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Avoid Top CPAP Issues by Doing These Things

Avoid Top CPAP Issues by Doing These Things

If you are a first-time CPAP user, you may run into a few issues when you start using it. This, in turn, can result in you not wanting to wear it at night because you may find it time-consuming. However, most of the issues that may crop up can be solved easily. Continue reading to learn how you can fix some of the common CPAP issues you may be facing.  

Issue: The Wrong Size or Style of CPAP Mask 

This issue can be fixed by working closely with your medical equipment provider to make sure that you are getting the best mask for yourself and that it fits properly. Everyone has a different size and shape of their face so you might not get it on your first try. Do not be discouraged. There is a wide range of CPAP masks available; some that cover your mouth and nose and some with straps that stretch across your forehead and cheeks. Other masks feature nasal pillows that fit under your nose and cover less of your face. These nasal pillows may work well if you wear glasses or read with the mask on because these do not block your eyes as much as a full-face mask does.  

Also, paying attention to your mask size will help as masks come in assorted sizes. Just because you are a specific size in one mask does not mean that you will be the same size in another. CPAP masks are adjustable. Work with your CPAP supplier to show you how to properly adjust your mask to get the best fit for you.  

Issue: Trouble Getting Used to Wearing the CPAP Device 

Getting used to your CPAP mask might present itself as a challenge. If that is the case, first try to wear your mask for short periods of time while you are awake. Then try wearing your mask and hose with the device turned on during the day. This will train your body to start getting used to the idea of wearing your mask more often.  

Once you get used to how that feels, start to wear your mask while you sleep, including any naps that you might take. Simply wearing your CPAP mask every now and then may result in your body not getting used to it. Stick with it for a few weeks to make sure that the mask and pressure are right for you.  

Issue: Difficulty with Forced Air 

Some people may struggle with the adjustment to the air pressure of a CPAP. You may be able to fix this issue with a “ramp” feature. This setting will allow you to start with lower air pressure. The device will then slowly increase the air pressure until you get to your prescribed setting as you start to fall asleep. If this feature does not help, contact your CPAP supplier and talk to them about changing to a device that will automatically and consistently adjust the air pressure while you sleep.  

Issue: Feeling Claustrophobic 

This is a common issue that new CPAP users might face. To combat this issue, practice using your mask while you are awake. Start out by just holding it up to your face without any of its parts. Once you have gotten comfortable with that, try to wear the mask with its straps. Next, try holding it up to your face with the attached hose without using the straps. You can try to turn on the device with the “ramp” feature on and add the straps when you are ready.  

You can also try relaxation exercises such as progressive muscle relaxation while you are using it to keep your mind and body calm. It may also help reduce your anxiety levels related to CPAP use. If you are still feeling claustrophobic after all of that, contact your CPAP supplier. It may help if you try a different style or shape of mask, possibly one that uses nasal pillows.  

Issue: Unintentionally Removing the CPAP Device During the Night 

It is normal to sometimes wake up and find that you unintentionally took off your CPAP mask during the night. If you tend to move around a lot while you sleep, a full-face mask might stay on a little bit better. You may be pulling your mask off at night because your nose is congested. If this is the case, make sure that your mask fits properly and use a chin strap if needed. Using a CPAP heated humidifier may also help.  

If this is an ongoing problem, it may be a clever idea to set an alarm at night to make sure that you are still wearing your mask. You can progressively set your alarm later at night if you find that you are keeping your mask on.  

Knowing how to fix the most common CPAP issues will make it more enjoyable to wear at night, thus providing you with the best treatment possible. If you are interested in seeing what masks we have to offer to make your experience better, you can check out CarePro Home Medical's catalog, or if you want more information about using CPAP, you can visit our website or contact us.