After you get a CPAP machine to help with your sleep apnea, you know that you have to maintain it. That means cleaning it regularly, checking for wear and tear, and replacing smaller parts when needed. But at some point, did you know that you may need to replace the entire machine? All good things must come to an end, and typically, a CPAP machine lasts around five years, depending on your frequency of maintenance, and overall usage.
Replacing your machine can be a good idea – you can get access to the latest technology, which can make sleep better and easier. Machines may become smaller, quieter, and easier to clean. This is great, but it leads to an important question – how do you know when you should replace your CPAP machine? Here are a few telltale signs that the time has come:
- Is it noisy?: Your CPAP machine will make a gentle noise when it is on. However, if the noise becomes louder than usual and it doesn’t go away, then you may need to replace your machine.
- Does it work well?: As any appliance ages, it won’t work quite as well as it once did. If you notice that it doesn’t work enough to ensure that you get a good sleep every night, then your CPAP machine may be showing signs of age.
- Have you maintained your machine?: Sure, everyone knows that to make an appliance last longer, you need to take care of it. But after a week of work, obligations, and responsibilities, perhaps you didn’t take care of your CPAP machine as you should. This could result in your needing to replace it sooner than you anticipated.
- Is new for you?: No one says you have to wait for your CPAP machine to be on its last legs before you get a new one. If new technology means a quieter machine, a smaller machine, or a machine that has a feature that you would love, then consider taking advantage of these upgrades for an even better sleep.
If you are thinking of a new CPAP machine, find the one that is right for you, and enjoy sleep like never before!