Top 5 CPAP Machine Problems and Discomfort and How to Avoid Them

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CPAP machines is an important treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but it’s not without its frustrations. While CPAP isn’t for everyone, our experience is that with a little extra know how and some patience getting a great night sleep isn’t just a dream. Learn how to avoid CPAP machine problems and get a good night sleep.

1.Trouble getting used to wearing the CPAP machine 

First, try wearing just the CPAP mask for short periods of time while you’re awake — for example, while watching TV. Then try wearing the mask and hose with the device turned on during the day while you’re awake.

Once you get used to how that feels, start using the CPAP machine every time you sleep — including naps. Just wearing the CPAP device every now and then may delay getting used to it. Stick with it for several weeks or more to see if your mask and pressure are right for you.

2. Feeling claustrophobic
Practice using your mask while you’re awake. First, just hold it up to your face without any of the other parts. Once you’re comfortable with that, try wearing the mask with the straps.

Next, try holding the mask with the attached hose on your face, without using the straps. Turn on the CPAP machine, perhaps with the ramp feature turned on. Next, do this using the straps too. Finally, try sleeping with the mask and machine on.

Relaxation exercises, such as progressive muscle relaxation, may help reduce anxiety related to CPAP use.

If you’re still feeling claustrophobic, talk to your doctor or CPAP supplier. It may help to get a different size mask or try a different style, such as one that uses nasal pillows.

3. Get comfortable for a better fit.
For a proper fit, get into whatever position you’re usually in while asleep. If you sleep on your side, adjust your mask while lying on your side. If you sleep in a reclining chair, adjust your mask there. Also, make sure there’s enough tubing to reach from the machine to your face while you’re in your sleeping position. If the tube is too short, it could create “tube drag,” which can cause leaks or discomfort.

4. Choose CPAP Machine with Humidification

Whether your mouth is dry or your nose is running, you may be able to solve the problem by adjusting the humidity setting on your CPAP machine. Luckily, there are some CPAP machines with humidification, so, you can enjoy comfort of humidification without the hassle like ResMed Air Mini. If you still have runny or stuffy nose issues, tell your doctor. He or she may suggest switching masks or using a nasal spray to help clear up the congestion.

5. Keep it clean.

Your CPAP machine has a number of different parts, and they all need to be cleaned at different intervals:

 

How to clean CPAP Machine:

Daily: Empty your humidifier and rinse it with water every day. Use distilled water to avoid mineral deposit buildup.

Weekly: Your mask, tubing and headgear should be washed at least once a week using a mild soap, and hung up to dry. Also, hand-wash any reusable filters.

Monthly: Most CPAP machines have both reusable and disposable filters. Disposable filters should be replaced about every month.

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