Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts the breathing process when sleeping and is affecting more people daily. One way to manage the situation is by getting a CPAP machine to help maintain constant airflow to keep the airway open. However, before buying the equipment, keep in mind that the machine must be cleaned regularly for proper functioning. Cleaning sleep apnea machines is vital to remove germs and harmful bacteria that can make you sick. We discuss ways of setting up a CPAP machine below.
Guide on How to Set Up a CPAP Machine
If you suffer from this condition, the doctor prescribes a sleep apnea machine. But are you left to figure out how to set it up for use? The process is easy and involves several steps, which are;
1. Designate a Space for the Machine
Where you place the CPAP machine is the first important step. Since it is used while sleeping, the location must be near your bed or your desired sleeping spot. In addition, space should provide support for the machine’s base, ensuring it stable with low possibilities of falling off.
Keep it near a power outlet for easy plugging and where the hose can still reach the head of the bed. The ideal location should also allow you to turn in the equipment, access the filter, and put water in the humidifier. Ideally, a nightstand or bedside table would be the location for setting up.
2. Check the Filter and Fix it
Every type of CPAP machine has a specific filter that’s different from the other. The filter is replaceable and comes with instructions from the manufacturer, or the doctor may give you specific instructions with details of the filter. The filter is fitted into a small compartment in the device and easy to take out for replacement.
3. Fix the Hose to the Machine
Attach the hose to a connector on the device firmly without using too much force. Ensure the attachment is good such that it doesn’t come off when sudden movements are made while sleeping.
4. Connect the Hose to the Mask
Attach the free end of the tubing to the mask, forming a close-fitting connection to prevent leakage. In some devices, this is done by clicking into place while you push the tube completely until it covers the mask’s narrow mouth in others.
5. Fill Up the Humidifier
This step is necessary if your machine comes with a humidifier attached to it to keep your mouth and throat from drying up. First, fill the humidifier with distilled water until it reaches the ‘max’ line. Using any other type of water results in a build-up of minerals and impurities that cause the device to malfunction. Filling water past the max line is not advisable as it results in water flow into the hose. Finally, plug in the device, and it’s ready for use.
The steps mentioned above are clear and straightforward. They make your setup process easy and fast; however, you can also seek help if you can’t find the exact attachment spot for each machine part.