Using a continuous positive airway pressure machine, otherwise known as a CPAP machine, has many benefits and the CPAP supplies that come with these machines are to make these machines easier and more comfortable to use. Let’s take a look.
CPAP machines are mostly used for people who suffer from sleep apnea. This is a condition where your breathing is paused during your sleep or you take shallow breaths when sleeping. It can be very disruptive to your sleep pattern and cause you to be tired throughout the day from interrupted or lack of deep slumber.
If you share a bed with someone on a regular basis, they too may have their sleep disrupted by your sleep apnea. Usually after a pause in breathing you will make a loud snorting sound to get a breath which will disrupt your sleep and your bed partner’s sleep.
These machines work to correct this problem by providing air pressure to the throat so that it does not collapse when you breathe during slumber. They offer a more rhythmic breathing pattern that results in a better night of sleep for you and your bed partner. It is important to note that you will need a prescription from your doctor to get a CPAP machine. CPAP Machines
Once you have your CPAP machine, there are various CPAP supplies that you will want to consider for a number of reasons. They will help make it more comfortable for you to use your CPAP machine. They can also work to keep your machine running well and they can keep it clean. The following are some supplies you might want to consider.
Masks are an essential part of your CPAP machine. There are several types of masks for you to choose from and you may need to try out a few to decide which you are most comfortable using. There are nasal masks with and without headgear. These adhere to you nasal area to provide the air pressure that you need. If you purchase a nasal mask without headgear, you will need to purchase the headgear separately in order to hold the nasal mask in place. Full face masks cover the whole face, even your eyes and provide an air stream to your nose and mouth. These too are held in place with headgear. If you already have headgear, you can purchase just the mask without headgear. Finally, there are oral masks which just cover your mouth to provide your air pressure orally. These too use headgear to stay on.
When buying masks, you can purchase reusable masks, or disposable ones. The difference is how long the masks will last. If you purchase reusable masks, you will want to also purchase a type of mask cleaner to keep them nice and fresh night after night. Also with your mask, you will want to consider clips, filters, tube management clips and tube wraps to make you the most comfortable when using a mask.
Humidifiers are another CPAP supply that you might want to look into. Humidifiers are used to decrease dryness and skin irritation when using your CPAP machine. You can purchase a humidifier that is integrated, meaning that it attaches directly to your CPAP machine. Integrated humidifiers are made to fit certain machines. The second choice in humidifiers is a stand alone humidifier which attaches to a larger variety of CPAP machines through tubing.