How to Clean Your CPAP Equipment
Having trouble finding the time to keep your CPAP equipment clean?
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and prescribed CPAP therapy to help keep your airway open at night, then you probably already know how important the CPAP machine and mask are to your overall health and wellness.
CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure.” Your CPAP machine, tubing, and mask work together to apply air pressure to your airways and ensure that they stay open at night while you sleep. Sleep apnea can be mild, with between five and fifteen pauses in breath per hour. Severe sleep apnea is defined as more than 30 pauses per hour, and each pause may last 10 seconds or more! Looking at these numbers, it’s easy to understand why individuals with sleep apnea often suffer from fatigue, mood swings, decreased productivity and a host of other related health complaints.
Take Care of your Equipment, so It Can Take Care of You
If you’re using your CPAP machine every night as directed, then the machine, tubing and mask are working hard on your behalf by pulling air from the room, filtering it, pressurizing it and sending it directly into your airways. In many cases, your machine may also have a humidifier that makes your therapy more comfortable by preventing dry air from irritating your breathing passages.
Considering how directly the machine is involved in your respiration, it’s very important that your CPAP machine, mask and tubing are free of dirt, debris, pollen, mold, and mildew–otherwise your system may be increasing your exposure to germs and bacteria that can grow in the dark and humid environments inside your mask, hose and reservoir.
How to Make Sure that your CPAP Equipment is Sanitized
Your mask, hose and CPAP reservoir should be cleaned daily, and most manufacturers recommend hand-washing these items and letting them air dry. Unfortunately, very few people have the time to add this task to their daily routine. Happily, the SoClean Automated CPAP Sanitizer solves both issues by sanitizing your mask, tubing, and water reservoir once a day–just put your mask inside the SoClean’s chamber, close the lid, and go on with your day.
How Does the SoClean Work?
The SoClean creates a closed loop that pushes activated oxygen (or O3) from the base of the machine, through a hose to your CPAP machine’s water reservoir (if applicable), up through the mask tubing, and back into the SoClean’s mask sanitizing chamber. Since the SoClean is connected via an adapter to the machine and mask tubing, there’s no need to disassemble or detach any of your equipment. The SoClean automatically runs once a day–killing 99.9% of bacteria and germs inside your tubing, water reservoir, and mask. It even sanitizes the water inside your humidifier! The SoClean does not use water that might damage the machine, and it does not use chemical cleansers that leave fragrances, chemical residue, and fumes. There’s no easier way to guarantee that your CPAP equipment is sanitized!