home made cpap how-to

Saw this on a nytimes article comments


North Carolina

For all the complexity and resultant expense of CPAPs, it’s good to remember that they are only fans, a device to push air. I forgot mine once and found myself 700 miles from home. I can’t sleep at all without a CPAP so I bought a Dust Buster from Target and a hose and mask for a hospital supply place. I put the dust Buster on blow instead of suck, and it worked fine. Not as good as my Res Med, but adequate. I love my CPAP … [continues]

in the comments section of that article.

Quoting out of fair use 🙂


I was also able to make one “kind of” that worked by sleeping under a card table, with cardboard draped on one end of the card table, and me right under that, then a fan pushing on the cardboard so the cardboard directed the air into my face.

Problem is you roll over and your face gets out of position.  But works up front.

I then replaced that with basically a “big ol’ fan” (carpet cleaner type lasco) directed at the foot of my bed ointed at about my hips.  Then the air kind of shoots over your face during the night.  This one requires ear plugs for noise and kind of shakes the ground…but works when those dang docs won’t prescribe a cpap and you need something to not die at night…

Not sure if the last two are as good as a cpap but they helped me from dying! Started getting weird shaking sensations upon waking, waking up exhausted.  These were work arounds.

Leave a comment if you want more details.

For me they “can’t” diagnose me with OSA since I don’t have it, just trouble breathing (back pain related?) but i need air, man, or I sleep like crud!

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  1. Second way: you get a dryer duct from home depot. Attach it to a fan (funnel into it, etc.)

    Then you can bind it so it’s blowing air into your nose. Attach it to your neck using a string or what not (through one of the aluminum threads that it’s made out of, make a little hole).

    Warning: use ear protection, it can get loud.
    If too cold, adjust the thing, or add some clothing to protect the neck.

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