Frequently Asked Questions about CPAP Care, Treatment and Supplies
How can I make sleeping with my CPAP machine more comfortable?
Solutions to Common Discomforts
Getting accustomed to PAP therapy can take some time. Not everyone can immediately use their equipment all night, every night. It is important to your health and well-being that you try, but be patient with the process that it takes for your body to become accustomed to therapy.
The following are common problems that you could experience when getting used to PAP therapy and the solutions that may work for you. Never hesitate to call somniCare, Inc. for assistance or with questions about therapy.
- Be sure the mask is fitted correctly to your face.
- Be sure the headgear is tightened evenly (and not over-tightened).
- Contact somniCare, Inc. for a mask refitting.
- Make sure you are properly cleaning the mask and rinsing thoroughly. Your mask should be washed or wiped down daily. The oils from your face build up on the mask and can cause skin rashes if not removed from the mask between uses.
- Call somniCare, Inc.
- There is a “learning” curve for your body to adjust to PAP therapy and usually stuffiness will resolve over time. However, your physician may recommend nasal sprays or decongestants to help you or address any specific issues you may have with congestion.
- Humidifiers can greatly help with congestion.
- Call somniCare, Inc. for help.
Dry Mouth or Throat
- This may be corrected with the use of a humidifier.
- This may be caused by your mouth coming open while you sleep. Call somniCare, Inc. for more information about possible solutions by using a chin strap.
Use of saliva producing product before and after therapy use. Call somniCare, Inc. for more details.
Have you been experiencing difficulty getting used to your CPAP system? Is the mask or air pressure giving you feelings of claustrophobia or anxiety? If so, here are some tips for you:
Step 1: Attach the mask to the CPAP device, and switch the unit “on.” Use the ramp feature at this time if you wish. Wear the CPAP mask at home while awake for one hour each day. Practice breathing through the mask while watching television, reading, or performing some other sedentary activity.
Step 2: Use the CPAP during scheduled 20 minute or 90 minute naps at home.
Step 3: Use CPAP during the initial 3-4 hours of nocturnal sleep.
Step 4: Use CPAP through the entire night of sleep.
Advance by one step after five days or once the step can be completed without anxiety.
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