It’s almost cold and flu season once again, and here at the CPAP Shop we are already adding tips for a better night’s sleep – even when a cold strikes! Getting a good night’s sleep with any type of sinus congestion is never easy, but it can be especially challenging when breathing through a CPAP machine. When your nose is stuffy and you have a CPAP mask that fits only over your nose, it can be nearly impossible to be comfortable during this time you’re congested.
Although tempting, it’s never a good idea to stop therapy with a CPAP machine while you are sick. We encourage our customers who have nasal masks to consider a full face mask and have it handy in case the need arises. In most cases, a full-face mask provides more comfort for users whose therapy includes mouth breathing at night.
Many cold medicines are available but do very little to treat the underlying disorder but are helpful for many people in lessening symptoms such as nasal congestion. These medicines are divided into two classes: antihistamines and decongestants. Antihistamines work by blocking histamine receptors in your body, resulting in the lowered production of histamine, which can lead to nasal stuffiness. Decongestants are effective at breaking up congestion and allowing it to drain through the nasal passageways. However, it is not a good idea to use any medication for a significant number of days without doctor’s orders.
Some people with congestion from a cold or flu find it easier to sleep using their CPAP machines if they use saline nasal sprays, which can help clear the nasal passageways. Again, it is not recommended to use nasal sprays with decongestants for more than three or four days as they can damage the sinuses, causing them to be unable to clear on their own.
Other options for symptom relief for CPAP therapy during periods of sickness include the use of a heated humidifier.. Heat and steam often help reduce congestion. A warm air vaporizer may also be useful but does not offer nearly the amount of effectiveness since a CPAP mask will be covering your nose.
The CPAP Shop can help you find a full-face mask that can fulfill all your needs. We can provide a quality, heated humidifier for your current CPAP machine. If we can answer any questions about CPAP equipment, please don’t hesitate to call us at (866) 414-9700, or you can contact us on our website.