Whether you were recently diagnosed with sleep apnea or you’ve been dealing with it for years, purchasing and replacing your CPAP supplies can be stressful. Sleep apnea solutions and equipment are an important investment in your health. However, it’s common for patients to forget how often you should replace sleep apnea supplies or how many supplies you should have on hand for the future.
CPAP Therapy for Sleep Apnea
The most popular treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. You should replace your CPAP supplies regularly to maximize your therapy and ensure that you’re getting good quality sleep. CPAP therapy has three major hardware components: the machine (including filters), hose/tubing, and a face mask.
While your CPAP machine will last up to five years, the disposable filters should be replaced frequently, especially when they’re visibly dirty or discolored. The American Sleep Association recommends changing your filters at least once a month. Luckily, they are relatively inexpensive. There are several types of filters to choose from, so you can choose one that best suits your lifestyle. For example, if you have pets, you may need to purchase a filter that can better accommodate the added dust and allergens in the air.
CPAP tubing should be replaced annually or as often as needed. The hoses can develop tiny holes that are difficult to see with the naked eye and may prevent adequate pressure from being delivered through the device. For patients with pets, especially cats, a tubing cover is also recommended to protect the hose from claws and small teeth. Having backup tubing or tubing covers may be beneficial to ensure your equipment continues functioning correctly. The hoses come in various lengths, so you can choose the one that fits your bedroom the best.
Like the filters and tubing, CPAP masks are equally customizable. Masks come in various sizes, so you can choose one that fits your face comfortably and securely. It’s recommended that you replace your CPAP mask at least once every three months. However, like the other supplies mentioned, masks should be replaced immediately if they break or whenever you begin to see signs of wear and tear.
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