CPAP Therapy Discomforts
When you get diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) condition, there are not many options on how to handle it. You can continue to live with it (which is dangerous, in some cases can even be lethal), or you can try to resolve it. Resolving OSA means one of the following two things, surgery (which can help in some cases) or going with the most effective therapy for sleep apnea and that is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy.
The CPAP therapy was invented when the first CPAP machine was successfully used to solve the OSA issue (therapy was developed by Dr. Colin Sullivan in 1980.); further, it was popularized 40-50 years ago and since then has been on the rise as the most effective solution for the sleep apnea condition. The therapy is medically prescribed and requires the use of a CPAP machine and equipment which pushes the pressurized air into the patient's airways and thus keeps them open all the time.
However, CPAP therapy, although being the solution, it's not 100% perfect, it comes with some discomforts and it takes time to get used to it. Sleeping with a face mask on is probably the problem (discomfort) number one. CPAP face mask limits your movement during sleeping and your position in which sleep, which further causes discomfort of the neck, shoulders, and back pain or soreness; also, mask straps can cause face/cheek soreness, rash, red marks… Besides that, there is a daily and weekly obligation of cleaning and sanitizing your CPAP equipment! We wrote many times on this topic, that the air you breathe in through your CPAP equipment is only as clean as your CPAP equipment; equipment that is not cleaned and sanitized regularly is considered to be more dangerous for your respiratory organs than just not using the CPAP.
Fortunately, the CPAP industry is investing a lot of time and resources every year in CPAP accessories, in order to help reduce these and many other discomforts to the minimum! Let's see what is the least you should do, what 3 accessories you should invest in, to get a better sleep.
- CPAP Cleaner
Cleaning and sanitizing your CPAP equipment can be done manually or automatically (using a device specially made for that purpose). Both ways are effective when done properly, and to do it properly it takes around 30 minutes up to an hour to finish the process.
Manually cleaning CPAP equipment is time-consuming, complex, and in some cases not that effective (water-vinegar solution for example sometimes can’t reach all the places, and it takes some time to dry the equipment before use). Cleaning and sanitizing should be done daily, ideally in the morning, right after use, or after waking up; this can be nuanced and at some point, you might just be tempted to skip it.
On the other hand, automatic cleaning/sanitizing requires only 5 minutes of your time. All you need to do is put CPAP equipment in a special bag/box and push the start button. This is especially simple with Ozone cleaners since there are no chemicals, drying process, or any special action or setting.