When you have a CPAP machine for your sleep apnea, you need to maintain your machine to keep it running optimally and for as long as possible. Yet, as with all good things, at some point your machine must come to an end. But do you know how to tell when that time is approaching, or maybe even here? In general, your machine should last between 5 and 7 years, but that time can vary with usage, maintenance, and brand. Here are some telltale signs that you may need a new sleep apnea machine:
- Is it noisy?: After using your CPAP machine for some time, you get used to the normal sounds it makes. When those sounds become different or get louder, you may need to get a new machine.
- Does it still work well?: When your machine was brand new, it probably worked as best as it ever would. However, if you notice that you aren’t quite as rested as you should be or seem grumpier than you normally are – assuming that you haven’t made any lifestyle changes – then your machine could be on its last legs.
- Have you taken care of your machine?: Everyone knows that maintaining an object will make it last longer, but with going to work, errands, groceries – basically, daily life – taking care of your machine could have been on the back burner. However, that lack of maintenance over a longer term could mean that the time for a new machine has arrived sooner than you anticipated.
- Is it current?: Maybe your current sleep apnea machine runs just fine. But what if you could get a better sleep, have less maintenance, hear less noise, and have a smaller machine? Up-to-date technology can mean all of these things. If your machine is getting older and you want to take advantage of advancements, then maybe the time is now for a new model.
Knowing when to get a new sleep apnea machine can mean the difference between a mediocre sleep and a great one. Ask your doctor or CPAP vendor about the latest innovations, and get ready for deep, wonderful sleeps again.