8 Tips on How to Improve Your CPAP Therapy

Are you having trouble getting used to your CPAP? If it’s your first time trying CPAP therapy or you just switched to a new machine, it may take some time to get used to it. Here are 8 tips to help you improve your CPAP therapy and get better sleep!

1. Practice, practice, practice!

Sticking to your CPAP therapy and its routine can be uncomfortable at first - but that’s completely normal! It will take some time for you to get used to your CPAP mask and the air pressure when falling asleep.

Try wearing your mask for a bit before sleep - for example, put the mask on and read a book for a few minutes before bedtime, instead of putting the mask on right before the lights go off. Sticking to a routine like this will help you get used to the feeling and fit of the CPAP mask around your face over time.

And no matter what, don’t give up! You will start to see drastic improvements to your sleep quality if you push through and stick with your therapy every night. You can do it!

2. Know Your Machine

Make sure you get to know your CPAP machine and its capabilities. For example, most machines come with an “AutoRamp” feature, which gradually increases the CPAP pressure over time when you begin your nightly therapy, allowing you to fall asleep more comfortably; have you turned this feature on?

Explore the menus and settings on your machine to see what other features there are, and if you haven’t already, take some time to read through the user guide. You can access an electronic version of the user guides and manuals here:

3. Track Your Data Using the App

Many CPAP machines come with bluetooth capabilities and a smartphone app to track your therapy more closely.

For ResMed users, it’s the MyAir app, where you can track your key therapy metrics, get coaching tips from sleep experts, and view your daily MyAir Score which puts your progress at your fingertips.

For Respironics users, it’s the DreamMapper app, where you can view data on mask fit, therapy hours/results, feedback on your treatment, and more.

Use these tools to keep track of your progress and stay motivated with your therapy. It may even give you some insights into what steps you could take to improve your therapy and machine compliance.

4. Check Your Mask

If you feel uncomfortable with your therapy, your mask may be the culprit. Is the mask not fitting well? Try tightening or loosening the straps. Are you getting red marks or itchiness on your face? Try using mask liners. Here are some tips on troubleshooting common mask problems:

Keep adjusting your mask until you find a snug fit - this may take some time and experimentation. If you’ve tried everything and your mask still isn’t cooperating, you may need a completely different mask altogether. Take your CPAP mask quiz to get a personalized recommendation that suits your lifestyle needs:

5. You May Need a Humidifier

Do you have a dry mouth, nose, or throat? Are you getting nosebleeds? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need to get a CPAP humidifier, which humidifies the air you breathe in. This can be especially helpful if you live in a region with relatively dry climate.

On a related note, if you’re experiencing nasal congestion or allergies, you can try taking antihistamines or using a nasal spray (the saline-based ones are safe to use as many times as you need, but the ones with active ingredients like oxymetazoline shouldn’t be used more than 3 consecutive days).

6. Avoid CPAP Rainout

CPAP rainout is when warm air cools down as it passes through your CPAP hose, causing condensation. You may wake up with water in your CPAP mask or lots of condensation in your tubing.

To avoid this problem, you can use a heated hose. ResMed sells the ClimateLineAir, and Respironics sells their Heated Hose. Additionally, using a hose cover to insulate your tubing may also help.

7. Join a Community of CPAP users Just Like You

There are some online CPAP support groups where CPAP users like you exchange information, ask questions, and share resources. Here are some of our top picks:

Reddit: /CPAP

8. Keep Your CPAP Equipment Clean

If you don’t keep your CPAP equipment clean, there is a chance of building up dust, bacteria, and viruses. This can lead to nasal congestion or colds, complicating your therapy. You can learn more about ways to clean your CPAP equipment by visiting our CPAP cleaning blog post:

Also, make sure you change your CPAP machine filter every two weeks (if it’s disposable) to avoid allergens and irritating particles from building up!

We hope that some of these points help you with your therapy, so you can get a better night of sleep! If you have further questions about anything CPAP-related, check out our FAQ section, or reach out to our customer support team at support@healthsqyre.com.

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