Travelling with your CPAP equipment

Whether you’re on a city break, a dream holiday or a business trip, you should take your PAP therapy equipment along for the ride. After all, sleep apnoea never takes time off! To help you enjoy a hassle-free, well-rested trip, we’ve pulled together our favourite advice and tips on travelling with CPAP. Frequent travellers might prefer to invest in a travel-specific, pocket-sized PAP device, but we think it’s possible to enjoy a positive experience with your normal PAP equipment too. Here are our suggestions for straightforward CPAP-friendly travel.

PAP travel by air

If you’re flying, make sure your PAP equipment is packed in your hand luggage: you don’t want it to get damaged in transit. You’re allowed to take your device through security control at the airport, although we do recommend taking a copy of the manufacturer’s FAA Air Travel Compliance Letter with you, just in case.

If you’re taking a long-haul flight, how about getting some sleep on the plane so you’re refreshed when you land? Here’s what to do:

  • Contact the airline at least two weeks in advance to ask for permission to use your PAP medical equipment during the flight. If you receive permission in writing, remember to take the letter or email with you when you fly.
  • If the airline requests additional information, send them a copy of the FAA Air Travel Compliance Letter for ResMed devices. This letter is a formal aviation authority statement that a device is suitable for use on aircraft.
  • Ahead of your flight, request a seat near a power socket. Ask which type of power cord or adaptor you’ll need to plug in your device on the plane (and remember to pack it before you leave!).

PAP travel by land

If you’re choosing to travel by train, bus or coach, contact the operating company in advance to ask if a suitable power source will be available. If there isn’t a fixed power supply, you can use one of the battery packs that ResMed recommends instead. Your device user guide contains information on compatible battery packs and your healthcare provider should also be able to advise you.

If you’re holidaying in a caravan or motor home, you should be able to use the vehicle battery to operate your device (just be careful you don’t drain it!). Before you leave, make sure the vehicle battery will have sufficient capacity and take a converter so you can connect up your device (check your user guide for more information).

PAP travel by boat

You’ll be able to use your PAP device on most cruise ships but do check with the tour operator before you leave. The power supply should be between 100–240V and 50–60Hz. Remember to pack a suitable power adapter as power sockets can differ between countries – if you don’t have one, you’ll be all at sea!

Spending time on a yacht? Get in touch with the marina or boat-hire company in advance to ask if a suitable power supply will be available. You might need a DC/DC converter to operate your device onboard.

PAP therapy at your destination

Using your therapy device at a hotel or rental property shouldn’t be too different from using it at home. It’s a good idea to take an extension lead in case the power sockets are far away from the bed, as well as a suitable adapter plug if you’re travelling abroad.

Camping or in mobile accommodation? It shouldn’t be a problem if your caravan site or campsite provides access to mains electricity. And if it doesn’t, remember that ResMed therapy devices can be powered from one of our recommended external battery packs or from a car, boat or other vehicle equipped with a 12V or 24V DC power source. If you’re powering your device from a vehicle, remember that you’ll need a DC/DC power converter and make sure you don’t accidentally drain the battery!

Most ResMed devices are designed to function at up to 2,591 metres above sea level. If you’ll be sleeping at a ski station or summer mountain resort at altitude, please check your device user guide for specific guidance or contact us for advice before you leave.

PAP on the move: our useful travel checklist

That might seem like a lot of information so here’s the digested version:

Take a copy of useful information

  • A letter from your healthcare practitioner certifying that you need PAP therapy.
  • A note of your treatment pressure, mask type and mask size, plus contact details for your healthcare practitioner, equipment supplier and care provider.
  • Health insurance details, including your policy number and the provider’s contact details.
  • ResMed’s FAA Air Travel Compliance Letter, so you’ll be able to carry your device through airport security and onto the plane.

Make sure you’ll have power

  • At least two weeks before you fly, ask the airline for permission to use your device on a flight. If they give permission in writing, take a copy of the letter/email with you.
  • If you’ll be travelling overnight, contact the tour operator or travel company in advance to ask if you’ll be able to plug in your therapy device.
  • Pack a power adapter if you’ll need to use your device on a plane or other mode of transport.
  • Pack a mains plug adapter suitable for your destination country.
  • Pack an extension cord so you can use your device comfortably if the power socket is in an awkward location.
  • Consider taking a recommended battery pack if you’re not sure that a suitable power supply will be available.

Last but not least, check that your device is working properly before you leave and remember to pack suitable spares and accessories, especially if you’re taking a longer trip. That includes mask cleaning equipment, an extra cushion or two and some spare wipes.

Bon voyage!
We hope we’ve convinced you that travelling with your PAP equipment can be simple and makes good sense. And we really hope that continuing your sleep apnoea treatment during your travels will help you to have a marvellous time. For more details about travelling with sleep apnoea treatment, take a look at our dedicated e-book on the subject. Enjoy your trip!

How can I avoid my PAP mask leaving red marks on my face?

Let’s imagine the scenario. You’ve had a decent night’s sleep thanks to your CPAP machine. You wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever challenges the day is going to throw your way. You go to wash your face or brush your teeth and notice something as you glance in the bathroom mirror: red marks. Wearing your mask all night can sometimes leave marks on the bridge of your nose or on your forehead. They wear off soon enough but still, it’s something you could do without. So, how can you avoid them? There are several paths to waking up both energised and blemish-free. Let’s take a look.

Avoid over-tightening your mask

It’s possible that the marks on your skin are caused by a mask that’s too tight around your head and face. There’s no need to pull the headgear straps very tightly as the mask cushion will inflate slightly once the air starts coming through it and you’ll reach the seal that you’ll need. So, leave your mask a little leeway to expand during therapy. Allow the mask to rest snugly on your face rather than pulling it so tight that it leaves an impression on your skin.

Please make sure you follow the fitting instructions in your mask user guide in order to fit your mask correctly.

Get pads that are designed to protect the skin around your nose

If loosening the mask doesn’t do the trick, there are other potential fixes for the problem. One temporary solution is to use nasal pads that come separately from the PAP mask. Good options are polymer gel pads. You stick the transparent pads to the bridge of your nose just before putting on your mask and they prevent the silicone of the cushion from coming into direct contact with your skin and leaving those pesky red marks. The pads are simple and painless to apply and take off and they’ll protect the bridge of your nose while you sleep.

Try using memory foam cushions

Another way to avoid soreness, irritation or red marks is to get a mask – or an extra cushion to fit into your current mask – that replaces the silicone with a softer material. Memory foam is a good alternative material if you have sensitive skin. A memory foam cushion acts as a buffer that is designed to mould to the unique contours of your face. It’s a softer, breathable material that not only feels lighter against your skin than silicone but might also be less likely to cause red skin marks.

One advantage of this solution is that you can change the cushions without changing your mask, as long as they are compatible.* You can alternate between silicone and memory foam cushions, giving yourself the option of extra comfort whenever you decide you need it.

Try a different type of PAP mask

If gel pads and memory foam cushions don’t appeal to you, you could consider changing your mask. Red marks generally appear on the bridge of the nose or on the forehead, so you can tackle the problem by choosing a mask that doesn’t touch those parts of your face.

If your mask leaves red marks on the bridge of your nose, there are more minimalist masks on the market that sit under your nose, avoiding both the forehead and the nasal bridge.

Solutions for a wide range of PAP patients

So, whether your PAP therapy calls for a traditional mask or a more discreet, minimalist version and whether you have rugged or sensitive skin, there are a number of solutions that can help to keep those red marks away.

In their absence, the face looking back at you in the mirror should be that much fresher!

*Please see mask user guide for details

Feel good about travel and socialising with sleep apnoea and CPAP

How do you feel about travelling or socialising with your CPAP device? Happy that you’ll feel well-rested and able to make the most of your time away? Or anxious that you’ll end up snoring and your travel companions will ask awkward questions about your equipment? We hope the answer is ‘happy’ but if it’s ‘anxious’, you’re definitely not alone. So, what could you do to feel more positive about bringing your CPAP equipment along for travel and social occasions?

What are the challenges?

You might have concerns about the practical aspects of travelling with CPAP equipment, such as finding a suitable place to plug in your device at night. You might dread the interpersonal aspect: being teased or having to fend off questions and unwanted advice from well-meaning friends and relatives. Maybe events that sound like fun – a weekend away with friends, a city break with a new partner or a family trip with shared accommodation – feel like your worst nightmare. How do you handle it? Ask for your own room and worry that everyone thinks you’re being precious and aloof? Agree to share and then lie awake half the night in case you snore and wake your roommates or your bed partner? Pretend you have a prior engagement and stay at home alone instead?

Your CPAP device should feel like a lifeline, not an anchor. It should give you the energy to do the things you want to do, not hold you back from enjoying other people’s company or being spontaneous and adventurous. There’s plenty of advice out there to help you handle practicalities, like this travel checklist, but there’s not so much on how to handle your family and friends, the person beside you on the plane or the cute guy from accounts. So here are our suggestions; we hope they will help.

Find ways to talk confidently about CPAP

First, remind yourself why you use a CPAP device and what it brings to your life. Without CPAP treatment, you’d be at higher risk of suffering serious illnesses like hypertension1, stroke2 or type 2 diabetes3. With it, you probably have more daytime energy4 and are less affected by symptoms like headaches5, low mood6, weight gain7, fatigue5 and night sweats8. It’s probably safe to say that CPAP is a positive force in your life.

Second, feel proud: establishing a regular CPAP habit is a real achievement. Most people find it difficult to start therapy and stick with it over the long-term but you have, so well done. You’ve taken an important step to improve your health and you’ve persevered, even when it wasn’t the easy option.

Third, try putting those thoughts together in words and saying them out loud (try practising in the shower!). Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • “I use a CPAP device because I have sleep apnoea. Without therapy, I’d be exhausted all the time. Therapy isn’t my favourite thing, but I love that it gives me energy to enjoy life and time with friends.”
  • “I have sleep apnoea and I need to use CPAP therapy to sleep well and stay healthy. I need to sleep now so I’m going to put on my mask and switch on my device. Goodnight!”
  • “This is my CPAP device and my mask. I was diagnosed with sleep apnoea a few years ago and CPAP therapy has made a huge difference to my daily life. Do you remember how tired and grumpy I used to be? That’s because I would stop breathing dozens of times a night! I found it hard at first but I’ve got used to it now. Starting therapy was the right decision for my health and I’m pleased that I’ve stuck with it.”

Find a way to tell your CPAP story, because CPAP is part of your story and you should be proud of what you’ve achieved. And if someone asks more questions than you’re comfortable with, always remember that “No.” is a full sentence too!

AirFit P30i: Which size for you?

The Covid-19 pandemic has spelled challenges for care services throughout the world. As a result, some CPAP users might be experiencing some changes when it comes to accessing their healthcare provider or doctor for in-person setup advice. It might mean that you’re finding yourself collaborating online with your physician, or you could be looking to make use of virtual resources to help you choose your mask after receiving a prescription for CPAP therapy. If that sounds like you, read on for some fitting tips for the ResMed AirFit P30i nasal pillows mask.

AirFit P30i, at a glance

If you’re a nasal pillows mask user, or your doctor has prescribed a nasal pillows mask, the AirFit P30i gives you the freedom to sleep in a natural way. This tube-up design (where the mask vents are placed on top of the head and on the cushion) is geared towards simplicity and discretion, allowing you to read or get close to your bed partner. Plus, as the P30i features a nasal pillows cushion, we offer a starter pack which suits the needs of the majority of patients so sizing for your mask doesn’t have to be complicated.

Starter packs for AirFit P30i

In our online shop you’ll find AirFit P30i starter packs in Small and Medium. The sizes refer to the size of mask frame, not the cushion.

Generally, women can opt for Small while men can find an effective fit with Medium. All P30i frames are SpringFit™ which self-adjust to the size of your head. Headgear can be easily adjusted too, helping you achieve a comfortable fit throughout your therapy.

Measuring for a mask at home: AirFit N30i

For many of us, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact with doctors and healthcare professionals. If you’re a CPAP therapy user, you might be using more online methods and virtual resources to consider – in partnership with your physician   – which mask works for you.

If you’ve received a prescription for CPAP therapy, then read on to see how you can take measurements from home for the AirFit™ N30i and use these to select your mask.

First off, choosing a mask that suits your needs and sleeping style is important because a comfortable therapy experience could help you stay on track and lead to more quality sleep. The ResMed AirFit N30i is a tube-up CPAP mask with an adjustable frame. The top-of-the-head tube is designed to give you freedom of movement, while an under-the-nose cushion helps eliminate marks on the nasal bridge.

Watch the following two videos, then take a look below to find out how to use our sizing template and discover handy tips for achieving a good fit with the N30i.

AirFit F30i: Measuring for your mask at home

A comfortable CPAP experience could help you stay on track with therapy and lead to better sleep, so choosing a mask that helps you achieve this is important. With the Covid-19 pandemic changing the way healthcare is accessed and more appointments happening online, how can you go about choosing the right mask once you’ve received a CPAP prescription from your doctor and discussed mask options? To help out, we have some resources to support you in your size choice and achieve an effective fit from home.

In this article, we’ll focus on the AirFit F30i, a tube-up full face CPAP mask designed with natural sleep in mind. The top-of-the-head tube allows you to move freely and sleep in any position[i] – even on your belly! – while an under-the-nose cushion eliminates the risk of red marks on the nasal bridge and gives you the opportunity to read in bed or watch a movie while wearing your mask. If this sounds like the mask for you, check with your healthcare professional to make sure it meets your therapy needs, then read on to find out how to use our sizing template and discover handy tips for achieving a good fit.

Measuring for your AirFit F30i mask cushion

A fitting template for the Airfit F30i CPAP mask is available as a download here. Once downloaded, it can be printed out in either colour or black and white, so don’t worry if you don’t have a colour printer.

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Using the template:
1. Ensure the template is printed to scale – you can check this using the ruler image on the right of the printout
2. Cut along the dotted line using a pair of scissors
3. Now, line up one of the size reference images (labelled S, M, SW, W) below your nose. The paper should be touching the skin of your upper lip and the image facing upwards as shown on the template
4. The sides of your nostrils and tip of your nose should not exceed the dotted lines of the sizing area. If they do, you’ll need the next size up, so try aligning your nose with a different sizing area until you find one in which your nose can comfortably fit.
Cushions in sizes S, M and W are available as part of a starter pack in our online shop. If you find that a SW cushion suits you best you will need to order your cushion as a spare part.

Measuring for your mask frame

Getting the right fit for your frame is essential in order to achieve effective mask seal – and a restful night’s sleep! To help you decide whether you need a Small, Medium or Large frame you can use our AirFit F30i fitting guidelines. Accurate measurement is important, so you’ll need a flexible tape measure on-hand.

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Although we offer AirFit F30i starter packs for hassle-free buying, you may wish to mix and match your cushion and frame size, particularly if you need a Large frame. In this case, it’s best to order your frame as a spare part.
Once you received your mask, make sure you read the user guide for full product information and usage instructions.

What’s next?
Now that you’ve chosen your mask cushion and frame size, you’re ready to order! Use your measurements to buy online or share this information with your healthcare professional to discuss. If you need further advice, just get in touch with our customer services team who are more than happy to help. Sweet dreams!

Sleep and breathe better with CPAP humidification

In autumn and winter the air outside gets cooler, and in some places it also gets a lot drier. You may begin using central heating to keep your home warm and cozy, which also contributes to drier environments. Continual breathing of dry indoor air can cause itchy skin, sore throat and dry sinuses, and for people with respiratory issues such as sleep apnoea, dry air can exacerbate the problem,(1) resulting in poor sleep.

CPAP humidifiers and sleep apnoea

It’s not just dry air that can affect your breathing at night. If you use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to combat sleep apnoea you may experience dry mouth or throat. This occurs because your body may not be able to provide sufficient moisture to humidify the airflow created by the CPAP device.

When you breathe without CPAP, your nose will act as a natural humidifier; it warms up the air you inhale so that it’s more comfortable for you to breathe. However, when you inhale air coming through a CPAP machine, it may need its own humidification because it’s entering your upper airway faster than your nose can warm it. This is especially true if you live in colder or drier climates and/or require high CPAP pressures.

The good news is that using humidification along with therapy can reduce dryness and nasal congestion and make you more comfortable while you sleep. ResMed’s heated humidifiers add moisture and warmth to the air delivered by our devices, reducing the symptoms of dryness and congestion and helping you enjoy better quality sleep.

There are a few types of ResMed humidifiers you can introduce into your CPAP treatment depending on the device you have.

Humidification for the ResMed AirSenseTM 10 AutoSetTM

The ResMed AirSense 10 AutoSet (Complete Device Kit) is a premium APAP device that comes equipped with an integrated, easy-to-use HumidAir™ humidifier and ClimateLineAir™ heated tube. These work together to maintain the temperature of the humidified air as it passes through the tube and reduce CPAP humidification rainout.

If you already have an AirSense 10 without humidification, you can purchase the HumidAir humidifier and ClimateLineAir heated tube,

Humidification for the ResMed S9 AutoSetTM

You can also add a humidifier if you have an older S9 AutoSet device. The H5i™ including climate control for the S9 AutoSet is designed to easily integrate with your device to provide you with comfortable, constant temperature and humidity levels while you sleep.

Humidification for the ResMed AirMiniTM 

The ResMed AirMini travel device, when used with an AirFit™ N20 nasal mask or AirFit P10 pillows mask, includes HumidX™ our waterless humidification system. HumidX delivers all the benefits of humidification without the hassle of changing water every day.

For dry and high altitude environments where humidity levels are low, such as within aircraft cabins, we also have HumidX Plus.

If you are already using an AirMini with HumidX, you can purchase replacement HumidX and HumidX Plus from the ResMed Official Online Shop.

So as the seasons change and the temperature and humidity drop, don’t let the increased dryness impact your shut-eye. With a humidifier integrated into your PAP therapy, you can breathe easy and rest well.

AirFit P30i & N30i CPAP masks earn good design awards!

We’ve had some great news recently: two of our latest CPAP masks, the AirFit™ N30i nasal cradle mask and the AirFit P30i nasal pillows mask, both received Good Design Australia Awards in the Product Design category for achieving the highest level of design and innovation.

Selected from among nearly 700 entries, the nasal AirFit N30i and nasal pillows AirFit P30i are the first ResMed masks with a tube-up connection, allowing wearers to move and sleep in any position. Both masks fit at least 90 percent of wearers with only two frame sizes each.

Overall, this is a robust piece of design that has been perfectly executed,” said the Good Design Awards Jury. “Care and detail were taken in the material selection for comfort and ease of fitment. They’re good examples of the understanding of the user in the context, and a very sophisticated tooling technique for the spring hinge that accommodates different head shapes, and also the soft nose piece.”

The 30 Series masks are just the latest of ResMed’s Good Design winners; in 2017, ResMed earned four awards for its AirFit N20 nasal maskAirFit F20 full face mask, and AirTouch™ F20 full face mask with memory foam cushion, plus AirMini™, the world’s smallest CPAP machine1.

We’re honoured that Good Design Australia has once again chosen ResMed products as the standard for medical device design,” said Mark Buckley, ResMed’s Vice President of sleep product development. “We continue to redefine that standard for the sake of patients’ comfort and overall health, as well as the efficiency of ResMed’s distribution partners. Their continued trust in ResMed is our greatest reward.”

Starting CPAP therapy, what about my sex life?

Getting used to CPAP and to sex again

When talking to our patients on CPAP, one of the most frequent concerns is the negative impact it might have on their sex life. This is of course understandable, but it is important to remember that one of the major symptoms of untreated OSA (Obstructive sleep apnea) is loss of energy, reduced libido and sexual function. So the benefits outweigh any possible negative association with wearing a mask to bed.

Getting set up on CPAP, it’s perfectly normal to have major concerns about how the mask, tube and machine will impact your sex life. Patients report being concerns about how it makes them look and consequently, feel next to their partner. Once you experience the benefits though, this initial concern can pass quite quickly.

It’s important to share your concerns with your loved one and if you can, try to make light of it so it doesn’t become the elephant in the room. And don’t forget you should only put your mask on when you are going to sleep, not necessarily the moment you get into bed. You can still be spontaneous too, ResMed’s CPAP equipment is designed to be simple to wear and remove.

You may well find that the introduction of CPAP may do more for your sex life than you had imagined. Remember that loud snoring can often lead to relationship problems, add to that the loss of energy, libido and sexual function and you can quickly see how treating it can have many knock on positive benefit.

And remember to remain open to intimacy and cuddles too as it is important to rekindle these little pleasures too.

Feeling the benefits of your CPAP therapy

As we mentioned, treating your sleep apnea should have a really positive impact on libido. For men, sleep apnea has been associated with low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction. Using your CPAP regularly can help limit these side effect and with improved sleep you should also feel fresher and less irritable by day which in itself can have a really positive effect on those closest to you.

Keeping your CPAP therapy and your sex life going

All of this said though, there is still a major adjustment to get used to and it’s important that you are able to recognise the benefits as they come. People on CPAP therapy can still feel unattractive and their partners can see it as a barrier. Maintain the conversation about it and remember the mask can be removed in a flash, so there’s no reason why a normal sex life can be resumed with CPAP therapy.

It may even improve it, which is a great reason to ensure you stick with your CPAP therapy and get all the physical benefits.

Ed’s CPAP journey

Patient story – How diagnosis led to a new lease of life and 8 stone weight loss.

Ed Jones is 44-years old and is a credit analyst from Cheshire. He was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in February 2015 and also has a heart arrhythmia. Since being diagnosed with OSA, Ed has embarked on a series of charity events raising in excess of £13,500 for charities and losing 8 stone in the process.

Tell us about your symptoms

I was permanently tired and after getting home from work, I’d have my tea and then fall asleep on the sofa within half an hour or so. I was missing out on that important family time, often ending up in bed before my daughter. The weekends were even worse, and I’d tend to nod off regularly as I was more relaxed.

What led to your diagnosis?

The lack of energy and the fact I was missing out on spending time with my daughter was becoming a problem – my wife was understandably becoming fed up. Discussions with my wife and my father had led to me booking an appointment with the doctor. I had a number of blood tests, but it wasn’t until I saw the 3rd Doctor that she suggested I may have sleep apnoea.

What happened next?
The doctor gave me some information about sleep apnoea and it was obvious at that point that symptoms I was suffering were the very same symptoms described in the information leaflet. As I was certain this was the case and I wanted to get treatment I didn’t want to wait for an NHS appointment so my father paid for me to go to a private sleep specialist. I was given a home sleep testing kit which I had to wear to bed for a night and within a week I received a diagnosis. It showed that I was waking up 38 times an hour, which meant that I was within the ‘severe’ category – Find out more about diagnosis.

How did you get on to treatment?
Again, I was offered to go through the NHS which would have involved a wait or told that the clinic could provide equipment for me privately. I chose the latter option as I wanted to begin treatment straight away and received a ResMed AirSense 10 and began treatment within a week.

What was the impact of your treatment on your home life?
Within 24/48 hours, the impact was incredible. I had more energy, I was able to spend quality time with my family beyond struggling through work. I very quickly felt that I had got control of my sleep. I also felt reassured that there was someone checking my equipment remotely and making adjustments to my treatment to ensure I was getting the full benefit.*
*Please note that Ed Jones is a private patient with ResMed

And on your health?
I was very overweight at the time of my diagnosis and had discussed this with my doctor who advised me to focus on getting my sleep apnoea sorted before addressing my weight. Once on treatment and with renewed energy, a personal trainer friend of mine suggested that I start walking regularly. I took this advice and started with just 1-2 miles at the park and quite quickly built it up to 6-7 miles every couple of days. I immediately started to see and feel the benefits of the exercise routine and signed up to do a charity walk from Manchester to Sheffield. I also joined weight-watchers and whilst I didn’t have to make too many adjustments to my diet, the main thing was choosing less processed food which stopped me feeling hungry. In 2016 I did the Yorkshire 100k, a 100km walk which took over 29 hours to complete. In less than two years I had lost 8 stone in weight.

How are you getting on with treatment today?
I remember thinking ‘I’m not sure I can adjust to this’ when I started treatment and that, occasionally, it feels like a bit of a burden. However, when I consider that 2-3 years ago I would struggle to walk up the road compared with what I’m able to do now, it’s a good reminder to help me keep on track with my treatment as I don’t want to go back to where I was!

How have you found dealing with ResMed?
I started to use ResMed for replacement products and I now visit their clinic once a year for an annual review. They have a look at my equipment, review the data from it and we discuss my treatment. It’s such a quality service and pleasant experience and I always come away from ResMed feeling rejuvenated and enthusiastic about my treatment. Earlier this year I invested in their portable device, the AirMini and the new AirTouch F20 mask as this really helps with all the travelling and challenges I’m undertaking.

So what’s next for you?
I’m really enjoying fundraising and being able to give something back. Last year I completed a section of the Great Wall of China and I’m just about to set off to the French Alps to complete a Trek involving 3 countries in 3 days. In November I’ll be taking on the Sahara Desert – and all because of the successful treatment of my Sleep Apnoea.

And finally, what would you say to anyone starting treatment?
Listen to the experts and seek out the best advice, I cannot fault the quality of service and advice that I’ve had from ResMed.

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