C-PAP machines offer a unique and effective treatment for sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. These devices are often prescribed to patients as a result of their symptoms of waking up gasping for air during the night. C-PAP machines help keep the airway from closing, which in turn eliminates the need for these patients to wake up frequently throughout their nightly rest.
If you are using an oxygen or cpap machines for sleep apnea, it’s important that you use the machine correctly and maintain it well so that it will continue to do its job effectively. Maintaining a C-PAP is not difficult at all. In fact, it’s rather easy to do yourself. Maintaining your C-PAP machine may just be the easiest part of your routine for effective treatment of sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea.
Wash Your Face
If you wake up with a facial mask each night, wash your face with warm water and soap each morning and evening. This will remove any oil or makeup from your skin which can affect the seal around the mask that keeps air flowing into your mouth during the night when you breathe in and out.
Wipe Down Your Mask
Most masks are made out of rubber, which can lose its elasticity over time. If you notice that the seal around your mask is not as tight as it once was, you can wipe down the mask with a damp cloth or tissue. You may also want to use some lubrication if necessary. Find out what type of lubricant your mask needs and apply it to the top part of the mask and then to the sides. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to remove excess lubricant in these areas before putting on your sleep mask.