Winter is fast approaching and are you and your CPAP machine ready?
Winter can be a difficult time for CPAP users. The lack of humidity in the cold winter air, combined with the use of CPAP therapy pressure can cause the nasal airways to become dry and irritated. Having this with a cold or flu can only make matters worse.
One of the main functions of the nose is to warm and moisten the air you breathe. If the air is cold and dry the tiny blood vessels inside the nose dilate to help warm up the air and protect but with that extra blood flow it causes the airway to narrow and leads to more mucus production to protect the nasal airway and to add more moisture to the inhaled air. Unfortunately, this is what may be causing the nasal congestion and a runny nose.
If the air through the mask does feel too cold, dry and your sleep is interrupted, here is some tips on how to improve this:
- Using a humidifier and heated hose. If you are using these and the air is still cold, you may need to up the temperature and humidity.
- If you do not have a humidifier and heated hose, try placing the hose under the blankets as heat from the body will increase the temperature of the air passing through it.
- Using a cozy cover for the hose will keep the air warm throughout the hose.
- Try closing the windows and heating the bedroom before sleeping.
Some products that help with congestion during winter time, is a saline/decongestant nose spray, vicks rub that can be put on chest or on a tissue to lay beside you to help revive a blocked nose. (Decongestant nose spray can only website like this be used for 3 days Max, after that you need to have at least 3-4 days break and see your doctor if symptoms persist).
If you have serve congestion, you may not be able to use your CPAP treatment and it’s best to see your local doctor.
Hope these tips can help you throughout this cold season. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 1800 208 826.
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