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What to Know About Ozone Disinfection

Our Sleep8 CPAP companion uses ozone to support your CPAP accessories, helping to maintain them with the push of a button. We’re not the only ones to take advantage of the disinfecting power of ozone. Ozone has been used by other industries to fight bacteria for years, including dentistry, hospitals, and water treatment. 

So, whether you just bought a Sleep8 or have an upcoming dentist visit, here’s what you need to know about ozone disinfection.

Ozone is really efficient at killing bacteria

Most bacteria are relatively simple. They are held together by molecular bonds that, if exposed to the right conditions, completely come apart.  Ozone is very effective at destroying these molecular bonds. Every time an ozone molecule hits a bacteria cell, it punches a hole in it.  Bombard a bacteria cell with enough ozone, and it comes apart at the seams. 

If you want to use ozone to disinfect an object, you need to expose it to enough ozone to get the job done. How much ozone you need depends on the object and how big of an area you are saturating and what kinds of bacteria you are trying to eliminate. For example, you only need 6 parts per million of ozone to kill 99.99% of COVID-19.  At Sleep8, that is why we use our special filter bags. By containing the CPAP accessories in a controlled small space, we are able to eliminate bacteria as efficiently as possible. 

Ozone is like most disinfectants…

…it needs to be handled properly. Ozone can be dangerous if a person is exposed to too much of it. However, there is good news: ozone breaks down really quickly. An ozone molecule is made up of three oxygens bound together. In chemistry class, you would have seen it written as 03.  Those bonds are highly unstable — which means they don’t last very long. Ozone molecules will break down in as little as 30 minutes. And, when they do, they recombine into safe, breathable air. 

The Sleep8 has been purposefully designed so that the bacteria are killed in the first few minutes after you press the button to turn it on. The rest of the time, the filter bag is safely containing the ozone until it dissipates

If you’re concerned with safety, you can read more about the pros and cons of ozone here.

How Sleep8 uses ozone

There’s more to how Sleep8 uses ozone to support your CPAP accessories than we could fit in this article, thankfully, we have an entire page of more information available. If you’re thinking about getting a Sleep8, or just want to learn more about the one you already one, you should visit our How It Works page to get all the info.

And, if you’re looking for the fastest, most convenient way to maintain your CPAP accessories, you can order your very own Sleep8 right now.

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