Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy treats those who suffer from sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, and snoring. The treatment includes pushing air through a CPAP machine, into a mask or nose piece being worn by the individual.
Some users of sleep apnea machines encounter common issues when using their machines, and a possible reason for this is choosing the wrong machine. There are multiple different CPAP machines to choose from, and it is important to choose the one best suited to you and your individual needs. To help assist you with your choice and help determine which machine is right for you, we have compiled some useful tips.
Consider what may be most comfortable for you
With a CPAP machine, air flow is forced to the user, and this can be quite an uncomfortable experience for some. If you believe that this may possibly be an issue for you, it is a good idea to make sure that the CPAP machine you decide to purchase has a “ramp” option. The ramp option allows for users to be in control of the pressure of air being delivered; the machine is able to increase air pressure slowly.
There are 3 different types of Sleep Apnea Machine you can buy, including the traditional CPAP machine, the APAP machine, and the BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) machine. The traditional machine only has one level of air pressure, which is good for people who need a steady air flow. An APAP (Auto-Titrating Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is one that adjusts to the user’s needs throughout the night, providing varying pressures as required. Lastly, BiPAP machines have two settings. The first is for inhale pressure, and the second is a lower pressure setting for exhale. Consider your needs, and then determine which of these machines will serve you greatest.
Make sure you select the right mask.
It is important, especially if you have never used a CPAP machine, to choose a mask that is the right size and style for you. When selecting a mask, it is recommended that you speak with your mask supplier and work together to determine which mask fits you properly. One mask option includes face masks that cover both your mouth and nose, with straps around your cheeks and forehead. This mask will benefit those who like to breathe with their mouth. A full face mask is also a good option to consider if you are someone who moves around a lot in your sleep, as it provides you with a secure and stable fit.
If you tend to get claustrophobic, the full face style of mask may be uncomfortable for you, and we urge you to consider a Nasal Pillow CPAP mask. With this style of mask, your eyes are not obstructed as it does not cover as much of our face as CPAP masks do. If you enjoy reading, this mask will enable this with ease, and you should consider if this is the style of mask best suited for you.
If you have chosen your mask, and are positive you chose the right one for you, but are still having difficulties, keep in mind that you may have difficulty getting used to wearing a CPAP mask. The first time wearing one may feel unnatural and uncomfortable, thus preventing you from benefiting from the machine at the highest level. A tip for you if you find discomfort from wearing the mask while you sleep, is to try and get used to wearing it in the day. The more comfortable you feel physically wearing the mask and getting used to it, the greater you will benefit from the machine’s effects while you sleep.
Consider your lifestyle
When determining which sleep apnea machine to buy, keep in mind how busy your schedule generally is, and whether you need a machine that can accommodate your lifestyle. If you have to travel often, or enjoy travelling, consider the machine’s portability. The machine’s portability can be easily determined by the size and weight of the machine, and its charging capability.
If you do live a life of travel, you might benefit from a CPAP machine with Smart Control. Smart Control will allow the machine to adapt to its surroundings, regardless of the environment you are in.
Keep in mind the machine’s noise level
Modern CPAP machines are built in a way that ensures the noise is minimal, without lowering the pressure of air flowing through the machine. With that being said, no machine is 100% noise free. If you think you may find it difficult to get to sleep with a noisy machine, it will be in your best interest to talk to your provider as they will be able to talk you through each machine. Newer models generally happen to produce the least amount of noise.
There are many variables to consider when choosing the perfect machine for you. By being mindful of our tips, and doing further research on the machines you are considering choosing between, you are in a good position to buy a machine that fits your specific needs and lifestyle!