Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP for short, is the most common treatment for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea. In many cases, you’ll experience immediate symptom relief and a huge boost in your mental and physical energy. The CPAP device is a lightweight mask and machine that provides a constant stream of air which keeps your breathing passages open while you sleep. Most CPAP devices are the size of a tissue box.
If you’ve given up on sleep apnoea machines in the past because of discomfort, you owe it to yourself to give them a second look. CPAP technology is constantly being updated and improved. The new CPAP devices are lighter, quieter, and more comfortable, so make sure your sleep apnoea device is up to date.
CPAP for sleep apnoea: tips and troubleshooting
Having trouble with your new sleep apnoea device? It can take some time to get accustomed to sleeping while wearing a CPAP device. It’s natural to miss sleeping the “old way,” but there are things you can to do make the adjustment easier.
- Make sure your CPAP device fits correctly. A correct fit makes a huge difference. Make sure the straps are not too tight or too loose and that the mask seals completely over your nose and mouth. Schedule regular appointments with your CPAP therapist to check the fit and evaluate your treatment progress.
- Ease into it. Start by using your CPAP device for short periods during the day. Use the “ramp” setting to gradually increase air pressure. It’s normal to need several months to get used to sleeping this way.
- Upgrade your CPAP device with customised options. Customise the mask, tubing and straps to find the right fit. Ask your CPAP therapist about soft pads to reduce skin irritation, nasal pillows for nose discomfort, and chin-straps to keep your mouth closed and reduce throat irritation.
- Use a humidifier to decrease dryness and skin irritation. Most CPAP devices now come with a built-in humidifier.
- Try a saline nasal spray or a nasal decongestant for nasal congestion.
- Keep your mask, tubing and headgear clean. To ensure maximum comfort and benefit, replace CPAP and humidifier filters regularly and keep the unit clean.
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