The truth is, it takes time for you to get used to using CPAP therapy. This period of time varies according to each person and it’s impossible to predict exactly how long it may take for you. What is known is that once you are comfortably using your CPAP therapy, getting a healthy night’s rest, and feeling more alert and cheerful during the day, this relatively short adjustment period and the effort you put into it will have been well worth it.
Here are some suggestions for beginning CPAP users:
Start using your CPAP therapy while you rest, watch television, or read. This will help you get used to the feeling of how air comes from your machine and through your mask so you are more prepared for when it is time to sleep.
Next, create a bedtime routine with your CPAP. It's recommended to use CPAP therapy every night and for every nap. Using your CPAP therapy consistently increases health benefits and makes it easier for your body to adjust to the therapy.
Make some adjustments to improve your comfort. While lying in bed, gently adjust your mask straps and headgear until you get a good fit. There are also accessories that can make the experience of getting used to your therapy more comfortable like CPAP pillows and RemZzz cloth liners along with other items available on our website www.nationwidemedicaldirect.com. To view these items, click here.
Make sure the mask you have is a good fit. One of the most common issues with beginners is having problems with their mask. If you have tried using proper mask fit and adjustment techniques and are still having difficulties, it may be a size or style issue. If a mask is too big, it can lead to over tightening of the straps which can cause irritations to the skin. A mask that is too small will not seal well and can cause air to leak from the edges. The air may also blow into your eyes. If you are experiencing any of these issues, you can speak with one of the expert technicians at Nationwide Medical Inc. for assistance as well as check out the variety of masks available on our website at www.nationwidemedicaldirect.com.
Another common issue for CPAP beginners is that the pressure feels too hard. The newer model machines are equipped with a ramp feature which can be used to gradually increase the amount of air coming from your machine. The ramp mode will start the pressure low and gradually increase it over a set time. This allows you to fall asleep before the prescribed pressure level is reached.
If you have a dry nose, throat, or mouth, you can adjust the setting on your humidifier. The humidifier provides warm moist air through your mask and can be adjusted by you to meet your specific needs for humidity.
Also of great importance is cleaning your equipment and changing out disposable supplies as recommended. This is not a difficult process and is easiest if you incorporate it into your regular routine. Having clean equipment will make your CPAP therapy experience more comfortable and you’ll be more likely to continue regular and consistent use of your therapy.
If you are having trouble adjusting to your PAP therapy, Nationwide Medical’s professional staff can help you identify and overcome issues that may be preventing you from getting that good night’s sleep with your PAP therapy. Please call one of our experienced technicians for assistance at our toll free number (877) 307-2727.
References – Sleep Education
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Nationwide Medical Inc. is a leader in sleep apnea support and CPAP/BiLevel machines and supplies. We have more than a decade of experience serving 100,000 patients with 24/7 clinical support and are contracted with Medicare and most commercial insurance companies. You can reach us at www.nationwidemedical.com or call 1-877-307-2727 (CPAP). Please also visit our cash pay site at www.nationwidemedicaldirect.com.