A list of FAQ’s about Sleep Apnoea, CPAP machines and CPAP masks
What is sleep apnea?
What does CPAP stand for?
What does AHI mean?
What are the different severities of Sleep Apnoea?
What is the difference between a fixed pressure and auto machine?
How long does it take to adjust to using CPAP?
Will I always need to use CPAP?
Can I travel or go camping with my CPAP?
What maintenance is required on my CPAP equipment?
You need to do a small amount of maintenance each day, to keep your equipment clean and hygienic.
Your humidifier and tubing will need to be washed out, with warm soapy water, then rinsed and left to dry, not in direct sunlight. In some instances you can even wash your humidifier in the dishwasher. Please check manuals and your equipment provider if this is an option for you.
Your cushion will need a wipe down to remove any oils that have built up.
Your filters in the machine will need checking, and replacing every few months. If the filter is discoloured, it needs changing. Whenever checking your filter, it is a good idea to give it a flick instead of washing it out.
It is a good idea to wash your headgear at least once a week, to remove any oils from it. It will last longer, if you look after it.
Will using CPAP stop me snoring?
In most cases, CPAP therapy will stop your snoring. If you are still snoring while wearing CPAP, it is a good idea to discuss this with your Doctor or therapist as there are things that can be adjusted.
What is the difference between using a full face mask and a nasal mask?
A full face mask sits over your nose and mouth, whereas a nasal mask only covers over your nose. There are also nasal pillow masks which will seal purely on your nostrils.
Which masks work with which machines?
What do I do if cold air from my CPAP machine is waking me up?
How do I avoid water and moisture in CPAP hose and mask?
Your humidifier settings will need to be adjusted, this can be easily done in your menu on your CPAP machine. Humidity settings may need to change depending on the season. Another thing to consider is that if a draft of air hits the tube it can have an effect on how the humidification is adjusted.
My CPAP is making noise, what can I do?
- Your mask has different parts and if they are not connected properly, then air can escape causing which can lead to excessive noise
- From time to time mask parts will wear out. If your cushion is becoming discoloured or has holes/tears in it, then there is a chance air may be escaping here causing noise. You can replace parts of your CPAP mask. Alternatively there are always new masks being released into the market which can be considered.
- The CPAP tube is often neglected when doing equipment checks. It is important to check the tubing, especially around the rubber connection points where it connects with the machine and the mask.
- If water enters your CPAP tube, it can make a gurgling or hissing noise. If this happens regularly, you may need to adjust your humidifier settings. You may also want to consider a tube cover if it continues to happen.
- From time to time we will see a faulty humidifier tub which when replaced will stop noises from occurring.
Occasionally the inner workings of your CPAP machine may not be working as they should. This can be caused by dust getting into the motor or general wear and tear. We often forget that CPAP machines operate for 8 hours or more per night. It is not uncommon for us to see machines that have worked for more than 15000 hours.
How long do CPAP machines last?
How long do CPAP masks last?
CPAP mask duration will vary depending on how well they are looked after, pressure they need to deliver to the patient and the condition of the patient’s skin. For example if somebody has quite oily skin, this can affect the condition of the cushion.