The world is already noisy enough, so the least we can hope for is a little silence when we hit the hay. Yet, this isn’t always the case, especially if you undergo CPAP treatment. Indeed, CPAP machines can be noisy as all get-out – the roaring motor, the wheezing of the humidifier, the air sucking in and out. It can make anyone want to take out a sledgehammer and smash his or her CPAP to smithereens. Luckily, though, there are a number of new CPAPs and masks on the market that are designed to be whisper quiet, so the whole noisy CPAP issue is a thing of the past and you don’t have to resort to violence.
Whisper Quiet CPAPs
There is usually one main source of noise on a CPAP machine: the motor (cue fist pumping in anger). CPAP machines have a motor that helps suck in oxygen from the room to provide the adequate dose of pressurized air needed to treat your sleep apnea. It is important to note that the CPAP motor was built with some of the same mechanical principles of a vacuum cleaner, so you can expect some noise. However, new CPAP machines are being built with a number of remarkably advanced noise reducing features. For instance, the all-new AirSense 10 CPAP system from ResMed incorporates an ultra-quiet Easy-Breathe motor, which creates a drastically more peaceful environment when you sleep. Not only that, but the AirSense 10 has an AutoRamp function that delivers a lower pressure when you are falling asleep and then ramps up to the prescribed dose when the machine detects that you are sound asleep, thus offering much more quiet and comfortable treatment. Don’t you love technology? And if you are on the go or travel often, you may be interested in the Z1 Base System, which is the lightest and possibly quietest CPAP machine on the market – it only makes 26 decibels of sound during operation, which is quieter than a whisper quiet library.
Whisper Quiet Masks
There is also one main source of noise when it comes to CPAP masks: air leaking out. Either you have a leak in the mask or the mask isn’t properly ventilated, which gives you that lovely Darth Vader sound when you breathe. No, the force is definitely not with you when you are trying to get some damn sleep. This is why you need a quieter CPAP mask – a mask specially designed to be less audible. For instance, the AirFit 10 nasal pillow mask system from ResMed is built with unique air diffusers, which virtually eliminates any sound. Another mask with an amazing air diffusing feature is the Mirage FX nasal CPAP mask, which only has four simple parts, so not only is it ultra quiet, but it is also incredibly streamlined. You also have the Quattro Air Mask full face mask, which has circular air diffusing vents, which direct air away from you and your bed partner, so you can say good-bye to noise and goodnight to yourself.
Tips and Tricks for Reducing Noise
On top of upgrading your CPAP machine and mask, there are also a number of ways that you can maintain the quietness of your CPAP system. For one thing, you want to keep your humidifier filled to the adequate level – if you don’t, you will have a lot of gurgling sounds, which will sound not unlike someone is desperately trying to savor the last few drops of a milkshake. Also, you want to make sure that you replace you’re your old CPAP cushion, because there is a good chance that your tired, worn out cushion may be causing your mask to leak, which is not only noisy, but also really messy and could cause chaffing on your skin. You can also try using some liners to enhance the seal and comfort of your mask to reduce noise even further. When it comes down to it, the key is to reduce the amount of air leaking from your CPAP mask – the less air that escapes, the less noise there will be.
When it comes to CPAP noise, it’s understandable why you may be building up resentment for your CPAP system. Don’t worry – there are plenty of people in the same boat. Fortunately, though, there are a few simple solutions for a radically quieter CPAP experience. You can switch to a whisper quiet CPAP machine, like the AirSense 10 or the Z1 Base System. You could go for a CPAP mask with air diffusing vents, like the AirFit 10 or Quattro Air Mask. Or you could try replacing your mask cushion or adding liners to your mask to provide a better seal and fit. In the end, noise is the number one thing that gets in the way of people’s dedication to CPAP treatment, so it is important to cut out the racket once and for all.