Humidification has been shown to increase CPAP compliance
By warming and moistening the air you’re breathing, humidification reduces dry nose and throat and can help you keep your mouth closed while you sleep. Using a CPAP humidifier can improve comfort.
Research has shown that CPAP compliance is enhanced when heated humidification is used with therapy, most likely due to the reduction in irritation and feeling more refreshed when waking up.
When we breathe in through the nose, the air that reaches the lungs does so with a certain temperature and level of humidity. It is essential for good respiratory health and in people suffering from pulmonary disorders such as allergies or sleep apnea, this aspect becomes even more important in order to understand why humidifiers are essential in dry rooms. Humidifiers are therefore especially necessary for patients undergoing treatment for obstructive sleep apnea or allergies with a continuous pressure device, especially when winter comes since heaters dry out the environment considerably.
CPAP machines introduce pressurized air into the upper airways leading to a certain alteration of the mucous membranes that causes dry mouth, throat clearing, and even discomfort when swallowing. At high altitudes, in air-conditioned interiors, or in case of allergic symptoms, the problem can be even greater. Humidifiers are therefore a key component of continuous pressure devices as they ensure that the air inhaled by the patient reaches the lungs at the right humidity levels, regardless of the room conditions.
Continuous pressure devices with built-in humidifiers also have a heated tube that helps guarantee, in addition to an adequate humidity level, that the air inhaled by the patient is always at an optimal temperature. This ensures maximum comfort, thus reducing the chances of the patient suffering severe discomfort that could potentially lead some people to consider abandoning CPAP treatment.
Do I need a humidifier and heated tubing to help with ambient humidity and dry mouth?
Humidifiers and heated tubing are accessories that CPAP machines may or may not carry, but their use is increasingly recommended since breathing air with a low level of humidity can aggravate allergy symptoms, nasal congestion, throat discomfort, and dry mouth. Moreover, dry mucous membranes increase the risk of colds, flu, and respiratory tract infections because they are irritated, and cannot fulfill their function. For all these reasons, it is becoming increasingly common to find humidifiers incorporated into CPAPs and perfectly integrated into the sleep apnea equipment they have at home. A CPAP humidifier releases moisture from a small tank of distilled water into the air that you breathe from your CPAP machine. This can increase your comfort level during CPAP therapy.
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The primary benefit of a CPAP humidifier is to make sleep apnea treatment more comfortable as you are less likely to wake up with a dry, irritated mouth or throat when using a humidifier. There are two ways CPAP humidifiers can add moisture to pressurized air. First, Heated humidifiers typically use a hot plate beneath the water chamber to heat the water and send the moisturized air to the mask, for you to breathe during CPAP therapy. Passover humidification on the other hand is when air passes over non-heated water in the chamber, picking up moisture and then carrying it through the tube to your mask and airway. It is typically a lower-pressure delivery of cold air, but you can use heated CPAP tubing to warm the air.
How do I take care of my CPAP Humidifier?
When cleaning your CPAP humidifier, you should follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer in order to prevent premature wear and tear or other damage to your humidifier. Below you will find a list of steps that can help maintain your CPAP humidifier in good shape for a long time.
- The humidifier water chamber should be cleaned daily to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
- The water chamber and heating plate must cool completely before you start removing the chamber and disconnecting any tubing.
- Chambers should be carefully washed by hand with warm water and mild soap.
- The water chamber must be fully rinsed with clean water to prevent any soap residue.
- The humidifier should be filled with fresh distilled water each day prior to use.
- The heating element of your CPAP humidifier should also be cleaned regularly by wiping it gently with a damp cloth and allowing it to fully air dry.
- The heating element should be inspected for signs of damage before reassembling the humidifier and replaced if it is broken or damaged.
- When it is time to replace your CPAP humidifier, you can contact the manufacturer or your care provider directly to place an order
Without using a CPAP humidifier, you risk losing out on precious hours of sleep and giving up on your therapy. If you have yet to try a CPAP device with a heated humidifier, we highly recommend you give it a try and see how it improves your quality of life.
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