Not all air leaks are created equal.
In the case of CPAP machines, there are leaks that are good and bad for you. These can be broken down into either “intentional” or “unintentional” leaks.
Intentional leaks are actually a part of CPAP therapy, but unintentional leaks can be very irritating. Device users should be wary of these types of leaks for the following reasons:
- It causes the nasal passages and airways to dry out
- If the air from the mask escapes into your eyes, irritation, redness, and swelling of the eyes can occur
- The noise from the leak, no matter how subtle, can prevent you from sleeping well, diminishing the overall effectiveness of CPAP therapy as a result