CPAP is the leading therapy for treating sleep apnea, and it involves patients wearing a facial or nasal mask when sleeping. The mask is connected to an air pump that creates positive air flow in the patient’s nasal passages, keeping his or her airway open during sleep. However, CPAP therapy is not without its challenges for some patients – common issues include leaky masks, a dry mouth or nose, and difficulty falling asleep with the mask or nose piece on.
Here are three common CPAP Problems and tips on fixing them:
Problem: Your CPAP mask is the wrong size or style.
If your mask doesn’t fit well or suit your needs, work with your doctor and CPAP supplier to get it right. You can also ask your CPAP supplier to show you how to adjust your mask to get the best fit. There are many styles and variations available, so don’t be afraid to try something else.
Problem: It’s hard to get used to wearing the CPAP device when you sleep.
To get started, you may want to practice wearing the CPAP mask while you’re awake during the day, first without the hose and air pressure, then with everything turned on. This may help you get used to the feel of the device, making it less cumbersome when you fall asleep at night.
Problem: Your CPAP gives you a dry, stuff nose.
This is a common issue for patients, but can be easily solved by using a CPAP device with a humidifier. You can also try using a saline nasal spray before bedtime, or your doctor may prescribe a nasal steroid to help with this. Also, check to make sure that your mask fits well and doesn’t leak anywhere – a leaky mask can cause dryness.