Getting used to CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is an important and effective sleep therapy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. However, many new CPAP users experience difficulties and frustrations adjusting to the therapy. Here are some tips to help you to get used to CPAP treatment quicker.
Be prepared to wear the CPAP mask for the first time
When fitting the mask for the first time, several things need to be considered:
- Best mask fit can be achieved when it is done in front of a mirror
- Practice fitting and removing the mask several times until you feel comfortable with it.
- Properly fitted mask should not cause any pressure points or make excessive air leak noise when connected to CPAP machine.
When the machine is running, practice breathing through the mask while sitting up in order to get used to the feeling. Once you get comfortable with the pressure, lie down, relax and try falling asleep with the knowledge that the first and the biggest step in treating your sleep disorder has been taken!
Take control of your sleep therapy
You are in control of many aspects of your treatment. Inform yourself of the various options available to you for CPAP treatment. There are variations of PAP machines (such as AutoPAP, BiPAP, and VPAP) that may be a better choice for you than simple CPAP, depending on your personal needs. There are also many different styles of CPAP masks available and the choice of the mask is very critical for successul therapy. Work closely with your Sleep physician and CPAP specialists to determine which options are best for your personal needs and preferences to determine which options are best for your personal needs and preferences.
Involve your spouse in the treatment from the beginning
Ultimately, treatment of Sleep Apnea by CPAP affects not only you, but also the person you share the bed with. Involve your spouse in the process early on, so that both of you are aware of different options for treating Sleep Apnea, how CPAP treatment works, and the difficulties you both may experience with CPAP treatment. You may feel insecure about wearing a CPAP mask to bed, but most partners are supportive of their spouses' Sleep Apnea treatment by CPAP, especially when they realize its benefits.
Practice good sleeping habits
To ensure that you are sleeping well with the CPAP mask, make sure you are doing everything for healthy sleep in general:
- Go to bed and get up at regular times
- Do not nap for more than 45 minutes during the day
- Do not consume alcohol or caffeine at least 4 hours before bed, do not smoke
- Avoid spicy, sugary or heavy food four hours before bedtime
- Exercise regularly but not right before bed
- Sleep in a well-ventilated room at a comfortable temperature
- Eliminate as much light and distracting noise as possible
The first two weeks of sleep therapy determine your habits
It is critical to get into good habits of using the CPAP machine every time you go to bed from the very start of your sleep therapy. If you establish this habit from the very start, you will ensure the success of the sleep therapy from then on. Remember, you are in control of how effectively you treat your Sleep Apnea with CPAP, so be determined to succeed from the very start.
Keep at it!
Persistence and determination are key for making the CPAP therapy comfortable. Initially, you might think that wearing the CPAP mask in bed is simply unbearable. However, with practice, continuous adjustment, and tweaking of your equipment, you will find that you can tolerate the therapy. It may take a few weeks or even months, but eventually CPAP therapy will become not only tolerable but comfortable as well. Also, when your body and mind heal from the destructive effects of Sleep Apnea as a result of the sleep therapy, you will be glad that you made all that effort to get used to the therapy. Don't give up if you don't feel comfortable with CPAP right away, it takes time, but the benefits are worth it!
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