Using CPAP in the Winter

The holiday season is over and a new year has begun. It’s time for optimism where anything seems possible, but there’s still a few months left of winter, which means a few more months of drier, colder air passing into your airway every night when you use you CPAP machine to treat sleep apnea. Colder air does more than dry out your skin and chap your lips, it dries out your airway when air passes through from your PAP device. And while the winter will linger for a few more months, we, at Your CPAP Store, have some tips that can help you reduce the impact of the drier air on your CPAP Therapy.

Add Humidity to Your CPAP Therapy

One of the easiest ways to enhance your CPAP therapy is by adding some humidity. CPAP machines are usually fitted with humidifiers. These humidifiers add moisture to the air that passes through your airway during your CPAP therapy which helps keep your airway from drying out during the night. If you’ve been waking up with a dry mouth or throat, a humidifier could help relieve the dryness and help you sleep better.

Use a Full Face CPAP Mask for CPAP Therapy

You should be using a full face mask if you breathe through your mouth when you sleep, but this is especially important during the winter months. If you use a nasal mask and breathe through your mouth, your throat will not only be dry, but your CPAP therapy isn’t being as effective as it could be. A full face mask will ensure that you are actually breathing in the air from your PAP machine.

If you need assistance finding the right machine for your needs, preferences, and budget, feel free to email us at cs@yourcpapstore.ca or give us a toll-free call at 1-844-355-2727.

2 thoughts on “Using CPAP in the Winter

  1. Norm McIntosh says:

    l use a full container of water–a full face mask–and a heated breathing tube and my mouth is still dry after 8 hours.

    • Deb says:

      You may need to adjust your humidity level in your machine. You may also need to have a download done to determine if you have any leakage problems.
      Leaks can cause dryness. Also, depending on how old the tubing is, it may be time for a replacement because there could be small cracks in that as well.
      If you’d like you can email or call us to speak with our sleep therapy specialist cs@yourcpapstore.ca / 1-844-355-2727

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