It’s impossible for individuals with sleep apnea to experience the positive benefits of therapy if they don’t stay CPAP compliant. In order to get the most out of your treatment, you must follow through with all aspects of therapy. It’s easier said than done, though, so we’re here to provide you with some tips on how to do so.
Make it a Routine
Making CPAP therapy part of your daily routine is key to staying compliant. It all starts with having a good sleep schedule, so you know you’re getting enough time with your CPAP mask on. Know what time you should go to bed, when you’re waking up and when you want to clean your machine. Once you have those times set in place, you’re more likely to be consistent as it becomes habit.
It’s All About the Fit
One of the most common CPAP issues is that the mask doesn’t fit the way it should. Not only does this lead to skin irritation and discomfort, but you aren’t getting the full effect and benefits of treatment. If wearing a full-face mask is uncomfortable, try out a nasal mask to see if it feels better. Just like any new form of treatment, it takes some trial and error to figure out what works best for you personally.
Understand Your Equipment
It’s hard to fully understand the importance of being consistent with CPAP therapy if you don’t know how beneficial and crucial treatment is. Talk to your doctor about the disorder and your specific treatment. Learn how the equipment works, what to expect, what to do if what you’re doing isn’t working, etc. Not only will you feel better prepared, but you’ll have a better understanding of why treatment is so important.
Clean Your Equipment Properly
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a CPAP patient is not cleaning your equipment well or as often as necessary. As previously mentioned, make the cleaning process part of your daily routine so it becomes a habit and you don’t forget. Failing to clean your CPAP equipment properly can lead to further problems such as infection.
- Clean your mask cushion, frame and headgear every day
- Clean the humidifier tub daily and deep clean it weekly
- Clean your CPAP tubing weekly
Use a Humidifier
Many CPAP patients experience a dry mouth, eyes or nostrils, especially when they first start treatment. This is where using a humidifier can be beneficial, as it provides proper moisture to your mouth so you can avoid that irritation.
We hope this blog helped you understand the importance of staying CPAP compliant and motivated you to do so. If you’re new to the CPAP therapy world and want to explore what machines, masks and accessories we offer, visit our online catalog!