Consistency is the cornerstone of therapy, but before you’re comfortable using your CPAP each night, you may face some challenges. Don’t worry—this is normal!
Your nose and mouth are dry.
Check your humidifier tub – is it filled? Have you turned on your machine’s humidification setting? Are you opening your mouth while you sleep? Try a higher setting if your mouth and nose are dry. If you still have issues, give us a call.
You can’t fall asleep.
Initially, you may feel like you are gasping for air or being air starved. If you are on a set pressure, the ramp may need to be adjusted, call us first, then your doctor. If you are on an auto mode, your mode range may need to be adjusted—call your doctor. Try practicing with your mask on while awake, like reading with it in bed.
Your mask is leaking.
Adjust the straps of your mask until you’re comfortable with a bit of tension. Try resetting and readjusting your cushion or nasal pillows against your face. If you continue to struggle, please let us know.
Your pressure feels too high.
Many people have trouble adapting to their set pressure. If your pressure feels too high and wakes you up at night, turn off the CPAP machine and start again. Using a CPAP machine for the first time may feel unnatural, claustrophobic or uncomfortable.
If you are struggling with any issues, we are here to help you. Just give us a call and we can help guide you to better sleep.