Monthly Archives: August 2016

All You Need to Know About CPAP Masks

CPAP therapy is undoubtedly the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea. Choosing which brand and type of CPAP machine to buy probably entailed discussions with your sleep doctor and CPAP machine supplier.  Now that you have decided which CPAP machine to buy, you also have to decide which CPAP mask to buy.

Choosing the Right Mask

There are seven general categories of masks available in the market today and they are:

  • Full Face Mask Category
  • Nasal Mask Category
  • Nasal Prong Mask Category
  • Nasal Pillow Mask Category
  • Oral Mask Category
  • Hybrid Mask Category
  • Total Face Mask Category

Examples of full face mask are: Philips Respironics Full Face Amara Mask; Respironics ComfortGel Full Face Mask; AirFit F10  Full Face Mask with Headgear and Resmed Mirage Quattro Full Face.Read More...

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea: An Overview

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a sleep –related breathing disorder.  The Greek word apnoea directly translates as “without breath”. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a common and serious condition wherein a person’s throat and air passage collapse or relax during sleep, causing him to stop breathing for about 10 seconds several times during his sleep cycle.  The level of the affected person’s blood oxygen desaturation is from 3 -4%. The lack of oxygen wakes the person up from sleep several times each night.  Lack of sleep may eventually lead to constant fatigue, irritability and difficulty focusing on his daily routine.

Untreated OSA could lead to health issues such as

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Glaucoma
  • Morning Headache
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Congestive Heart Failure

Signs of Sleep Apnoea

Do you have the tell-tale signs of sleep apnoea?… Read More...

Care and Maintenance of CPAP Humidifier Part 2

Water has the tendency to accumulate in a CPAP tube because of the cooling and condensing of warm, moist air that travels from the CPAP machine to the mask.  This occurrence is called a rainout. When the warm moist air flows through the tube, the room temperature cools the tube. The air inside the tube releases moisture when the tube cools. This condensation inside the hose is called rainout.

Though the rainout won’t readily affect the efficiency of the CPAP machine, a rainout will nonetheless the humidification.  Here are some tips on how you can reduce rainout.

  • Increase the temperature of the room.