CPAP Maintenance

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Without regular cleaning and maintenance, your CPAP machine turns into a breeding ground of bacteria, mold, dust, pet dander, and more. Avoid this disturbing scenario by following the seven steps below.

Clean your CPAP humidifier

Each morning, fill your sink or a bucket with a soak of warm water and mild, pure liquid soap (avoid soaps with alcohol, fragrances, or chlorine). Then empty any water from your humidifier chamber and let it sit in the soak for 10 minutes. After a quick rinse, let it air dry somewhere out of direct sunlight.

Clean your CPAP mask

CPAP masks should be replaced 2 to 4 times a year, and the cushions once or twice a month. CPAP masks are made of silicone for maximum comfort. Unfortunately, that comfort comes at the cost of longevity. Silicone breaks down easily if it’s not properly taken care of.

Clean your CPAP tubes

Each week, soak these in your special mixture of water and mild pure liquid soap. Then use a CPAP tube-cleaning brush to really clean them out. Let the tubes air dry out of direct sunlight.

Clean your CPAP filters

Your CPAP machine probably has two types of filters – a grey one that is non-disposable, and a white one made of paper that is disposable. Clean the grey one every week with water and let it fully air dry before putting it back in the machine. Replace these every 6 months. Don’t worry about cleaning the white filters. Just replace them every month.

Clean your CPAP chin straps and headgear

Regularly clean these by hand with warm soapy water and let them air dry. Do not use your washing machine or dryer. Sanitize your CPAP machine. It’s easy to get grossed out by the idea of bacteria growing in your machine.

Ease your mind and keep your CPAP machine totally bacteria-free by regularly sanitizing it with a special CPAP sanitizing machine, available at ASRA Centre for Sleep at nominal cost.

CPAP Care & Maintenance

Without regular cleaning and maintenance, your CPAP machine turns into a breeding ground of bacteria, mold, dust, pet dander, and more. Avoid this disturbing scenario by following the seven steps below.

Sanitize your CPAP machine

It’s easy to get grossed out by the idea of bacteria growing in your machine. Ease your mind and keep your CPAP machine totally bacteria-free by regularly sanitizing it with a special CPAP sanitizing machine, available at ASRA Sleep Centre at nominal cost.

CPAP, AutoCPAP and BiLevel Machine Care

The outer casing of your CPAP should not require special maintenance. If necessary, unplug machine and wipe clean with a moist cloth using a mild pure soap detergent. Dry the unit thoroughly. Never submerge your CPAP in water.

Humidifier Water Chamber

Use extreme caution not to spill any liquid on or about your machine, this may damage the interior circuits and void the warranty. When filling your humidifier water chamber, always remove it from the CPAP unit and fill it away from the machine.

Cleaning Products and Cleaning Tips

Choose a mild pure soap for use in cleaning mask and tubing. Never use harsh soaps, chlorine bleach, antibacterial or alcohol based solutions. Aromatic solutions and scented oils should not be used. To cut soap residue or to disinfect, use 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water solution after cleaning.

CPAP Tubing Care

Tubing should be replaced annually or more often if needed. Tiny holes can develop that are hard to see with the naked eye. These holes can compromise the proper delivery of prescribed and adequate pressure. Pets seem to love cpap tubing, especially cat claws and tiny teeth. A tubing cover will protect the hose.

CPAP Machine Filters

Filters are inexpensive and routine replacement will greatly add to the life of your machine. Some machines have 2 filters; the non disposable filter is usually made of foam and usually grey or black in color. This simply needs weekly hand cleaning in a mild dish washing soap mix, then a clear water rinse and air dry. These will last for up to one year. The white fine filters should be replaced as needed when visibly discolored and dirty, just as you would your home air and furnace filters. The disposable fine filters generally need replacing every month or two.

Sleep Apnea serious risks to your health

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing repeatedly pauses while you sleep. When this happens, your body wakes you up to resume breathing. These multiple sleep interruptions prevent you from sleeping well, leaving you feeling extra tired during the day.

When left untreated, serious risks of sleep apnea to your health are heart disease, diabetes, and other long-term health risks.

Many health conditions are linked to sleep apnea, including obesity and high blood pressure. These conditions, coupled with the lack of sleep, can harm many different systems in your body.

  • Respiratory system:-
    By depriving your body of oxygen while you sleep, sleep apnea can worsen symptoms of asthma and (COPD). You might find yourself short of breath or have more trouble exercising than usual.
  • Endocrine system:-
    People with sleep apnea are more likely to develop insulin resistance, a condition in which the cells don’t respond as well to the hormone insulin. When your cells don’t take in insulin like they should, your blood sugar level rises and you can develop type 2 diabetes.
  • Digestive system:-
    If you have sleep apnea, you’re more likely to have, liver scarring, and higher-than-normal levels of liver enzymes.
  • Other systems
    Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
    • dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
    • headache
    • trouble paying attention
    • irritability

Stress on the Heart of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea causes you to have frequent pauses in your breathing; these pauses mean that you actually stop breathing. Sometimes this will cause you to wake up at night but you may not be aware of them. When these breathing pauses happen, the oxygen level in your blood gets low. It is thought that the frequent drops in low oxygen levels during sleep damages the blood vessels that supply the heart. Also, each time the oxygen level drops, your body tells your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to go up. Stress on the heart from severe OSA can also cause the heart to get enlarged.

This sleepiness can cause accidents at work, poor work performance, and car crashes. Obstructive sleep apnea can also have bad effects on your heart and your blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries). Problems with the rhythm of your heart may occur with OSA such as atrial fibrillation (a type of irregular heart beat) and bradycardia (slow heart rate). People with severe obstructive sleep apnea are four times more likely to have atrial fibrillation compared to those without OSA. Not receiving treatment for your sleep apnea may make your atrial fibrillation difficult to control.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Loud snoring leaving you feeling tired during the day?

Many people treat snoring as a joke or something to feel embarrassed about. But loud snoring—especially when accompanied by daytime fatigue—may be a sign of sleep apnea, a common but serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you’re probably not aware of these short breathing pauses that occur hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. All you know is that you don’t feel as energetic, mentally sharp, or productive during the day as you should.

Symptoms may include:-

  • Snoring, suspended breathing & gasping for air during sleep.
  • Daytime exhaustion & sleepiness
  • Sore throat.

Discuss with your doctor what lifestyle changes or treatments are right for you.

Under-diagnosed Sleep Apnea

In India, up to about 34 million people may be suffering from OSA. Despite being a common disease, a large number of OS cases, an estimated 82%, are not diagnosed due to lack of diagnostic facilities.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute many serious health & daily living problems such as sleeping at inappropriate times, underachievement, dangerous, driving, high blood-pressure or heart problems, type-2 diabetes & day time fatigue.

Symptoms may include:-

  • Snoring, suspended breathing & gasping for air during sleep.
  • Daytime exhaustion & sleepiness
  • Sore throat.

Discuss with your doctor what lifestyle changes or treatments are right for you.

Insomnia

Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when a person has the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: fatigue, low energy, difficulty concentrating, mood disturbances, and decreased performance in work or at school.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms:

✔️ Difficulty falling asleep
✔️ Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep
✔️ Feeling tired upon waking

There are two types of insomnia :- Acute & Chronic Insomnia.
Insomnia also varies in how long it lasts and how often it occurs. It can be short-term (acute insomnia) or can last a long time (chronic insomnia). It can also come and go, with periods of time when a person has no sleep problems. Acute insomnia can last from one night to a few weeks. Insomnia is called chronic when a person has insomnia at least three nights a week for three months or longer.

Causes of Insomnia are:-

  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Chronic stress
  • Pain or discomfort at night
  • Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving)
  • Illness
  • Emotional or physical discomfort
  • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep

Things to learn about Snoring.

If you snore regularly and feel sleepy and tired during the day, you may have a condition called “sleep apnea“. People consider it as asthma and diabetes because sleep apnea is an under-diagnosed condition.

The problem of snoring with shortness of breath cannot be ignored as it may be a sign of a severe disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Left untreated, OSA can cause serious health conditions that can sometimes lead to death.
Those who did not control the condition saw a 4 times higher risk of stroke and a 3 times higher risk of heart disease than others.

Some serious health problems related to sleep apnea: –
⚠️ diabetes,
⚠️ metabolic syndrome,
⚠️ weight gain,
⚠️ Cardiac cardiac arrhythmias,
⚠️ heart attack
⚠️ heart failure,
⚠️ memory loss,
⚠️ premature aging and
⚠️ sudden death

Air Quality Index (AQI)

The purpose of the AQI is to help you understand what local air quality means to your health. To make it easier to understand, the AQI is divided into six categories:

Each category corresponds to a different level of health concern. The six levels of health concern and what they mean are:

“Good” AQI is 0 to 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

“Moderate” AQI is 51 to 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants, there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example, people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.

“Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” AQI is 101 to 150. Although the general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

“Unhealthy” AQI is 151 to 200. Everyone may begin to experience some adverse health effects, and members of the sensitive groups may experience more serious effects.

“Very Unhealthy” AQI is 201 to 300. This would trigger a health alert signifying that everyone may experience more serious health effects.

“Hazardous” AQI is greater than 300. This would trigger health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

Spirometry Test

Spirometry is a standard test doctors use to measure how well your lungs are functioning. The test works by measuring airflow into and out of your lungs.To take a spirometry test, you sit and breathe into a small machine called a spirometer. This medical device records the amount of air you breathe in and out and the speed of your breath.

Spirometry tests are used to diagnose these conditions:-

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • restrictive lung disease (such as interstitial pulmonary fibrosis)
  • other disorders affecting lung function
  • also allow your doctor to monitor chronic lung conditions to check that your current treatment is improving your breathing.

**Spirometry is often done as part of a group of tests known as pulmonary function tests(PFT).

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