It’s autumn, and you know what that means. The air outside is getting cooler, and in some places it’s also getting a lot drier. Many of us begin using indoor heaters or stoves 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 positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy to combat sleep apnoea may experience dry mouth or throat. It’s a condition that can occur because your body is not used to creating the moisture needed to humidify the airflow generated 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 therapy devices, reducing the symptoms of dryness and congestion and helping you enjoy a more restful sleep.
Types of humidifiers
There are a few types of humidifiers you can easily use in conjunction with PAP therapy.
You can add a humidifier to an existing PAP 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 condensation (or 'rain-out'). 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.
Another option is a PAP machine that comes equipped with a built-in humidifier. Two examples include the AirSense™ 10 Elite and the AirSense™ 10 AutoSet™. Both are premium pressure devices that come 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.
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.
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.