CPAP Machines

Home CPAP machine

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you may have been told you need a home CPAP machine. You may be under the impression these machines are big, bulky, uncomfortable, and noisy, but CPAP machines have come a long way. What’s more, the benefits of CPAP machines can help you improve your quality of sleep and overall health.

If you are feeling hesitant about starting your CPAP treatment, it may help to understand what CPAP machines are and how they work

How Do CPAP Machines Work?

A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine uses air pressure to keep the airway open during sleep. They work by blowing air through a hose that is attached to a CPAP mask that attaches to the face by Velcro straps.

CPAP machines can be adjusted to allow for different pressures. The ideal pressure is often determined during a sleep study, also known as a CPAP titration study, designed to calibrate your air pressure setting. Many top-rated CPAP machines use algorithms and pressure sensors to determine the best pressure.

Many CPAP machines have the option for “ramp time,” meaning that when the machine is turned on, it has the ability to start at a low pressure, and slowly increase the pressure until it reaches the patient’s prescribed level of pressure. This makes the pressure more tolerable for some people, giving them a chance to get used to the increasing pressure.

Buying Your Own Home CPAP Machine

Home CPAP machines range from about $500 – $3000, with an estimated average price around $850. They also vary in size, although most devices are about the size of a lunch box. You can also get small CPAP machines or travel CPAP machines to suit your lifestyle needs.

When purchasing a home CPAP machine, especially your first, it’s important to get a quality device from a reputable manufacturer. By talking with your doctor and the durable medical equipment (DME) specialists at your sleep clinic, you can find a warrantied CPAP machine with the features you need, in your price range.

Here are some of the top-rated CPAP machines you may want to consider.

How to Clean and Maintain Your CPAP Machine

You should sanitize your home CPAP machine parts regularly to prevent the buildup of germs and mold. Simply washing the CPAP parts in soapy water after every use can keep the equipment at its best. You can also use CPAP cleaners that automatically clean and sanitize your sleep apnea mask and machine. Most of these cleaners do not use water, but rather use activated oxygen and/or UV light. You will want to keep your CPAP clean in order to prolong its use.

If cared for appropriately, home CPAP machines may last for several years. Some top-rated CPAP machines have lasted over a decade. Some health insurance companies will allow for purchasing a new machine every five years, although the filters and tubing should be replaced more frequently. Generally, filters should be replaced several times per year.

Man having trouble with his home CPAP machine

Common CPAP Machine Problems

There are many benefits of CPAP machines, after all they can eliminate sleep apnea and improve the quality of your sleep. Most people find their home CPAP machines quite comfortable to use and adjust well to wearing them each night while they sleep. But in some cases, CPAP causes a few unwanted side effects.

Although the side effects from CPAP are not usually serious, they can be annoying. Luckily, there are several ways you can combat common side effects so you enjoy only the benefits of CPAP machines.

Dry Mouth or Nose

The continuous flow of air delivered by a CPAP machine can be drying. Waking up each morning with a dry mouth or nose can be irritating. But there is usually an easy fix.

Solution: Using heated humidification with your home CPAP machine adds warm moisture to the air and eases dryness. Some top-rated CPAP machines have built-in humidifiers. If your CPAP machine does not include a humidifier, you can get an attachment. Remember to use distilled or sterile water when filling the humidifier.

Stomach Bloating

Occasionally the air that is supposed to go into your lungs may go into your stomach instead. Excess air in the belly can lead to bloating and gas. No one wants to wake up belching.

Solution: If you feel stomach bloating is a problem and think it’s due to your CPAP machine and not what you ate, talk with your doctor about slightly decreasing the pressure setting on your home CPAP machine.

Starting Out With a CPAP Machine

Getting quality sleep is important for physical and mental health and if you have OSA, a home CPAP machine may be the answer for you. There are numerous benefits of CPAP machines and many patients have found that these devices have solved their sleep apnea and snoring issues.

If you cannot seem to adapt to your home CPAP machine, talk with your doctor to make sure you have the right pressure and fit. You can also consider trying alternative treatments to CPAP machines.

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25 thoughts on “CPAP Machines

  1. Taylor Hicken Reply

    I appreciated it when you shared that it is great to consider getting a CPAP machine that can eliminate sleep apnea and improve the quality of your sleep. My friend just mentioned the other day that she is worried about her husband who is dealing with sleep apnea since a few months ago. I will suggest to her getting a CPAP machine for him from a reliable medical equipment.

  2. molly Reply

    We have a CPAP machine in AZ that is no longer used. We need to get rid of it. It needs to be out of the house by Oct 18th.
    Is there a place to donate?

  3. Joan in Dallas Reply

    I have an unopened size M Fisher & Paykel Simplus Full Face Mask Cushion. Please leave a reply if you could use this.

  4. Candice Reply

    I am in need of a CPap machine as I do not have medical insurance. I am paying out of pocket for the sleep study which is expensive! Would anyone be willing to donate a machine? I would cover shipping to Tonopah, Arizona. Thank you so much!

    • Janet Reply

      I have one that I used about a month and couldn’t sleep with because I move around a lot. It works but is past 5 years old.I’d be willing to donate it with unused mask and tubing.

  5. Valerie Prejean Reply

    Good Day All!

    My sister has been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea her Part B coverage is not effective as of yet. She would like to know if anyone has a donation of a CPAP. Thank you very much

  6. Larry Groot Reply

    I have a slightly used Phillips Responics Dream Machine CPAP machine with a few unopened supplies. I would be willing to donate them if local or send them to new owner if postage would be paid. i live in Vancouver, Wa.

    • Julius Quiz Reply

      Hi Larry,

      Just wondering if you will be so kind to donate your cpap machine to me. I live in Tennessee, US.

  7. Susan J Barney Reply

    I have an old Clap machine that I know longer need. What can I do with it?

    • Candice Reply

      I would be interested in using your machine. I am currently paying out of pocket for a sleep study and need to find a machine that won’t break the bank as a single income family. Would you be willing to mail it to me, I will pay for shipping! Can you reply with your email so that we can communicate? Thank you!

  8. Tim Regnitz Reply

    Would you be interested in having me donate my 5 year old, ResMed Elite machine which is in very good condition?

  9. Valerie Reply

    I’m lost my insurance and in need of a cpap machine. If anyone could donate one it would be greatly appreciated.

  10. Teddy Leatherwood Reply

    I am another wondering what to do with a CPAP machine no longer needed. It is a ResMed. I live in Denver, CO.

  11. Doris Hanks Reply

    My husband has 3 different machines. Where can I donate these? We live in the Fort Worth TX

  12. Richard F Bucher Reply

    I have 3 out of use cpap machines. Where can I take them so that they can be recycled? Oakland CA

  13. Bridget Amanda Young Reply

    I have severe sleep apnea along with other major health 6including neuropathy, copd,congestive heart failure, etc. I had a CPAP dreamstation machine and it stopped working. And I was off of it for over 4 months and e ded up in hospital with congestive heart failure. The warranty was for 2 years and it quit in 3 years. So my medicare insurance from my disability will not pay for another one until 2 more years. A friend sent me his old one and it quit after 2 months. Could you please help me to find one that so.eone would donate. Mine is very severe and I’m not resting much cause I’m afraid I want wake up and with insomnia and sleep apnea it’s really hard on me. I’m on disability and I’m 59 years old and have several health problems. Was in hospital with heart in June and and just have came off homehealth. I cant afford yo purchase one. They are so expensive. I’ve tried to explain to medicare that it is a lifesaver for me. I stop breathing over 39 times per hour and has increased since that study. I’m bardly functioning during the day due to not being on cpap. My life truly depends on it. Any info would be appreciated. God Bless.

  14. judy ferro Reply

    what can I do with a cpap machine that I no longer need? can I donate it somewhere or should I throw it away?

  15. Judy Nell ESTRADA Reply

    Does anyone have low income free sleep cpaps available? U have no insurance.

  16. Timothy C Schmieg Reply

    recycle old sleep cpap machines in raleigh. Where can i dispose

  17. Tyler Meredith Reply

    It’s interesting that OSA is a common problem that causes pausing and breathing problems when sleeping. I think my wife has this problem because her breathing patterns seem to be very unnatural when she’s asleep. I think taking her to a professional and talking about potentially getting a CPAP machine could be very helpful for her and her sleep apnea.

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