CPAP Tips & Tutorials

Here is a complete list of CPAP tips compiled from sleep medicine doctors, respiratory therapists, and medical experts at The CPAP Shop. Use these CPAP tips and tutorials to learn more about how to use your equipment for better long-term CPAP compliance.

CPAP Tips & Tutorials

What to Do if Your CPAP Machine Whistles

March 27, 2018 |

The leading form of treatment for people suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP therapy. A CPAP machine uses a hose and mask to deliver a constant flow of pressured air to keep the airway open throughout the night and reduce apnea episodes. Some CPAP users have encountered what []

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Connecting a CPAP Machine to an Oxygen Concentrator

February 20, 2018 |

Many older adults who are on CPAP also may need supplemental oxygen. Supplemental oxygen is typically for people who have some form of pulmonary disease such as COPD, emphysema, or lung cancer. A CPAP user might also need oxygen at night while asleep due to low blood oxygen levels.  Whatever the case, if supplemental oxygen []

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I Can’t Breathe with CPAP Mask

February 20, 2018 |

Sometimes we get calls from CPAP patients using full face CPAP masks calling in asking what to do about the feeling that they can’t breathe with CPAP mask. Like aircraft pilots, CPAP patients can get the sensation of not being able to breathe. This sensation could be caused by several different factors. The following is []

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CPAP Machine FAQs

November 29, 2017 |

In our most recent survey, we asked our users about their CPAP machines. By sharing their responses, new CPAP users will be able to decide on the most important features in the purchase of a CPAP machine. We’ve listed their responses in the form of CPAP machine FAQs. CPAP Machines FAQs – #1 CPAP Users []

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How to Improve CPAP Compliance

August 29, 2017 |

CPAP Compliance. It’s a word that people with obstructive sleep apnea hear regularly, and also concept that’s critically important in making sure patients experience the positive benefits their therapy is designed to provide. Simply put, compliance means following through with all aspects of therapy as prescribed by your physician. Below we present an overview of []

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Traveling with CPAP Machines

August 28, 2017 |

We surveyed over 500 CPAP users about traveling with their CPAP machines. This information came directly from CPAP users – the people who are the most familiar with and passionate about CPAP therapy and its benefits. In this post, we look at how traveling with a CPAP has become easier over the last few years, and []

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What is the CPAP Ramp Feature?

August 01, 2017 |

CPAP therapy is not easy for a lot of users, especially those new to CPAP machines. Wearing a mask during sleep with pressurized air doesn’t feel normal and can lead to users abandoning their therapy. AutoRamp and adjustable ramp time are features available on many CPAP machines that help users get accustomed to CPAP therapy, []

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How to Choose a Travel CPAP Machine

July 25, 2017 |

This post compares the four most popular CPAP machines built for travel on the market in 2019. If you have sleep apnea and are a camper, trucker, pilot, hunter, fisherman, travel for business or pleasure frequently, want to sleep comfortably on a flight, plan to take a cruise or go sailing overnight, then this article []

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CPAP Mask Selection Discussion by Users

July 12, 2017 |

In a recent survey we asked over 300 CPAP users to tell us how they selected their current CPAP masks. The idea was that perhaps their individual stories or journeys to the perfect CPAP mask would be informative or inspirational to those still in the process of making their own CPAP mask selection. We’ve taken []

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How to Find the Perfect CPAP Mask

June 12, 2017 |

Are you trying to find the perfect CPAP Mask?  Our most recent survey may have some tips that can shorten your search. Hopefully, it will lead you much faster to CPAP compliance or to added comfort or better CPAP therapy. Mask fit and comfort are the Holy Grail to CPAP therapy.  The mask type that []

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Sleep Apnea Prescription – Keep Rx

February 14, 2017 |

Having an account with The CPAP Shop and keeping your Rx sleep apnea prescription makes shopping for CPAP equipment simple, efficient and saves you a lot of money. Also, when you have your Sleep Apnea Prescription on file with us, you will never have to worry about locating or providing it again. Not only is []

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Survey: Have You Used CPAP with a Cold Or the Flu?

January 31, 2017 |

Cold and flu season can be a bit tricky while trying to maintain your nightly sleep therapy. You’ve gotten your flu shot. You wash your hands diligently and you carry a hand sanitizer whever you go. Regularly washing bed sheets and pillowcases, sometimes even avoiding contact with ill friends and family members all to elude []

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Your Secret Performance Weapon – CPAP Sleep Reports

October 17, 2016 |

You’ve been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and prescribed a CPAP machine. If your machine is less than five years old, it most likely, has a reporting feature where you can access and monitor the effectiveness of your therapy and quality of your sleep each night. Therefore you have a secret weapon if you read []

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Philips Respironics Battery Backup Video

September 19, 2016 |

Blog describing Philips Respironics new Battery Backup featuring two videos showcasing the connections and actual battery features

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Getting Started with Your CPAP Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

July 21, 2016 |

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor has most likely prescribed CPAP therapy as a treatment. The more you know about CPAP, the more effective your therapy will be. Our beginner’s guide answers the most important questions about CPAP therapy, from equipment to best practices.  What is CPAP?  CPAP stands for continuous []

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5 Myths About Using a CPAP Machine

June 23, 2016 |

CPAP Myths Getting diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and beginning therapy with a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) prescription can require changes to your bedtime routine. There is plenty of information available to new to CPAP therapy. However, there are also many CPAP myths and misconceptions floating around. Dispelling CPAP Myths Makes Therapy []

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Better CPAP Therapy – Advice from Customers

May 20, 2016 |

Ideas for better CPAP therapy are always a priority for us.  Over the past two months, we asked more than 400 customers questions about their CPAP therapy, in the hopes that we could use their responses to offer better monitoring ideas and suggestions for other customers to improved their own results. Customer Advice for Better []

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Auto Titrating CPAP Explained

April 28, 2016 |

Years ago, an auto titrating CPAP or auto-adjusting CPAP machine was inaccurate, unnecessary and too expensive. That was then.  Now technology has improved and machines cost a lot less. So now an auto titrating or auto-adjusting unit (APAP) is much more popular.  These machines are incredibly accurate and are the unit most CPAP users opt []

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Expert CPAP Advice from Our Clients

December 24, 2015 |

One of our goals is to provide insight and advice to new CPAP users from our veteran customers. In our most recent survey, we asked CPAP users for the most useful advice they would provide to new users. Overwhelmingly, the advice most people gave was to stick with CPAP therapy! They stated, in general, that []

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Exploring A.W.A.K.E. and Other Available CPAP Support Groups

January 28, 2015 |

The challenges to constant compliance when it comes to CPAP therapy are many and varied. Just as every person living with sleep apnea is different, so too is their condition and the challenges that they may experience with CPAP therapy. Many users are able to transition to CPAP therapy with minimal disruption and go on []

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Proper CPAP Storage and Lighting Can Enhance Comfort, Convenience and Compliance

November 14, 2014 |

Purchasing the right CPAP equipment and supplies is only the first step in compliance and comfort. By integrating proper CPAP storage and lighting into your bedroom environment, you can support your therapy in important ways that enable comfort, convenience and compliance. In the past, we have discussed bedtime routines, the proper room lighting for sleep []

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How Long Does a CPAP Machine or Mask Last?

November 12, 2014 |

Even the most cared for CPAP machines and CPAP masks will require replacement at some point. Knowing when to replace them depends on a number of factors; some of which are functional while others are a matter of personal preference. Your CPAP Machine Warranty When it comes to CPAP machines, it’s best to keep in mind that the manufacturer’s []

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Can CPAP Compliance Improve Your Sexual Performance?

July 29, 2014 |

The struggle to increase CPAP compliance among users continues to be a major problem in achieving better health outcomes for millions of sleep apnea sufferers. Although different people respond to different stimuli regarding news of the negative health effects of untreated sleep apnea as well as the positive effects of treatment via CPAP therapy, recent []

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Why Won’t My New CPAP Mask Connect to My Tube?

July 10, 2014 |

We receive calls on an almost daily basis from people who find that their new cpap masks will not connect to their tubing correctly. In this video, Chris discusses a common problem that many people do not realize is affecting their tube (and how to fix it). In many cases, the swivel piece that belongs []

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CPAP Accessories on the Market for CPAP Compliance

April 23, 2014 |

CPAP accessories promote better use of your CPAP machine or mask so that you or your loved one is comfortable throughout the night. CPAP users each require different features from their machines, which as a result, is why there is an extensive line of CPAP accessories to accommodate these needs. From general CPAP supply maintenance []