Plan on using your CPAP each night and consider using it while you nap as well. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not cured by CPAP. CPAP treatment only provides relief of symptoms. Each time you sleep without your CPAP, your OSA is untreated. You should take your machine with you when you travel too.
How do I adapt to wearing a mask if I am claustrophobic?
It would be a good idea to wear the mask for a couple of days before hand. You can try your CPAP (with mask) in an elevated position or standing up. Next step would be to lie down while staying awake; do not fall asleep until you are perfectly comfortable. Once you feel at ease with your mask you can start sleeping with it and you will have beaten your claustrophobia.
How often should I replace the CPAP parts?
In order to maintain the proper hygiene of your equipment, please refer to the following recommendation. Also, most private insurance cover the accessories of your CPAP on a yearly basis.
What is heated tubing?
Heated CPAP tubing contains copper coils that are gently heated to conduct a constant temperature throughout the length of the hose. This enhances the comfort of the therapy and reduces or eliminates rainout (the accumulation of water in a CPAP tube due to warm moist air cooling and condensing on its way from your CPAP machine to your CPAP mask).
Why does water accumulate in the tube?
This is due to the difference in temperature between the room and inside your tube, which causes condensation and water build up in tube. If you sleep with a window open causing it to be cold in your room, you may need a cover for your tube or a heated tube.
What problems can occur while I am using CPAP?
- Nasal stuffiness, congestion, or dryness
- Dry mouth
- Mask air leaks
- Sore, dry or red eyes
- Skin irritation from the mask and/or air
- Sensation of too much air in the chest
- Sensation of abdominal bloating, cramping or gas
- Persistent sleepiness despite regular use of CPAP
- Feeling claustrophobic with the mask
- Waking up having taken the mask off
These problems should be addressed with our respiratory therapist who can help alleviate any issues/discomfort
I’ve lost some weight. Do I still have sleep apnea?
Weight is an important factor in obstructive sleep apnea. There’s no guarantee weight loss, in itself, is going to clear up sleep apnea; however, a large weight decrease may affect your required CPAP pressure. The best thing to do is to advise us of a weight gain/loss of 20lbs or more.
Do I need to wear my CPAP every night?
What happens if I stop CPAP treatment?
If you stop using CPAP, your sleep apnea symptoms may come back. The CPAP treatment only works when you use it. Cessation of the treatment can also pose risks to your health such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular diseases.
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