How To Reduce The Whistling Of Your CPAP machine!

Though CPAP machines are made as sleeping aids for people who cannot sleep well naturally, you might encounter a few problems while using this system.

One of the leading issues is whistling.

Whistling can be a serious problem and can adversely affect a sleeping environment which is meant to have been improved. It is even worse for the person who is sleeping beside the patient.

Research has found that excessive whistling has negative impacts on conjugal life.

Whistling is a tedious result of CPAP machine usage and a user should think about formulating a remedy for it.

How to reduce whistling of CPAP machine

This article will examine different types of whistling and how you can reduce it naturally.

There are ways to stop whistling mechanically too. There are many CPAP machines on the market with  supporting tools to stop whistling. Not all products, though, will offer you this assistance.

What Are The Different Types Of Whistling?

We can normally divide whistling into two distinctive halves:

  • Regular whistling
  • Irregular whistling

Regular whistling is the form of whistling that starts when the patient falls asleep and lasts until he wakes. This kind of whistling creates almost the same amount of sound throughout the whole night.

Irregular whistling is when sounds emit at random. Sometimes this kind of whistling creates loud noises for a while and suddenly stops. Sometimes it creates beep sounds, sometimes  whisper sounds.

How to Reduce Whistling Naturally

You can reduce whistling in a natural way.

To do this, you need to learn more about your CPAP system. You can try to make a habit of sleeping in different positions. If, for example, you sleep with your back to your partner they will be subjected to minimal whistling sounds. Shift around frequently as the sound emission will be stopped for a while every time you change your sleeping position.

How to Reduce Whistling Mechanically

It is also possible to stop whistling mechanically. You need the following:

  • A CPAP mask
  • Porous cloth tape
  • Scissors
  • Vent diffusers (optional)

Here are some steps that you can follow to stop whistling:

  • At first, find all exhalation vents in the mask.  These small holes support the mask while a patient exhales. Basically, these holes are exhaled pressure relievers. Masks are of various types, for example some masks cup the patient’s nose. Vents remain over the cup in those masks. Some masks use nasal puffs to work. In these instances, vent holes remain in the tubes.
  • Try to install diffusers. Some suppliers provide diffusers with the CPAP machine whereas others don’t. These diffusers are foam pads. You can get diffusers in ring format too. You can use a diffuser on the vents of your mask. If you don’t have diffusers with your CPAP package, check out the next step…
  • Take a cloth tape and cut it in a way that covers the mask vents
  • Apply this tape to the vent holes. Be careful about other components of the system such as nasal cushions and straps
  • Now try using the CPAP therapy in this mode. Find out whether you can breathe easily and exhale comfortably. See whether CPAP whistling is still occurring. If you don’t hear any noise, you’re done.
  • If whistling persists, then there are leaks in your tubing or in the nasal cushion. Replace the relevant part

What Are Some CPAP Machines Without Whistling?

There are some CPAP machines that can work well without too much whistling.

These machines don’t work like magic but they offer different supportive tools like tubing leak support or nasal cushions. If you use these tools according to your doctor’s advice to stop whistle generation.

Here are some of those machines:

What If You Don’t Stop The Whistling?

You already know the problems of CPAP whistling. But what if you don’t manage to stop it?

Your partner might become used to the whistling sound emitted but they will not like it.

Be considerate. Take action.

There is simply no excuse not to stop the whistling.


Nine out of ten sleep apnea patients suffer from whistling sound hassles so it’s a widespread problem. See whether your CPAP machine emits whistling sounds in the night or not and if it does try to determine the degree of sound emission so prompt and precise action can be implemented in timely manner.

Kiss goodbye to whistling from your CPAP machine!

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