CPAP therapy or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure can make a world of difference for the millions of Americans that struggle with sleep apnea. To get the most out of this effective therapy, making sure to properly support your CPAP accessories is a top priority.
Why Supporting Your CPAP accessories is important
Oil, sweat and dead skin cells can accumulate in the CPAP mask every time it's used and the moisture in your tubing and mask are potential breeding grounds for bacteria, mold and germs.
"A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found 2,000+ bacteria counts evident after just 48 hours on 48 percent of samples from CPAP masks they collected. Another study showed that patients who use CPAP are 32 percent more likely to get pneumonia, in part due to poor CPAP maintenance."
The best thing sleep apnea suffers can do for their health is to use their CPAP machine regularly, following the recommendations of their Doctors. Combined with Sleep8's CPAP Companion to automatically and efficiently maintain their CPAP accessories daily, sleep apnea sufferers can be confident that their CPAP and CPAP equipment are safe, clean and providing all of the health benefits they expected. The best way to support CPAP equipment is with the fully automated Sleep8 CPAP Companion.Sleep8 not only freshens your CPAP tubing, but also your mask and other CPAP equipment - simply and efficiently without water or disassembly.
Here are some common signs your CPAP is in need of maintenance
Feeling Under the Weather
While not every illness stems from a dirty CPAP, a lingering cold or if you notice your sinuses are bothering you more than usual, it could be that you're breathing in germs from your dirty CPAP equipment.
A Musty or Moldy Odor
When you put on your CPAP mask, do you smell something musty or moldy? This is a sure sign your CPAP needs a thorough clean. Odor can indicate that there could be mildew or mold living in your CPAP equipment since they thrive in moist, warm environments, like your CPAP tubing.
When you place your CPAP mask on your face, it can pick-up everyday dirt and oils from your skin. If you aren't diligent about cleaning your CPAP it can continue to build up on your mask which can lead to skin irritation.
Sleep8 makes CPAP maintenance quick and simple for every day use!