Humidification decreases dry nose and throat and can help you keep your mouth closed while you sleep through warming and moistening the air you are breathing. Using a CPAP humidifier can improve comfort. Research has shown that CPAP compliance is improved when heated humidification is used with therapy. Most likely, that is because of the decrease in irritation and feeling more refreshed when waking up.
How much water should I use with the heated humidifier?
Cleaning a CPAP machine with humidifier is now easy. Modern humidifiers come with a water chamber that has a maximum water level mark. You should avoid pouring water past this mark. While using the humidifier, it is recommendable to use distilled water, which must be changed daily.
Do I need my humidifier when travelling?
To most CPAP users, the question – can I use CPAP without water? – is still common. Some will try to reduce the bulk and weight of their baggage by leaving their humidifier at home. You may find that the surroundings air is humid enough to be comfortable without your humidifier for a couple of nights, depending on your travel destination. In case you carry a humidifier with you, ensure the water chamber is empty and dry before you pack it.
Nasal resistance can encourage mouth breathing
Interestingly, many people think they breathe through their nose at night because they are born that way. Nevertheless, it could be because of dry airways or untreated sleep apnea. If your nasal passage is dry and congested from CPAP humidifier settings, you may breathe through your mouth at night. That can cause additional dryness and discomfort. Depending on the type of CPAP mask you are using, you may also have considerable air leaks if you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose while sleeping.