If you are a new CPAP user and experience CPAP intolerance, you are not alone, and this is a very common issue that CPAP users run into. It is important to know how to use your CPAP machine correctly so that your CPAP therapy is as comfortable and effective as possible. Continue reading to find out how to treat your CPAP intolerance!
What Is CPAP Intolerance?
CPAP intolerance is when you are not able to tolerate the CPAP mask while you are asleep. CPAP intolerance can result in the patient no longer using their CPAP machine which means that their quality of sleep and overall health is compromised. Leaving sleep apnea untreated can lead to cardiovascular issues, snoring, and other problems. Many individuals that become CPAP intolerant may feel uncomfortable wearing the CPAP mask, may feel claustrophobic, or may not be able to find a mask that fits correctly.
How to Treat CPAP Intolerance
1. Find the Right Mask
- There are many mask options available for you to choose from and finding the right one can help make your CPAP therapy more comfortable! There are many different sizes and types of masks such as nasal masks, nasal pillows masks, full face masks, and hybrid face masks. Sometimes a fitting is recommended to find the perfect and most comfortable mask!
2. CPAP Humidifier
- If your CPAP intolerance is caused by a dry nose and mouth or sore throat, a CPAP humidifier could be very beneficial. Utilizing a CPAP humidifier will help add moisture back into the air that you are breathing.
3. Practice Wearing Your CPAP Mask
- If you are uncomfortable wearing your CPAP mask while asleep, try practicing throughout the day to help your body get used to the feeling of the CPAP mask. You can wear it while you are watching TV, reading a book, or even right before bed to allow for more comfort. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will be wearing your CPAP mask and it is important to understand that it takes time for your body to adjust to your CPAP machine.
4. Clean Your CPAP Machine Regularly
- If you have noticed that your CPAP machine is louder than usual and it is affecting your CPAP therapy, it might mean that something is wrong with your CPAP machine. Make sure to clean your CPAP regularly to prevent build-up and check your air filter to prevent a loud machine.
Getting used to your CPAP machine will take time and it is important to be patient and try not to get discouraged. Here at Advanced Care Respiratory Network, we care about your sleep and want you to receive the most effective CPAP therapy. Visit our website to learn more about our sleep apnea treatment options and contact us today if you have any questions!