CPAP Frequently Asked Questions
Q- What is Sleep Apnoea?
A- What is sleep apnoea? "Apnoea" literally means "no breath" or "stopping breathing"
Many people have sleep apneoa,but may not even know it. In fact, sleep apnoea affects more than three in 10 men and nearly two in 10 women, so it's more common than you might think. If you think you might have sleep apnoea, it’s important to recognise some of the common symptoms and what you can do about it. © Resmed
Q- Do I need to use it every night?
A- For max benfit of treatment advised to wear it every night. Obviously there will be days that it will be a struggle e.g. if u have a flu. But the more you wear it, the better treatment you will receive.
Q- How can untreated sleep apnoea affect my lifestyle?
A- Untreated OSA can impact all parts of your life and lead to heart attacks and stokes. If you have been diagnosed with OSA and don’t want treatment, it is known that your condition will continue to deteriorate. Not only will this affect your lifestyle, but it will also affect your license as the RMS cannot allow you to keep it with untreated OSA, especially if it is severe.
Q- Can I travel with my sleep device?
A- You certainly can! Most major airlines will accept a CPAP machine, it is just a matter of calling in before your flight and letting them know. If you are going camping, there are 12 volt Dc-Dc converters and battery packs available so you don’t have to miss a night of treatment. There are also small travel machines available.
Q- Are sleep systems noisy?
A- No, Some of the older style machines did create a bit of noise, but the newer machines are reasonably quite and the soft purr of the machine often helps lull you and your bed partner to sleep. Comparing it to the noise of snoring and choking episodes it is amazing!
Q- How often should I clean my machine and mask?
A- Your mask regularly comes into contact with natural oils from your skin and over time this can cause accelerated wear and tear on your mask, potentially compromising its seal and irritating your skin.
This is why we recommend cleaning your mask every day to make sure your equipment is working to its full potential.
Wash your mask in clean warm (around 30°C) water with mild liquid detergent, making sure you rinse all components thoroughly before allowing them to dry naturally. Make sure you do not soak the mask.
If you’re running short of time our mask wipes are a fast and easy cleaning option that can be used on any mask. Simply wipe out the mask and leave to air dry.