Reasons To Use CPAP Humidifier
Obstructive sleep apnea, although for many an unknown term, is a very common form of sleeping disorder. It can affect anyone, from small kids to seniors. However, it is mostly common in male patients over 40, those who suffer from obesity and those with family history of this or other type of sleeping disorder. If not treated, sleep apnea can cause other serious health issues, such as stroke, diabetes, heart problems, and even depression.
Fortunately, there are treatments available to help ease sleep apnea symptoms. The most commonly used one are CPAP machines. These machine consist of a base, mask, and tube. Designed to provide continuous air flow to the lungs, CPAP must be used regularly. For some patients, doctor even recommend using CPAP machines during the day. Moreover, most doctors advise their patients to use CPAP humidifier with their CPAP masks.
A CPAP humidifier comes with a water chamber, which is heated to moisturize the air provided by the CPAP machine. The humidifier is perfect machine for people who suffer from sore nasal passages, dry mouth or just find the air cold and uncomfortable. The CPAP humidifier is generally an additional piece of CPAP equipment that works with the CPAP machine. Some CPAP machines come with a built in humidifier. Although most CPAP machines require specific humidifier model, there are universal humidifiers that can be used with any CPAP machine.
For some people humidification is a benefit, for others is an important part of the therapy, so it’s all about personal preference. People using full face masks are more likely to need humidification then those that using an oral mask only. The CPAP humidifier can be ordered separately, so you can use your CPAP machine without one. If you find that you suffer from dryness in the nose or mouth, then you definitely need a CPAP humidifier.
These machines are great because they can make you breathe easily throughout the day. However, they aren’t recommended for people who travel a lot, because the CPAP humidifier is not designed for traveling. It can cause damages to the machine and may have water leak while moving. So, it is important to ensure the CPAP humidifier is completely free of water and it needs to be packed separately. When you travel, leave the CPAP humidifier behind, or buy a CPAP machine that comes with built-in humidifier. The main drawback of the CPAP humidifier is rainout – a condensation that appears in the mask and tubing.