As the weather gets warmer, wearing your CPAP mask can suddenly feel a lot less appealing. Some of our users have told us of discomfort when it gets hot – where your mask can cling to your face and trap the warmth. The humid air coming from the CPAP machine can intensify the sensation of heat, making for a sweaty, less enjoyable experience.
The good news is that with a few adjustments and tips, it’s possible to achieve a more restful and cool night's sleep. In this blog, we'll explore some CPAP mask tips tailored for the summer.
Using a lower humidifier setting during the warmer months may help prevent condensation from building up in your mask. This is commonly referred to as ‘rainout’. It happens when the heated air from your CPAP machine cools in your tubing, reaching your mask as water and making your face damp.
Check out our beginner’s guide to CPAP humidification
Selecting the appropriate CPAP mask is crucial for comfort, especially during the warmer months. Nasal pillows and nasal masks are generally less intrusive. Full-face masks, in comparison, may feel warmer on a hot day due to increased coverage.
Consider using CPAP masks made from lightweight and breathable materials. ResMed masks are designed with summer comfort in mind, featuring breathable cushions and minimalistic designs to enhance airflow.
ResMed mask headgear is made of soft and durable Breathe-O-Prene™ material. Air flows through the fabric so that it ‘breathes’, drawing moisture away from the skin for your comfort.
Summer heat can worsen problems related to mask hygiene. No one wants to wake up with a sticky mask in the morning. Keep your CPAP mask and accessories clean to prevent the build-up of sweat, oils, and bacteria that can irritate your skin. Use mild, fragrance-free soap and allow all components to air dry thoroughly.
Read our CPAP Maintenance Guide for mask cleaning tips
Explore cooling accessories designed for CPAP users such as CPAP pillow coolers/pads that can be placed under your pillow to help keep you cool throughout the night.
Try to maintain a cool and well-ventilated bedroom to help you stay comfortable during the night. Look for bedding that is light and breathable.
Explore more tips on how to keep the ideal bedroom temperature
Make sure you replace CPAP parts, such as filters, as recommended so that the air coming through your CPAP machine is fresh and clean.
An easy way to keep on top of the replacement of your CPAP parts and accessories is to join our CPAP subscription service and you’ll no longer have to think about when you need to replace your mask, device filter and other consumables.
If your CPAP mask and accessories are still drying due to the humidity in the air, it can be worth keeping a back-up on hand. Keeping your tubing dry is particularly important to help avoid rainout.
Hot weather can lead to dehydration, so it's essential to stay hydrated. Ensure you drink enough water throughout the day to prevent discomfort caused by a dry mouth or throat during CPAP therapy.
As temperatures get hotter over the summer period, staying comfortable and sticking with your CPAP therapy may get harder. Incorporating these tips into your routine, can help you to experience a cool and comfortable night's sleep with your CPAP therapy.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. You should speak to your doctor about your symptoms and whether a CPAP device is suitable for you.
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