Tips to become used to CPAP

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Tips to become used to CPAP

Getting used to your CPAP machine is a vital stage in your sleep apnea journey. Once you are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and a CPAP machine is prescribed, you must wear it every night to ensure a complete night rest. But, just knowing it and actually doing it are two different things.

It may take few days, or a week, or months, but soon enough you will adapt to your CPAP machine, just like you have had to adapt to life with sleep apnea.

Before you indulge yourself in the tips on how you can become comfortable with your sleep apnea therapy device, it is important to remember CPAP is critical to alleviate and minimize all the complications that come with having obstructive sleep apnea like extreme fatigue, day time sleepiness, serious heart conditions and much more. Your CPAP machine might become the most ideal bed partner to you and soon enough you will grow to love it.

  1. Find a perfect CPAP Mask

One size does not fit all- and this is true for CPAP masks too.

Everyone is born with different and unique facial features, and to compliment each one, different kinds of masks are available on the market today. As you have to wear the mask all night long, make sure that proper air flows into your lungs, with the one you bought home. If the mask doesn’t fit right and makes it hard for you to sleep, you cannot expect it to be very effective.

Masks that cover your face entirely, stretching across your forehead and cheeks are helpful for those who are more likely to toss and turn during sleep. Other masks may have small nasal pillows and cover less of your face. For many claustrophobic patients, such masks are much smaller and lighter and minimize the amount of weight and material on one’s face.

The more you wear the mask, the more you get accustomed to it.

Try wearing the mask when you are watching television, reading a book, surfing the internet or while cooking. Once you get used to, how the mask feels on your face, start wearing it at night and even during the naps. Use your device like this, at least for few weeks, to see if the mask you were prescribed actually works for you.

  2. Find a way to deal with Pressurized air

Tolerating forced air directly into the respiratory tract is quite a hurdle.

You may be able to overcome this issue by using the “ramp” feature in your machine. In fact most newer CPAP machines for sleep apnea come with this feature, that when turned on, begins with a lower, more bearable pressure and slowly builds up the pressure necessary for a relieved night time sleep.

  3. Learn how to combat dry or stuffy nose after using CPAP.

If you breathe through nose or sleep with mouth open, CPAP may worsen your condition.

A chin strap may help keep your mouth closed, or check, if your device comes with a heated humidifier. These humidifiers are adjustable; you can easily change its settings to find the perfect humidification.

If you already have a CPAP and you still experience chronic dryness, consider having a nasal saline spray to use before sleep.

  4. Learn to deal with the noise of CPAP machine

CPAP machines are most likely to be quieter, but what if it produces noise?

CPAP devices are the quietest, however, if you find your devices’ sound bothersome, check if there is something wrong with your machine- first check if the air filter is clean and unblocked as something in its way can contribute to noise, also check, if humidifier needs to be filled with water.

If these things don’t help, have your doctor, sleep specialist or CPAP supplier, check the device to make sure it’s working correctly. If the device is still giving noise problem, try wearing earplugs.

  5. Learn how to avoid taking off your CPAP machine during sleep?

If you move a lot in your sleep, it is normal to wake up finding you’ve removed the mask.

Waking up with CPAP machine tangled in the sheets, and not on your face, is common for sleep apnea patients. If you move around a lot in your sleep, it could be that you are taking off your mask. To avoid this problem, you may benefit from a full face mask, which will be harder to remove.

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