Continuous positive pressure therapy (CPAP) can be used to treat sleep apnea or obstructive. The CPAP machine is connected to a mask, nosepiece, or hose that provides constant, steady air pressure. This allows you to sleep comfortably and allow you to inhale easily.
Symptoms of CPAP include a stuffy nose, difficulty falling asleep, and leaky masks.
If a CPAP machine or system does not meet your needs, there are many alternatives. Many CPAP masks can be adjusted to make them more comfortable.
These are the 10 most common CPAP problems and how to fix them.
1. The Wrong Size Or Style Of CPAP Mascara
Your doctor can help you choose the best mask for your needs. Each person is different, so the right size or style of mask may not be suitable for you.
You can try a different mask. There are many CPAP Pro Masks. Some masks cover your nose and mouth completely. Others are more discreet and cover your mouth. Some masks have straps that cross your forehead or cover your cheeks.
2. It Was Difficult To Get Used To The CPAP Face Mask
Start by only wearing the CPAP Mask while you watch TV. Next, you will need to wear the mask and the hose while awake.
3. Tough To Take Forced Air
This problem can be solved by using a machine with a “ramp”. This allows the machine’s start pressure to be low. Your machine gradually increases the pressure as you fall asleep. The machine can be adjusted by your doctor.
4. Dry, Stuffy Nose
It is important to ensure that the mask fits correctly. Leakage can cause dryness of your nose. If the mask is too tight, it may not be properly fitted.
5. Feeling Claustrophobic
You can practice using the mask while you are awake. First, hold the mask straight up towards your face. Once you feel comfortable, adjust the straps to ensure that the mask fits properly.
6. Pressure Sores, Skin Irritations, And Leaky Masks
Lack of air pressure can be caused by poorly fitting or too tight masks. This can cause skin irritation. You may experience dryness and tears from the mask’s direct airflow to your eyes.
7. It Can Be Difficult To Fall Asleep
You can use the mask during the day to help you fall asleep at night.
Machines with an air pressure ramp allow for a comfortable bedtime.
8. Dry Mouth
A dry mouth can be worsened by some CPAP machines, especially if they are used at night. To prevent air from leaking, a nasal mask and a chin band can be worn together.
9. Intentionally Removing CPAP During The Night
Sometimes your mask might have fallen off in the middle of the night. A full-face mask might be more suitable for you if you are active during your sleep. Your mask may have been removed while you were asleep because it was uncomfortable. You might be able to find a better-fitting mask.
10. Beware Of The Annoying Noise
CPAP machines are almost silent today. Make sure your filter is not blocked if the machine makes a lot of noise. Any obstruction could make the noise worse. Ask your doctor or CPAP supplier for information on how to clean the mask/hose.