Common Problems When Using a CPAP Machine

A CPAP device is the most common treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. It includes a small machine that supplies a constant and steady air pressure, a hose and a mask piece. Common problems with CPAP include trouble falling asleep, a leaky mask and a dry nose or mouth. The good thing is that if the CPAP device doesn’t work for you, you have some other options. Most CPAP masks are adjustable to make them more comfortable for you. If you are dealing with snoring or sleep apnea symptoms, you should review this website for possible solutions depending on your condition.

Here are the ten most common problems of using a CPAP device

You are using the wrong size or style of CPAP mask

Work with your doctor or a CPAP supplier to make sure you have a CPAP mask that suits your needs and fits you. Everyone has different face shapes, so the right style and size mask for someone else might not work with you.

  1. Several mask styles are available: Some CPAP masks include full face masks. They cover your mouth and nose with straps that stretch across your cheeks and forehead. Another mask involves nasal pillows that fit under your nose and straps that cover less of your face.
  2. Pay attention to the size:  Most masks come in different sizes. CPAP masks are usually adjustable. You will have to ask your doctor how to adjust your mask to get the best fit.

Trouble getting used to wearing the CPAP  machine

It might help to practice wearing just the CPAP mask for short periods while you are awake while watching television for example. Then try to use the mask and hose with the air pressure on still during the daytime. Once you have accustomed to how it feels, shift to using the CPAP device every time you sleep.

Difficulty tolerating forced air

You will be able to overcome this by using a ramp feature on the machine. This feature allows you to start with low pressure, followed by an automatic increase in the pressure to your prescribed setting as you fall asleep.

Dry nose

A CPAP device that includes a heated humidifier can help. The level of humidification is adjustable. Also, using a nasal saline spray at bedtime can help.

Feeling claustrophobic

If you are a claustrophobic person, try to practice first by holding the mask up to your face without any other parts. Once you are feeling comfortable with that, try wearing the mask with the straps.

Leaky mask

A leaky mask means that you are not getting the full air pressure you need, and it may irritate your skin. A CPAP machine can also release air into your eyes causing the to become teary and dry.

Difficulty falling asleep

This situation is a common temporary issue. Wearing the mask alone during the day can help you to get accustomed to how it feels.

Dry mouth

If you regularly breathe through your mouth at night, some CPAP devices might worsen dry mouth. CPAP-heated humidifiers might also help to avoid this problem.

Unintentionally removing the CPAP device while sleeping

It ‘s okay to wake up and find out you have removed the mask in your sleep. You may be pulling off the mask because your nose is getting congested.

Annoyed by the noise

New models of CPAP devices are usually almost silent, but if you find a device’s noise is bothersome, check the device to make sure the air filter is clean and unblocked.

Using a CPAP machine can be frustrating as you try to get used to it, but it is important to stick with it. This treatment is essential to avoid obstructive sleep apnea. With time and patience, CPAP can positively affect your quality of life and health. This video provides several tips for CPAP sleep apnea beginners.

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