Winter Months and CPAP Treatment

Fall is in full swing, and Winter is right around the corner… and for some, has already reared its chilly head in some parts of the country.

Some important things to remember with regard to the cooler temperatures and your CPAP treatment, especially for those of you who are sleeping in your trucks:

  • The cooler and dryer the ambient temperature is, the more humidification you may need to help combat dryness or congestion issues.
  • If you increase your humidifier dial, remember that if you start to get condensation in your hose and or mask (rain out), then you need to either decrease the humidifier dial and or call for a hose cover.  In the meantime, you can place the hose under the covers and your body warmth will help with the condensation.  You can also make your own hose cover by sewing a few white tube socks together and sliding them over the hose.
  • Some of you may not normally use a humidifier, and that may have worked for you in the warmer-humid months, however, if you start to have any of the following symptoms: dryness in throat-mouth and nose, bloody nose, sinus headache, congestion, runny nose etc. then you may need to add some humidity to your CPAP treatment for increased comfort.
  • Many of you are using bunk heaters in the Fall and Winter months… please keep your hose away from the heater… also, it’s a good idea to keep a spare hose in your truck in the event it is damaged by the heater or by any other means.
  • Make sure your SD card or data card are protected from extreme temperatures.  Try insulating the card so that it is not exposed to the cold temperatures in your truck.  The cards are sensitive to extreme temperatures and data may get erased if the SD/data card has been exposed to cold or hot temperatures.
  • Some of you may experience some power issues in your truck as you turn your humidification dial up above 3.  If you are using a newer CPAP unit with the DC converter -you should be ok going above 3 on the humidifier dial, however, those of you with older CPAP units, may need to stay below 3 due to power issues. New ResMed and Respironics units are ok but –I am not sure about other manufacturer’s units and how they impact the power in a truck with increased humidification.

As we make the transition to the colder climates, I hope the above suggestions help you remain as comfortable as possible with your CPAP treatment.

Above all be SAFE and stay warm….

Safe travels!