The Best Sleep Apnea Apps

If you live with sleep apnea, you know the importance of maintaining proper therapy. Mayo Clinic studies have linked untreated and poorly treated sleep apnea to high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and liver problems. In addition to avoiding these medical complications, CPAP compliance is crucial for achieving a full and restful night of sleep on a consistent basis. No one wants to trudge through the day feeling fatigued and unfocused.

The key to preventing these issues is therapy compliance, and while there are many ways to improve compliance, this guide will focus on sleep apnea apps. An increasingly useful option as mobile technology has improved, CPAP tracking apps are designed to pair with certain CPAP machines to monitor your therapy, encourage consistency, and help improve the quality of your treatment over time. So, what are the best CPAP apps and how do you use them? Keep reading as we take a closer look at the two most popular sleep apnea apps.

  1. Philips DreamMapper App
  2. ResMed myAir App

Before we dive in, it's important to keep in mind that while these apps can be very helpful in managing and tracking the quality of your therapy, they should not be treated as a complete substitute for a medical expert. Always reach out to your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your therapy. With that out of the way, here are the two best sleep apnea apps on the market.

Philips DreamMapper App

A comprehensive CPAP tracking app with an admittedly catchy name, the Philips DreamMapper is designed to pair with any Philips Respironics CPAP machine within the DreamStation family. The login and setup process is simple, and there are several benefits to using the app on a regular basis:

  • Daily Feedback: Mask fit, therapy hours, and sleep quality are tracked throughout the night and shared each day to provide helpful insights into where you're at with your therapy and suggestions on how to improve over time.
  • Goal Setting: Set custom benchmarks based on your personal preferences or doctor recommendations. DreamMapper tracks progress to help improve the quality and consistency of your therapy.
  • Data Sharing: Configure the app to share therapy data directly with your physician so you can discuss results with your medical professional.
  • Education: Gain access to informational content on how to best use and maintain your equipment.
  • Reminders: Create simple reminders so you don't forget to replace or clean your equipment at the recommended intervals.

Best of all, the DeamMapper app is free to download and available on both iPhone and Android, providing the flexibility to make the most of your therapy.

ResMed myAir App

The ResMed myAir app is designed to work in sync with the latest ResMed CPAP machines, their Air10 line specifically. Just like Philips' app, you'll enjoy many convenient features to track the quality of your therapy:

  • myAir Score: ResMed calculates a daily therapy score based on a variety of factors, including usage time, mask seal, and more. Work on your score over time to improve compliance.
  • Rewards: Earn medals and rewards as you increase your score and hit goals.
  • Sleep Library: Take a deep dive into training materials and engaging content to improve your knowledge of your model and therapy best practices.
  • Reminders: Receive scheduled updates when it's time to clean and inspect your equipment.

ResMed's CPAP app is also free for both iPhone and Android, and studies have shown that using the app leads to 87% compliance, a 24% increase compared to Air10 owners who go without it.

Final Thoughts

Whether you're in the market for a CPAP machine or you already own one from the DreamStation or Air10 series, pairing your therapy with a sleep apnea app is a great way to improve compliance and the effectiveness of your treatment. If you have any questions about CPAP compliance or how our products can meet your therapy needs, contact our customer service team and we'll be happy to help.