The benefits of using CPAP therapy for people with sleep apnea can literally be life-altering. However, there are many considerations to keep in mind when it comes to using CPAP therapy comfortably and proactively.
Being educated with up-to-date information and knowledge will allow a CPAP rookie to ease into therapy with limited frustration and the veteran user to have a more gratifying experience. With that in mind here are 12 dos and don’ts of CPAP therapy to help you get the most benefit from your treatment:
Do: Fit your CPAP mask for the first time during daylight hours before you are ready for bed. You will likely need to make adjustments to the mask a few times before it fits correctly, and you get used to wearing it.
Do: Know where to locate the filter on your CPAP machine and replace it regularly.
Do: Keep your mask snug, but not excessively tight. When the mask is too tight, you can become sore and wake with strap marks.
Do: Use a mirror when you put the mask on the first time. This will help you to place the mask on your face in the proper position and help you see where to connect the headgear.
Do: Replace your nasal cushion/pillow at least every six months. Leaks can occur when the cushion breaks down.
Do: Try a heated humidifier if you are experiencing dryness or a sore throat. The moist, warm air soothes these conditions.
Do Not: Stress over small, occasional leaks. Many CPAP machines are equipped with leak compensation sensors. These sensors sufficiently increase pressure in the event of minor leaks.
Do Not: Be afraid to try out something new. Whether it be CPAP masks, cleaners, parts or whatever, there are many options available. So, if something does not meet your expectations, change it up.
Do Not: Clean your mask with vinegar or alcohol. Mild soap and warm water are all that you need. Remember to clean the mask daily.
Do Not: Settle for an overly uncomfortable mask. You should search until you find the best option for you. The more comfortable you are the better your chances of remaining compliant with your therapy.
Do Not: Have a sleep study done every time the prescription pressure doesn’t feel as though it is working. Make simple adjustments for big benefits.
Do Not: Give up! The benefits of CPAP therapy far outweigh the discomforts of getting accustomed to it.
Valley Sleep Therapy- Your One-Stop-Shop for CPAP Equipment
If you have sleep apnea and need more information about sleep devices or products, visit us at Valley Sleep Therapy. We invite you to look through our online CPAP supplies store or visit us in Mesa, AZ.
If you think you may have sleep apnea and wish to schedule a sleep consultation, make an appointment at one of our five Sleep Disorder and Treatment Centers.