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Could the CPAP Machine Really Be the Dirtiest Place in the Home?

Boston, MA – June 26, 2013 —According to the World Health Organization approximately 100 million people worldwide have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or sleep apnea. It is estimated that an astounding 15 percent of the U.S. Population suffer from this disorder and of those, 90 percent are still undiagnosed. In addition, it is said that over 100,000 vehicular accidents and 1,500 deaths annually are caused by sleep deprivation. 

With these staggering numbers, awareness of this worldwide epidemic needs to be spread.


With the rapid growth for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, a CPAP machine may not be the first item that comes to mind when you consider the dirtiest surfaces in your household. But scientists say that some of the filthiest places in our home are where we would least expect.

Take a minute to think – What is the dirtiest surface in your home?  

Is it the door knobs? The remote control? How about the toilet seat?


All of these are likely offenders. But they might not be as dirty as you think. The toilet seat, with only about 50 bacteria per square inch, is one of the cleanest surfaces in your home. Because we all fear the bacteria that might lurk on the toilet seat, we regularly clean it.

Some of the dirtiest surfaces in the home are the ones we forget to clean. According to Dr. Chuck Gerba, a microbiologist from the University of Arizona, there are about 200 times more fecal bacteria on the average cutting board than the toilet seat. Even dirtier than the surfaces we forget to clean are the surfaces that provide an ideal home for bacteria. The wet environment in a kitchen sponge, for example, is home to some 10 million bacteria per square inch. But what about the warm, humid environment of CPAP equipment?

A study conducted by Dr. Sandra Horowitz of Brigham Women’s Hospital concluded that CPAP masks are a source of microbial contamination. CPAP equipment, commonly used as treatment for sleep apnea, should be washed daily. But researchers reported that a variety of bacteria were found inside CPAP masks, even the pathogen Staph aureus


While hand washing with soap is generally accepted as the best way to clean CPAP equipment, this daily process is often neglected. Many CPAP users simply forget to clean their equipment, allowing bacteria and fungus to compound inside.

But now savvy CPAP users can turn to Better Rest Solutions’ (BRS) innovative product, SoClean® that automatically and effortlessly completes the daily chore of sanitizing a CPAP mask, hose, and reservoir without any disassembly utilizing “ozone” or activated oxygen. 

Activated oxygen or “ozone” is a natural molecule that is formed when a third atom of oxygen is introduced into the common two-atom molecule that makes up the air we breathe.


This molecule becomes “super-charged” and has the ability to oxidize, or destroy many other molecules found in nature.


As powerful as it is, this molecule is self-limiting, in that shortly after it is formed it reverts back into normal oxygen.

There are so many people living with sleep apnea that need to be made aware of the deadly disorder and become more involved in their own health,” said Mike Schmidt, President of BRS. “We are dedicated to help spread awareness of sleep apnea and to encourage CPAP users to maintain sanitized CPAP equipment to help keep them healthier and living longer as well.”

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