How Humidifiers Make CPAP More Comfortable
After you’re first diagnosed with sleep apnea and begin to use a CPAP machine, it may take a little while to adjust to the device. Depending on whether you’re a mouth or nose breather and what type of CPAP device you’re using, you may experience symptoms such as a dry mouth, sore throat, dry and cracked lips, dry or irritated nasal passages, nasal congestion, headache and at times, even bleeding nostrils. Don’t despair. These symptoms can be greatly alleviated or even eliminated completely by using a CPAP humidifier.
How do humidifiers make CPAP more comfortable?
CPAP, or “continuous positive airway pressure,” sends pressurized air through a tube and into a mask keeping your throat open so that you breathe through the night steadily and comfortably. However, the pressurized air from a CPAP machine is cold and dry, which can be uncomfortable for many people. You might also be someone who breathes through their mouth when you sleep, which adds to the problem of dry mouth. Using a CPAP machine with a built-in or attached humidifier can greatly help, especially if it’s a heated humidifier.
In a CPAP humidifier, there is a water chamber that adds heat and moisture to the air coming from your CPAP machine, so that the air you breathe from your mask is warm, moist and comfortable. Dry air can worsen nasal congestion, so using a humidifier can also make it easier to breathe at night with the CPAP device, especially for someone who has a cold or suffers from seasonal allergies. This is especially true if they use a nasal mask or nasal pillow mask. These are the great benefits of CPAP humidifiers.
Types of CPAP Humidifiers
At Respshop, you’ll find a wide selection of high-quality CPAP humidifiers with advanced features from the world’s leading manufacturers of CPAP equipment for sleep apnea. This includes models with greater capacity water chambers, protection from rainout (a problem that can occur due to condensation) and adjustable settings. We have premium heated humidifiers from top companies like DeVilbiss, ResMed, Apex, Transcend and Philips Respironics.