Sunday, September 13, 2009

What if the cpap machine turns off?

When I first started to use the cpap machine a though came to my mind. What if the cpap machine turns off in the middle of the night due to a power shortage would I continue to breath?
Of course it never happened because I didn’t use the cpap machine when there was a storm, but what if I didn’t know about a storm coming?

You can buy backup batteries for your machines. I didn’t realize it at the time but it makes perfect sense especially if you get to the point where you are used to the machine and rely on it to get a good night’s sleep. If you have a cpap machine it would seem like a good investment.

As far as the cpap machine breaking down in the middle of the night I don’t think that there is much chance of that because they are pretty sophisticated and probably tested many times. But a problem that I did have was the hose getting loose in the middle of the night. I toss and turn quite a bit and I’m sure that is the reason that the hose didn’t stay attached to the machine. I realized it came off immediately because of the roaring sound it made. That was another reason that I didn’t stay with the cpap that long.

But I am going to give it another try and hopefully I can get past some of these obstacles.

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  1. I had this experience of power outage in the night and CPAP turned off.. but then i woke up as I couldn't breathe.. I wouldn't worry abt it as I am sure I will wake up if it turns off.

  2. that makes sense, thanks for the comment

  3. There is no danger of power outage while using a CPAP. If you use a nasal mask, you will automatically start breathing from your mouth. You may start snoring but you will not die. Even if you use a chin strap, you will still be able to breath from mouth.

    If you use a full face mask, you wil still be able to breath through the safty valve of the mask and you will not die either.

    The worst thing that can happen if power goes out or if the machine breaks down is you will be sleeping without the help of the cpap machine.

  4. Best to choose a cpap where you're comfortable with. Where you can have seamless sleep without any machine interruptions.


  5. that's a good point because if you aren't comfortable with it sleeping is going to be difficult
    thanks for the comment

  6. Tossing and turning gives a sign that you're comfortable sleeping but unnoticeable machine problems, will just give you sleepless nights.