Using CPAP can be a fantastic experience, but it can also be expensive.
Insurance covers the basics for most equipment and supplies, but some of the optional accessories available might make their experience even better!
The following gift ideas for CPAP users might be just the ticket if you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who may already have everything else… or for someone who could use a little support with their therapy.
Most CPAP machines can be run on a variety of battery backup systems.
Some are simple homemade connections to batteries that can be done DIY.
However, if you’re not an electronics whiz, you may wish to invest in a dedicated battery backup which kicks in at the moment of a power outage.
The latest machines are expensive but worth it for people who schlep themselves across the country and back, from airport to airport, and who may even need to use their machine while in flight.
Generally, most CPAP parts are simple to clean.
However, some people may have compromised immune systems or experience frequent head colds or infections caused by viruses or bacteria during flu season.
A sanitizing machine doesn’t clean the machine, but uses ozone to sanitize it.
Let’s face it, CPAP machines are built for therapeutic reasons, and they don’t bring a lot of personality to the night stand.
For the CPAP user who wants to dress up their machine to match their decor, or a younger user who wants to express themselves, this is a fun gift!
Depending upon the kind of mask worn, pillows can make the CPAP experience a challenge.
Side sleepers may find themselves limited because their masks don’t fit properly or their exhale ports blow into fluffed up pillows, creating noise and discomfort.
Pillows built with cut outs on the sides to make allowance for headgear and mask interfaces may be a practical solution.
The latest equipment comes with heated tubing, which helps with concerns about rainout (excess moisture collection inside the tubing and pooling into the mask).
But for someone with an older machine, they might not have this special tubing.
A decorative tubing sleeve can help insulate their tubing so they experience less rainout.
Even smaller items needed by CPAP users can make welcomed gifts.
Details about and references to medical products and accessories discussed in the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) blog are intended solely as general information for readers. Any suggestions for gift ideas are not intended to serve as medical advice, to diagnose sleep disorders, or to drive treatment. Product discussions are no substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your healthcare provider for personal advice. Product and accessory usage results may vary. Images shared in this blog post are included solely as a convenience to readers. Their presence does not imply any endorsement of these products by the American Sleep Apnea Association.