Sleep apnea is a condition where your muscles in your throat and air passages relax while you sleep. This can cause a blockage in your airways, resulting in frequent nighttime interruptions. Sufferers will experience constant fatigue, irritation, and without treatment, could lead to more serious issues such as stroke or heart attack.
One therapy used to treat sleep apnea is CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. The CPAP machine sends a gentle but constant stream of air through your airways to keep them open throughout the night. This means a restful sleep.
Although there are many different types of CPAP machines and accessories you can get, there are some basics regarding the supplies you will need. These include:
- Replacement filters: Because they help to remove dust, pollen, and other irritants from your machine, having replacement filters will help make sure your sleeps remain restful. Change them about every three months or sooner if they appear to be dirty or clogged.
- Hose: The hose, also called tubing, delivers air from your CPAP machine to your mask. Your machine most likely came with one standard length hose. Because it will wear out, it is a good idea to have an extra hose on hand. You can get them heated to add moisture, or have them extra long if you toss and turn at night.
- Mask parts: Over time, your mask can lose its suction, or else you may find the cushion isn’t as comfortable as it used to be. Replace these as needed to ensure both personal comfort and optimal airflow while you sleep.
- Machine parts: If you travel a lot, you could benefit from an extra power cord or battery backup system. They are lightweight and portable so that you get a great sleep no matter where you are.
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