Some common complaints associated with CPAP therapy include a sore throat, chapped lips, runny nose or nasal congestion. This can lead to a restless night’s sleep and reduced effectiveness from your CPAP therapy.
A CPAP humidifier is an effective accessory to help prevent some of the common discomforts that many users experience from their CPAP therapy. Whether you need a specific humidifier to fit your CPAP machine, or a humidifier that is compatible with a range of units, we’ve got you covered here at NSW CPAP.
Benefits of a CPAP humidifier
A CPAP humidifier provides moisture to the airways to reduce the negative side effects some individuals suffer from airflow therapy, such as a dry throat or nasal issues. The level of moisture is determined by the room conditions and pressure of air being delivered. The humidifier will automatically make adjustments to the amount of moisture to ensure a comfortable sleep.
CPAP humidifiers are especially beneficial for those that live in cold or dry climates, or those that require a high level of pressure from their CPAP machine. Ordinarily, your nose acts as a humidifier by warming the air you breathe in, but air administered via CPAP therapy enters the upper airway too fast for the nose to warm it. A CPAP humidifier takes over the job, so that you get the benefits of a more natural-feeling, warm administration of air.
As with anything that makes CPAP therapy more comfortable, humidifiers have been shown to increase CPAP compliance, meaning you are more likely to continue your sleep apnea therapy every night.
How does it work?
Some CPAP humidifiers have a refillable chamber for water, which works by releasing moisture into the air that you breathe through your CPAP mask. These chambers are filled with distilled water, and it’s advised that you change the water every day.
Other CPAP humidifiers rely on waterless humidification technology, which uses moisture from your breath and from the atmosphere to humidify the airflow that’s then administered to you.
Some CPAP units come fitted with an integrated humidifier. If your machine doesn’t have an integrated humidifier, find a separate humidifier that will be compatible with your machine. It’s also worth checking out heated tubing, which will reduce the likelihood of ‘rainout’ - which occurs when the heated air cools in the tubing and reaches your mask as water.
Our range of CPAP humidifiers
We stock the biggest brands of CPAP humidifiers on the Australian market, including Philips, ResMed, DeVilbiss and Fisher & Paykel. Check out our range online, or get in touch with our sleep specialists to find out more about how a CPAP humidifier may benefit your CPAP experience.
Our sleep apnea experts from NSW CPAP are here and happy to help you on your journey to getting a comfortable night’s sleep.
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