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Sleep and breathe better with humidification

In autumn and winter the air outside gets cooler, and in some places it also gets a lot drier. Many of us begin using central heating to keep our homes warm and cozy, which also contributes to drier environments. Continual breathing of dry indoor air can cause itchy skin, sore throat and dry sinuses, and for people with respiratory issues, dry air can exacerbate the problem,(1) resulting in poor sleep.

Humidifiers and sleep apnoea
It’s not just dry air that can affect your breathing at night. Those who use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to combat sleep apnoea may experience dry mouth or throat. This condition comes about as your body is not used to providing the moisture to humidify the airflow created by the device.

The good news is that using humidification along with therapy can reduce dryness and nasal congestion and make you more comfortable while you sleep. ResMed’s heated humidifiers add moisture and warmth to the air delivered by our devices, reducing the symptoms of dryness and congestion and helping you enjoy better quality sleep.

Types of humidifiers
There are a few types of humidifiers you can easily use in conjunction with CPAP therapy.

The first option is to choose a CPAP machine that comes equipped with a built-in humidifier.

The AirSense™ 10 AutoSet™ is a premium pressure device that comes equipped with an integrated, easy-to-use HumidAir™ humidifier and ClimateLineAir™ heated tube,[BS5] [RA6]  designed to maintain the temperature of the humidified air as it passes through the tube. The AirSense 10 AutoSet offers the ability to automatically adjust its pressure level to accommodate a patient’s unique and evolving needs through the night.

You can also add a humidifier to an existing CPAP machine. The H5i™, for example, is designed to easily integrate with ResMed’s S9 AutoSet™ PAP machine to provide comfortable, constant temperature and humidity levels while you sleep.

The H5i uses ResMed’s exclusive Climate Control system, automatically responding to changes in the interior environment while protecting you from CPAP humidification and rainout. Used in combination with the ClimateLine™ heated tube, which is more streamlined and flexible than the average mask tube, the result is simply a more comfortable sleep.

Both models come with built-in cellular technology that enables health care providers to have remote access to their patients’ therapy data and device settings. Other features include a built-in ambient light sensor, AutoRamp™ sleep onset detection to automatically increase pressure once you fall asleep, whisper-quiet motor, and SmartStart™ technology that starts and stops in response to your breathing.

For people who currently use an AirSense device without humidification, you can easily integrate a HumidAir humidifier and ClimateLineAir tube. Both are simple, powerful additions that help create a comfortable sleeping experience with controlled, humidified air.

Lastly, if you travel regularly, then you might want to consider adding the AirMini – The world’s smallest CPAP device* launched in Spring 2017.

Weighing in at just 300grams the AirMini is a must for frequent travellers. The AirMini Heat Moisture Exchangers, HumidX™ and HumidX Plus can be inserted between the patient and the vent, providing waterless humidification at its most compact, effective and comfortable level.

It is ResMed’s innovative ActiveAir technology that serves as the crucial pivot that makes AirMini Solutions possible. This technology allows the vent to be built into the tube connector, rather than directly on the mask.

So as the seasons change and the temperature and humidity drop, don’t let the increased dryness impact your shut-eye. With a humidifier integrated into your PAP therapy, you can breathe easy and rest well.



2 thoughts on “Sleep and breathe better with humidification

  1. You don’t mention a suitable temperature for winter use. I use an H5i humidifier all the time, should I change the temperature during winter?

    1. Hi David, the H5i operates between levels 1 to 6, with 6 being the maximum. The level you have it set to any time of year is very much down to you and your personal requirements. If you find you are waking with a drier mouth or throat then that is a sign that perhaps you should increase the level of humidity, however in the colder months this may result in condensation (rain out) forming in the tube if you don’t use the heated ClimateLine tube. To combat this you can try running the tube under your bed clothes to help keep it warm, otherwise consider purchasing a ClimateLine tube. Otherwise if you don’t find your treatment any more drying in the winter then leave the humidification level as it is. I hope this helps.

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