While CPAP machines provide effective, affordable and efficient treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, the machines (like any device) can run into some issues here and there. In order to get the most effective use from your CPAP machine, it helps to be able to recognize these issues in the rare cases they occur and know how to resolve them. This will get you back to having a deep, restful sleep you have become accustomed to.
These are some of the issues that can occur and what you can do to easily solve them.
CPAP Mask Leaks
If you feel like your CPAP machine isn’t supplying you with enough air at night, or if your eyes feel dry (which can be caused by leaking air hitting them), there is likely a leak in your CPAP mask. Leaking masks can cause irritation and ineffective CPAP therapy, so it’s in your best interest to fix the issue as soon as possible. Since the root causes of leaking CPAP masks are old and worn masks, improperly fitted masks and improper sleeping positions, the best ways to fix this would be to either:
Correct your sleeping position so that you are not disrupting air flow through the mask
Purchase a new mask to replace yours if it is worn or old
Purchase a new mask that properly fits to your face
Both dry mouth and sore throats are common issues during CPAP therapy. CPAP machines use positive air pressure to treat sleep apnea, but the continuous air pressure can cause dryness and irritation in the nose, mouth and throat if the air is too dry. Using a CPAP humidifier can help solve this issue. Some CPAP machines come with built-in humidifiers that make CPAP treatment much more comfortable for patients experiencing dry mouth and sore throats at night.
Trouble Falling Asleep or Discomfort at Night
CPAP therapy can help you obtain better sleep by mitigating the effects of your obstructive sleep apnea, but it can take some time to get used to wearing the mask while you sleep at night. If you are having problems falling or staying asleep because of your machine, give it some time; you will get used to using it! If you find that you CPAP mask is uncomfortable or doesn’t fit properly, many CPAP retailers have generous return policies for masks, and they are happy to help you find something that works for you. It’s important to find g a comfortable mask that fits properly so you can continue to use CPAP therapy every night.
CPAP Machine is Too Bulky
Many CPAP machines are large and cumbersome, making it difficult to travel with them, if not impossible. The good news is there are travel-sized CPAP machines that provide all the features and comfort of your larger CPAP, but they’re much smaller and more travel-friendly.