Well here we are...2022! A new year brings new opportunities and new beginnings. Get your year started right...utilize the information within the following list and CPAP better in 2022!
1. Invest in a CPAP Sanitizer
Maintaining clean CPAP supplies is a crucial aspect of your therapy. Dirty supplies can lead to ineffective treatment and/or sickness. An easy way to do this is to purchase a CPAP sanitizer. So, rather than struggling to hand-wash everything in the sink, you can save some time and energy by using the device instead. The sanitizers kill 99.9% of germs by using "activated oxygen" or "ozone". Check out our selection of CPAP sanitizers here.
2. Replace Your Supplies
CPAP supplies such as cushions, headgear, filters and tubing are disposable items. Over time the wear and tear on these supplies will cause you to experience issues with your therapy. Worn out cushions will not seal correctly, leading to leaks in the mask. Overused headgear will stretch out and no longer secure the mask to your face. Filters and tubing become less effective and, if left dirty, can lead to viruses and bacteria build-up.
Recommended Replacement Schedule
Cushion: Every 1-3 Months (or as needed)
Headgear: Every 3-6 Months (or as needed)
Complete Mask: Every 9-12 Months (or as needed)
Hose: Every 1-3 Months (or as needed)
Filter(s): Every 1-3 Months (or as needed if noticeable build up)
Water Chamber: Every 6-12 Months (or as needed
3. Consider a Travel CPAP Machine
Traveling with CPAP equipment can be a pain. However, the emergence of travel-sized machines has drastically improved the issue. These machines come in fixed-pressure and auto-CPAP, and pack the same punch as the larger versions. Travel CPAP's are less cumbersome to lug around than standard machines.
Some standard machines can weigh a few pounds or more, and take up an enormous amount of space in your luggage. Whereas, travel machines can weigh less than a pound, and be the size of a soda can. All the travel devices also come with convenient carry bags to hold your other CPAP supplies.
Check out some Travel CPAP Machines
4. Stick to A Sleep Schedule
The circadian rhythm is nothing to ignore. Its your body's internal clock; the one that tells you when it's time to sleep and wake up. Interrupting that rhythm can lead to numerous issues for all of the systems and aspects of your body, quality of sleep, being one of them.
So, pick a time that you want to go to bed each night (half-hour time frame). Also, find a time that you want to get up (also a half hour time frame). Stick to that routine as much as you can, and you will find that the quality of sleep will improve.
5. Exercise Daily
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise! You hear it preached day-in, and day-out. Well...that's because its true. Exercising does wonders for all facets of your physical & mental health.
The human body is meant to be physically active! It is not supposed to be stagnant for 10-12 hours a day like more and more people are becoming nowadays. Without exercise your muscles will fail to operate at peak performance; that includes the muscles used for sleeping, respiratory muscles.
6. Educate Yourself
Knowledge is power. The more you understand about a problem, the more confident you will feel about overcoming it. If you learn more about sleep apnea you may find therapy become easier.
You should learn everything you can about sleep apnea. What it is, how it affects your body, how its treated, etc. There are endless pieces of information on the internet about sleep apnea and CPAP therapy. You can check out more information from our blog, as well.
7. Don't Give Up!
Ultimately, the best thing to do is never give up on your treatment. You will have setbacks, but that does not mean its never going to work. You may need to try a few different masks before you find "the one". Maybe you'll need an adjustment, or two, on your therapy pressure. That's OK, it is all apart of the process. Trust me, once you're sleeping like a baby every night and waking refreshed every morning, you won't care about the struggle anymore.