Side Effects of CPAP Use and What You Can Do
Ah, so many people have a love/hate relationship with their CPAP machine. They love that it decreases their sleep apnea symptoms and helps out their sleep apnea-associated health problems, but they hate the idea of being tethered to a machine all night, every night for the rest of their lives. They also hate some of the not so pleasant side effects that can come from CPAP use.
For every new (or seasoned) CPAP user, there is an adjustment period that accompanies almost every CPAP treatment program. Many patients feel frustration when they try to do all the right things and still cannot seem to make CPAP work for them. When you find out you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the choices are very limited - you can either live with the debilitating and dangerous condition or you jump in with both feet and try to find a way for you and your CPAP to get along.
Education is key with this process. Researching CPAP side effects and how to help them is a m... [More]
Both new and experienced CPAP users alike may have some confusion as to the best way to clean and maintain their CPAP equipment. Each piece of equipment has different requirements and a different expected lifespan, or time to replacement. CPAP machines often have hard-to-find filters that can be easy to forget, and CPAP masks generally have very delicate cushions and components that require specific cleaning techniques. We’d like to offer some general tips and little-known facts about CPAP maintenance for our CPAP users.
Your CPAP Machine
Every CPAP machine has an expected lifespan of up to five years. Some users will find their machine lasts much longer than that, and some may have machine issues that crop up before that time. Remember, if your machine stops working properly during your first year of ownership, it should still be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
Each CPAP machine has a machine-specific filter (or filters) that should be changed regularly. Each fil... [More]
For all of our F&P ICON CPAP users out there, we recently received a quick instructional guide on how to reset the clock of your machine for Daylight Savings Time. Below is the guide, or download a PDF with instructions:
fisher-paykel-icon-clock-reset.pdf (515.68 kb)