Winter has made its grand entrance over the past few weeks, a little ahead of schedule. And with the cold temperatures comes dry air. Many people own a humidifier that runs in certain rooms in their home (such as the bedroom) to inflict moisture in the air to make for a more comfortable living experience. Many new CPAP users may be surprised to learn that you can actually get a humidifier for your CPAP machine as well. But why do many people overlook this?
While many people may write off this idea, don’t think of it as just another expensive gimmick for your CPAP machine. The CPAP humidifier has numerous benefits, especially in the colder months. The airflow that is exerted by your CPAP machine is often greater than what your body can humidify on its own and this often causes a lot of dryness and irritation in your airway. For a lot of these reasons, it is very common for CPAP users to wake up with symptoms such as dry mouth, a stuffed and runny nose and excessive sneezing. Not much fun, right?
The good news is that heated humidification for your CPAP machine can help to reduce all of this durastically. Heated humidifiers use water, through a water chamber attached to your machine that adds moisture to the airflow and heats it. So if you have a humidifier in your living room while watching TV, why not invest in one that runs while you use your CPAP machine at night? By adding moisture to the CPAP air flow, it not only gives you a good night’s sleep, but it also keeps your airway moisturized, helping to avoid many common cold symptoms.
It is important to remember to clean your machine parts on a regular basis in order to prolong the life of your CPAP machine and its parts and avoid the tube from getting mouldy from the moisture.
Many models of CPAP machines sold today actually do come with a heated humidifier. If you do not have one, you may want to seriously think about investing in one. Check out papsmart.com for a wide variety of CPAP machines with humidifiers.