Many Sleep Apnea patients have asked this question before: What happens to my therapy if I become ill? More than likely, during CPAP therapy you will end up falling victim to a cold or flu virus at some point. This is inevitable.
Trying to sleep well with Sleep Apnea is one thing but add a head cold on top and may it seem like quality sleep is out of reach. This doesn’t have to be the case. And you don’t have to double your cold medicine either. In this post, we are going to give you the tips you need to continue CPAP therapy even when you’re feeling under the weather.
Should having a cold stop you from using your CPAP machine? Not at all. While you may find that you’re breathing a little differently because of a stuffy nose, by stopping Sleep Apnea therapy at the same time you are doing yourself a disservice.
Just think about it.
Cold viruses are famously known for zapping your energy as they attack your immune system. As you’ll also be aware, Sleep Apnea when left untreated does the same thing. If you choose to stop using your CPAP machine when you are sick, then you can expect your level of fatigue to skyrocket. And the lower your energy levels are, the harder it will be to fully recover.
Now that we’ve determined that continuing CPAP therapy is the right course of action to take when feeling sick, let’s look at how to do it effectively.
To feel as comfortable as possible and get the best night of sleep that you can when using a CPAP machine with a cold, try the following tips and tricks.
Whether you use one or all of the tips above, we are sure that you’ll be able to continue your CPAP therapy even when you are feeling under the weather. Keep in mind that if you do choose to use a full face mask when sick, speak with a sleep specialist first before you make any purchasing decisions.
While we can’t always help it if we get sick, we can do our best to clean our CPAP equipment to prevent recurring illnesses.
When we are under the weather, germs and bacteria build up in our CPAP mask. As we are reliant on this piece of equipment to receive PAP therapy, we must be keeping a rigorous cleaning schedule especially when we are on the mend.
If you do have a cold, aim to clean your mask at least once daily using CPAP cleansing wipes. These wipes will gently cleanse and maintain your CPAP mask by deodorizing, and removing facial oils and residue. However, in order to truly sanitize your mask and remove any germs left in your CPAP mask, you will also need to use a CPAP cleaner such as the SoClean 2 CPAP Equipment Cleaner for the duration of your illness and on a regular schedule afterwards.
The trick to not having to continuously manage CPAP therapy and a head cold at the same time is taking proactive steps to stay healthy. And if you do happen to get a cold or two during the winter months, just follow the tips we outlined above and you’ll get a better night of rest in no time.
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