Take some of the advice we have shared with our loved ones:
‘‘When it came to my parents' health, I stressed the need to have a machine with advanced data. If you go on medication to control your blood pressure your doctor isn't just going to ask you if you've been taking your medication - your vitals will be taken. Machines with advanced data do the same thing, indicate whether or not your treatment is actually effective.
Use our compare charts to tell at a glance which machines have advanced data tracking.’’
‘‘I always recommend seeking out real world feedback from other users. CPAP.com Product Reviews and CPAPtalk.com are two great ways to do this.
Another good thing to realize is for every comfort issue, there's a comfort item. They are generally inexpensive and can really make a big difference.’’
‘‘Before my dad started his therapy, he had no idea how OSA was affecting his health. Now he is caught up on sleep, and his blood pressure has lowered. He loves talking to me about things he can do to improve his therapy. He never realized he could adjust the settings on his humidifier to his comfort, or how changing out his headgear or nasal pillows can help him get a better seal on his mask.’’
‘‘I like to emphasize the many medical benefits of CPAP use, especially the positive effect on cardiovascular health.
Investing some time up front to find what equipment fits best is very wise, as well. ’’
‘‘Recently, when my dad needed a new machine, I made sure he got an IntelliPAP. It's a great, quiet machine, which is perfect because my mom is a very light sleeper.
I also like to make sure he is stocked up on filters.’’
‘‘When my son mentioned he was waking up in the morning with headaches, I encouraged him to go in for a sleep study. Since his diagnosis, he has stuck with what has worked for him. He still uses the model of mask and machine he was prescribed originally. Now he doesn't wake up with headaches.
I've been known to throw a fresh hose in with his orders, too.’’