Whether you are new to using a CPAP machine or you’ve been using one for years, there may be a few issues that you’ve run into along the way. CPAP machines provide many health benefits for those with sleep apnea. Using a CPAP machine can take time to adjust to because you are getting used to a whole new sleep routine. Continue reading to find out a few tips to help you solve the CPAP issues that you have been experiencing!  

Tip #1: Make Sure You Have the Correct Style and Size of Mask. 

A common issue that CPAP users run into is comfortability with their masks. There are many options when it comes to the style and size of the mask. There are full face masks, nasal masks, and nasal pillow masks. There are also different sizing options and adjustable straps on the masks so you can ensure that your mask fits correctly and comfortably. Finding which one works best for you is crucial in solving the issue of being uncomfortable and will help you sleep better while using your CPAP machine.  

Tip #2: Use a CPAP Humidifier  

If you run into the issue of your nose and throat being dry due to your CPAP then using a humidifier will be very beneficial! The air pressure from the CPAP machine will make everything drier than usual. Utilizing a heated CPAP humidifier is crucial for success with your CPAP therapy.  

Tip #3: Consistently Use Your CPAP

It is important to use your CPAP machine consistently and every time you sleep. This will help especially during the adjustment period. Using your CPAP machine every night will allow you to create a new bedtime routine and stick to it. You will also gain the most benefit from your CPAP therapy if you are using it every night.   

Tip #4: Practice Wearing Your Mask

Having trouble getting used to wearing your CPAP mask while you sleep is a very common issue that a lot of CPAP users run into. Some individuals say that they feel claustrophobic or find it overall difficult to relax with it on. Try practicing wearing your mask when you aren’t sleeping to help your body get used to it. You could wear it around the house, while you're watching TV, or for a little while before bedtime. Practice makes perfect, and you will adjust to your mask in no time!  

Tip #5: Change Sleeping Positions 

If you are feeling frustrated because your CPAP machine still doesn’t seem to be working or feel that you are not receiving the benefits of the CPAP machine, try changing your sleep position. Sleeping on your back is not recommended for CPAP users because it closes your airway and forces your CPAP to work harder, resulting in you not gaining the maximum benefit from your machine. Sleeping on your side is the best sleeping position for CPAP users because it naturally keeps your airway open.  

Overall, CPAP therapy comes with an adjustment period and finding what works for you may take some time. Be patient and know that you will find what works for you, and eventually you will be able to receive all of the benefits of your CPAP therapy. If you have any questions or are running into any issues with your CPAP, contact us today, we are happy to help!