Written By Lizzie Weakley / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy helps people breathe better when they suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Standard CPAP supplies include masks, hoses, nosepieces and machines that need routine cleaning and maintenance to function properly. However, cleaning is not sufficient enough, so it's necessary to replace the equipment every now and then.
There are numerous reasons why it is so important to invest in new supplies.
Sleep apnea causes your breathing to stop and reduces the flow of oxygen to the brain and other parts of the body. You have increased risks of developing serious diseases like heart disease, stroke and hypertension. The most effective way to prevent this condition is to use CPAP supplies that open the airways in your nose and mouth.
Order fresh CPAP supplies with clean, disposable parts to prevent infections. Reusing your equipment is recommended only if you're willing to clean it regularly and store it in a safe place. Parts of the equipment are directly entering your nose and mouth and providing ideal areas for bacteria to grow. Replace your supplies often to prevent infections from compromising your general health.
Buying new CPAP equipment seems expensive and bothersome for some people. But the more often you use the supplies, the more likely you recover from your condition. Buying supplies reminds you of the importance of working to improve your condition by all means necessary until you get used to breathing on your own.
Equipment manufacturers recommend that you follow timelines when using and replacing your supplies. You are encouraged to replace the CPAP mask every few months, and replace the nasal pillows every month. These replacements ensure the cleanliness of equipment that will be reused every night. And you cannot always remember or want to clean these items after every use. Regular maintenance is needed to get the most out of your CPAP therapy.
For every product, there are instructions on the proper usage and maintenance. Cleaning equipment allows it to last for several years, but this is not the case for CPAP products. Replacing your masks and nasal pieces is necessary to prevent infections that are risked when the device is used every day. Replacements ensure that your tools are working properly and providing optimal results in treating your sleep apnea.
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Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.