Your life altered the moment you started CPAP therapy. You had better sleep quality, your sleep apnea was resolved, and you felt vigor and alertness you had never realized was possible.
However, three to six months later, things have altered. Your sleep quality is subpar. You’re exhausted when you wake up.
What’s the story? What happened to your CPAP treatment’s great benefits?
You might not be the root of the problem. It may be your CPAP mask.
Examine the mask carefully. Is the nasal cushion shifting color from clear white to a duller yellow? Is your nasal cushion cracked or missing? Or have you realized that the mask used to fit better than it did? Is your equipment emitting an unpleasant odor?
These are all potential outcomes if any of the preceding statements are true. Your CPAP nomask has to be replaced.
Why Should you Get A New Cpap Mask?
It goes beyond sight and scent. Changing your mask regularly will help you get most out of your CPAP therapy.
Sleep disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea can be treated with CPAPs. These problems make it difficult for people to get enough restorative sleep. This is accomplished by instilling pressured air into your respiratory system via the mask. Your airways stay open all night, allowing you to enjoy the comfort and elegance of easy and free breathing.
A minor leak can cause a CPAP machine to malfunction. The most likely location for a leak is the CPAP Mask. This mask must be sealed on a soft, uneven surface and in constant motion.
The mask components are constructed of a soft, flexible, hypoallergenic material such as silicone to create a secure, comfortable seal. A silicone mask will ultimately wear out and will not last as long as a tougher material.
The CPAP machine and its attachments are similar to other hygiene and wellness equipment pieces. Consider an electric toothbrush. The handle and charger are more expensive and long-lasting components. While the toothbrush attachment, which is cheap and only sees action, is only meant to last a few months.
The CPAP machine is comparable to the charger/handle of an electric toothbrush, and the mask is similar to the toothbrush attachment. Even while it is not extremely expensive, replacing the mask is far cheaper than acquiring a new system each time it wears out.
What Effects Can A Worn-Out Mask Have On My Cpap Therapy?
After using a CPAP mask for a while, the silicone may soften and thin. Cracks, split, or holes in your mask can form, preventing the equipment from correctly sealing your face.
While tightening your helmet may help, it may also cause additional issues. Over tightened straps are the most common cause of CPAP therapy leaks and poor sealing. A too-tight mask can make it difficult to fall or remain asleep. Over-tightened headwear can press on your face, leaving deep, ugly strap marks on your skin.
When Should A New Mask Be Used?
Regardless of the type of CPAP Mask, replacing the mask cushion every other month and the complete mask at least once every six months is critical.
Currently, there are seven CPAP Mask Designs available. The three most popular masks are as follows:
- Pillows for the nose (smallest, lightest model)
- Nasal Mask Standard
- Mask for the Entire Face
Whatever mask design you choose, you can replace your full cushions regularly.
According to the table to the right, all CPAP equipment has a recommended replacement program. Tubing, filters, and the humidification chamber are all included.
To keep your therapy as effective as possible, your supplier may advise you to replace your CPAP supplies as frequently as feasible.
Can you Clean The Mask Anywhere Else?
Always keep your mask and filters clean. Even if you clean your equipment daily, it will likely survive only a few weeks. The material of your mask will ultimately become too soft to seal, and you need to replace it.
There are numerous advantages to keeping your mask clean. Cleaning your mask regularly will make it more comfortable. Cleansing can also help remove any scents (such as nasal mucus or facial oils) that may have accumulated in your mask while you slept.
The best approach to clean masks is with warm water and light soap. Other cleansers, such as alcohol, antibacterial soaps, or cleaning solutions, might leave hazardous residues on your mask and even damage its lifespan.