As the temperature drops over the winter months, you might need to make some adjustments to your CPAP therapy in order to prevent awakening with a blocked nasal passage and dry throat. Find out below what you can do to make your therapy more comfortable over the winter season.
As the winter approaches, you might start to suffer from a blocked nasal passage or a sore throat with CPAP compliance. This is due to the air being particularly drier in the winter months so you might need to start using a humidifier with your CPAP machine in order to prevent these symptoms. A CPAP humidifier will add moisture to the air transported through your CPAP machine, increasing your breathing comfort and therapy efficiency.
It is estimated that around 70% of CPAP users experience chronic nasal stuffiness and dryness of the throat. These symptoms can be really off putting for CPAP users, but the great news is that they can be quickly resolved with the use of a humidifier.
To beat the winter rush, order your CPAP humidifier now.
What can I do to prevent condensation building up inside the tubing?
During the winter months, you might experience “rainout” which is essentially a build up of condensation due to the air from the humidifier being cooled by the cold room temperature air. This can cause discomfort and leakage if you do not rectify the problem with a heated hose or tube wrap.
You can prevent rainout by using a heated hosing system which will keep the air at a constant temperature from the moment it leaves the humidifier until it reaches the mask. Alternatively you can purchase an Intus fleece tube wrap to insulate the air between your CPAP and mask to reduce the possibility of the humidified air cooling.
If you have any further queries about CPAP compliance over the winter period, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to offer you personalised advice to help resolve your winter CPAP issues.
Alternatively, you can read more information about CPAP compliance over the winter period in our latest Healthy Tips article.