CPAP machines, or continuous positive airway pressure therapy machines, are very handy tools for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea as these machines help them to breathe better while asleep. However, one may suffer some discomfort from the use of these machines since they provide a foreign breathing mechanism for the body, therefore, it is essential that one buys a good CPAP machine which has some in-built features that help to reduce some of the discomforts, and one can easily find such a machine by considering the factors discussed below.
The first factor that one needs to consider when choosing a CPAP machine is the presence of a humidifier. It is important that the CPAP machine that you buy has a humidifier since this will affect how comfortable one’s sleep will be during the night. This happens because the airways of the patient would usually tend to dry up as air is continuously pumped into their respiratory system as they sleep, and this makes the airway become irritated and itchy, thus causing a lot of discomfort during one’s sleep. Therefore, by buying a machine that has a humidifier, whetehr a a separate component of the machine or in-built into the machine, will help to add moisture to the air and this will ensure that your airways do not dry up, preventing the irritation that follows thus is more comfortable for you and increases the quality of your sleep at night.
Yet another factor that one has to consider when buying a CPAP machine is the portability of the machine. If you are a person who travels a lot, then the portability of your machine will be one of your greatest concerns since you will want a machine that is easy to carry around, that will fit in easily with the rest of your luggage and that is light enough not to add too much weight to one’s luggage.
It is also very important for one to consider the presence or absence of a ramp in a CPAP machine before buying it. Different people have different levels of sleep apnea, which would, In turn, require different levels of air pressure that is being pumped into the respiratory system. The process of transition from normal breathing to using the mask at night can be quite bumpy and uncomfortable for the patient, especially one whose sleep apnea Is quite severe and as a result requires high-pressure airflow into their airway, therefore, for such a person, buying a machine that has a ramp in it is highly beneficial since the ramp would allow the machine to start at a more comfortable lower pressure and gradually build it up to the recommended pressure suitable for the severity of the condition thus facilitating a more comfortable and smoother transition for the patient.
By using the above guidelines, therefore, you will be able to find the most suitable CPAP machine for your condition that will allow you to enjoy better night’s sleep.