When you are prescribed a CPAP machine to treat your sleep apnea, you may feel that you have a new lease on life! Better sleep, increased concentration, and overall quality health – what more could you ask for?
The potential issue is that, because your CPAP machine gently pushes air into your airways, this action could end up creating some irritation. This could cause you to produce too much mucus that may lead to sneezing and congestion. And if left untreated, your airways could start to bleed.
However, the answer to this issue isn’t to forego a CPAP machine. Adding humidity is the key to reducing dryness and minimizing related issues. Because everyone has different preferences, you can chose from different types of humidifiers. These both use the same general mechanism – using heat to create moisture. You can adjust the heat levels to find the right level of humidity. The water chambers tend to be small, and therefore convenient.
- Optional – Separate heated humidifier: This option includes a small water chamber and heater that snaps together with your CPAP unit, giving you the option to travel with or without your humidifier.
- Built In – Integrated humidifier: This type is built into your CPAP machine creating an integrated device. Note that this usually limits your CPAP options.
You may have to try out different types and brands of humidifiers to find the one that works for you. Ask your CPAP vendor about all available humidifiers that are on the market. Once you find the right one, say goodbye to dry throat and noses for good!