Does Your CPAP Pressure Need Adjusting?

Is Your CPAP Pressure Too High or Too Low?

Proper CPAP pressure is an important factor in getting the most out of your sleep apnea therapy, as it determines your overall comfort when using the device. If any feature is causing you discomfort, you run the risk of improper use, the treatment being less effective, or giving up on the therapy altogether. 

Because everyone is so different, there is no single one size fits all pressure, so the adjustable settings are essential. Although we don’t suggest changing CPAP settings on your own, there are key indicators to be aware of that indicate your pressure may need adjusting. And remember, our Valley Sleep Center specialists are just a call away for a quick consult and CPAP pressure fix!

Is Your CPAP Pressure Too Low?

Too little CPAP pressure can lead to ineffective therapy—you need enough pressurized airflow to keep your airways open as you sleep. Otherwise, you run the risk of your airways collapsing and hindering your ability to receive enough oxygen throughout the night. 

If your CPAP pressure is too low, the treatment is essentially ineffective, meaning you will likely experience symptoms similar to those you endured prior to seeking therapy. Some common signs include:

  • More than five apnea or hypopnea events per hour
  • Poor sleep
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Feeling air-starved
  • Chronic fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Loud snoring 
  • Aerophagia (repetitive air swallowing)
  • Bloating

Is Your CPAP Pressure Too High?

While too low of CPAP pressure can be ineffective, when CPAP pressure is too high, it can be severely uncomfortable and distract you from sleeping, making therapy less effective.

Some side effects of CPAP pressure that’s too high include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up repeatedly throughout the night
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Aerophagia (repetitive air swallowing)
  • Burning sensation in nose/throat
  • Fluid in the ears causing leakage and hearing issues
  • Significant mask air leaks
  • Severely dry mouth/nose
  • Bloating
  • Waking to dry eyes
  • Mouth breathing

Don’t settle for discomfort. Scheduling a visit or call with one of our sleep specialists is easy. We’ll get to the bottom of any problems you’re facing with therapy and determine a solution—whether it’s changing CPAP settings, trying a new mask, incorporating a humidifier, or possibly prescribing a new CPAP pressure. After all, your health and good night’s sleep is our ultimate goal!

Shop CPAP masks, machines, and supplies for your sleep apnea therapy on our new and improved Valley Sleep Therapy website! For questions about CPAP pressure or to schedule a sleep consult, contact one of our expert providers at Valley Sleep Center!