A CPAP humidifier might be very useful…
Using a humidifier with your CPAP mask may rapidly reduce many inconveniences, including throat and nose dryness or rhinitis. Check with your doctor and CPAP provider if you need one.
Does your CPAP machine make your mouth and nose dry? On the contrary, does it make your nose runny because it is protecting itself from too much air pressure? Using a CPAP humidifier will help you feeling more comfortable with your sleep apnea treatment.
Wether it is integrated to your CPAP machine or not, a humidifier will attenuate dryness and irritation of your throat and nasal mucus membranes. You can use a humidifier in your room, or directly connected to your CPAP machine.
A CPAP humidifier: a necessity, not a luxury
Check with your doctor and CPAP provider to help you select the most adapted equipment for your needs and budget. For example, some humidifiers have adjustment buttons to personalize their humidifying power: you can choose between warm and high heat if needed.
You might also need heated humidification, like many sleep apnea patients over 60.(1) It enables you to reduce the condensation in the CPAP system due to the air temperature difference between inside and outside the mask, especially if you are used to sleep in a cold room… Or an insulating cover could also be fine.
Last but not least, make sure the water chamber capacity of your humidifier is large enough to provide humidification for the entire night’s sleep. No matter what one’s pressure setting is.