How Can I Get Used to Using a CPAP Machine? It’s not like you were born with one. There’s a hard way and an easy way. We’ll show you the easy way.
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It’s a safe bet that you weren’t born wearing a CPAP mask, so it’s not exactly second nature to get used to this new addition to your nightlife. Many patients go through an adjustment phase as they get used to the equipment. Here are some tips that will help you adjust quickly so you can start reaping the benefits of a great night’s sleep every night:
Consider Using a CPAP Humidifier
Many people find that they’re waking up with a dry mouth or sinuses because of the constant flow of pressurized air the CPAP machine pushes through their airways. This can lead to mouth breathing, which only makes the problem worse. By adding a humidifier to your machine, you can make the air you breathe a lot more comfortable. If your humidifier doesn’t completely solve the dry mouth problem, you might also want to look into getting a full-face mask with a chinstrap to help you keep your mouth shut as you sleep.
Aim for a Gradual Transition
Many CPAP machines come equipped with a “Ramp” option that helps you ease into using it. You’ll start with a lower air pressure and over the course of about 45 minutes, you’ll eventually work up to the full pressure level that’s been prescribed for you. You might also find it helpful to wear your mask and run the unit while you’re awake – either while you’re watching Netflix or reading before bed. Be patient, because it can take a little while to get accustomed to the sensations of the mask, the air, and the tubing.
Prevent Bloating Symptoms
Some CPAP users report feeling bloated, especially when just beginning to use their equipment. When this happens, it’s usually because they’re swallowing air instead of breathing normally. If you swallow air, the abdomen can begin to feel bloated. You might also look into trying an APAP (automatic positive airway pressure) machine instead. Essentially, an APAP adjusts the pressurized air automatically so that you don’t take in more air than you need.
Avoid Feeling Claustrophobic
For some CPAP users, the biggest hurdle is feeling smothered by the mask when they first start using their equipment. You can help ease yourself into feeling comfortable with your mask by spending some time just holding your mask to your face with your hand rather than strapping it on. You’ll get used to the feeling of pressurized air coming through the mask, and that will make using the straps easier when you’re ready. You might also find it helpful to wear your mask around your house while you’re awake. This will enable your mind to understand that you’re not in danger of smothering – and that will help make wearing the mask to bed easier.
Keep Practicing… It Will Get Easier
It’s a good idea to ease into wearing your mask so that your experience is comfortable from the start. However, if you have a bumpy start, do not give up. The more regularly you wear your mask, the easier your transition to nightly use will become. If you stop and start, your transition will be much harder.
We’re here to help make getting started with your CPAP therapy as easy as possible – and then to make getting the disposable supplies you need each month simple and affordable. One way we’d like to help you get started using your CPAP machine is to schedule a one-on-one video consultation when your equipment arrives. During this video call, a fitting expert will walk you through adjusting your mask and setting up your equipment.
The CPAP machine that works best is the one you’ll actually use – and we can help you get off to a strong start. All you have to do is ask, and we’ll be happy to help.