How To Use Your CPAP When You’re Sick | Common CPAP Problems and Solutions

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Using your CPAP when you’re sick can be a nightmare. How do you continue your much-needed sleep therapy when you have a serious case of sinus congestion? Fortunately, we have solutions for the common problems you may encounter if you get sick so you won’t have to give up using your CPAP.

Here’s our best advice for how to use your CPAP while you’re sick:

1. Use a full face mask when your nose is stuffed.

Since your nose will likely be out of commission, using a nasal or nasal pillow mask can be difficult. Use a full face CPAP mask to continue your CPAP therapy while you wait for your congestion to go away.

ResMed’s AirFit F30 is a great alternative for those who don’t normally use a full face mask. It features:

  • Minimal design: Fits under your nose and over your mouth, leaving the bridge of your nose untouched
  • Universal headgear size: Contours to every unique face for an accurate, first-time fit
  • Quick release elbow: Allows users to plug/unplug from therapy easily
  • Minimal design: Fits under your nose and over your mouth, leaving the bridge of your nose untouched
  • Universal headgear size: Contours to every unique face for an accurate, first-time fit
  • Quick release elbow: Allows users to plug/unplug from therapy easily

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2. Get a CPAP that adjusts to your needs when you’re sick.

Your pressure needs may change when you’re congested, so a traditional machine that provides one level of air pressure throughout the night may not be ideal.

Use an auto CPAP like ResMed’s AirSense, which automatically adjusts the pressure as you sleep to make your therapy more comfortable. The AirSense also features:

  • SmartStart: Starts automatically at a low pressure as soon as you put on your mask
  • AutoRamp: Starts your therapy at a low pressure, and then ramps it up once you’re asleep
  • EPR (expiratory pressure relief): The pressure is reduced as you exhale to make breathing easy
  • SmartStart: Starts automatically at a low pressure as soon as you put on your mask
  • AutoRamp: Starts your therapy at a low pressure, and then ramps it up once you’re asleep
  • EPR (expiratory pressure relief): The pressure is reduced as you exhale to make breathing easy

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3. Ensure a healthy recovery by keeping your CPAP germ-free.

It’s easy for airborne germs to stick to your CPAP equipment and make your sickness last even longer. Disinfect your supplies with a CPAP sanitizer to keep your CPAP germ-free.

The Sleep8 is a great sanitizing option that acts as a preventative measure and helps ensure that you don’t get any sicker. It features:

  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button to start
  • Complete compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine
  • Ozone technology: Kills over 99% of harmful viruses, bacteria, and mold
  • One-click cleaning: Just press a button to start
  • Complete compatibility: No adapter needed to use with any mask and machine

Save $100 when you buy the Sleep8 today!

4. Use a humidifier to alleviate built-up mucus in your system.

The biggest problem with using your CPAP when you’re sick is the buildup of phlegm and swollen membranes in your nose. Use a machine with a heated humidifier to help you restore the moisture levels in your nasal passages.

Respironics’ DreamStation has a humidifier you can attach when you’re sick and detach when you don’t need it, and:

  • Auto-titration: Automatically adjusts the pressure to suit your needs through the night
  • A-flex: Reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding high pressure mask leaks
  • Personalized comfort: Includes fully customizable and easy-to-use comfort settings
  • Auto-titration: Automatically adjusts the pressure to suit your needs through the night
  • A-flex: Reduces pressure upon exhale, avoiding high pressure mask leaks
  • Personalized comfort: Includes fully customizable and easy-to-use comfort settings

Get the DreamStation today for just $99 down and 0% APR!

5. Change your sleeping position to sleep more comfortably.

Nasal congestion is uncomfortable for back sleepers, which makes it even more difficult to utilize a CPAP machine. Sleep in an elevated position by simply putting a few pillows under your neck to decrease the amount of mucus buildup. If this doesn’t help, you could also try sleeping on your side.

If none of the above solutions help to make CPAP comfortable when you’re sick, we’re happy to answer more specific concerns. Our CPAP Experts can help you understand what options would help best for your situation.

For a free consultation with a CPAP expert, give us a call at: (866) 564-2252.

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