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Humidifier Prevents CPAP Dryness

As a treatment for sleep apnea, the CPAP machine helps control breathing irregularities, and the CPAP humidifier can give added benefits. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder caused when the airway becomes obstructed or collapses. Because breathing ceases temporarily, the body eventually has to wake itself up suddenly to restore proper breathing function. Snoring and persistent fatigue are common symptoms of sleep apnea, a disorder that has a variety of causes. Although regular use of a CPAP machine is a great treatment option for sleep apnea that is very effective, there are some side effects that make CPAP therapy difficult for some people to tolerate for an extended period of time, but a CPAP humidifier can help.

CPAP Humidifier Prevents Side Effects

There is no disputing the fact that CPAP therapy is an extremely effective way to treat sleep apnea, but using the CPAP humidifier attachment can make CPAP use even more effective by reducing the potential for problematic side effects. CPAP refers to continuous positive air pressure, and CPAP machines function by pumping pressurized air into the lungs in order to maintain an open airway. This air is delivered from the machine into the lungs through a breathing mask worn by the sleep apnea sufferer while he or she is sleeping. However, the air that is pumped into the lungs is slightly different from normal air because it travels at increased speeds and changes the nasal tissues that normally come in contact with the air. As a result, many people who are prescribed a regular CPAP regimen end up suffering from dryness in nasal passages and throat, sore tongues, and even nose bleeds. Although problems related to the sleep apnea may be eliminated by the CPAP machine, these additional side effects can be equally annoying or problematic.

A CPAP humidifier can help by adding additional moisture to the air that travels into the lungs. The additional moisture can help compensate for dried out nasal and throat tissues, preventing the problems mentioned above. In addition, the air will be easier and more comfortable to breathe, so the CPAP user will be less likely to complain about differences in breathing while using the CPAP. There are two different kinds of CPAP humidifiers that are available: ones providing heated humidified air and ones providing unheated humidified air. Most people tend to agree that heated humidifiers are more efficient and effective for eliminating problems related to dryness in the throat and nose because heated air has the capacity to hold more moisture than unheated. If you currently experience problems with your nose and throat due to CPAP use, consider purchasing a CPAP humidifier attachment.

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