Tuesday, September 15, 2015

5 Ways to Avoid Dry Skin with CPAP Machines

Avoid dryness from CPAP therapy
Anyone who has ever used a CPAP machine, or who understands how they work, knows they can cause dry skin. Because of the very nature of how they're made – pumping a constant stream of air – they've essentially got science against them from day one. And while these machines provide the ability to sleep soundly, and offer their abilities against sleep apnea, dry skin can be no picnic. 

With just a few additional steps, however, CPAP users can make the most our of their sleep treatments, including getting some much needed moisture. Without having to give up steady sleep. 

5. Sleep With a Humidifier

By pumping moisture into the air, the actual breaths you take through your machine will hold more hydration. (Vs. from a room without a humidifier.) This helps reduce "dry air" before it even hits the CPAP machine.

4. Spring for the Gear

CPAP machines come with specialty lotions, salves made for the nasal passages, etc. Because they're designed specifically to work with your machine, you can ensure they have the most moistening abilities possible. 

3. Drink More Water

Hydration starts from the inside out.

2. Check Air Quality

When's the last time you changed your heater's air filters? Or cleaned lint off the AC? Have you thought about an air purifier? Simple changes like these can ensure your air is clean and full of moisture (ideal in the winter), even before it hits your machine.

1. Clean Your CPAP Mask

The more gunk and germs that are built up on your mask, the bigger risk you have at causing sickness, infection, or even drier skin.

These simple CPAP accessories can help keep you moisturized and breathing easy at all times. Be sure to incorporate them into your nightly routine for a more efficient sleep apnea treatment option.