What would you do if you found out you were breathing germs directly into your airway all night? We hate to break it to you, but if you aren’t using clean CPAP equipment, that’s exactly what’s happening.
Yeah, it's pretty gross.
Dirty CPAP Equipment Could Be Making You Sick
Germs thrive in warm, moist environments, which, if you think about it, pretty much describes your CPAP equipment. One common complaint among sleep apnea patients is that they get sick more often since beginning CPAP therapy. And there’s research to back this up.
According to a 2014 study, sleep apnea patients—particularly those who use CPAP therapy—have an increased risk of being diagnosed with pneumonia. A 2007 study found that infectious diseases averaged 43% among CPAP users compared to just 25% for those who weren’t using CPAP therapy.
Understandably, the risk of getting sick puts a major damper on such an effective sleep apnea treatment method. This is why it’s so important to clean CPAP equipment regularly.
The Best Way to Clean CPAP Equipment
There are a few different ways to go about cleaning CPAP equipment. Soaking the mask, hose and reservoir in a mixture of warm water and mild detergent will help eliminate germs, but it’s a time-consuming process that requires disassembling your equipment, soaking it and then laying it out to dry. CPAP wipes are another option, but studies have shown that detergent wipes transfer bacteria and spores onto multiple surfaces.
For these reasons, the SoClean CPAP Cleaner and Sanitizer is considered the best way to clean CPAP equipment. SoClean is an automated device that uses activated oxygen to destroy 99.9% of CPAP germs in the mask, hose and reservoir. Rather than having to take apart your equipment, you simply place your CPAP mask in the SoClean chamber, close the lid and let SoClean handle the rest.
SoClean is the faster, easier, more effective way to clean CPAP equipment—and users even report feeling better since purchasing it. According to one SoClean customer:
“SoClean changed the CPAP experience for the better. Best investment I have made. My health has improved. It is simple to use and I am not worried about infections.”
Remember that the goal of CPAP therapy is to make you feel better, not worse, so keep your equipment as clean as possible and stop breathing in all those nasty germs.