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

Buying Guide For A CPAP Machine

March 24, 2014 |

Selecting the right CPAP machine that fits your CPAP prescription needs ensures CPAP compliance and a comfortable therapy experience. Many users may try out different machines until they find one that works best for them. Here is a simple guide to help you find and choose the best CPAP machine for a good night’s sleep. []

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Infographic: The Ultimate Checklist for Fixing CPAP Mask Leaks

March 11, 2014 |

The Ultimate CPAP Mask Leaks Checklist CPAP mask leaks are without a doubt one of the most troublesome issues one can have with his or her CPAP therapy, and leaks happen to almost every CPAP user at some point or another. Some are lucky enough to find their “perfect fit” mask the first time around, []

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How to Avoid Panic Attacks When Starting CPAP Therapy

February 28, 2014 |

Panic Attacks Panic attacks can be common among people who are first starting CPAP therapy. According to a 2012 study at the University of California, Berkeley, when a person has an apnea, their body releases certain hormones of anxiety and panic to try to restore breathing. In addition, people who suffer from panic attacks, in []

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How to Choose a CPAP Mask

February 26, 2014 |

Each component is necessary for CPAP therapy, including CPAP machines, tubing, and optional use of a humidifier. They are all highly important and individualized decisions. However, choosing the right CPAP mask can be one of the most daunting tasks. It requires an individualized and personalized effort because opinions vary from one CPAP user to the []

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Tips to Stop Taking Off Your CPAP Mask While You Sleep

February 13, 2014 |

There are a few issues that challenge many OSA patients in the early stages of CPAP therapy. One is waking to find that they have somehow removed their CPAP masks during the night. This is problematic for receiving the optimal health benefits of CPAP therapy. And, it may also cause compliance issues for those patients []

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How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep While on CPAP Therapy

January 24, 2014 |

CPAP therapy goes a long way to reduce apneic events, leading to increased sleep time and a more restful night. However, there are many other factors that can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep for CPAP therapy patients. New CPAP therapy patients go through an adjustment period of varying lengths. They may deal with []

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Pulse Oximeter and CPAP Therapy

August 23, 2013 |

What is a Pulse Oximeter? Firstly, let’s describe a pulse oximeter and how it functions.  A pulse oximeter, most often worn on the fingertip, is a medical device that measures oxygen saturation levels in a person’s blood.  In other words, it measures the amount of oxygen present in the bloodstream.  It is typically for people []

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Are You Smarter Than Your Auto CPAP Machine?

July 29, 2013 |

Although many people who have sleep apnea go undiagnosed, many CPAP users get frustrated with using a CPAP, or cannot seem to get the most out of their therapy. New CPAP machines are effective computers, which strive to optimize therapy for every user. You may believe you know what is working best for you. However, []

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The 10 Keys to Success for CPAP Therapy

July 16, 2013 |

For the majority of OSA patients, the first month of CPAP therapy is often the most difficult and results in high incidents of non-compliance with a significant percentage giving up all together. With so much at stake, it is imperative that every user of a sleep apnea machine be aware of as many ways as []

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How Often Should a Sleep Study Be Done to Check CPAP Machine Pressure?

July 16, 2013 |

Apnea events occur at different intervals and levels of severity for every person with OSA. Throughout their lives, CPAP machine users will need to have follow-up titration conducted during their sleep study in order to make adjustments. This is the process of checking and adjusting the air pressure for the patient to ensure that it []

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Enhancing CPAP Therapy to Get a Great Night’s Sleep

May 23, 2013 |

Even if you are on CPAP therapy, there are other things you can do to help make your evening conducive to a better night’s sleep and your sleep more comfortable.  The study of sleep has been expanding rapidly, leading to much new research and innovative products that are available to help get you the sleep []

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If Your CPAP Mask is Uncomfortable, Chances are it’s the Wrong Size

August 15, 2012 |

There are many styles of CPAP masks available for sleep apnea patients. But, they are not one size fits all. These masks must fit specifically to each individual in order for them to be effective and be comfortable. A comfortable CPAP mask is one of the biggest determinants of compliance; the more comfortable and effective []

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A Solution to Your CPAP Machine Woes – An APAP

February 03, 2012 |

One of the primary complaints among CPAP users and a reason why compliance occasionally falters after a brief initial period of CPAP use is intolerance to constant positive air pressure supplied by a standard CPAP machine. CPAP therapy is built on the principle of supplying air flow to maintain the integrity of the air passages []

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Fisher & Paykel Humidifier – The Pioneers of Humidification Technology for CPAP Machines

January 17, 2012 |

Interestingly, neither ResMed nor Phillips Respironics was the first CPAP manufacturer to add heated humidification to their CPAP machine.  In fact, it was Fisher & Paykel Healthcare back in the early 90’s that first introduced a humidifier and warm air into the CPAP circuit.  Because of Fisher & Paykel’s in-depth knowledge of ventilation in the []

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Why It’s Necessary to Replace CPAP Supplies After Summer

August 31, 2010 |

Now that summer is at its end, it is a good time to replace some of your CPAP supplies and equipment.  After the last few months of traveling, dust and pollen, supplies such as tubing, filters, and mask cushions need changing.  While replacing your CPAP supplies should adhere to a regular replacement schedule to maximize []

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CPAP Masks and CPAP Mask Replacement

August 27, 2010 |

Many patients do not understand the importance of replacing CPAP masks and parts on a regular basis. It is important to clean. your CPAP mask and tubing. You should replace parts such as cushions, headgear, and tubing on a regular basis.  This article discusses how ignoring the replacement timeline can lead to sleep therapy discomfort, mask []

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Travel CPAP & Batteries – All You Need to Know

August 18, 2010 |

CPAP patients should never sleep without their machines. That is why a number of CPAP manufacturers are producing travel CPAP machines – so users can continue their therapy on the go, away from home. However, for individuals who are camping or without access to power, a travel CPAP isn’t enough. Here is everything you need []

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Best Practices for Using A CPAP Machine

July 19, 2010 |

Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) keeps air passages open, making breathing easier. However, a large percentage of people who purchase CPAP machines stop using them, despite the obvious benefits. There are many common problems that patients experience while using the device, and most have simple solutions. Using []

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Solving CPAP Mask Problems: Getting the Right Fit on a CPAP Mask

June 07, 2010 |

A CPAP mask is the most important piece of CPAP equipment you’ll use, and also the trickiest to use correctly. Many doctors and sleep therapists who see thousands of patients will tell you that the number one CPAP therapy complaint is mask fit. Your machine is only one part of CPAP therapy—your mask is more []

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ResMed CPAP Uses and Tips

April 15, 2010 |

Snoring is one of the signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a medical condition causing the sleeper to stop breathing and, in turn, increases the risk of stroke or heart attack. About 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with (OSA).The most common treatment for moderate or severe OSA is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) []

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How To Clean a CPAP Humidifier

December 25, 2009 |

Calcium and other minerals bond to like molecules and eventually collect on the surfaces in the cpap humidifier water chamber.

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CPAP Masks: Solving 3 Common Problems

July 31, 2009 |

For some people, just the thought of having to secure a plastic mask to their face is unpleasant. Sleep is a precious commodity to all. But it is particularly precious to the people suffering from sleep apnea. The idea of sleep which many of us take for granted now becomes a monumental undertaking. The build []

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How Often to Change CPAP Filters

July 23, 2009 |

There are two types of CPAP filters. Each type has its own purpose and must be maintained differently.

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Cleaning Calcium Deposits in CPAP Equipment

May 16, 2009 |

CPAP manufacturers suggest using distilled water in all CPAP machines and CPAP humidifiers. This measure goes a long way in keeping your CPAP equipment in good working order.

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How To Clean Your CPAP Mask & Hose

April 10, 2009 |

Cleaning Your CPAP Mask and Hose An essential part of your CPAP therapy is maintaining your CPAP equipment. Keep a regular cleaning and replacement schedule to ensure your CPAP machine and accessories continue performing properly. Importance of Cleaning CPAP Mask and Hose Just like other household items, CPAP machines and their accessories are susceptible to []