How many of you have ever been sleeping peacefully, and all of the sudden you’re awakened by a gurgling sound or even worse a SPLASH of water from your mask? Chances are no one is playing a prank on you; you have condensation in your tube also known as rainout. Rainout occurs when the room temperature is colder than the humidified air traveling through your CPAP tubing. After a while, all that built up condensation in your CPAP hose starts splashing you in the face. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help control this.
A great way to solve the rainout issue is to purchase a CPAP hose wrap or cover, kind of like a little fleece blanket for your hose, that will effectively keep your hose insulated. ResMed offers a zippered CPAP tubing wrap for the standard 6 foot hose. BreatheWear also offers a 6 foot as well as 8 and 10 foot hose cover. You can also try tucking your tubing under your covers with you.
Purchasing a CPAP machine that comes with a heated hose is a smart investment. ResMed, Fisher and Paykel as well as Philips Respironics all offer PAP devices with a heated tubing option. You can purchase heated tubing for many existing PAP devices. Call our office to learn more. We’re here to help!