Are you new to CPAP treatment..??
Here’s some handy tips to get you through the first couple of weeks.
TIP 1: Let your family and friends know and surround your self with support.
This vital for success on CPAP treatment. You will be amazed about how many people around you know or are on CPAP treatment. This will help with positive thinking and positive results.
TIP 2: Feeling a bit anxious and worried about starting the treatment…?
The first couple of nights to a week is going to be different, you have gone your whole life without having to wear a mask and treatment, so feeling anxious is common in most people. CPAP treatment takes time and if you keep tossing and turning with the treatment on, take it off and try again later in the night or the next night. For the first week try and aim for at least four hours each night, if you struggle to get that, pop the treatment on during the day for at least 10-30 minutes to get you more familiar with the treatment. Only getting a couples hours with your CPAP treatment on is normal, like we said it takes time and persistence. Using the features on the CPAP machine is there help with making you comfortable as well.
TIP 3: Swallowing air and feeling like the pressure is too much?
These are common feelings when first starting out as the pressure is new to your sleep pattern. You need to try stay calm and relaxed and just breath in and out as this will slow down your breathing rate and allow you to breathe more deep. Keep in mind you are exercising your lungs by breathing against positive pressure, this sensation will soon feel normal with time and your lungs will thank you for it.
TIP 4: How much humidification do you need?
The amount of humidity you use varies for everybody. It also depends on the weather- Summer/winter, age and weight, hydration (how much water you drink), Machine type/Mask type, medications (many dry out your mouth), air-conditioning/fans, cold and flu or sinus issues (generally you need more humidity if you have a cold). The Humidifier also helps prevent dry/sore mouth, throat and nose and can help with blocked nose too. The higher the number the more moisture and the lower the number the less moisture you get. Too much moisture can lead to having water drops in the mask or tubing, you will need to turn down the humidifier or look at getting a heated hose. The humidifier levels need to be changed for your comfort and it is highly recommended to change as needed.
TIP 5: Do you remove your mask whilst you sleep..?
If you are unknowing removing your mask in your sleep, try increasing the humidity. Your nose and throat may be irritated by dry air and you may be subconsciously removing the mask to try to alleviate the problem. Also make sure the mask is not leaking around the eyes and that it is not too tight.
TIP 6: Mask Leaking…
All masks are likely to leak at some stage during sleep. If it is only a small leak, you can go back to sleep without anything being affected. If you find that the leak is really bad and bothering you, lift the mask off your face and place it back. This allows the mask cushion to inflate and give a better seal. Repeat this if necessary. Altering the headgear is another option. Do not over tighten the straps as this will only make matters worse by crushing the cushions. Make sure the mask has been assembled correctly – particularly the silicone seal. If the large leak is still happening and we may need to change the mask. Large leaks into the eyes can cause red and dry eyes as well.
TIP 7: Are you waking up with red or sore marks on the face?
Your headgear is too tight. Try loosening the straps and if this causes a large leak you will need to look at getting another mask or a replacement.
TIP 8: Feeling Claustrophobic with your mask?
If you are feeling this way, try and get familiar with the mask by putting it on during the day for this site at least 10-30 minutes. It’s best to be doing it front of the TV or reading a book. The more you wear it, the more easier it will get.
TIP 9: Where should I place my CPAP machine?
The best place is right next to you on your bed side table/stool. This will make it easier for you to reach the machine. Do not place the machine on the ground as this will pick up excess dust and do not place the machine above your head, however, Some do place the tubing over the bed head as this allows them to move freely. This may not work for everyone so find what is best for you.
TIP 10: It’s been 5 weeks and still unable to use it…
Make a sleep diary and discuss it with your CPAP consultant. You may need to see your Doctor/specialist to discuss other options. CPAP treatment is not for everyone, that’s why we provide a 5 week trial period to see if it works for you.
We hope this helps with starting your CPAP treatment. You are not alone, there is a lot of people out there that use CPAP therapy and everyone at least goes through one of these problems when first starting.
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