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CPAP machines and nightstands??
#1
Are there any suggestions for how high the nightstand should be when the CPAP machine is placed upon it? I've had the same nightstand for quite some time, only now we have a new bed and the bed is just slightly higher than the nightstand? Sorry for what must sound like a silly question, but in my original sleep study they said to sit the machine on the floor. However I decided not to do that as my cat would play with the hose and accidentally turn on the machine with her paw.

Thank you for any suggestions.
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#2
Hi GrammaBear,
Some people here on the board say that the machine should set on something a bit lower than the bed but my nightstand is slightly higher than my bed and I don't have any trouble with rainout or anything like that.
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trish6hundred
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#3
Nightstand...and dust the area it sits on often. Smile Floor is always a bad idea since the CPAP will be inhaling all the dust and dirt down there right into its filters.
Bleah!

Using a hose holder works well too since it keeps you from getting tangled up in the hose and keeps the rainout down too.
Wink

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#4
The height of the machine in relation to your head when you lay down is directly proportional to how you deal with rainout (when moist air from the humidifier condenses in the hose and makes wonderful gurgling sounds).

If you have a problem with rainout, then you want it lower than your head. This is so the water does not go onto your face or up your nose. From my experience with it, it burns like the bejeebers! (different pH)

If you do not have a problem with rainout, then put it wherever it is convenient.

And there's no way in heckaroni I would put my machine on the floor. With 2 dogs, 2 cats, wood floors, and high ceilings? It's bad enough with it on the shelf.
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#5
I also have my machine sitting on a square of Rubbermaid drawer liner because I accidentally pulled it almost all the way off the nightstand table. I have hardwood and if the machine would have hit the floor I'm sure that damage would have been done. Thank you for all the great tips Smile
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(12-23-2012, 09:43 PM)trish6hundred Wrote: Hi GrammaBear,
Some people here on the board say that the machine should set on something a bit lower than the bed but my nightstand is slightly higher than my bed and I don't have any trouble with rainout or anything like that.
Stick around for more suggestions.

Same here except for the rainout part which I remedied by reducing humidity. When I get back in touch with my RT I'll acquire a heated hose.
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#7
Yeah, that drawer liner is good stuff to keep things from sliding. I have the heated hose so I don't have problems with rainout.
trish6hundred
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#8
In the anti-rainout department: I also use de-humidifiers to keep the humidity below 50%.
This is mostly to prevent mold from growing but low humidity air tends to take up the water and it stays in vapor state.
At most I get a small collection of droplets in the hose and that is only when the room temperature gets really low.

You folks in the frozen north might need heated hoses in a hose cozy to get this to work.

Cheers! Smile
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#9
A dehumidifier is not going to remove the moisture from your hose.

Even if it did, if it is allegedly removing 50% of the moisture, why are you even using the humidifier to begin with?
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#10
I like to keep mine about a foot below my head. That way the water stays in the unit and not the hose.
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