So you’ve established by now how useful your CPAP machine is for getting a good night’s sleep. But like many of our valuables, this is something that will need upgrading once in a while to have its full effect.
In order for the therapy to work properly, all parts of the CPAP machine need to be in excellent working condition. It is important to keep track of how long you have been using your current mask and also to be aware of the signs that tell you your current mask is wearing out.
Here is a list of the parts of your mask and when you should ideally replace them:
- Mask cushions and pillows: these parts ensure that you are comfortable while using the CPAP machine. If you experience any type of discomfort, redness or skin irritation, or if they start to show signs of wear and tear, then you will need to replace these parts. They generally last for about a month.
- The mask itself (excluding the headgear): usually needs upgrading every three months, if you start experiencing leaks
- Headgear and chin strap: if it begins to stretch and you have to keep tightening it in order to avoid leaks, you need to replace it. Usually about every six months.
While it may sound like a lot, keeping your CPAP mask in tip top shape will help you with getting a good night’s sleep. You can order separate parts of a CPAP mask through sites Papsmart.com.