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The Benefits of Using a CPAP Cleaner for Sleep Apnea Therapy

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy helps keep airways open while you sleep by sustaining a constant flow of air, particularly if you have sleep apnea, But to fully benefit from CPAP therapy, it’s imperative to maintain clean, sanitized equipment. We will discuss the value of CPAP cleaning, the shortcomings of conventional cleaning techniques, and the ground-breaking solution offered by the Lumin CPAP Sanitizer in this blog.

Need of CPAP Cleaning

It is imperative to have a CPAP cleaning machine at home for multiple reasons. Frequent cleaning aids in preventing the growth of mould, germs, and other dangerous microbes within the CPAPA accessories, like tubing, CPAP masks, etc. Respiratory problems, infections, and a reduction in therapeutic efficacy could result from neglecting to maintain the cleanliness of the CPAP components. Thus, investing in a dependable CPAP cleaner is a prudent move to guarantee a clean and healthy experience with sleep apnea therapy.

Limitations of Traditional Cleaning Techniques:

CPAP users have always depended on time-consuming procedures like cleaning their apparatus in soapy water. This method not only wastes time but also runs the danger of not drying and cleaning the area completely. Due to the inconvenience of these procedures, people frequently overlook the cleaning process entirely, which could be harmful to their health.

Lumin CPAP Sanitiser: A Better Solution

In the area of CPAP cleaning, the Lumin CPAP Sanitizer has shown to be revolutionary. It is the go-to option for consumers looking for a practical and efficient solution because of its cutting-edge technology and user-friendly design, which solve the drawbacks of conventional cleaning techniques.

Popularity has grown for the Lumin multi purpose sanitizer as a dependable way to clean CPAP masks, humidifier chambers, and hoses. The following are five unique advantages of employing the Lumin sanitizer for these purposes:

Easy One-Touch Operation:

The Lumin sanitizer’s one-touch operation is part of its user-friendly design. Because of its simplicity, cleaning is easy and quick. The sanitizer’s tray can hold CPAP hoses, humidifier chambers, and masks. Users can then start the one-touch, five-minute sanitization cycle and take pleasure in how simple it is to keep their CPAP setup clean. Regular cleaning is encouraged by this feature, which supports a more healthful sleep therapy regimen.

Comprehensive Sanitization:

The Lumin multifunctional sanitizer’s capacity to offer comprehensive sanitization is one of its most notable features. The sanitizer targets and destroys bacteria, viruses, and other dangerous organisms on CPAP hoses, humidifier chambers, and masks using strong UV-C radiation. This guarantees a complete and efficient cleaning procedure, lowering the possibility of respiratory problems and illnesses linked to dirty CPAP equipment.

No Ozone

Lumin CPAP Cleaner and Sanitiser doesn’t use ozone that’s harmful for people with respiratory conditions and it’s also not good for the environment.  Lumin can safely clean and sanitise CPAP accessories but the UV Light. Besides CPAP accessories, it is also beneficial for sanitising your electronics, phone, and even kids toys and dummies.

No Chemical Residue or Odors:

The Lumin sanitizer uses UV-C light to disinfect CPAP equipment, as opposed to certain conventional cleaning techniques that employ chemical solutions. This guarantees a clean and odor-free CPAP experience because there are no chemical residues left behind. Users don’t have to worry about breathing in or coming into contact with harmful substances when using sanitized equipment.

Time-saving and Versatile:

The Lumin multi purpose sanitizer saves time because it may be used to clean multiple CPAP components at once. Users can either put hoses, mask, or headgear in the tray for proper cleaning. This adaptability facilitates a sanitary sleeping environment by saving users time and motivating them to regularly clean all necessary parts of their CPAP system.

Safe for Sensitive Components:

Certain cleaning solutions may cause damage to the sensitive materials found in CPAP hoses, humidifier chambers, and masks. By using UV-C light, the Lumin sanitizer effectively sanitizes these components without being harsh on them. This guarantees that the CPAP equipment’s integrity and performance are preserved throughout time, extending its lifespan and lowering the need for premature replacements.

UV-C Technology for Better Disinfection:

UV-C light technology, which is well-known for having strong disinfecting effects, is used in the Lumin multipurpose sanitizer to provide enhanced disinfection. UV-C light works well in destroying the DNA of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, stopping them from proliferating. With the high degree of disinfection this cutting-edge technology offers, users can feel secure in the hygienic and secure nature of their CPAP equipment.


The cleanliness of a CPAP machine is of utmost importance for effective sleep apnea therapy, as well as your overall health. Instead of traditional time-consuming cleaning techniques, go for a Lumin sanitizing machine for home that eradicates bacteria and germs from your CPAP accessories within 5 minutes. With its one-touch sanitization feature, you can keep your CPAP accessories clean and safe to use. Hence, your overall breathing experience will improve every night. So, if you don’t want to jeopardize your respiratory health or sleep quality, go for this handy CPAP cleaner for effective hygiene.  Bring this CPAP sanitizing machine to your home for a restful night’s sleep while keeping germs/bacteria at bay. Find more information on the official website.





CPAP Mask: How to Find the Right Fitting Mask for Better Sleep

Over the years, many patients have come to me complaining that they still aren’t getting a restful night’s sleep after being placed on CPAP. We go back and check pressure, medication, body position but the single most important part of the CPAP equation is the CPAP mask type and fit.

Why is the CPAP Mask Fit so Important?

Well, if you can’t tolerate your mask, there is no chance you will acclimate to therapy. Poor fitting masks cause facial marks, discomfort, dry eyes, dry mouth, open sores, excessive leaking and even hair loss.

With all the new technology built into CPAP masks, there is no reason you shouldn’t have a comfortable mask that fills your needs.

Masks Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

Masks can come in many different varieties. Traditional types are nasal pillows, nasal masks and full face masks. Non-traditional masks exist for those that need an outside the box fit as well.

Some pretty cool and comfortable non-traditional masks that can help are the Tap-Pap, a nasal pillow interface with no headgear; it’s held in place with the patient’s mouth.

The SleepWeaver mask line is cloth based and even works for pediatric patients and the Fit Life mask by Philips Respironics, is a total face mask.

Which CPAP Mask is an Appropriate Fit for You?

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I generally start by asking if a patient knows their pressure or is claustrophobic. For pressures higher than 11, I DO NOT recommend a nasal pillow. They are great masks but at higher pressures, they can be drying and irritating to nasal and sinus cavities.

So, say you are claustrophobic AND have a high pressure?

I fit patients with a full face mask, seems like backwards thinking but let’s look deeper: Higher pressure has challenges of its own that can be intolerable with a full face mask such as the 3B Numa.

The Numa can offer a slight diffusion of air pressure and give the added benefit of allowing a patient the freedom to open their mouth, which for some relieves the feeling of claustrophobia.

This is also very helpful for patients who are mouth breathers or who experience nasal congestion, allergies or dry mouth.

Side sleeper? Move a lot? Tolerate your air pressure well and don’t wake up with an overly dry mouth?

Probably best in a simple nasal mask. These tend to be well tolerated, are very lightweight and are easy to use. The 3B Viva is a great option with the added benefit of a silicone gasket built in to ensure your mask moves with you and keeps a great seal.

Want to read in bed or watch TV?

There are some GREAT options for a forehead-less mask which allow you unrestricted vision and the ability to wear glasses if needed. Two 3B masks fit the bill here.

The Rio II, an ultra-lightweight nasal pillow interface, and the 3B Elara, a mask that is both full-face and soft and comfortable with no forehead stabilizer.

Finding a mask that suits your needs can be challenging, but it is definitely possible with all the masks on the market.

Some Other Things to Consider when Mask Shopping

How easy is the mask to assemble following cleaning? How does your DME company size and fit the mask to you?  Does your mask make you feel confident that you can rest comfortably? Is the mask “noisy?”

All these parameters affect not only you but also your bed partner.

Mask cleaning is also a concern. Getting into all the nooks and crannies with a soap and water will likely clean all visible debris based on how often you clean your mask. However, you might consider a rather handy unit for sanitisation like the 3B Lumin. The Lumin will sanitise your mask to over 99% on surface areas.

The 3B Lumin Can Help

The 3B Lumin will also sanitise most household goods. It’s a true multi-purpose item, throw in your toothbrushes, baby pacifiers and cell phones.

Keeping your CPAP and home accessories germ-free has never been easier. For more information please check out our Lumin site.

The perfect CPAP mask is so worth the hunt, it can be life-changing and life-saving.

Keep fighting for that perfect night’s rest; stay healthy, faithful readers. Remember YOU are your biggest advocate.

Knowing the Dangers of Ignoring Sleep Disorders and Sleep Apnea

John & Becky were that perfect couple, you know the type. Do everything together, have two perfect kids, look adorable at all times, live in a nice suburban home. The worst part is they’re genuinely nice people, the kind you can’t help but like to be around.

Imagine my surprise when John told me Becky won’t sleep in the same room anymore. I was stunned! My partner and I have our ups and downs but we always make up by bedtime; it’s our rule!

Turns out John & Becky have a different problem.

John is a snorer — not a cute little cartoon snore, but a full-on, wall-shaking, wake up the baby in the next room kind of snore.

Becky was miserable, exhausted all the time, irritable. Becky decided to visit a doctor, where the couples were prescribed a sleep study. Becky expected the worst …. and the study came back negative. So why was Becky, an otherwise healthy adult, so tired all the time?


How Did They Find the Problem?

John finally gave in and went to a sleep study program …. and tested positive for sleep apnea. He was devastated to realize so much damage had been caused to their relationship, unknowingly, by sleep apnea. John’s constant loud snores, snorts, and movements prevented Becky from getting any restful sleep.

Apparently, this is so common that an estimated 23% of American couples don’t sleep together because snoring and sleep apnea disturbs the partner’s ability to get adequate sleep.

John is now happily using a CPAP to breathe and sleep through the night, cuddled up with a happy spouse — once again the perfect couple.

It’s nice to hear happy endings to stories like these; unfortunately, not every story related to sleep disorders ends that way. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a dangerous syndrome that shouldn’t be ignored.


Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

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It’s even been scientifically proven to be as detrimental to drive when you’re tired as it is to drive under the influence. We are a nation of drivers — in trucks, cars, trailers, RVs, motorcycles …. and trains. The National Transportation Safety Board is a government agency that oversees and proposes regulations for safety in mass transit situations.

Over the last couple of decades, there have been dozens of commuter train accidents. Many happen because of people driving and stopping on crossings, and some are due to derailment. But what people aren’t talking about is the sheer volume happening due to untreated sleep apnea.

Just in the last couple of years, the NTSB has strongly urged individual transport companies to require testing. However, in 2017 a federal law mandating testing for drivers was repealed — scary when you think of how many people can be seated on a train.


Sleep Apnea Additional Statistics

In January 2017, more than 100 people were injured when a train conductor fell asleep at the wheel and the train crashed, then passed the bumper blocks and rammed into a wall at a Brooklyn train station. This crash happened less than a year after a very similar accident in a Hoboken, N.J. crash that killed a bystander in the waiting room when the wall collapsed.

In 2013, a train hurtled off a curve on a New York railway. That curve was rated to 30mph. The train was traveling at 82 mph. The conductor said he felt like he was in a fog. The brakes weren’t even engaged until the train started falling off the tracks. Tragically, 70 people were injured and four lost their lives that day.

Each one of these train conductors tested positive for sleep apnea after the fact. In response to these and other tragedies, the NTSB is now recommending sleep screenings for railway workers and has created a website for support: Railroader Sleep.



OSA is a life-damaging syndrome, not just to the person afflicted but to those around them, their loved ones, friends, and even perfect strangers. Get tested and save lives, even your own!

Stay healthy, faithful readers. Next month we’ll explore all the creepy crawlers and scary sleep paralysis — just in time for Halloween!

To learn more, contact 3B Lumin, a manufacturer and distributor of sleep therapy and oxygen therapy products.