Phillips Sleep Apnea Machines – Do They Work?

Dreamstation CPAP MachineSame as with any product you can always find someone that believes they have found the best solution. Well apparently, these devices seem to have quite a significant amount of followers who swear by them. Many of the users who have trialed the Phillips sleep apnea machines in a clinical setting will have used a significant amount of other products previously. I believe that makes their opinions even more relevant for our cause.

We shall take a look at these devices to see what the doctors have said about them and also to take a deeper look into what the patients thought of them. Any potential problems and issues with the devices will also be highlighted to help make you aware of any challenges you may find while using them. See if they work here at Wikipedia.

Randomized Testing

Laboratory TestingEvery medicine or medical device produced and released under license must go through strict procedures to make sure they are safe to use and their effectiveness is rated. Testing is done in randomized groups with patients getting various treatment and the results are correlated to show a trend.

What was found was that when these devices were being used correctly and set up correctly for the patient they did actually do a rather good job. There are others who would suggest that they had so many gains from their lifestyle and other health changes, but I would argue that the machine did the real job as they were struggling with the condition before the experiment!

Proper Use Is Critical

Dreamware PipingThe benefits these machines can provide though, is directly related to how well it is used. These can be finicky things to set up and keep working properly. They are extremely prone to various issues causing them to stop working properly which makes them ineffective. Disturbed sleep quickly ensues.

These machines work by keeping a steady pressure in your windpipe which helps to prop it open, eliminating restrictions. Therefore, if the airflow isn’t perfect, it will not work. Any small leaks in the supply pipes or around the mask (of which there are many styles) will cause it to malfunction and won’t do it’s job correctly.

So, How Do I Use Them?

Wisp Nasal MaskIt is crucial that these machines are set up well to begin with. Many times it will be a sleep center who can advise on the correct airflow and settings for you. This is important as it will allow the device to work properly. If the pressure is wrong in the windpipe, then the device won’t prop it open properly. The device has a report function so you can refer to your doctor with the data.

Before use the pipework and whichever mask you use should be well inspected for damage. The small pipes which connect to the mask can be prone to becoming twisted and/or split. Again, small leaks here or any restrictions in the pipe can cause the flow of air to become deteriorated enough that it won’t work.

Full Face MaskOn the matter of the mask this is another area of debate and can leave you feeling perplexed. There are so many to choose from! Problem is it’s actually quite important, the mask is the part most prone to causing the fault! Therefore, the right mask is crucial to ensure that the device works well for you.

Maintenance is another thing to keep in mind. The pipes and masks should be washed daily and there are recommendations to replace parts at certain intervals. Filters and cushions are monthly, masks, pipes and straps are recommended for replacement at three month intervals. The main pump unit should be replaced after five years.


Here we go. I think this is the thing about these machines that makes them so hard for others to be able to decide they will use them. The different choices in mask are quite varied. They are all strapped onto your head by a frame at the back of your head that holds the device onto your face. Some different choices include:

  • Full Face Masks: They allow you to be able to breathe with your mouth open while asleep.
  • Nasal Pillow Masks: These provide a seal around each nostril with minimum facial contact.
  • Nasal Cradle Masks: This type of mask is designed for minimum contact on the bridge of the nose.
  • Nasal Masks: These are full masks that fit only around the nose. Useful if you breathe through the nose.

Nuance Pro Gel CushionSelection here is critical to the correct operation. You want to be able to make sure that it won’t be dislodged while asleep. When it is dislodged, it will not work. Take the time to think what style would be most comfortable for you, think what would be the most uncomfortable. The more compact devices on the nose are great for being less likely to be dislodged but some find these too uncomfortable as they are attached to the nose.

Are They Worth It?

100 Dollar BillThese devices don’t come cheap. Even the maintenance will mount up across their lifetimes. It can be a worry that you may put all that expense into a product that doesn’t work for you. If you think this may not be for you, take a look here for some other options that may work for you. Fortunately for you though, that is actually the reason why there is such a large selection of masks. They are available in so many designs so you can find the right one for you. So, if you are considering one of these machines, then I feel you shouldn’t let this put you off. As you should replace the mask every three months anyway, you will replace it soon enough. Just pick a different style the next time to see which one works best for you.

The benefits these machines can give you if you have exhausted all other options are worth it. The problems caused by obstructive sleep apnea can have serious health consequences. In these circumstances these machines are well worth the money invested in them.

If you have experienced these machines or suffer from sleep apnea why not post a quick reply to help others with their struggle. Or even if you have used them and found they didn’t work for you let others know what you found while using them. On that note, I wish you all a very good night!

14 thoughts on “Phillips Sleep Apnea Machines – Do They Work?”

  1. I had no idea there was so much technology involved in this!

    At the moment I am sleeping without too much disturbance but I know of some family who do have sleep apnea. I cannot recall anyone of those guys saying anything about this kind of technology. I will be pointing it out to them next time we speak!

    Thanks for the information!

    • There is so much to offer these days that can help.

      Technology comes on all the time. It is always worth a look for someone who is suffering.

      If I can help only one person then I will still be glad I’ve managed to helped someone.

      I hope your easy sleep continues!


  2. I actually have one of these machines but can’t stand it. I have a full face mask and feel that my mouth gets so dehydrated, so quick. I also suffer from insomnia and I always feel like my mask is keeping me from falling asleep in the first place.

    I will admit I have only tried using it a few times. I’m sure it has nothing to do with Philips, I just don’t like the general experience of having something stuck to my face. I get to do that with face masks now when I go out because of Coronavirus. Not a fan of that either.

    Perhaps I’m just being stubborn and should try the CPAP machine again.

    Anyway, thanks for the article. The information and the pictures are all great, and the topic is an important one. Keep it up!

    • I think I forgot to mention the importance of actually keeping at it. The machines are supposed to work after a time so it does take a bit of getting used to.

      Take a look at this other post: maybe something there would be of benefit. I personally get the most benefit from my pillow but it took almost ten of them in quite a short space of time. They are also rather expensive by the time you have bought a few of them.

      Hopefully for all our sakes the corona virus is going to be over soon and never seen again in our lifetime.

      Thanks for the support!


  3. Excellent article! My mother suffers from sleep apnea (lives with me), and I’m currently looking into products that will make a meaningful difference. You did a wonderful job of breaking down the components of the Phillips machine, as well as providing an objective analysis of the product. I am going to bookmark your site and refer back to it as I’m finding the right machine for Mother. God bless you!

    • I’m glad that I could have helped you out. For your mothers benefit especially I hope you find something that works.

      As you stay with her you fully understand her suffering it is not a nice condition to have to live with.

      Thanks for the referral as well!


  4. I suffer from insomnia quite often but do not honestly think I could manage with one of apnea machines. I constantly remove the covers off my body because I get hot and can’t stand the touch on my skin, therefore the idea of something covering my face even in a small way just seems horrible.

    Whilst I’m sure technically the machines work, inside my fear would be that they would actually suffocate me. I know I’m weird

  5. What a nice post you wrote Alan! I really enjoyed reading it and could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post. Actually I was looking for information about the sleeping machines and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details and it was exactly what I wanted to know.
    I’m happy that you’ve decided to write about this topic and share it with others. It’s very useful post in my opinion and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested to know about this topic.

    I will definitely come back to your site again to read more posts. Keep up quality articles! 🙂


    • I am again glad that I could have been of some help to you and you found the information relevant! I hope you are able to find whatever you need to help you.

      As I have personally suffered I know how important it can be for people. Luckily I have been able to find what works for me I just hope that others can find their relief as well.

      Look forward to seeing you back here!

      Take care.


  6. Hi Alan,

    This is a great article to help people who suffer from sleep apnea. My husband has a hard time to fall asleep at night, so sometimes he’ll take a sleeping pill. We don’t like that but he need to get his sleep and be able to wake up early for work the next day (12 hour shift from 6am). Getting this kind of device would be one option we are open to try. The other option will be the CPAP machine. Thanks again for your thorough review. Definitely a helpful guide for us.


    • Hi Ferra,

      I am very glad to know that I may have been able to help you find something that may be able to help your husband.

      Sometimes the sleeping pills can have the possibility of decreasing breathing. You are safer using the sleeping pills while also using CPAP, so this may be worth keeping in mind too.

      Take care,


  7. You did a great job Alan! I believe that this is the information that can’t be find on the web easily and you decided to share it with others for free, that’s really great!
    I didn’t know much about Philips sleep apnea machines but I’ve been always interested to know more about this topic and your comprehensive guide helped me a lot. I don’t know if you wrote this post 100% by yourself or got help from other sources as well, anyway, it has really brilliant information which convinced me to share it with my friends on social networks.
    I think, the Internet needs more quality posts like yours these days, especially when we see a lot of crappy ads and scams about this topic. You can’t read a post easily on a website without seeing tons popups but your site and post is an ideal example of a quality article which is not covered by annoying ads, has very useful information and lets readers enjoy reading every piece of it.

    Thank you again and I wish you continue providing such that quality information in the future which turn the Internet and blogs into a better place to surf!


    • Hi Ali,

      Thanks for your support, on my post, once more. I am pleased that you found interest in my subject!

      All the posts on my site are 100% written by myself. All the details you read are my own knowledge about the devices and any opinions expressed are my own.

      I want to keep up the experience of giving users a great experience here so pop up ads will always be avoided.

      Thanks and take care,



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