
1. Room Temperature: Figure out an optimum setting for both your room temperature and your CPAP humidifier (if needed). Be willing to play around this until you reach your comfort level. Do not rush this process. Your journey to continuous positive airway pressure is ongoing.
2. Cleanliness: Cold/flu season is upon us! Now more than ever ensure that your device is clean. Set reminders on your phone and refresh yourself on the correct method to clean your Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device.
3. Medication: Speak with your doctor about things such as nasal sprays that can work in conjunction with your CPAP and aid you in getting used to your changing household humidity. There are many medications that aid with continuous positive airway pressure.